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PHYSICS (PHYS)
Division of Science and Mathematics
Division of Science & Mathematics - Adm
 
PHYS 1005 - Journal Club
(1.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; S-N only, fall, every year)
Students learn about a wide variety of current topics in physics by reading and discussing recent journal articles.



PHYS 1052 - The Solar System (SCI-L)
(5.0 cr; fall, every year)
History of astronomy; motions of celestial objects; gravity and electromagnetic radiation; the Earth and Moon; the planets and their moons; meteors and asteroids; the Sun; telescopes and other astronomical instruments. Stars and constellations of the fall sky. Night viewing sessions required. (4 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab)[Note: no cr for students who have received cr for Phys 1051]



PHYS 1053 - Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology (SCI)
(4.0 cr; spring, every year)
Gravity and electromagnetic radiation; nuclear physics; stellar properties; stellar evolution; galaxies; quasars; and cosmology. Stars and constellations of the winter sky. Night viewing sessions required. (4 hrs lect)



PHYS 1063 - Physics of Weather (ENVT)
(4.0 cr; fall, even academic years)
Structure and dynamics of the atmosphere, global energy balance, various atmospheric phenomena from the global scale to the local scale including global wind systems, cyclones, fronts and air masses, thunderstorms, tornadoes, past and present climate, weather forecasting, problems concerning the interaction between civilization and the atmosphere. Some observation and field work required.



PHYS 1064 - High Altitude Ballooning: An Exploration of Near Space (IC)
(2.0 cr; Prereq-new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM; A-F only, fall, offered periodically)
A hands-on study of atmospheric and experimental physics. Laboratory experience with microcontrollers and electronics are developed and used to design and build a mini-spacecraft. High-altitude balloons carry the spacecraft into near-space, up to an altitude of about 90,000 feet. The launch and recovery are required class activities tentatively scheduled for a Saturday about two thirds of the way through the semester. The remainder of the semester involves data analysis from the balloon mission.



PHYS 1091 - Principles of Physics I (SCI-L)
(5.0 cr; Prereq-high school higher algebra; fall, every year)
Introduction to physics without the use of calculus. Vectors, kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, work and energy, momentum, torque, fluids, thermal physics, laws of thermodynamics, oscillations and waves. (4 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab)



PHYS 1092 - Principles of Physics II (SCI-L)
(5.0 cr; Prereq-1091; spring, every year)
Coulomb's law, electric fields, electric potential, capacitance, electric current, resistance, DC circuits, magnetism, induction, reflection and refraction of light, mirrors and lenses, interference and diffraction, optical instruments, radioactivity (4 hrs lect, 2 hrs lab)



PHYS 1101 - General Physics I (SCI-L)
(5.0 cr; Prereq-Math 1101 or #; spring, every year)
Vectors, kinematics, laws of motion, circular motion, work-energy theorem, conservation principles, rotational motion, gravitation, simple harmonic oscillations, wave phenomena, fluid mechanics, thermal properties of matter, kinetic theory, laws of thermodynamics. (4 hrs lect and rec, 2 hrs lab)



PHYS 1102 - General Physics II (SCI-L)
(5.0 cr; Prereq-1101, Math 1102 or #; fall, every year)
Coulomb's law, electric field, Gauss's law, electric potential, capacitance, dielectrics, current, resistance, circuits, magnetic field, Ampere's law, inductance, Faraday's law, AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, nature of light, reflection, refraction, optical instruments, interference, diffraction. (4 hrs lect and rec, 2 hrs lab)



PHYS 1801 - Energy Science (IC)
(2.0 cr; Prereq-new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM; fall, offered periodically)
A scientific and quantitative look at the production and consumption of energy. Examination of the scientific foundations of numerous sources of energy and evaluation of the potential for each to satisfy the world's appetite for energy.



PHYS 1802 - Projects in Physics and Engineering (IC)
(2.0 cr; Prereq-new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM; fall, offered periodically)
Possible projects include high altitude balloon flights, meteor imaging, skylight studies, cosmic ray measurements, determination of wave propagation in granular media, and analysis of radio astronomical observations. Equipment development and computerized data acquisition and analysis included. Research into the engineering and scientific background of the projects required. (1 hr lect, 2 hrs lab)
Effective: Fall 2015


PHYS 1993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum. Prereq-Approved directed study form.



PHYS 2101 - Modern Physics (SCI-L)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1102, Math 2401 or #; spring, every year)
Special relativity, quantum nature of matter and radiation, Bohr-Sommerfeld atom, atomic spectra, uncertainty principle, Schrodinger equation, hydrogen atom, electron spin, Pauli principle, and periodic table. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab)



PHYS 2201 - Circuits and Electronic Devices (SCI-L)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1102 or #; spring, even academic years)
A hands-on practical course in electronics. Analog electronics including AC and DC circuit analysis, passive circuit elements, pn junctions, transistors, and op-amp circuits. Digital electronics including combinational logic, sequential logic, and microprocessors. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab)



PHYS 2301 - Atmospheric Physics (ENVT)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1092 or 1102, Math 1102; fall, odd academic years)
Introduction to atmospheric physics with an emphasis on thermodynamics. Atmospheric thermodynamics including gas laws, phase transitions, laws of thermodynamics, two-component systems, atmospheric stability; radiative transfer including atmospheric optics and remote sensing; some aspects of atmospheric chemistry such as aerosols, chemical cycles, traces gases; cloud microphysics including nucleation and growth; and atmospheric dynamics including equations of motion for fluid flow; applications to weather systems. (4 hrs lect)



PHYS 2401 - Optics (SCI-L)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-1102; spring, odd academic years)
Light as a wave phenomenon, electromagnetic nature of light, Huygens' principle, interference, diffraction--Fraunhofer and Fresnel, polarization, dispersion, absorption and scattering. (4 hrs lect, lab TBA)



PHYS 2993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum. Prereq-Approved directed study form.



PHYS 3003 - Computer Modeling of Materials (SCI)
(2.0 cr; Prereq-1102; fall, even academic years)
Focus on the description of materials as assemblies of microscopic particles, covering aspects of molecular dynamics simulations in various statistical ensembles. Skills in scientific programming, visualization and parallel programming are developed through a semester-long project in which students develop a series of molecular dynamics modules.



PHYS 3101 - Classical Mechanics (SCI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2101, Math 2101 or #; fall, even academic years)
Kinematics and dynamics of a particle, oscillations, central-force motion, systems of particles, rigid-body rotations, gravitation, non-inertial coordinate systems, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations, dynamics of rigid bodies. (4 hrs lect)



PHYS 3151 - Solid State Physics
(2.0 cr; Prereq-2101, Math 2101; fall, odd academic years)
An introduction to crystal lattices, Bravais lattices, electronic band structure in metals and semi-metals, cohesive energy of solids, phonon structure, magnetic properties.



PHYS 3152 - Particle and Nuclear Physics
(2.0 cr; Prereq-2101, Math 2101; spring, odd academic years)
Leptons, baryons, quarks, the weak interaction, the strong interaction, the Standard Model, Feynman diagrams, nuclear stability, the shell model, decay modes, nuclear reactions.



PHYS 3153 - Cosmology
(2.0 cr; Prereq-2101; spring, odd academic years)
The geometry of the universe, cosmological models, observational parameters, the age of the universe, dark matter, the cosmic microwave background, nucleosynthesis, inflation, dark energy.



PHYS 3401 - Experimental Physics (SCI-L)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2101; fall, even academic years)
An introduction to modern experimental methods. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab)



PHYS 3501 - Statistical Physics (SCI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2101; spring, even academic years)
Probability distributions, statistical ensembles, statistical thermodynamics, ideal gases, quantum statistics, kinetic theory of transport phenomena. (4 hrs lect)



PHYS 3993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum. Prereq-Approved directed study form.



PHYS 4101 - Electromagnetism
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2101, Math 2101 or #; fall, odd academic years)
Vector calculus, electrostatics, Laplace and Poisson equations, dielectrics, magnetostatics, magnetic properties of matter, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell's equations, electrodynamics, electromagnetic waves. (4 hrs lect)



PHYS 4201 - Quantum Mechanics
(4.0 cr; Prereq-2101, Math 2101; spring, every year)
Uncertainty principle, Schroedinger equation, commutation relations, momentum space wave functions, Dirac notation, applications to problems in one dimension and the hydrogen atom, angular momentum. (4 hrs lect)



PHYS 4901 - Senior Thesis I
(1.0 cr; Prereq-sr; fall, every year)
Capstone experience in physics. Students work with recent journal articles in physics, practice technical writing, and identify a thesis topic.



PHYS 4902 - Senior Thesis II
(1.0 cr; Prereq-4901; spring, every year)
Students develop and present their senior theses orally and in writing.



PHYS 4993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; fall, spring, every year)
An on- or off-campus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum. Prereq-Approved directed study form.



 
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