# Physics (PHYS)

**PHYS 1000. Physics Orientation. 1 Credit Hour.**

Guest lectures will describe career opportunities in physics; the role physicists play in education, government, and industrial laboratories; and programs available to physics majors.

**PHYS 11X1. Transfer Non-Calc Phys I. 1-21 Credit Hours.**

**PHYS 11X2. Transfer Non-Calc PhysII. 1-21 Credit Hours.**

**PHYS 1XXX. Physics Elective. 1-21 Credit Hours.**

**PHYS 2001. Physics of Space and Time. 2 Credit Hours.**

The development of physics concepts and doctrines from early times to the near future, with social and philosophical correlates.

**PHYS 2021. The Solar System. 3 Credit Hours.**

This course covers Ancient and Renaissance astronomy, gravity, sky phenomena, telescopes, and the solar system.

**PHYS 2022. Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe. 3 Credit Hours.**

This course covers optics, telescopes, stellar characteristics and evolution, galaxies, the universe, and the big bang. Physics topics include mechanics, optics, atomic physics, nuclear physics, and relativity.

**PHYS 2030. Physics Of Music. 2 Credit Hours.**

An introduction to the physical principles underlying the production, transmission, and detection of musical sounds.

**PHYS 2211. Introductory Physics I. 4 Credit Hours.**

A calculus-based course with a laboratory covering classical mechanics, applications of classical mechanics, oscillations, and waves.

**PHYS 2212. Introductory Physics II. 4 Credit Hours.**

A calculus-based course with laboratory covering electromagnetism, applications of electromagnetism, light, and modern physics.

**PHYS 2213. Introduction to Modern Physics. 3 Credit Hours.**

A survey of twentieth century physics. Developments of several branches of physics up to their present frontiers, including historical and philosophical perspectives.

**PHYS 2231. Honors Physics I. 5 Credit Hours.**

Parallels introductory Physics I (PHYS 2211). Some topics treated in more depth or more extensively. A rigorous physics foundation requiring demonstrated competence in mathematics.

**PHYS 2232. Honors Physics II. 5 Credit Hours.**

Parallels introductory Physics II (PHYS 2212). Some topics treated in more depth or more extensively. No modern physics content. A rigorous physics foundation requiring demonstrated competence in mathematics.

**PHYS 25X1. Transfer Physics I. 4 Credit Hours.**

**PHYS 2698. Undergraduate Research Assistantship. 1-12 Credit Hours.**

Independent research conducted under the guidance of a faculty member.

**PHYS 2699. Undergraduate Research. 1-12 Credit Hours.**

Independent research conducted under the guidance of a faculty member.

**PHYS 2750. Physics of the Weather. 3 Credit Hours.**

An introductory treatment applying basic physical laws to understanding weather phenomena. Crosslisted with EAS 2750.

**PHYS 2801. Special Topics. 1 Credit Hour.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 2802. Special Topics. 2 Credit Hours.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 2803. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 2804. Special Topics. 4 Credit Hours.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 2814. Special Topics. 4 Credit Hours.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics.

**PHYS 2900. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.**

Course involving special problems in physics are offered from time to time.

**PHYS 2901. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.**

Courses involving special problems in physics are offered from time to time.

**PHYS 2902. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.**

Courses involving special problems in physics are offered from time to time.

**PHYS 2XXX. Physics Elective. 1-21 Credit Hours.**

**PHYS 3021. Nuclear Astrophysics and Stellar Evolution. 3 Credit Hours.**

Develops a working knowledge of stellar and extra-stellar galactic astronomy. Includes stellar structure, nucleosynthesis, stellar evolution, and degenerate objects.

**PHYS 3043. Principles of Quantum Mechanics. 3 Credit Hours.**

A first introduction to wave mechanics, with emphasis on practical calculations. The rules of quantum mechanics will be illustrated by many working examples.

**PHYS 3122. Electrostatics and Magnetostatics. 3 Credit Hours.**

First of two courses on the physics of electromagnetism. Topics include Coulomb's Law, Ampere's Law, scalar and vector potentials,Laplace's equation and electric and magnetic fields in matter.

**PHYS 3123. Electrodynamics. 3 Credit Hours.**

Second of two courses on the physics of electromagnetism. Topics include time-dependent phenomena including Faraday's Law, the Maxwell equations, electromagnetic radiation, and electromagnetic waves.

**PHYS 3141. Thermodynamics. 3 Credit Hours.**

Introduction to the basic concepts of thermodynamics. Thermodynamic laws will be developed with an emphasis on the macroscopic point of view. Applications of the basic principles will be considered briefly.

**PHYS 3143. Quantum Mechanics I. 3 Credit Hours.**

First of two courses that develop the principles of quantum mechanics. Topics include the state vector concept. Heisenberg and Schrodinger pictures, uncertainty relations, and exact solvable models in one dimension.

**PHYS 3151. Mathematical Physics. 3 Credit Hours.**

A review of the mathematical techniques required for the description of physical systems encountered in mechanics, electromagnetism, thermal physics, and quantum mechanics.

**PHYS 3201. Classical Mechanics I. 3 Credit Hours.**

Dynamics of particles including oscillations and planetary motion, rotation of rigid bodies, and collisions.

**PHYS 3202. Classical Mechanics II. 3 Credit Hours.**

A continuation of PHYS 3201. Topics include Lagrangians and Hamiltonian techniques, and many body mechanics.

**PHYS 3211. Electronics I. 5 Credit Hours.**

A first course in both theoretical and applied electronics that is based on a thorough grounding in circuit as well as device physics.

**PHYS 3223. Geometrical Optics and Lens Design. 3 Credit Hours.**

Principles of geometrical optics using ray tracing techniques. Stops, pupils, aberrations, and photometry. Design and analysis of lenses using current lens design software.

**PHYS 3224. Geometrical Optics Laboratory. 2 Credit Hours.**

Measurement of parameters of optical surfaces, lenses, and systems using a variety of techniques.

**PHYS 3225. Modern Optics. 3 Credit Hours.**

Principles of wave propagation, coherence, polarization, diffraction, and Fourier Optics; laser theory including the interaction of light with matter.

**PHYS 3226. Modern Optics Laboratory. 2 Credit Hours.**

Measurement of parameters of optical surfaces, lenses, and systems using a variety of modern optics techniques.

**PHYS 3232. Optics I. 3 Credit Hours.**

Optics principles, including waves, reflection, refraction, absorption, scattering, group velocity, lasers, polarization geometrical optics, the Fourier transform, coherence, interference, and diffraction.

**PHYS 3250. Principles of the Physics of Living Systems. 4 Credit Hours.**

Hands-on lecture/lab undergraduate survey course enabling discovery of principles of Physics of Living Systems across scales.

**PHYS 3265. Introduction to Acoustics. 3 Credit Hours.**

A course in classical acoustics and applied electroacoustics taught through the palliative of a study of sound reinforcement and reproduction systems.

**PHYS 3266. Computational Physics. 4 Credit Hours.**

Computer solutions of realistic physics problems such as projectiles in resistive media, electromagnetic sources and fields, atomic scattering, and band pass filters.

**PHYS 3801. Special Topics. 1 Credit Hour.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 3802. Special Topics. 2 Credit Hours.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 3803. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 3804. Special Topics. 4 Credit Hours.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 3900. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.**

Courses involving special problems in physics are offered from time to time.

**PHYS 3901. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.**

Courses involving special problems in physics are offered from time to time.

**PHYS 3902. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.**

Courses involving special problems in physics are offered from time to time.

**PHYS 3XXX. Physics ELective. 1-21 Credit Hours.**

**PHYS 4142. Statistical Mechanics. 3 Credit Hours.**

The statistical basis of thermodynamics is developed. Topics include entropy and the second law, partition functions and free energy, systems of variable particle number, and quantum statistics.

**PHYS 4143. Quantum Mechanics II. 3 Credit Hours.**

Second of two courses that develop the principles of quantum mechanics. Topics include angular momentum, hydrogen atom, variation methods, perturbation theory, matter-radiation interactions, identical particles.

**PHYS 4147. Relativity. 3 Credit Hours.**

The course provides an introduction to the special and general theories of relativity that govern gravitational physics including experimental tests, astrophysical applications, black holes and gravitational waves.

**PHYS 4206. Electronics II. 5 Credit Hours.**

A course in electronic instrumentation with an emphasis on signal processing, both analog and digital, and computer interfacing.

**PHYS 4220. Optical Design. 3 Credit Hours.**

Principles of optical and optomechanical design including tolerancing, specification, and thermal compensation of systems.

**PHYS 4222. Solid-state Devices. 3 Credit Hours.**

Course provides an understanding of contemporary research on solid state devices. Topics include band structure, p-n junctions, transistors, superlattices, lasers and detectors, charge coupled devices, and others.

**PHYS 4247. Cosmology. 3 Credit Hours.**

Modern cosmology of the universe, with the emphasis on the origin and evolution of galaxies and clusters of galaxies, inflation, the cosmic microwave background, dark matter and dark energy.

**PHYS 4250. Neurophysics. 4 Credit Hours.**

Hands-on lecture/lab undergraduate course connecting theory and experiment to understand principles of neuron, brain, and heart function. Draws upon nonlinear dynamics, basic electrostatics, and electrophysiology.

**PHYS 4251. Biophysics. 3 Credit Hours.**

Physical principles applied to molecular and cellular biology. Topics include chemiosmosis, self-assembly, protein biosynthesis, and the mechanisms of muscle and nerve function.

**PHYS 4261. Atomic Physics. 3 Credit Hours.**

Course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of atomic physics, the structure of atoms, and their interaction with static and radiation fields.

**PHYS 4262. Solid-state Physics. 3 Credit Hours.**

A first course in the physics of crystalline solids. Core topics include crystal lattices, diffraction, bonding, elastic properties, band theory, as well as others.

**PHYS 4263. Nuclei, Particles, and Fields. 3 Credit Hours.**

An introduction to nuclear and subnuclear systems. Topics include nuclear models, radioactive decay, nuclear reactions, quarks, accelerators, reactors, and stellar nucleosynthesis.

**PHYS 4267. Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos. 3 Credit Hours.**

A modern introduction to nonlinear phenomena. Topics include driven oscillators, entrainment, bifurcation, fractals, and control of chaos. Examples are drawn from physical systems.

**PHYS 4321. Advanced Laboratory I. 3 Credit Hours.**

Experiments are conducted that demonstrate basic principles from various fields of physics. An emphasis is placed on contemporary concepts in modern physics.

**PHYS 4322. Advanced Laboratory II. 3 Credit Hours.**

A continuation of PHYS 4321. Experiments are conducted that demonstrate basic principles from various fields of physics. An emphasis is placed on contemporary concepts in modern physics.

**PHYS 4347. Fundamentals of Astrophysics. 3 Credit Hours.**

Theoretical investigation of astrophysical objects and processes, with an emphasis on the interstellar medium, extragalactic astrophysics, gas dynamics, and radiative transfer, and radiation processes.

**PHYS 4421. Introduction to Continuum Physics. 3 Credit Hours.**

A modern introduction to continuum physics. Topics include elastic theory, dislocations and waves, fluid mechanics and dynamics, and instabilities in fluids.

**PHYS 4601. Senior Seminar I. 1 Credit Hour.**

Representative research programs in the School are described by advanced graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and faculty members.

**PHYS 4602. Senior Seminar II. 1 Credit Hour.**

Representative research programs in the school are described by advanced graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members.

**PHYS 4655. Introductory Diffraction Studies. 4 Credit Hours.**

Introductory theory and practice of x-ray and neutron diffraction techniques, including single crystals and powders. Laboratory work is strongly correlated with principles developed in the lectures.

**PHYS 4698. Undergraduate Research Assistantship. 1-12 Credit Hours.**

Independent research conducted under the guidance of a faculty member.

**PHYS 4699. Undergraduate Research. 1-12 Credit Hours.**

Independent research conducted under the guidance of a faculty member.

**PHYS 4751. Laser Theory and Applications. 3 Credit Hours.**

Provides an introduction to the theory and applications of laser principles and related instrumentation. Emphasis is on the fundamental principles underlying laser action. Crosslisted with ECE 4751.

**PHYS 4782. Quantum Information and Quantum Computing. 3 Credit Hours.**

Introduction to quantum computing and quantum information theory, formalism of quantum mechanics, quantum gates, algorithms, measurements, coding, and information. Physical realizations and experiments. Crosslisted with MATH 4782.

**PHYS 4801. Special Topics. 1 Credit Hour.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 4802. Special Topics. 2 Credit Hours.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 4803. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 4804. Special Topics. 4 Credit Hours.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 4813. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 4823. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 4833. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 4854. Special Topics. 4 Credit Hours.**

Courses in special topics of current interest in physics are presented from time to time.

**PHYS 4900. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.**

Courses involving special problems in physics are offered from time to time.

**PHYS 4901. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.**

Courses involving special problems in physics are offered from time to time.

**PHYS 4902. Special Problems. 1-21 Credit Hours.**

Courses involving special problems in physics are offered from time to time.

**PHYS 4XXX. Physics Elective. 1-21 Credit Hours.**