Course Offerings

Fall 2018

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General Physics I

PHYS 111 - Mazilu, Irina

An introduction to classical mechanics. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, solids, fluids, and wave motion. This course must be taken simultaneously with Physics 113.

General Physics I

PHYS 111 - Athauda, Athauda M. (Anushika)

An introduction to classical mechanics. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, solids, fluids, and wave motion. This course must be taken simultaneously with Physics 113.

General Physics I

PHYS 111 - Mazilu, Dan A.

An introduction to classical mechanics. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, solids, fluids, and wave motion. This course must be taken simultaneously with Physics 113.

General Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 113 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 111. Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics. Laboratory course with fee.

General Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 113 - Athauda, Athauda M. (Anushika)

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 111. Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics. Laboratory course with fee.

General Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 113 - Mazilu, Dan A.

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 111. Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics. Laboratory course with fee.

Stellar Evolution and Cosmology

PHYS 151 - Sukow, David W.

Appropriate for non-science majors. An introduction to the physics and astronomy of stellar systems and the universe. Topics include the formation and lifecycle of stars, stellar systems, galaxies, and the universe as a whole according to "Big Bang" cosmology. Observational aspects of astronomy are also emphasized, including optics and telescopes, star maps, and knowledge of constellations. Geometry, trigonometry algebra and logarithms are used in the course. Laboratory course with fee.

Electrical Circuits

PHYS 207 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

A detailed study of electrical circuits and the methods used in their analysis. Basic circuit components, as well as devices such as operational amplifiers, are investigated. The laboratory acquaints the student both with fundamental electronic diagnostic equipment and with the design and behavior of useful circuits. Laboratory course.

Modern Physics

PHYS 210 - Sukow, David W.

An introduction to the physics of the atom, including the wave description of matter and quantum mechanics, and the experiments that led to the theory. Selected topics from atomic, molecular, nuclear, statistical, and solid state physics are discussed; the choice of topics may vary from year to year.

Directed Individual Research

PHYS 421 - Mazilu, Dan A.

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor. May be carried out during the summer.

Directed Individual Research

PHYS 421 - Mazilu, Irina

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor. May be carried out during the summer.

Spring 2018

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Physics and Perception of Music

PHYS 102 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

Explores physical principles of sound production and music perception. Hands-on investigation is emphasized. Topics include: wave properties and propagation, harmonic series and spectral analysis, tuning temperaments, response of the human ear, auditory processing, room acoustics, audio recording and reproduction technologies, characterization of various instrument families (strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, and voice). Laboratory course with fee.

Supervised Study Abroad: Particle Physics at CERN

PHYS 125 - Mazilu, Irina / Mazilu, Dan A.

This course introduces students to basic theoretical and phenomenological concepts of the structure of matter at the atomic and nuclear level. Students learn about the fundamental particles and their interactions in the context of the groundbreaking experiments that are underway at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research), the world's leader in particle physics research and the host of the Large Hadron Collider. The course includes traditional lectures as well as seminar-type workshops and computational projects, and culminates with a ten-day trip to Switzerland to visit CERN, Geneva, and Bern.

Winter 2018

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General Physics II

PHYS 112 - Sukow, David W.

A continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity, and quantum theory. This course must be taken simultaneously with PHYS 114.

General Physics II

PHYS 112 - Khalifa, Moataz

A continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity, and quantum theory. This course must be taken simultaneously with PHYS 114.

General Physics II

PHYS 112A - Mazilu, Dan A.

A continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include electricity and magnetism, optics, relativity, and quantum theory. This course must be taken simultaneously with PHYS 114.

General Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 114 - Cumming, Elizabeth W. (Libby)

Laboratory exercises in electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Laboratory course with fee.

General Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 114 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

Laboratory exercises in electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Laboratory course with fee.

General Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 114 - Khalifa, Moataz

Laboratory exercises in electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Laboratory course with fee.

Stellar Evolution and Cosmology

PHYS 151 - Sukow, David W.

An introduction to the physics and astronomy of stellar systems and the universe. Topics include the formation and lifecycle of stars, stellar systems, galaxies, and the universe as a whole according to "Big Bang" cosmology. Observational aspects of astronomy are also emphasized, including optics and telescopes, star maps, and knowledge of constellations. Geometry, trigonometry algebra and logarithms are used in the course. Laboratory course with fee.

FS: First-year Seminar

PHYS 180 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

A seminar for first-year students.

Winter 2018, PHYS 180-01: FS: Re-creating Great Experiments in Physics (3). First-year seminar. Prerequisite: First-year standing. When thinking about the principles and equations of physics, we often wonder, "How did they come up with that?" Follow in the footsteps of Galileo, Newton, and Einstein as you re-create some of the greatest experiments in the history of physics and explore physics' biggest ideas by examining the lives and philosophical impact of its most illustrious pioneers. Students read about and discuss the historical context and philosophical implications of these experiments, re-create and iteratively improve upon their ground-breaking discoveries, and demonstrate their proficiency in critical and quantitative analysis through short, weekly writing assignments and a research paper. No background in physics or mathematics beyond high school algebra is required. Laboratory course. (SL) McClain.

Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 220 - Mazilu, Dan A.

An introduction to the classical theory of electric and magnetic fields. The basic equations of electromagnetism (Maxwell's equations) are developed through a study of electrostatics, steady-state magnetism, and electromagnetic induction.

Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering

PHYS 225 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

Study of a collection of mathematical techniques particularly useful in upper-level courses in physics and engineering: vector differential operators such as gradient, divergence, and curl; functions of complex variables; Fourier analysis; orthogonal functions; matrix algebra and the matrix eigenvalue problem; ordinary and partial differential equations.

Materials Science

PHYS 260 - D'Alessandro, Kacie C.

An introduction to solid state materials. Study of the relation between microstructure and corresponding physical properties for metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites.

Nuclear Physics

PHYS 315 - Mazilu, Irina

Topics include radioactivity, nuclear reactions, high-energy physics, and elementary particles.

Statistical Physics

PHYS 345 - Mazilu, Irina

A study of the statistical methods used in various branches of physics. The Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distribution functions are derived and applied to problems in thermodynamics and the physics of solids.

Directed Individual Research

PHYS 421 - Mazilu, Dan A.

Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor.

Directed Individual Research

PHYS 421 - Mazilu, Irina

Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor.

Senior Thesis

PHYS 473 - Mazilu, Irina

Culminates in the writing of a thesis on original scholarship undertaken with the guidance of a faculty adviser. May also involve additional research in physics, individual or group conferences with the faculty adviser, literature review, interim reports, and dissemination activities.