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Undergraduate Catalog 2011

Physics

PHYS 100 (3.00)

Ideas in Physics

A one-semester, general-interest course for the non-science major, introducing concepts of classical physics such as mechanics, electromagnetism, thermo-dynamics and optics, along with how a physicist views the world.
   Course ID: 056120
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Course Equivalents: PHYS 100H, PHYS 100Y
   Attributes: Science (non-lab) (GEP), Science (non-lab) (GFR)

PHYS 100H (3.00)

Honors Ideas In Physics

A one-semester, general-interest course for the non-science major, introducing concepts of classical physics such as mechanics, electromagnetism, thermo-dynamics and optics, along with how a physicist views the world.
   Course ID: 100115
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Course Equivalents: PHYS 100, PHYS 100Y
   Attributes: Science (non-lab) (GEP), Science (non-lab) (GFR)

PHYS 100Y (4.00)

Ideas in Physics

A one-semester, general-interest course for the non-science major, introducing concepts of classical physics such as mechanics, electromagnetism, thermo-dynamics and optics, along with how a physicist views the world.
   Course ID: 100156
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Discussion, Lecture
   Course Equivalents: PHYS 100, PHYS 100H
   Attributes: Science (non-lab) (GEP), Science (non-lab) (GFR)

PHYS 101 (3.00)

Ideas in Modern Physics

A one-semester, general interest course for the non-science major, introducing concepts of modern physics such as relativity, quantum mechanics, and atomic and nuclear physics.
   Course ID: 056121
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Course Equivalents: PHYS 101H
   Attributes: Science (non-lab) (GFR)

PHYS 101H (3.00)

Ideas in Modern Physics

A one-semester, general interest course for the non-science major, introducing concepts of modern physics such as relativity, quantum mechanics, and atmoic and nuclear physics. Suitable for students who have taken PHYS 100, but PHYS 100 is not a prerequisite.
   Course ID: 100218
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Course Equivalents: PHYS 101
   Attributes: Science (non-lab) (GFR)

PHYS 105 (3.00)

Ideas in Astronomy

A general-interest course that covers observations, models and theories of the solar system, the stars and the galaxies. Students also will become acquainted with the history of astronomy. Recommended Preparation: Mathematical ability at the level of high school algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
   Course ID: 056124
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Science (non-lab) (GEP), Science (non-lab) (GFR)

PHYS 106 (3.00)

Introduction to Astrobiology

The prospect of extraterrestrial life is considered in the context of the evolution of the Universe and of life on Earth. Course material is taken largely from astronomy, planetology, and biology although the multidisciplinary nature of this topic also requires basic information in chemistry, geology, and physics. While a broad overview is stressed, some topics will be treated in depth. While no formal experience in physics or astronomy is required, some familiarity with basic concepts in astronomy is helpful.
   Course ID: 056125
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Science (non-lab) (GEP), Science (non-lab) (GFR)

PHYS 111 (4.00)

Basic Physics I

Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory period a week. A general physics course intended primarily for students in psychology, biology and health related sciences. Topics include mechanics, heat and sound. Notes: This course satisfies the minimum requirements of medical and dental schools. Recommended Preparation: High school mathematics, including trigonometry or MATH 150.
   Course ID: 056126
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Laboratory, Lecture
   Attributes: Course Fee = $50.00, Science Plus Lab (GEP), Science Plus Lab (GFR)

PHYS 112 (4.00)

Basic Physics II

Continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include electricity, magnetism, optics and modern physics.
   Course ID: 056127
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Laboratory, Lecture
   Attributes: Course Fee = $50.00, Science Plus Lab (GEP), Science Plus Lab (GFR)
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 111.

PHYS 121 (4.00)

Introductory Physics I

This course emphasizes classical mechanics. Topics include force, particle kinematics and dynamics, equilibrium, Newton's laws of motion and gravitation, rotational motion, collisions, momentum, energy and conservation laws.
   Course ID: 056129
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Discussion, Lecture
   Course Equivalents: PHYS 121H
   Attributes: Science (non-lab) (GEP), Science (non-lab) (GFR)
   Requirement Group: You must complete MATH 151 or MATH 151H with a "C" or higher or be concurrently enrolled in MATH 151 or MATH 151H.

PHYS 121H (4.00)

Introductory Physics I - Honors

This course emphasizes classical mechanics. Topics includes force, particle kinematics and dynamics, equilibrium, Newton's laws of motion and gravitation, rotational motion, collisions, momentum, energy and coservation laws.
   Course ID: 056130
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Discussion, Lecture
   Course Equivalents: PHYS 121
   Attributes: Science (non-lab) (GEP), Science (non-lab) (GFR)
   Requirement Group: You must be admitted to the Honors College.

PHYS 122 (4.00)

Introductory Physics II

This course emphasizes electricity, magnetism, heat and thermodynamics. Topics include Coulomb's law, Gauss's law, electric fields and electric potential, currents, simple circuits and Kirchhoff's laws, generation of magnetic fields by charges in motion, electromagnetic induction, magnetic materials, oscillatory circuits, temperature, heat and the laws of thermodynamics.
   Course ID: 056131
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Discussion, Lecture
   Course Equivalents: PHYS 122H
   Attributes: Science (non-lab) (GEP), Science (non-lab) (GFR)
   Requirement Group: You must complete MATH 152 or MATH 152H and PHYS 121 or PHYS 121H. MATH 152 or MATH 152H can be taken concurrently.

PHYS 122H (4.00)

Introductory Physics II

This course emphasizes electricity, magnetism, heat and thermodynamics. Topics include Coulomb's law, Gauss's law, electric fields and electric potential, currents, simple circuits and Kirchhoff's laws, generation of magnetic fields by charges in motion, electromagnetic induction, magnetic materials, oscillatory circuits, temperature, heat and the laws of thermodynamics.
   Course ID: 100116
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Discussion, Lecture
   Course Equivalents: PHYS 122
   Attributes: Science (non-lab) (GEP), Science (non-lab) (GFR)
   Requirement Group: You must be admitted to the Honors College.

PHYS 122L (2.00)

Introductory Physics Laboratory

Three hours of laboratory work a week and one lecture hour. This is the laboratory course associated with the PHYS 121-122 sequence.
   Course ID: 056132
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Laboratory, Lecture
   Attributes: Course Fee = $50.00, Lab Component (must be paired with S course) (GEP), Lab Component (must be paired with S course) (GFR)
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 122 or PHYS 122H with a grade of C or higher or be concurrently enrolled in PHYS 122 or PHYS 122H.

PHYS 220 (3.00)

Introduction to Computational Physics

An introduction to the computational software packages MATLAB and Mathematica,with particular emphasis on their use in solving physics problems and analyzing experimental data taken in physics laboratory experiments. Applications to problems in mechanics, electromagnetics and wave propagation will be stressed. The course will end with a comparison of the strengths and limitations of these languages and a compiled language such as C.
   Course ID: 056136
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must have completed PHYS122 and MATH152 and CMSC104 or CMSC 201 all with a grade of C or better.

PHYS 224 (3.00)

Introductory Physics III

This course emphasizes vibrations, wave motion and optics. Topics include mathematical characterization of vibrations and waves, sound, superposition ofstanding waves, geometrical and physical optics, diffraction, interference and polarization of light.
   Course ID: 056138
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 122 or PHYS 122H.

PHYS 303 (3.00)

Thermal and Statistical Physics

Thermodynamic description of systems and statistical interpretation of thermodynamic quantities. The first and second laws of physics, temperature,entropy and thermodynamics, and their relationship to a statistical description of many-particle systems. Applications to magnetic systems, gases and liquids, and radiation are discussed.
   Course ID: 056140
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 224, PHYS 324 & MATH 251.

PHYS 304 (3.00)

Fundamentals of Astronomy and Astrophysics

This course presents a calculus-based introduction to key concepts in the science of astronomy and astrophysics. The course is designed for physics majors and other science majors with strong interest in astronomy, physics and mathematics. The course details some of the primary physical concepts relevant to astronomy and astrophysics and also lays the foundation for more advanced coursework in astrophysics.
   Course ID: 056141
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 122 or PHYS 122H with a grade of C or better before registering for this course.

PHYS 315 (3.00)

Galaxies and the Interstellar Medium

The formation, structure and dynamics of normal galaxies, dark matter, the evolution of elliptical and spiral galaxies, quasars, radio galaxies and active galaxies. Theoretical models will be compared to observations in radio, IR, optical, X-ray and gamma-rays.
   Course ID: 056147
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 122 or PHYS 122H.

PHYS 320L (4.00)

Electronics for Scientists

A basic lecture and laboratory course in electronics. Properties of semiconductor devices and their combinations in amplifiers, oscillators, timers, switching circuits, digital circuits and electronic instruments in common use in the scientific laboratory.
   Course ID: 056149
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Laboratory, Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 122 or PHYS 122H & PHYS 122L.

PHYS 321 (3.00)

Intermediate Mechanics

An intermediate course in classical mechanics, including linear and nonlinear oscillations, dynamics of a system of particles, rigid body motion, planetary dynamics, accelerated reference frames, LaGrange's equations, normal coordinates and vibrating strings.
   Course ID: 056150
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must have completed PHYS 224 and MATH 221 and MATH 225 all with a grade of C or better before you can enroll in this course.

PHYS 324 (3.00)

Modern Physics

The breakdown of classical physics, special relativity, quantum mechanics and atomic structure, solid-state, nuclear and elementary-particle physics.
   Course ID: 056153
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must have completed PHYS 224 with a grade of C or better.

PHYS 330L (3.00)

Optics Laboratory

A laboratory course in optics and spectroscopy, which includes experiments on reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference, polarization, atomic spectra, interferometers and the properties of lasers. Important physical constants such as the Rydberg constant and the speed of light are measured.
   Course ID: 056155
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Laboratory
   Attributes: Writing Intensive
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 122L and PHYS 224

PHYS 333 (3.00)

Applied Physics in Archaeology and Art

This course will demonstrate how physics is utilized to locate and date archaeological objects to determine their place of origin and to reconstruct ancient technologies. Topics in physics will be introduced at an elementary level and developed to the necessary sophistication. Recommended Preparation: At least junior standing, mathematical ability at the level of high school algebra and geometry.
   Course ID: 056157
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Attributes: Science (non-lab) (GEP), Science (non-lab) (GFR)

PHYS 335 (3.00)

Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere

A first course in the physical and chemical principles that led to the formation of the Earth's atmosphere, its structure and processes. Atmospheric composition and structure. Concepts of pressure, density, thermodynamics and radiative energy balance. Atmospheric motions and major circulations. Major chemical cycles in the atmosphere and elementary atmospheric chemical reactions. Modifications of the atmospheric chemical structure - the greenhouse effect, acid rain and toxic chemicals. Air pollution meteorology.
   Course ID: 056158
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 122 or PHYS 122H.

PHYS 402 (3.00)

Nuclear Physics

An introduction to the structure of nuclei and the interaction between subnuclear particles. Topics include radioactivity, nuclear reactions, nuclear forces, models of nuclear structure, the classification and interactions of elementary particles, and experimental techniques.
   Course ID: 056162
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Discussion, Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 324.

PHYS 403 (3.00)

Solid State Physics

An introductory course in solid state physics. Topics include crystal structures and lattice vibrations, free electron gas, energy bands, insulators, semiconductors and metals, superconductivity and magnetism.
   Course ID: 056163
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 324 & PHYS 303.

PHYS 405 (3.00)

Stellar Astrophysics

An advanced survey of the formation and evolution of stars that stresses the underlying physics. Topics include Jeans theory of star formation, nuclear processes, radiative and convective energy transfer in the stellar atmosphere. Also included is a study of phases of advanced evolution that include, pulsation, mass loss, and supernovae, stellar remnants (white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes), binary stars, mass transfer, and structure of the accretion disk.
   Course ID: 100304
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 304 with a grade of "C" or better.

PHYS 407 (3.00)

Electromagnetic Theory

Vector analysis, electrostatics, dielectric media, electric currents, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction and magnetic properties of matter.
   Course ID: 056164
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 224 & MATH 225.

PHYS 408 (3.00)

Optics

An intermediate course in optics that treats light as an electromagnetic field. Topics include interaction of light and matter, polarization, interference, diffraction, Fourier optics and coherence theory, introduction to guided wave theory and the basics of laser operation.
   Course ID: 056165
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must have completed PHYS 224.

PHYS 415 (3.00)

Astroparticle Physics

This course focuses on the examination of the production and detection of high energy radiation and particles from astrophysical sources including x-rays, gamma-rays, and cosmic-rays. The current technological limitations on the spatial, spectral, and timing analysis of these data will be explored. Students will gain hands on experience with real astronomical data obtained from the archival databases of satellite systems and with state-of-the-art astronomical analysis software.
   Course ID: 056167
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 304 with a grade of "C" or better.

PHYS 416 (3.00)

Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology

An advanced study of extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, including evidence for the Big Bang and the expanding universe, the very early universe, inflation theories, the formation of light elements in the early universe, and the thermal history of the universe. It will also include a study of the fluctuations of the cosmic microwave background radiation, the development of primordial fluctuations under gravity, the effect of dark matter on the formation of large-scale structure in the universe, and the measurement of the cosmological parameters.
   Course ID: 100305
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 304 with a grade of "C" or better.

PHYS 418 (3.00)

Semiconductor Optical Devices

A lecture and laboratory course in the design, fabrication and testing of semiconductor devices such as p-i-n photodetectors, optical waveguides, optical switches and laser diodes.
   Course ID: 056168
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Laboratory, Lecture
   Topics: Optical Devices, Semiconductor Optical
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 324.

PHYS 424 (3.00)

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

The breakdown of classical mechanics and the development of quantum theory, the foundations of the Schroedinger equation, the uncertainty principle, quantum systems in one dimension, angular momentum, spin and atomic physics.
   Course ID: 056169
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must have completed PHYS 321 and PHYS 324 and MATH 225 all with a grade of C or better before you can take this course.

PHYS 425 (3.00)

Relativistic Physics

Special relativity, general relativity from a modern viewpoint, the Schwarzschild solution, other solutions of the Einstein field equation, the role of general relativity in astrophysics and an introduction to the unified field theories.
   Course ID: 056170
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 321 & PHYS 324.

PHYS 428 (4.00)

Integrated Optics and Holography

A lecture and laboratory course. Design, fabrication and testing of semiconductor and polymer-integrated optical devices such as Mach-Zehnder interferometer, 2x2 coupler/switch and phase modulator. Modeling and construction of holographic experiments such as four-wave mixing and two beam coupling with applications as novelty filters and holographic storage.
   Course ID: 056171
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Laboratory, Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 418 with a grade of C or higher.

PHYS 430 (3.00)

Introduction to Materials

An introduction to the properties of materials, including crystallography and texture, diffraction and microscopic techniques, plastic deformation of metals, defects in materials diffusion, equilibrium phase diagrams and order-disorder transformation.
   Course ID: 056172
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: andYou must complete PHYS 303 & PHYS 324 with a grade of C or higher.

PHYS 431L (3.00)

Modern Physics Laboratory

Laboratory course intended for physics majors. Purpose is to acquaint the student with some of the phenomena and experimental techniques of atomic and nuclear physics. Error analysis and advanced data fitting technique are included.
   Course ID: 056156
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Laboratory, Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete PHYS 324 and PHYS 330L with a grade of C or higher.

PHYS 440 (3.00)

Computational Physics

The application of computers and numerical methods to physics models. Boundary value problems, Monte Carlo techniques and modeling.
   Course ID: 056174
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must have completed PHYS 220 and PHYS 321 and PHYS 324 with a grade of C or better.

PHYS 450 (1.00 - 4.00)

Special Topics

A course with a particular faculty member on a topic not covered in the regular curriculum. The arrangements with the faculty member must be made before registration.
   Course ID: 056175
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Topics: Electrodynamics ll

PHYS 480 (3.00)

Techniques in Theoretical Physics

A course in mathematical physics. Topics include: infinite series, Fourier series, ordinary differential equations, complex variables, integral transforms and partial differential equations.
   Course ID: 056178
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

PHYS 481 (3.00)

Techniques in Theoretical Physics II

A course in mathematical physics, complementary to PHYS 480. This course concentrates on the applications of Complex Variables and Probability & Statistics to physics problems. Topics in complex variables covered include: singularities, multi-valued functions, principal branch and branch cuts, differentiability and Cauchy-Riemann equations, Laurent expansions, contour integration and the calculus of residues, analytic continuation and integral transforms. Topics in probability & statistics include: Ensemble averages, the central limit theorem, law of large numbers, random variables, distributions and their moments, sums of random variables.
   Course ID: 100243
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture
   Requirement Group: You must complete MATH 221 and MATH 225 and MATH 251 with a grade of C or higher.

PHYS 490 (1.00)

Senior Seminar

Research methods, the preparation of project proposals and the specific proposals for a senior project. Recommended Preparation: 90 credits and 3.0 GPA in major courses.
   Course ID: 056179
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

PHYS 499 (3.00)

Senior Research

The student, in consultation with the faculty, is to formulate a senior research project and to carry out this project under the direction of a faculty mentor. Recommended Preparation: PHYS 321 and 324.
   Course ID: 056180
   Consent: Department Consent Required
   Components: Lecture

PHYS 499H (3.00)

Senior Research

The student, in consultation with the faculty, is to formulate a senior research project and to carry out this project under the direction of a faculty mentor.
   Course ID: 100219
   Consent: No Special Consent Required
   Components: Lecture