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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; PrereqAlgebra, trig; AF 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; Prereq1001; AF 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; PrereqWill not satisfy major or minor requirements in phys; AF 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; AF 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; AF 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; extinctionlevel events ranging in scale from planetary to universal.
PHYS
1035
 Energy
(NAT SCI, SUSTAIN)
(3.0 cr; AF only, spring, offered periodically) Energy as a fundamental topic for understanding both the natural and manmade 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; Prereqprevious or concurrent registration in PHYS 2014. Prerequisite of Math 1290 or 1296 or 1596; credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1201 or 2011.; AF or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year) Calculusbased 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; Prereqprevious or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 2013; AF or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year) Calculusbased 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; Prereqprevious or concurrent registration in 2016. Prerequisite of 2011 or 2013 and 2014, Math 1297 or 1597; credit will not be granted if already received for PHYS 1202, 1204 or 2012.; AF or Aud, fall, spring, every year) Calculusbased introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics. The companion laboratory, PHYS 2016, should be taken concurrently.
PHYS
2016
 General Physics Lab II
(1.0 cr; PrereqPrevious or concurrently enrollment in PHYS 2015.; AF or Aud, fall, spring, every year) Calculusbased 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; PrereqPrevious or concurrent registration in PHYS 2014. Previous or concurrent registration in Math 1290 or 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.; AF 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; Prereq1202 or 1204 or 2012 or (2015 and 2016); AF 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; Prereq2012 or 2015 and 2016; credit will not be granted if already received for 1203 or 1205 or 2001; AF 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]; Prereq2021 and 2022 (concurrent registration is allowed); AF 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]; Prereq2012 or 2015 and 2016, department consent; SN or Aud, fall, spring, every year) Tutoring students in 1xxx and 2xxxlevel physics courses.
PHYS
3033
 Analytical Methods in Physics
(3.0 cr; Prereq2021, 2022, Math 3280 and 3298; AF 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; Prereq2022 or 1203 or 1205, 1 sem programming; AF 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]; Prereqdepartment consent; AF or Aud, fall, spring, every year) Directed individual study.
PHYS
3094
 Physics Research
(1.0  6.0 cr [max 6.0 cr]; Prereqdepartment consent; SN or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year) Supervised research.
PHYS
3561
 Astrophysics
(3.0 cr; =[PHYS 5561]; Prereq2021; AF 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; Prereq2022 or 2001, Math 3280; AF or Aud, fall, odd academic years) Theoretical mechanics, including Lagrangian and Hamiltonian functions, symmetries, and conservation laws.
PHYS
4011
 Electromagnetic Theory
(4.0 cr; Prereq3033; AF or Aud, spring, odd academic years) Electric and magnetic fields, Maxwell's equations and applications, radiation.
PHYS
4021
 Quantum Physics II
(4.0 cr; Prereq3033; AF 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; Prereq2021; AF or Aud, fall, even academic years) Elements of thermodynamics; principles of statistical physics applied to equilibrium properties of classical and quantum systems.
PHYS
4071
 Quantum Computation
(3.0 cr; PrereqMATH 3280 or PHYS 2021; no grad credit; AF or Aud, spring, offered periodically) Quantum mechanics in Heisenberg formalism, Quantum information theory, Shor's factoring algorithm, Grover's search algorithm, quantum communication and quantum cryptography.
Effective: Spring 2015
PHYS
4110
 Physics for Science Teachers
(2.0 cr; Prereq1002 or 2012 of 2015 and 2016, no grad credit; AF 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; Prereq2022 or 2001; AF or Aud, spring, odd academic years) Fundamentals of physical optics.
PHYS
5043
 Environmental Optics
(3.0 cr; Prereq2012 or 2015 and 2016 or course containing elementary optics; AF or Aud, fall, odd academic years) Application of optics in environmental measurements of irradiance and radiance, optical remote sensing using shipborne 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; Prereq2021, 1 sem programming, Math 3280; AF 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; Prereq2012 or 2015 and 2016, 1 sem programming, lab or field experience beyond 2012/2015 and 2016; AF 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; Prereq2033 or 2031, 3061; AF or Aud, spring, even academic years) Instruction and practice in methods of experimental physics; microcomputer
based data acquisition; vacuum techniques.
PHYS
5071
 Quantum Computation
(3.0 cr; PrereqMath 3280 or PHYS 2021 or graduate student; AF or Aud, spring, offered periodically) Quantum mechanics in Heisenberg formalism, Quantum information theory, Shor's factoring algorithm, Grover's search algorithm, quantum communication and quantum cryptography.
Effective: Spring 2015
PHYS
5090
 Physics Seminar
(1.0 cr [max 2.0 cr]; PrereqSr or grad student; AF 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; Prereq4001; AF 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; Prereq4011; AF 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; Prereq4021; AF or Aud, fall, even academic years) Schr[o]dinger equation, operator formulation, angular momentum, symmetries.
PHYS
5522
 Quantum Mechanics II
(3.0 cr; Prereq5521; AF 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; Prereq4021, 4031; AF or Aud, spring, odd academic years) Solid structure, thermal, and electronic properties of solids and solid surfaces.
PHYS
5541
 Fluid Dynamics
(3.0 cr; Prereq2022 or 2001, Math 3280; AF 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]; Prereq2021 and 2022, Math 3280; AF 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]; PrereqConsent of director of graduate studies, instructor consent; SN 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]; Prereqinstructor consent; SN or Aud, fall, spring, summer, every year) Physics Research
PHYS
8333
 FTE: Master's
(1.0 cr; PrereqMaster'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]; PrereqMax 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required (Plan A only); No Grade, fall, spring, every year) (No description)






