Course Offerings

Fall 2016

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General Physics I

PHYS 111 - Assi, Hiba M.

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

General Physics I

PHYS 111 - Sukow, David W.

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

General Physics I

PHYS 111A - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

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

General Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 113 - Cumming, Elizabeth W. (Libby)

Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics.

General Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 113 - Keady, John P. (J.P.)

Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics.

General Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 113 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics.

General Physics Laboratory I

PHYS 113 - Assi, Hiba M.

Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics.

Electrical Circuits

PHYS 207 - Khalifa, Moataz

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.

Electrical Circuits

PHYS 207 - Keady, John P. (J.P.)

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.

Quantum Mechanics

PHYS 340 - Sukow, David W.

A study of the postulates and formalism of quantum theory emphasizing the Schroedinger approach. The probabilistic theory is applied to one-dimensional bound and scattering states and the three-dimensional central force problem. Investigation of spin and angular momentum, Clebsch-Gordan coefficients, indistinguishable particles, and perturbation theory. Mathematical formalism includes operators, commutators, Hilbert space, and Dirac notation.

Directed Individual Research

PHYS 421 - Khalifa, Moataz

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

Spring 2016

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Physics and Perception of Music

PHYS 102 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

Additional fee. 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).

Supervised Study Abroad: Particle Physics at CERN

PHYS 125 - Mazilu, Irina

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.

FS: First-year Seminar

PHYS 180 - Khalifa, Moataz

A seminar for first-year students.

Spring 2016, PHYS 180-01: FS: Introduction to Nanoscience (4). First-year Seminar. Prerequisite: First-year class standing. An interdisciplinary introduction to the emerging field of nanoscience. The course covers a broad range of topics: fundamentals of nanoscience, self-assembled nanostructures with applications to nanomedicine, graphene, carbon nanotubes, quantum dots. Students discuss current and future nanotechnology applications in engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science, and gain experience in scientific writing, literature surveys, and improve their presentation skills. This course Includes traditional lectures as well as seminar-type workshops and "hands-on" lab projects using the scanning electron microscope and the thin-film lab on campus. (SL) Khalifa .

Numerical Methods for Engineering and Physics

PHYS 255 - Lin, Fei

This course introduces students to computer programming and a variety of numerical methods used for computation-intensive work in engineering and physics. Numerical integration, difference approximations to differential equations, stochastic methods, graphical presentation, and nonlinear dynamics are among the topics covered. Students need no previous programming experience.

Winter 2016

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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 112 - Lin, Fei

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.

General Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 114 - Khalifa, Moataz

Laboratory exercises in electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics.

General Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 114 - Lin, Fei

Laboratory exercises in electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics.

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.

Newtonian Mechanics

PHYS 230 - Mazilu, Dan A.

A thorough study of Newton's laws of motion, rigid body motion, and accelerated reference frames. A student may not receive degree credit for both ENGN 204 and PHYS 230.

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 Study

PHYS 402 - Mazilu, Irina

Advanced work and reading in topics selected by the instructor to fit special needs of advanced students. This course may be repeated with permission for a total of six credits.

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.

Directed Individual Research

PHYS 423 - Khalifa, Moataz

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

Senior Thesis

PHYS 473 - Khalifa, Moataz

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.