Course Descriptions

Physics (PH) Courses

1003 Fundamentals of Astronomy (3) SU
Descriptive astronomy. The solar system, stars, galaxies. Prerequisite: At least 19 ACT or 460 SAT mathematics score or Mathematics 1020 with minimum grade of “C.” Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.

1013 Fundamentals of Physics (3) F, SP, SU
Mechanics, heat, electricity, atomic and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: At least 19 ACT or 460 SAT mathematics score or Mathematics 1020 with minimum grade of “C.” Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.

111V Special Topics in Physics (1-3) Offered on demand
This course will concentrate on one or more topics from the field of physics. The topics will depend upon current interests of students and staff. While the presentation will be at an elementary level, an attempt will be made to cover the topic in depth and to establish connections to other branches of science and human affairs.

1214, 1224 Elementary College Physics I, II (4, 4) Offered on demand 1214-F; 1224-SP, SU
A non-calculus based introduction to physics, mechanics, fluids, heat and thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, wave motion, sound, light, and atomic, and nuclear physics. Courses must be taken in sequence. Prerequisite: Mathematics 1123 with a minimum grade of “C.” Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.

2414 General Physics I (4) SP, SU
A calculus based introduction to general physics and its applications. Mechanics, heat and sound. Prerequisite: Mathematics 1314 with a minimum grade of “C.” Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.

2424 General Physics II (4) F
A calculus based introduction to physics and its applications. Electricity and magnetism, optics modern physics. Prerequisites: Mathematics 2314 and Physics 2414 with a minimum grade of “C.” Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.

2434 Structure of Matter (4) SP
Topics related to the modern physical theory of matter: experiment and theory related to quantum phenomena, relativity, and atomic and nuclear structure. Emphasis on condensed matter and material science appropriate for engineering curricula. Prerequisite: Physics 2424. Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory, 3 hours.

3053 Methods of Teaching Physics (3) Offered on demand
Designed to acquaint education majors with techniques, demonstration equipment and audiovisual aids for use in teaching physics. To be taken during professional semester.

3303 Mechanics (3) F
An introduction to classical mechanics with the use of vector calculus. Particle kinematics and dynamics, free and forced harmonic motion, conservative and central forces, angular momentum, introduction to the Lagrange and Hamilton formulations. Prerequisite: Physics 2424. Corequisite: Mathematics 3133. Lecture, 3 hours.

3403 Electromagnetic Fields (3) F
A study of electric and magnetic fields and their interactions with conductors and dielectric media and Maxwell’s equations. Prerequisites: Physics 2424, Mathematics 2324. Lecture, 3 hours. Same as Electrical and Computer Engineering 3403.

3503 Electromagnetic Fields II (3) SP
A continuation of PH 3403 to cover topics in electromagnetic radiation, waveguides, transmission lines, antennas, radiation from charged particles and relativity in electromagnetism. Prerequisite: PH 3403. Lecture, 3 hours.

3603 Optics (3) F Offered on demand
Geometrical and physical optics. Image formation, thick lenses, lens aberrations. Electromagnetic wave theory, interference, diffraction, dispersion. Interaction of light with matter. Prerequisite: Physics 2424. Lecture, 3 hours.

3703 Thermal Physics (3) F
Development of the laws of thermodynamics using statistical mechanics including thermodynamic potentials and applications of statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: Chemistry 1113, 1211, Mathematics 2324, Physics 2414. Lecture, 3 hours. May be substituted with Mechanical Engineering 3703.

3903 Introduction to Biomedical Physics (3) F
Historical perspectives and the field of biomedical physics; overview of anatomy and physiology; basic principles of bioelectric phenomena; biomechanics and biofluidmechanics; sound and hearing; vision; radiation and imaging. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

3913 Biomedical Physics Research Seminar (3) SP
A review of important research papers and current innovations in biomedical physics. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

395V Special Topics (1, 2, 3, or 4) Offered on demand
Topics from physics and related fields (biophysics, cosmology, etc.) in either lecture- or laboratory oriented format, depending on the specific topic selected. Course may be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Offered on demand.

4111, 4121 Advanced Lab I, II (1, 1) F, SP
Significant experiments chosen from electricity and magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics. Attention is given to laboratory techniques and data analysis. Prerequisite: 6 hours of upper division physics. Laboratory, 3 hours.

4313 Quantum Theory (3) F
Introduction to quantum physics of particles at the atomic and nuclear level. The Schroedinger equation, the uncertainty principle, angular momentum and spin. Prerequisite: Physics 2434, Mathematics 2324. Lecture, 3 hours.

4323 Atomic and Nuclear Structure (3) SP
Quantum theory applied to molecules, the hydrogen atom, many-electron atoms and nuclei. Nuclear models and structure, nuclear decay, nuclear reactions, and the Standard Model of electromagnetic and nuclear interactions. Prerequisite: Physics 4313. Lecture, 3 hours.

491V Independent Study (1, 2, 3) Offered on demand
Independent study or research by the student on a problem of special interest. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

4991 Senior Seminar (1) SP
Required of all senior majors in the department. Overview of major field. Special project or research paper. Two hours each week.