Course Offerings

Fall 2019

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

General Physics I

PHYS 111 - Mazilu, Dan A. / Mazilu, Irina

During Fall 2019, students register for 4-credit PHYS 111 and it will be changed to 3-credit PHYS 111 and 1-credit PHYS 113 after drop-add.  An introduction to classical mechanics. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, solids, fluids, and wave motion.

General Physics I

PHYS 111 - STAFF / Kuehner, Joel P.

During Fall 2019, students register for 4-credit PHYS 111 and it will be changed to 3-credit PHYS 111 and 1-credit PHYS 113 after drop-add.  An introduction to classical mechanics. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, solids, fluids, and wave motion.

General Physics I

PHYS 111A - Mazilu, Dan A.

During Fall 2019, students register for 4-credit PHYS 111 and it will be changed to 3-credit PHYS 111 and 1-credit PHYS 113 after drop-add.  An introduction to classical mechanics. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, solids, fluids, and wave motion.

General Physics I

PHYS 111A - Mazilu, Irina

During Fall 2019, students register for 4-credit PHYS 111 and it will be changed to 3-credit PHYS 111 and 1-credit PHYS 113 after drop-add.  An introduction to classical mechanics. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, solids, fluids, and wave motion.

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.

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 - 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.

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.

Honors Thesis

PHYS 493 - Mazilu, Irina

Honors Thesis.

Honors Thesis

PHYS 493 - Mazilu, Dan A.

Honors Thesis.

Spring 2019

We do not offer any courses this term.


Winter 2019

See complete information about these courses in the course offerings database. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

General Physics II

PHYS 112 - Mazilu, Dan A.

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

General Physics II

PHYS 112 - Mazilu, Irina

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

General Physics II

PHYS 112 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

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

General Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 114 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 112. Laboratory exercises in electricity, magnetism, and optics. Laboratory course with fee.

General Physics Laboratory II

PHYS 114 - Athauda, Anushika M. (Anushika)

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 112. Laboratory exercises in electricity, magnetism, and optics. Laboratory course with fee.

Electronics

PHYS 208 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

An introduction to practical analog and digital electronics emphasizing design, construction, and measurement of circuits in the laboratory. Topics may include diode wave-shaping circuits, transistor audio amplifiers, power supplies, oscillators, data converters (A/D and D/A), Boolean logic gates, programmable logic devices, flip-flops, counters, data storage and retrieval, and a survey of emerging technologies.

Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering

PHYS 225 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

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.

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.

Modeling and Simulation of Physical Systems

PHYS 265 - Mazilu, Irina

An introduction to the innovative field of modeling and analysis of complex physical systems from such diverse fields as physics, chemistry, ecology, epidemiology, and a wide range of interdisciplinary, emerging fields such as econophysics and sociophysics. Topics vary according to faculty expertise and student interest. The goal is to seek the underlying physics laws that govern such seemingly diverse systems and to provide contemporary mathematical and computational tools for studying and simulating their dynamics. Includes traditional lectures as well as workshops and computational labs, group presentations, and seminars given by invited speakers

Optics

PHYS 285 - Sukow, David W.

A study of the properties of electromagnetic waves with special emphasis on visible light. Wave descriptions are developed for scattering, reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, and polarization. Topics in geometrical optics are also studied, including lenses and aberration theory. Laboratory course.

Intermediate Special Topics in Physics

PHYS 295A - Mazilu, Dan A.

Intermediate work in nuclear physics, optics, photonics, condensed matter, complex systems, nanotechnology, astrophysics, computational physics, or other topics according to faculty expertise and student interest. May be repeated for degree credit for a maximum of six credits with permission and if the topics are different.

Winter 2019, PHYS 295A-01: Special Topics in Modern and Contemporary Physics (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 210. Significant ideas and developments in modern and contemporary physics. The topics covered are from different areas of physics, such as general relativity (gravitational redshift, black holes and wormholes), cosmology (evidence of the Big Bang, stellar evolution, dark matter, gravitational waves), condensed matter physics (superconductivity and its applications, semiconductor theory and devices), and nanoscience (nanolithography, self-assembly and self-organization, scanning probe microscopes, nanomaterials and nanostructures). D. Mazilu.

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.