COURSES
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 threehour laboratory per week. GENERAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONSNATURAL 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 threehour laboratory per week. GENERAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONSNATURAL 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 threehour laboratory per week. GENERAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONSNATURAL SCIENCE
PHY 105 Topics in Physics This course is for nonscience 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 FOUNDATIONSNATURAL 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 mindboggling 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 FOUNDATIONSNATURAL 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 FOUNDATIONSNATURAL SCIENCE
PHY 201 General Physics I Calculusbased 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 FOUNDATIONSNATURAL SCIENCE
PHY 202 General Physics II Calculusbased 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 threehour 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 macrostates of simple quantummechanical systems; FermiDirac, BoseEinstein and MaxwellBoltzmann 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 upperlevel 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 upperlevel 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 noninertial frames; rigidbody 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 threehour lab periods each week.
PHY 441 Quantum Physics I This course is an introduction to nonrelativistic 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 twostate systems, and motion in onedimensional 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 firstorder Gaussian optics and thinlens 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 threehour 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 threehour 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, electrooptics 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 projectbased laboratory course with experiments on optical imaging systems, testing of optical instruments, diffraction, interference, holography, lasers and detectors. Two threehour 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
