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IDS 255
Mathematics for Chemistry and Physics
The physical applications of analytic and numerical methods are studied in such topics as differential equations, Fourier series, Laplace transforms, matrices, complex numbers and vectors.
Prerequisite: MAT 132

PHY 102
Modern Astronomy
This is an exposition of a wide variety of topics in modern astronomy including celestial motion, stellar spectra and evolution, galaxies, solar systems and cosmology. Three hours of lecture and three-hour laboratory per week. GENERAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONS-NATURAL SCIENCE

PHY/OPT 101
Modern Optics and Technology
This course is a survey of basic properties of light, diffraction, holography, interference, imaging and applications to modern technology including telescopes, lasers, CDs, fiber optics and optical data storage. The course satisfies the general studies lab science requirement. Three hours of lecture and three-hour laboratory per week. GENERAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONS-NATURAL SCIENCE

PHY 104
Fundamentals of Physical Science
This course introduces students to phenomena in the physical world and helps them understand the relationships that govern these phenomena. Topics include the structure of matter, chemical bonds and reactions, laws of motion and gravity, electromagnetism, and the study of heat, sound, and light. Three hours lecture and three-hour laboratory per week. GENERAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONS-NATURAL SCIENCE

PHY 105
Topics in Physics
This course is for non-science majors. It is a practical introduction to physics and science in everyday life. This course considers objects from our daily environment and focuses on their principles of operation, histories, and relationships to one another.  This course provides a broad survey of physics topics including mechanics, thermodynamics, mechanical waves, E&M, light, nuclear and modern physics. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. GENERAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONS-NATURAL SCIENCE

PHY 107
Are We Alone?
Since before recorded history, humans have looked up into the starry sky and asked this question.  If so, why?  If not, where might life exist outside of the Earth?  Both answers are mind-boggling and, to quote Isaac Asimov, equally frightening.  In this course we will study how life may have arisen on Earth; how we discover planets around other stars; what makes a planet habitable; and how we search for life in our universe.  Three hours lecture and threehours laboratory per week. GENERAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONS-NATURAL SCIENCE

PHY 184
Concepts of Physical Science
This is a course particularly focused on the needs of teachers in elementary and middle schools. The main focus is to have students learn by doing, that is, they will, in support of the lectures, carry out activities and demonstrations in various areas of the physical sciences. For each concept presented in the lecture class the students will carry out quantitative activities, which demonstrate the validity of the concept. They are required to keep a careful record of not only lecture notes but of their activities. Thus, at the end of the course each student will have produced a reference notebook of lesson plans, covering both theory and supporting activities/demonstrations, which are invaluable in teaching physical science in grades K through eight.

PHY 191
Fundamentals of Earth and Space Science
Introduces students to the structure and processes of the planet Earth and its relationship to the larger Universe.  Topics include formation of Earth, types of rocks, plate tectonics, the water cycle, oceans, interaction with celestial bodies, atmosphere, and climate. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. GENERAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONS-NATURAL SCIENCE

PHY 201
General Physics I
Calculus-based introductory course in general physics, covering mechanics, wave motion, and sound.  Six hours per week in workshop format.
Prerequisite: MAT 131 (or equivalent with Physics Department permission) GENERAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONS-NATURAL SCIENCE

PHY 202
General Physics II
Calculus-based introductory course in general physics, covering electromagnetism and heat. Six hours per week in workshop format.
Prerequisites: PHY 201 and MAT 132 (or equivalents with Physics Department permission)

PHY 203
General Physics III
Introductory course in general physics covering various aspects of modern physics, including relativity and quantum theory. Satisfies the Foundations general education requirement for Natural Science. Three hours of lecture and three-hour lab.
Prerequisite: MAT 131 (or equivalent with Physics Department permission)

PHY 251
Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
This course explores thermodynamic systems and variables; the laws of thermodynamics; thermodynamic potentials and applications; ideal and real gas relations; changes of phase; introduction to probability theory; elementary kinetic theory of gases; micro and macro-states of simple quantum-mechanical systems; Fermi-Dirac, Bose-Einstein and Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics. Four hours of lecture per week.

PHY 262
Electronics
This course is an introduction to electronic components and circuits, including power supplies, amplifiers and digital logic circuits, and the integration of electronics with software.
Prerequisite: PHY 202, MAT 131

PHY 301
Mathematical Physics I
This course covers a variety of mathematical tools needed in upper-level physics courses. The focus is on the applications of mathematics to interesting physical situations. Topics covered may include vector and matrix algebra, series expansion, calculus techniques in physics, vector calculus, ordinary and partial differential equations, complex numbers and probability in physics.
Prerequisite: MAT 132 or permission of the instructor

PHY 302
Mathematical Physics II
This course is a continuation of PHY 301 and covers a variety of mathematical tools needed in upper-level physics courses.
Prerequisite: MAT 132 or permission of the instructor

PHY 340
Classical Mechanics
This course examines fundamentals of Newtonian mechanics; conservation theorems; central forces; motion in non-inertial frames; rigid-body motion; and Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations. Four hours of lecture per week.

PHY 351
Electromagnetism I
This course looks at electrostatics and magnetostatics in vacuum and in material media; Maxwell's equations; energy and momentum in the electromagnetic field; electromagnetic waves; and special relativity. Four hours of lecture per week.

PHY 391
Selected Topics in Physics
Topics are determined by the needs of the students and the availability of faculty. Some possible topics are advanced mathematical physics, electromagnetism II, modeling and simulation in physics.

PHY 431
Advanced Physics Laboratory I
This is an introduction to the techniques of experimental research in the areas of electronics, electromagnetism and modern physics. Measurement technique and error analysis are emphasized. Two three-hour lab periods each week.

PHY 441
Quantum Physics I
This course is an introduction to non-relativistic quantum mechanics; wave functions, amplitudes and probabilities; the superposition of quantum states; and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. It also explores time evolution including: the Schroedinger equation, stationary states, and two-state systems, and motion in one-dimensional potentials including: tunneling, particle in a box and harmonic oscillator. Four hours of lecture per week.

PHY 490
Senior Seminar in Physics
This is a seminar specifically designed for students admitted to the department's honors program. Topics are determined by instructor.

PHY 491
Selected Topics in Physics and Optics
Topics are determined by the needs of the students and availability of faculty. Some possible topics are Quantum Physics II, Advanced Lab II and topics dealing with current trends in physics and optics.

OPT 241
Geometrical Optics
This course studies optical instruments and their use, including first-order Gaussian optics and thin-lens system layout. Lectures and laboratory exercises examine photometrics theory applied to optical systems such as the eye, magnifier and microscope, matrix optics and the nature of Seidel aberrations. Three hours of lecture and three-hour laboratory per week.
Prerequisite: MAT 131

OPT 261
Wave Optics
This course covers complex representation of waves; scalar diffraction theory; Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction and application to measurement; diffraction and image formation; optical transfer function; coherent optical systems, optical data processing and holography. Three hours of lecture and three-hour laboratory per week.

OPT 324
Lasers and Applications
This course includes fundamentals and applications of laser systems, such as optical amplification, cavity design, beam propagation and modulation. Emphasis is placed on developing the basic principles needed to design new systems, as well as an understanding of the operation of those currently in use.
Prerequisites: OPT 261 and 323, MAT 334 recommended

OPT 362
Electromagnetic Theory
This course explores vector analysis; Maxwell's equations, energy flow in electromagnetic fields, dipole radiation from Lorentz atoms, partially polarized radiation, spectral line broadening, dispersion, reflection and transmission, crystal optics, electro-optics and quantum optics. Prerequisites: PHY 202, MAT 233, and MAT 334

OPT 400
Applied Optics
Application of optics to current technology in optics, covering topics such as advanced detection systems, semiconductor optoelectonics and optical system performance specification.
Prerequisites: OPT 261, 323 and 324 (may be taken concurrently)

OPT 431
Advanced Optics Laboratory I
Intensive project-based laboratory course with experiments on optical imaging systems, testing of optical instruments, diffraction, interference, holography, lasers and detectors. Two three-hour lab periods per week.

OPT 442
Quantum Theory of Optics
This course is an introduction to quantum mechanics in the context of modern optics and optical technology. Wave mechanics applied to electrons in crystals and in quantum wells are discussed. Other topics include: absorption and emission in semiconductors and the optical properties of materials; Shrodinger equation; potential wells; barriers; electron in a periodic potential; energy bands; and Fermi statistics.
Prerequisites: PHY 202, 255