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PHY 150 Physics I. 

(4 credits/units)
Offered in fall and  spring
Introductory physics for majors. Kinematics, Newton's Laws, basic forces, energy, momentum, special relativity. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab. Fee. Prerequisite: MAT 270 (or its equivalent). General Studies: SQ

PHY 151 Physics II

(4 credits/units)
Offered in fall and, spring
Continuation of PHY 150. Electromagnetic fields; Ampere's and Faraday's Laws; Maxwell's equations; basic circuit elements. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab. Fee. Prerequisites: MAT 271 (or its equivalent); PHY 121, 122 (or 150). 
General Studies: SQ 

PHY 201 Mathematical Methods in PhysicsI

(3 credits/units)
Offered in fall and spring
Differential equations, linear equations, vectors, matrices, Fourier series, and numerical methods. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab. Fee. Prerequisites: MAT 272; Physics major. Corequisite: PHY 252. General Studies: CS

PHY 252 Physics III. 

(4 credits/units)
Offered in fall and spring
Continuation of PHY 151. Wave physics, oscillations, harmonic systems, physical optics, thermodynamics, kinetic theory. 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab. Fee. Prerequisites: MAT 272 (or its equivalent); PHY 131 and 132 (or 151 or its equivalent). Corequisite: PHY 201. General Studies: SQ

PHY 302 Mathematical Methods in Physics II. 

(2 credits/units)
Offered in fall and spring
Continuation of PHY 201. Vector calculus, complex variables, partial differential equations, special functions, numerical methods. 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab. Fee. Prerequisite: PHY 201 (or its equivalent).

PHY 310 Classical Particles, Fields, and Matter I. 

(3 credits/units)
Offered in fall
Particle kinematics, mechanics, conservation laws, particle motion in force fields, dynamics of two-body systems, reference frames, rigid body motion, relativity. Fee. Corequisites: both PHY 302 and 314 or only instructor approval.

PHY 311 Classical Particles, Fields, and Matter II. 

(3 credits/units)
Offered in spring
Electrostatic and gravitational fields, Poisson and Laplace equations, dielectric materials, magnetic fields and materials, magnetic induction, Faraday's Law. Fee. Prerequisites: PHY 302, 310. Corequisite: PHY 315 or instructor approval.

PHY 314 Quantum Physics I. 

(3 credits/units)
Offered in fall
Photons, models of the atom, wave properties of matter, introduction to wave mechanics, 1-D systems in quantum mechanics. Fee. Prerequisites: PHY 201 and 252 (or their equivalents). Corequisites: both PHY 302 and 310 or only instructor approval.

PHY 315 Quantum Physics II. 

(3 credits/units)
Offered in spring
General principles of quantum mechanics, 3-D problems, approximation methods, spin, introduction to many-particle systems. Fee. Prerequisites: PHY 302, 310, 314. Corequisite: PHY 311 or instructor approval.

PHY 333 Electronic Circuits and Measurements. 

(3 credits/units)

Offered in fall and spring
Basic principles of electronic circuit analysis and measurement techniques using modern instrumentation and computer-aided analysis of data. 1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab; required equivalent effort outside of lab. Fee. Corequisite: PHY 201 or instructor approval.

PHY 334 Advanced Laboratory I.

 (3 credits/units)
Offered in fall and spring
Selected experiments from contemporary physics. Emphasizes modern instrumentation, computer-assisted acquisition and analysis of data, and report form writing. Lecture, lab. Fee. Prerequisites: PHY 310, 314, 333. General Studies: L (if credit also earned in PHY 420)

PHY 361 Introductory Modern Physics.

(3 credits/units)
Offered in fall and spring
Special relativity and introductory quantum theory with applications drawn from atomic, nuclear, and solid-state physics. 3 hours lecture, 1 recitation. Prerequisite: PHY 131.

PHY 412 Classical Particles, Fields, and Matter III. 

(3 credits/units)
Offered in fall
Electromagnetic fields of moving charges, Maxwell's equations, harmonic phenomena, oscillations, waves, electromagnetic radiation, covariant electromagnetism, introduction to general relativity. Fee. Prerequisites: PHY 311, 333. Corequisite: PHY 416 or instructor approval.

PHY 416 Quantum Physics III. 

(3 credits/units)
Offered in fall
Introduces the quantum theory of atoms, molecules, solids and nuclei, Dirac's equation. Fee. Prerequisites: PHY 311, 315. Corequisite: PHY 412 or instructor approval.

PHY 441 Statistical and Thermal Physics. 

(3 credits/units)
Offered in fall and spring
Statistical and experimental basis of heat, temperature, and entropy. Mechanical and statistical basis of the laws of thermodynamics. Applies macroscopic thermodynamics. Phase equilibrium. Prerequisites: PHY 311, 315.

PHY 452 Physical Optics

(3 credits/units)
Offered in fall
Principles of reflection, refraction, diffraction. Additional topics from contemporary optics may include Fourier transform spectroscopy, linear systems theory, holography. 2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab. Prerequisites: PHY 302, 311, 315. Corequisite: PHY 412.

 

PHY 462 Particle and Nuclear Physics 

(3 credits/units)
Offered in spring
Nuclear properties, models, decays and reactions; fundamental forces, field theories, symmetry principles; hadrons, quarks, and leptons; the Standard Model. Prerequisites: PHY 311, 315.

PHY 465 Advanced Laboratory II. 

(2 credits/units)
Offered in spring
Continuation of PHY 334. Students are encouraged to substitute lab research project in consultation with faculty sponsor. Fee. Prerequisite: PHY 334.

PHY 480 Methods of Teaching Physics. 

(3 credits/units)
Offered in spring
Evaluates various approaches to the teaching of high school physics. Preparation of demonstrations and experiments. Organization of a lab. Designed for secondary school physics teachers. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

PHY 481 Materials Physics 1

(3 credits/units)
Offered in fall
Fundamentals of materials physics: crystal structure, diffraction, elasticity, point defects, dislocations, lattice vibrations, thermal properties, periodic potential, band structure. Credit is allowed for only PHY 481 or 511. Prerequisites: PHY 311, 315.

PHY 482 Materials Physics II. 

(3credits/units)
Offered in spring
Electronic behavior of materials: energy bands, electronic properties, metals, semiconductors, insulators, optical properties, magnetic properties, superconductivity, biophysics. Credit is allowed for only PHY 482 or 512. Prerequisite: PHY 481 (or its equivalent).

PHY 495 Project Research. 

(1-3 credits/units)
Offered in fall and spring
Supervised project in physics or astrophysics. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: instructor approval.

PHY 498 Pro-Seminar. 

(1-7 credits/units)
Offered during selected semesters