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PHY 1024 (PHSC1204)Introduction to AstronomyA general education course for non-science majors. The methods, history, and philosophy of science are studied in the context of modern astronomy. Ideas are emphasized through periodic planetarium presentations as the course traces human understanding from prehistory to the edges of the known cosmos. Laboratory activities include outdoor observation sessions. No prerequisites are required.
PHY 2034 (PHYS2014)General Physics IAn introductory course in the fundamental principles of mechanics, heat and sound with an emphasis on problem solving. Prerequisite: MTH 1243.
PHY 2044 (PHYS2024)General Physics IIA continuation of PHY 2034. Fundamentals of electricity, magnetism and light. Prerequisite: PHY 2034.
PHY 2234(PHYS2034) University Physics IAn introductory course in mechanics, heat, and sound intended for students of science and engineering who are taking an introductory calculus course concurrently. Corequisite: MTH 1295.
PHY 2244 (PHYS2044)University Physics IIA continuation of PHY 2234. An introductory course in electricity, magnetism, and light. Prerequisites: PHY 2234 or PHY 2034 and MTH 1295.
PHY 2363StaticsPrinciples of vector analysis, static equilibrium, analysis of structures, friction, internal forces, center of gravity, moment of inertia, and product of inertia. Prerequisites: PHY 2234 or PHY 2034 and MTH 1295.
PHY 3053(WI) General AstronomyA study of the solar system, stars, clusters, nebulae, gravitation, instrumentation, and the search for life beyond earth. Includes observation sessions and development of planetarium activities. Prerequisite: PHY 2034 or PHY 2234 or the equivalent.
PHY 3083MechanicsParticle dynamics in inertial and accelerated reference frames. Newtons law of gravitation, orbit theory, and elementary rigid body dynamics. Prerequisites: PHY 2234 or PHY 2034, PHY 3473, and MTH 1295.
PHY 3103Modern PhysicsAn introduction to the topics of modern physics including: relativity, atomic physics, quantum mechanics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics and elementary particles. Prerequisites: PHY 2244 or PHY 2044 and MTH 1295.
PHY 3103LModern Physics LaboratoryExperiments in modern physics. Corequisite: Registration in or completion of PHY 3103.
PHY 3173OpticsThis course gives an introduction to geometrical optics and physical optics, including interference, diffraction, dispersion, absorption, and polarization of light. Prerequisites: PHY 2044 or PHY 2244, and MTH 1295.
PHY 3201(WI) Laboratory PhysicsExperiments in the principles of physics designed for the junior physics student. Experiments in modern physics, mechanics and optics. Corequisite: Registration in or completion of a 3000 or 4000 level physics course.
PHY 3233GeophysicsThis course introduces the basic theory of geophysical instrumentation, data collection and reduction, and interpretation. The basic laws of physics are applied to study the internal characteristics of the earth such as geomagnetism, paleomagnetism, geogravity, earth tides, elastic waves, earthquake processes, and radioactivity. Prerequisite: PHY 3083.
PHY 3323Applied AcousticsThe physical nature of vibration and its relation to music, speech, and hearing. Vibratory sources of sound used in music, mechanics of hearing, electronic recording, reproducing and synthesizing sound. No prerequisites are required.
PHY 3434Digital ElectronicsIntroduction to the analysis and design of digital circuits including: number systems, Boolean algebra, combinational and sequential logic. Upon completion, students should be able to construct, analyze, verify, and troubleshoot digital circuits using appropriate techniques and test equipment. Prerequisite: PHY 2044 or PHY 2244.
PHY 3464Electric CircuitsThis course develops insight into how the cosmological world-view affects and reflects aesthetics, morality, religion, politics and other aspects of human experience. People of every culture view the same sky and extrapolate these observations into a story that explains their place in the cosmos. Case studies include Mesoamerican, native American and ancient non-western cosmologies. Prerequisite: ENG 1473 or ENG 1803, PHY 1024 or instructor permission.
PHY 3473Computational PhysicsThis course gives an introduction to the basic methods to model physical and engineering systems using a programming package such as MATLAB. Basic computational tools and routines, including the ones for differential equations, spectral analysis, and matrix operations, are dealt with through relevant examples, and more advanced topics, such as Monte Carlo simulations and molecular dynamics. Prerequisite: PHY 2244.
PHY 3483Atomic and Molecular PhysicsA study of the structure and interaction of atoms and small molecules. Beginning with the study of the structure of the hydrogen atom and advancing to multi-electron atoms and molecules, the course will also cover the interaction of electrons, ions, and photons with atoms and molecules. Additional topics to be covered include atomic and molecular spectra, particle detection, accelerators, perturbation methods, and scattering theory. Prerequisites: PHY 3103 and PHY 3473.
PHY 3493History of PhysicsA survey of important developments in the field of physics. The course will explore famous experiments and theories, as well as the physicists who performed and developed them. An emphasis will be placed on the role advances in physics played in events at the time and how history influenced the progress of physics. Prerequisite: PHY 2044 or PHY 2244.
PHY 4093Thermodynamics and Statistical MechanicsA unified development of the basic principles of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and kinetic theory. Prerequisite: PHY 3083.
PHY 4183ElectrodynamicsA study of electrostatics, electric and magnetic properties of materials. Amperes and Faradays laws, and Maxwell´┐Żs equations. Prerequisite: PHY 3083.
PHY 4211-3Independent ResearchIndependent work in physics under direct supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
PHY 4251(WI) Laboratory PhysicsExperiments in mechanics, electrodynamics, modern physics and optics using modern instrumentation and equipment. Corequisite: Registration in or completion of a 3000 or 4000 level physics course.
PHY 4261Engineering DesignA study of engineering design and creative engineering problem-solving through design projects, presentations, and activities. Prerequisite: PHY 3434.
PHY 4273Introduction to Quantum MechanicsSolutions of the Schrodinger wave equation, including the infinite square well, finite square well, harmonic oscillator, the hydrogen atom, and perturbation theory, and associated topics. Prerequisite: PHY 3103.
PHY 4283Advanced MechanicsA continuation of PHY 3083. Rigid bodies; moving coordinate systems; continuous media; Lagrange's Equations. Prerequisites: PHY 3083
PHY 4293(WI) Nonwestern CosmologyThis course develops insight into how the cosmological world-view affects and reflects aesthetics, morality, religion, politics, sexuality and other aspects of human experience. People of every culture view the same sky and extrapolate these observations into a story that explains their place in the cosmos. Case studies include native American, ancient nonwestern, medieval and Islamic cosmologies.
PHY 4311-3(WI) Independent StudyIndependent work in physics under direct supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: Departmental approval.
PHY 4343Astrophysics and CosmologyA unified study of relationships between natural physical laws and the structure and evolution of the cosmos. The course surveys recent results from observational astronomy and related applications of quantum theory, nuclear physics, field theory, particle physics, and general relativity. Prerequisites: PHY 3083 and PHY 3103.
PHY 4443Embedded MicroprocessorsA study of the programming, architecture, and interfacing of microprocessors with emphasis on engineering applications. Prerequisite: PHY 3434.
PHY 4453Signal ProcessingIntroduction to the fundamental concepts and mathematics in signal processing. Use of the fundamental transform techniques (Laplace transform, discrete Fourier transform, z-transform). Discrete time representation of signals, linear time invariant systems. Correlation, coherence, power spectral density, and time delays. Bode plots, poles and zeros, state space. Prerequisite: 3473.

 
 
 
 
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