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PHYSICS (PHYS)
Division of Science and Mathematics
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PHYS
1005
 Journal Club
(1.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; SN 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
(SCIL)
(5.0 cr; no cr for students who have received cr for Phys 1051; 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)
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; Prereqnew college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM; launch and recovery is a required class activity tentatively scheduled for a Saturday about two thirds of the way through the semester; AF only, fall, offered periodically) A handson study of atmospheric and experimental physics. Laboratory experience with microcontrollers and electronics are developed and used to design and build a minispacecraft. Highaltitude balloons carry the spacecraft into nearspace, 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
(SCIL)
(5.0 cr; Prereqhigh 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
(SCIL)
(5.0 cr; Prereq1091; 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
(SCIL)
(5.0 cr; PrereqMath 1101 or #; spring, every year) Vectors, kinematics, laws of motion, circular motion, workenergy 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
(SCIL)
(5.0 cr; Prereq1101, 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; Prereqnew 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 & Engineering
(IC)
(2.0 cr; Prereqnew 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]; Prereqapproved directed study form; fall, spring, every year) An on or offcampus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
PHYS
2101
 Modern Physics
(SCIL)
(4.0 cr; Prereq1102, Math 2401 or #; spring, every year) Special relativity, quantum nature of matter and radiation, BohrSommerfeld 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
(SCIL)
(4.0 cr; Prereq1102 or #; spring, even academic years) A handson practical course in electronics. Analog electronics including AC and DC circuit analysis, passive circuit elements, pn junctions, transistors, and opamp circuits. Digital electronics including combinational logic, sequential logic, and microprocessors. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab)
PHYS
2301
 Atmospheric Physics
(ENVT)
(4.0 cr; Prereq1092 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, twocomponent 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
(SCIL)
(4.0 cr; Prereq1102; spring, odd academic years) Light as a wave phenomenon, electromagnetic nature of light, Huygens' principle, interference, diffractionFraunhofer 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]; Prereqapproved directed study form; fall, spring, every year) An on or offcampus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
PHYS
3003
 Computer Modeling of Materials
(SCI)
(2.0 cr; Prereq1102; 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 semesterlong project in which students develop a series of molecular dynamics modules.
PHYS
3101
 Classical Mechanics
(SCI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq2101, Math 2101 or #; fall, even academic years) Kinematics and dynamics of a particle, oscillations, centralforce motion, systems of particles, rigidbody rotations, gravitation, noninertial coordinate systems, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations, dynamics of rigid bodies. (4 hrs lect)
PHYS
3151
 Solid State Physics
(2.0 cr; Prereq2101, Math 2101; fall, odd academic years) An introduction to crystal lattices, Bravais lattices, electronic band structure in metals and semimetals, cohesive energy of solids, phonon structure, magnetic properties.
PHYS
3152
 Particle and Nuclear Physics
(2.0 cr; Prereq2101, 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; Prereq2101; 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
(SCIL)
(4.0 cr; Prereq2101; fall, even academic years) An introduction to modern experimental methods. (3 hrs lect, 3 hrs lab)
PHYS
3501
 Statistical Physics
(SCI)
(4.0 cr; Prereq2101; 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]; Prereqapproved directed study form; fall, spring, every year) An on or offcampus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.
PHYS
4101
 Electromagnetism
(4.0 cr; Prereq2101, 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; Prereq2101, 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; Prereqsr; 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; Prereq4901; 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]; Prereqapproved directed study form; fall, spring, every year) An on or offcampus learning experience individually arranged between a student and a faculty member for academic credit in areas not covered in the regular curriculum.






