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# Physics Curriculum:

**PHYSICS (PHYS) COURSE DESCRIPTIONS **

**PHYS 1001 Physics as a Profession.** (1-0) Introductory course in physics. Seminars and lectures on physics as a discipline, relationship of physics to other disciplines.

**PHYS 2111. General Physics Lab I. **(0-2) Credit 1 semester hour. General physics laboratory to include experiments on measurement, vectors-force table, air track, projectile motion, static and kinetic friction, ballistic pendulum, Atwood’s machine, or blocks and incline, centripetal force, moment of inertia, oscillations-spring-simple and physical pendulum.

**PHYS 2113. General Physics I. **(3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. An introductory algebra and trigonometry based introduction to general physics with topics to include measurement system, motion, vector addition, statics, dynamics, mechanical energy, gravitation, momentum, circular motion, torque. Prerequisites: MATH 1113 or MATH 1115 or MATH 1123. **(PHYS 1401, 1402, 2425, 2426)

**PHYS 2121. General Physics Lab II.** (0-2) Credit 1 semester hour. General physics laboratory to include experiments on determination of absolute zero, linear expansion, calorimetry, string standing waves, sound resonance, force of static electricity, Ohm’s Law, color-coded resistors, resistors in series and parallel, RC-series transient circuit, RLC-series circuit, AC circuits, concave and convex lenses, and diffraction grading.

**PHYS 2123. General Physics II. **(3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. A continuation of algebra and trigonometry based General Physics I course includes sound, heat, electricity, magnetism, and optics. Prerequisite: PHYS 2113 or PHYS 2513.

**PHYS 2511. University Physics Lab I. **(0-2) Credit 1 semester hour. Same as PHYS 2111, but with calculus included.

**PHYS 2513. University Physics I. **(3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. For engineering students, a subset of calculus based general physics for science and engineering students. Course includes measurement, statics, dynamics, mechanical energy, momentum, circular motion, and selected topics from torque, moduli, Newton universal law, and fluid mechanics. Prerequisite: MATH 1124.

**PHYS 2521. University Physics Lab II.** (0-2) Credit 1 semester hour. Same as PHYS 2111, but with calculus included.

**PHYS 2523. University Physics II.** (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. For engineering students, a subset of calculus based general physics for science and engineering students. Course includes electricity, magnetism, and selected topics from heat, sound and light. Prerequisites: PHYS 2513 and MATH 2024.

**PHYS 3003. Physics Research Internship. **(6-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Internship for undergraduate majors in physics and for majors in applied physics related disciplines who are engaged in research/co-op in governmental or industrial labs. Prerequisites: Consent of the Advisor and Department Head.

**PHYS 3073. Optics. **(3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Course on geometrical optics, ray tracing, plane surfaces, spherical surfaces, thin lenses, thick lenses, mirrors, stops, lens aberrations, optical instruments, wave optics, interference, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, diffraction grating, speed of light measurements, absorption and scattering, polarization, etc. Prerequisites: PHYS 2523 or PHYS 2123.

**PHYS 3103. Mechanics I. **(3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. The course content includes elements of vector analysis, rectilinear motion of a particle, Newton’s laws, damped and forced harmonic motion, Fourier series, motion of a particle in three dimensions, rotating coordinate systems, gravitation, central force motion. Prerequisite: PHYS 2523.

**PHYS 3113. Mechanics II. **(3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. The course content includes motion of systems of particles, center of mass and moment of inertia of rigid bodies, moments and products of inertia, principal axes, Euler’s equations, Lagrangian mechanics, coupled harmonic oscillators and normal coordinates, theory of vibrating systems. Prerequisite: PHYS 3103.

**PHYS 3123. Electricity and Magnetism I. **(3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Basic theory of electrostatics; Coulomb’s Law, Gauss’s Theorem, simple potential theory, LaPlace’s and Poisson’s equations. Calculation of electric fields and potentials for point and continuous charge distributions. Computer-based demonstrations are included. Prerequisite: PHYS 2523.

**PHYS 3133. Electricity and Magnetism II. **(3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Theory of metallic conduction of electricity. Ohm’s Law, Kirchoff’s Law, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell’s Equations, A.C. circuits and electromagnetic radiation; appropriate demonstrations to complement the theory. Computer-based demonstrations are included. Prerequisites: PHYS 3123 and MATH 2034.

**PHYS 3163. Mathematical Physics I.** (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Advanced mathematics for physicists and engineers; vector analysis, curvilinear coordinates, tensor analysis, matrices and determinants, infinite series, functions of a complex variable. Emphasis throughout is on practical applications of theory and techniques as applied to problems in physics and engineering. Computer programs such as Mathematica and MATLAB will be used. Prerequisites: PHYS 2523 and MATH 2034.

**PHYS 3173. Mathematical Physics II.** (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. A continuation of PHYS-3163. Course topics include second-order differential equations, orthogonal functions, Fourier series and integrals, gamma functions, La Place transforms, Bessel special functions, Greens functions, calculus of variations. Computer programs such as Mathematica and MATLAB will be used. Prerequisite: PHYS 3163.

**PHYS 3183. Modern Physics I. **(3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Course content includes relativity, particle properties of waves, and wave properties of particles, atomic structure, quantum mechanics, quantum theory of the hydrogen atom. Prerequisite: PHYS 2523.

**PHYS 3193. Modern Physics II. **(3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. A continuation of PHYS 3183 to include many-electron atoms, molecules, statistical mechanics, Master equation, the solid state, the atomic nucleus, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, elementary particles. Prerequisite: PHYS 3183.

**PHYS 3243. Introduction to Nuclear, Particle and Radiation Physics. **(3-0) Classification of particles. Scattering. Decay. Behavior in solids and liquids. Radiation effects. Prerequisite: PHYS 2523.

**PHYS 3323. Physics of Medical Imaging.** (3-0) Provides an introduction to physics of imaging relevant to medical applications, including image storage, compression, and retrieval. Telemedicine applications. Prerequisites: PHYS 3183 or PHYS 3243.

**PHYS 4011-4021. Physics Seminar.** (1-0) Credit 1 semester hour. Guest speakers, oral and written reports, group and/or individual study of interesting special topics in physics. Prerequisites: Consent of the Advisor and Department Head.

**PHYS 4023. Introductory Quantum Mechanics I.** (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Inadequacy of classical mechanics, wave-particle duality, wave function, uncertainty relation, Schrödinger equation, expectation values, operator formalism, measurement, the correspondence principle, etc. Prerequisites: PHYS 2523, MATH 2034. Co-Requisites: PHYS 3163 and PHYS 3183.

**PHYS 4033. Introductory Quantum Mechanics II.** (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Exclusion principle, angular momentum, central forces, matrix representations of wave functions and operators, spin, eigenvalue equations, perturbation theory, Zeeman effect, quantum-statistical mechanics, etc. Prerequisite: PHYS 4023.

**PHYS 4043. Astronomy and Astrophysics **(3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. An intermediate level Physics/Physical Science course including Kepler’s laws, law of gravitation, earth, moon, solar system, sun stars, stellar evolution, nucleosynthesis, quarks to quasars, pulsars, nebulae, black holes, orbital transfers, cosmology. Simulation programs will be used. Prerequisites: PHYS 2523 or PHYS 2123.

**P****HYS 4063. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics I.** (3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Macroscopic thermodynamic systems, kinetic theory, black body radiation, classical and quantum statistical mechanics to include Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein, and Fermi-Dirac Statistics. Prerequisites: PHYS 3183 and MATH 2034.

**PHYS 4103. Advanced Physics Lab **(2-2) Credit 3 semester hours. Computational physics modeling and simulations; several types of physics problem modeled and solved; software including Mathematica, MATLAB, Numerical Recipes, Electronics Workbench, will be utilized. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

**PHYS 4163. Special Topics in Physics **(3-0) Credit 3 semester hours. Selected current and emerging topics in Physics. Courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary.

PRE-REQUISITE: Consent of Advisor

**PHYS 4473. Senior Research Project.** (3-0). Capstone Team Based Project. Covers integrated project team concepts, ethics, responsibility, fiscal aspects, culminating in a comprehensive report and a presentation. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 30 hours of physics or engineering.

**PHYS 4991-4992-4993. Independent Study. **(0-0) Credit 1, 2, or 3 semester hours. Readings, research, and/or field work on selected topics. Prerequisite: consent of Department Head.

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