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PHYSICS (PHYS)
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
Physics
 
PHYS 1001 - Introduction to Physics I (NAT SCI, LE CAT4)
(5.0 cr; Prereq-Algebra, trig; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Noncalculus general physics course primarily for certain preprofessional fields. Topics in mechanics, heat, and sound.



PHYS 1002 - Introduction to Physics II
(5.0 cr; Prereq-1001; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Noncalculus general physics course primarily for certain preprofessional fields. Topics in light, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics.



PHYS 1011 - Conceptual Physics (NAT SCI, LE CAT5)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-Will not satisfy major or minor requirements in phys; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, offered periodically)
Descriptive, nonmathematical survey of basic concepts in physics from Newton to present. Instructor has considerable latitude regarding content. Primarily for liberal arts students; not for preprofessional preparation.



PHYS 1021 - Exploring Current Topics in Physics
(1.0 cr; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Introduction to current topics in the field of physics, with emphasis on recent research developments and local research activities.



PHYS 1033 - Cosmology, String Theory and the Death of the Universe (NAT SCI, LE CAT5)
(3.0 cr; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
A qualitative introduction to cosmology and string theory; the structure, evolution, and death of the universe, and of the galaxies, starts and planets it contains; fundamental theories for the structure, including extra dimensions, supersymmetry, and string dualities; extinction-level events ranging in scale from planetary to universal.



PHYS 1035 - Energy (NAT SCI, SUSTAIN)
(3.0 cr; A-F only, spring, offered periodically)
Energy as a fundamental topic for understanding both the natural and man made world. Will discuss concepts of human production, transmission, storage, and utilization of energy, as well as how these processes interact with natural pathways of energy such as the carbon cycle.



PHYS 2013 - General Physics I (NAT SCI, LE CAT5)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-previous or concurrent registration in PHYS 2014, Math 1290 or 1296 or 1596; credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1201 or 2011.; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Calculus-based introduction to Newtonian Mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2014 should be taken concurrently. The combination of PHYS 2013 and 2014 meets liberal education category 4.



PHYS 2014 - General Physics Lab I (NAT SCI)
(1.0 cr; Prereq-previous or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 2013; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Calculus-based introduction to Newtonian Mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat exemplified by laboratory study. This laboratory accompanies lecture PHYS 2013 and should be taken concurrently. The combination of PHYS 2013 and 2014 meets liberal education category 4.



PHYS 2015 - General Physics II
(4.0 cr; Prereq-previous or concurrent registration in 2016, 2011 or 2013 and 2014, Math 1297 or 1597; credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1202, 1204 or 2012.; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2016, should be taken concurrently.



PHYS 2016 - General Physics Lab II
(1.0 cr; Prereq-Previous or concurrently enrollment in PHYS 2015.; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics exemplified by laboratory study. This laboratory accompanies lecture PHYS 2015 and should be taken concurrently.



PHYS 2017 - Honors:General Physics I (NAT SCI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-Previous or concurrent registration in PHYS 2014. Math 1290 or previous or concurrent registration in Math 1296 or 1596 or physics major or instructor permission. Credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1201 or PHYS 2011 or PHYS 2013; A-F or Aud, fall, every year)
Advanced coverage of General Physics topics that include Newtonian Mechanics, fluid mechanics, and heat. Mathematically and conceptually demanding problem solving techniques. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2014, should be taken concurrently. The combination of PHYS 2014 and PHYS 2017 meets liberal education natural science with lab.



PHYS 2021 - Relativity and Quantum Physics
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1202 or 1204 or 2012 or (2015 and 2016); A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Descriptive course; relativity, quantum mechanics, hydrogen atom, multielectron atoms, molecular structure, quantum statistics, thermal radiation, solid state physics, nuclear physics.



PHYS 2022 - Classical Physics
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2012 or 2015 and 2016; credit will not be granted if already received for 1203 or 1205 or 2001; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Survey of various topics in classical physics: vector angular momentum, AC circuits, oscillatory motion, waves, physical optics.



PHYS 2033 - Classical and Quantum Physics Lab
(2.0 cr; =[PHYS 2031]; Prereq-2021 and 2022 (concurrent registration is allowed); A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Experiments and computer simulations selected to provide experience with both concepts and techniques in classical and quantum physics.



PHYS 2199 - Physics Tutoring
(1.0 - 2.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-2012 or 2015 and 2016, department consent; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Tutoring students in 1xxx- and 2xxx-level physics courses.



PHYS 3033 - Analytical Methods in Physics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2021, 2022, Math 3280 and 3298; A-F or Aud, fall, odd academic years)
A survey of analytical methods for the solution of fundamental equations of physics, such as those of Newton, Schrodinger, and Maxwell, and of the underlying mathematics, including complex variables, linear algebra, vector analysis, and ordinary and partial differential equations.



PHYS 3061 - Instrumentation
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2022 or 1203 or 1205, 1 sem programming; A-F or Aud, fall, even academic years)
Introduction to electronics for scientific applications. DC and AC circuits, linear and nonlinear devices, integrated circuits. Analog electronics. Transducers. Digital electronics. Applications of microcomputers to lab data acquisition.



PHYS 3091 - Independent Study
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-department consent; A-F or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Directed individual study.



PHYS 3094 - Physics Research
(1.0 - 6.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-department consent; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Supervised research.



PHYS 3561 - Astrophysics
(3.0 cr; =[PHYS 5561]; Prereq-2021; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
The application of physical laws and processes to the understanding of astrophysical objects: celestial mechanics, energy transport, stellar structure and evolution, the interstellar medium, stellar remnants, galactic structure and dynamics, large scale structure and cosmology.



PHYS 4001 - Classical Mechanics
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2022 or 2001, Math 3280; A-F or Aud, fall, odd academic years)
Theoretical mechanics, including Lagrangian and Hamiltonian functions, symmetries, and conservation laws.



PHYS 4011 - Electromagnetic Theory
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3033; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
Electric and magnetic fields, Maxwell's equations and applications, radiation.



PHYS 4021 - Quantum Physics II
(4.0 cr; Prereq-3033; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
Quantum wave mechanics with applications; Schrodinger equation, angular momentum, hydrogen atom, symmetries, identical particles.



PHYS 4031 - Thermal and Statistical Physics
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2021; A-F or Aud, fall, even academic years)
Elements of thermodynamics; principles of statistical physics applied to equilibrium properties of classical and quantum systems.



PHYS 4110 - Physics for Science Teachers
(2.0 cr; Prereq-1002 or 2012 of 2015 and 2016, no grad credit; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Preparation for teaching physics at the high school level. Review of physics concepts important at the high school level. Methods for effective presentation, including problem solving, discussions, demonstrations and lab experiments.



PHYS 5041 - Optics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2022 or 2001; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
Fundamentals of physical optics.



PHYS 5043 - Environmental Optics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2012 or 2015 and 2016 or course containing elementary optics; A-F or Aud, fall, odd academic years)
Application of optics in environmental measurements of irradiance and radiance, optical remote sensing using ship-borne and satellite platforms, diffuse spectra, single vs. multiple scattering, object visibility, inherent vs. apparent optical properties, scattering in Beer's law, optical algorithms.



PHYS 5052 - Computational Methods in Physics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2021, 1 sem programming, Math 3280; A-F or Aud, fall, odd academic years)
Applications of numerical methods to problems in classical and quantum physics, emphasizing ordinary and partial differential equations. Computer modeling of physical systems and experimentation with simulations of physical systems.



PHYS 5053 - Data Analysis Methods in Physics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2012 or 2015 and 2016, 1 sem programming, lab or field experience beyond 2012/2015 and 2016; A-F or Aud, fall, even academic years)
Problems of data analysis in the context of dynamical models. Emphasis will be placed on large datasets that arise in astrophysics, particle dynamics, physical oceanography and meteorology. (2 hr lect & 2 hr lab)



PHYS 5061 - Experimental Methods
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2033 or 2031, 3061; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
Instruction and practice in methods of experimental physics; microcomputer- based data acquisition; vacuum techniques.



PHYS 5090 - Physics Seminar
(1.0 cr [max 2.0 cr]; Prereq-Sr or grad student; A-F or Aud, spring, every year)
Preparation and presentation of oral reports on approved physics topics, research projects, and journal articles.



PHYS 5501 - Advanced Classical Mechanics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-4001; A-F or Aud, fall, odd academic years)
Hamiltonian and Lagrangian formulations for discrete systems, canonical transformations, nonlinear dynamics, and chaos theory.



PHYS 5511 - Electrodynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-4011; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
Maxwell's equations, relativity and electrodynamics, radiation and scattering of electromagnetic waves, relativistic particles in electromagnetic fields, and radiation reaction.



PHYS 5521 - Quantum Mechanics I
(3.0 cr; Prereq-4021; A-F or Aud, fall, even academic years)
Schr[o]dinger equation, operator formulation, angular momentum, symmetries.



PHYS 5522 - Quantum Mechanics II
(3.0 cr; Prereq-5521; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
Identical particles, perturbation theory, scattering, interaction with electromagnetic field.



PHYS 5531 - Introduction to Solid State Physics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-4021, 4031; A-F or Aud, spring, odd academic years)
Solid structure, thermal, and electronic properties of solids and solid surfaces.



PHYS 5541 - Fluid Dynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq-2022 or 2001, Math 3280; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
Analytic and numeric treatment of dynamics of fluids. Rotating, stratified fluids, with applications in limnology, oceanography, and meteorology.



PHYS 5561 - Astrophysics
(3.0 cr; =[PHYS 3561]; Prereq-2021 and 2022, Math 3280; A-F or Aud, spring, even academic years)
The application of physical laws and processes to the understanding of astrophysical objects: celestial mechanics, energy transport, stellar structure and evolution, the interstellar medium, stellar remnants, galactic structure and dynamics, large scale structure and cosmology.



PHYS 5591 - Independent Study
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-Consent of director of graduate studies, instructor consent; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Special studies, useful in individual graduate programs, not available in regular course offerings.



PHYS 5594 - Physics Research
(1.0 - 3.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereq-instructor consent; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year)
Physics Research



PHYS 8333 - FTE: Master's
(1.0 cr; Prereq-Master's student, adviser and DGS consent; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)
(No description)



PHYS 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's
(1.0 - 18.0 cr [max 50.0 cr]; Prereq-Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required (Plan A only); No Grade, fall, spring, every year)
(No description)



 
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