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  • PHYSIC 107  College Physics I

    Description:
    Non-calculus introductory physics for life-science students and others with a program requirement for a year of physics at this level. Topics include mechanics, fluids, wave motion, kinetic theory of gases, temperature and heat. Students who need or want laboratory work in physics should enroll concurrently in PHYSIC 181. Note: Students may not receive credit for both PHYSIC 107-108 and 113-114.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 108  College Physics II

    Description:
    A continuation of PHYSIC 107. Topics include thermodynamics, electricity, and magnetism; optics; and a preview of modern physics. Students who need or want laboratory work in physics should enroll concurrently in PHYSIC 182. Note: Students may not receive credit for both PHYSIC 107-108 and 113-114.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 113  Fundamentals of Physics I

    Description:
    The first semester of calculus-level introductory physics. Topics include mechanics, fluids, waves, kinetic theory, and heat. Students who need or want laboratory work in physics should enroll concurrently in PHYSIC 181. Note: Students may not receive credit for both PHYSIC 107-108 and 113-114.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 114  Fundamentals of Physics II

    Description:
    The second semester of calculus-level introductory physics. Topics include thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, geometrical and wave optics. Students who need or want laboratory work in Physics should enroll concurrently in PHYSIC 182. Note: Students may not receive credit for both PHYSIC 107-108 and 113-114.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 121  Introduction to Astronomy

    Description:
    Descriptive introduction to astronomy and astrophysics. Topics include introductory material on light, telescopes, and spectroscopy; properties of stars and stellar evolution, including the formation of stars, stellar energy cycles, red giants, white dwarfs, supernovae, neutron stars, and black holes; galactic structure; the expansion of the universe; cosmology; the past and future of the universe.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 126  Solar System Astronomy

    Description:
    Descriptive introduction to the study of the solar system and its structure. Topics include the historical development of early astronomy; the properties of the sun; the planets and their satellites; comets, asteroids, and meteorites; the results of spacecraft exploration.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 134  Energy for the Future

    Description:
    The current means of providing energy for our society are not sustainable. The need for secure, alternative and clean sources of power is increasingly apparent. This course, intended for a general audience, provides an overview of the energy problem. It covers the ways we currently obtain and use power and considers the scientific and technological issues involved in emerging technologies.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 181  Physics Laboratory I

    Description:
    Exploration of basic physical phenomena through laboratory work. Experiments in kinematics, mechanics and hydrostatics. This course is designed to accompany either level of introductory physics.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 182  Physics Laboratory II

    Description:
    Exploration of basic physical phenomena through laboratory work. Experiments in thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism and optics. This course is designed to accompany either level of introductory physics.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 211  Introduction to Contemporary Physics

    Description:
    The third semester of calculus-level introductory physics. Topics include special relativity; the historical development of quantum theory; elements of quantum mechanics; with applications to atomic, molecular, solid state, nuclear and particle physics. Students who need or want laboratory work in modern physics should enroll concurrently in PHYSIC 281.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 214  Thermodynamics

    Description:
    An introduction to the principles of thermodynamics. Concepts include temperature, internal energy, heat, free energy, entropy, work, and the laws which relate them to each other. Application is made to systems including ideal gases, heat engines and refrigerators.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 281  Physical Laboratory I

    Description:
    Basic principles of experimental physics and error analysis. Experiments in modern physics and optics, including spectroscopy, electromagnetism, atomic, and nuclear physics.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 312  Mechanics

    Description:
    Principles of Newtonian mechanics, conservation laws, gravitational potential theory, and conservative fields, central forces, oscillatory systems, rigid body rotation, and relativistic mechanics.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 321  Theory of Electricity and Magnetism I

    Description:
    Basic concepts of electric and magnetic fields, electrostatics, magnetostatics, electric currents, electromagnetism, development of Maxwells equations and simple applications, physical optics, reflection, dispersion, polarization, and diffraction.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 322  Theory of Electricity and Magnetism II

    Description:
    A continuation of PHYSIC 321. Description of the phenomena of electricity and magnetism in mathematical terms, boundary value problems and boundary conditions, transmission lines, wave guides, radiation from a moving charge, and special relativity.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 331  Optics

    Description:
    An introductory treatment of the physics of light. Topics include geometrical optics, interference and diffraction of light, electromagnetic wave theory, polarization, propagation of light in dispersive media and crystals, optical instruments, holography, lasers.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 350  Statistical Physics

    Description:
    Topics in heat, thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and elementary statistical mechanics.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 362  Computational Science

    Description:
    This course provides an introduction to some of the computational techniques employed, as well as illustrative applications in the natural sciences, and is intended to be accessible to majors from all science disciplines. The topics covered will begin with the numerical computation of derivatives and integrals. After discussing methods for finding roots of equations, solutions to systems of linear equations will be studies using matrix methods. These techniques are then extended to the solution of systems of ordinary differential equations with boundary or initial conditions. Scientific applications will include discrete and continuous time population and ecological models; reaction kinetics; radioactive decay; and solutions to one-dimensional Poisson and Schroedinger equations. Students will use MATLAB software as a platform to explore these computational techniques.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 382  Intermediate Laboratory

    Description:
    Experiments in geometrical and physical optics, electronics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. Individual program of experiments for each student according to his or her interests and previous experience.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 421  Atomic Physics and Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

    Description:
    The fundamental and elementary applications of quantum mechanics with emphasis on physical content rather than formalism. Elementary wave mechanics developed and applied to simple atomic structure. Topics include spectroscopic and other phenomena which form the experimental basis of modern atomic physics, the role of the Pauli principle and spin in determining periodic atomic properties, and radiation phenomena.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 479  Readings in Physics I

    Description:
    Supervised individual study of special topics in physics that are not available in regular courses.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 480  Readings in Physics II

    Description:
    Supervised individual study of special topics in physics that are not available in regular courses.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 481  Adv Projects Lab

    Description:
    Individual projects laboratory under the guidance of faculty in experimental and applied physics. An opportunity for the student to coordinate knowledge from mathematics, basic sciences and engineering sciences in the development of a specific project. Selected projects will emphasize design, analysis, development and evaluation; they will be chosen to simulate, as closely as possible, situations that might occur in industrial research and development.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 482  Adv Projects Lab

    Description:
    Individual projects laboratory under the guidance of faculty in experimental and applied physics. An opportunity for the student to coordinate knowledge from mathematics, basic sciences and engineering sciences in the development of a specific project. Selected projects will emphasize design, analysis, development and evaluation; they will be chosen to simulate, as closely as possible, situations that might occur in industrial research and development.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 487  Research in Physics I

    Description:
    Supervised research.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 488  Research Physics II

    Description:
    Supervised research.   More Info

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