Physics courses are designated by PHYS.
Introductory Physics I
is a non-calculus based introduction to mechanics.
CO: Mathematics 1090
CR: PHYS 1050
PR: Level III Advanced Mathematics or Mathematics 1090. It is recommended that students have completed at least one of level II and level III high school physics courses, however this course may be completed by someone who has no physics background provided some extra effort is made.
Introductory Physics II
is a non-calculus based introduction to fluids, wave motion, light, optics, electricity and magnetism.
CO: Mathematics 1000
General Physics I: Mechanics
is a calculus based introduction to mechanics. The course will emphasize problem solving.
CO: Mathematics 1000
CR: PHYS 1020
PR: Mathematics 1000, which may be taken concurrently
General Physics II: Oscillations, Waves, Electromagnetism
is a calculus based introduction to oscillations, wave motion, physical optics and electromagnetism.
CO: Mathematics 1001
Fluids and Thermal Physics
examines elasticity, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, kinetic theory and statistical mechanics.
General Physics VI: Modern Physics
is special relativity, quanta of light, atomic structure and spectral lines, quantum structure of atoms and molecules, nuclei and elementary particles.
CR: PHYS 2750
Experimental and Computational Physics
is laboratory techniques, including experimental method and design. Data analysis, including application of statistics to experimental physics. Numerical analysis using Maple, and an introduction to modelling in physics. Topics are introduced through experiments, complementary lectures, and library research of some of the great experiments of physics.
CO: Mathematics 2050
PR: Mathematics 1001, Mathematics 2050, PHYS 1051 (or the former PHYS 2054). Students who have completed PHYS 1020/1021 will be allowed to register for PHYS 2065 with the permission of the Instructor and the Program Chair.
Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics
is atomic structure and spectra. The sun: radiation, energetics, magnetic field. Stars: distance, velocity, size, atmospheres, interiors. Variable stars, multiple stars, clusters and stellar associations. Stellar evolution, interstellar matter, structure of the Milky Way Galaxy. Exterior galaxies, quasi-stellar objects, pulsars. Cosmology.
PR: 6 credit hours in Mathematics at the first year level
is an introduction to nuclear and particle physics. Topics include nuclear properties and models; radioactive dating; fission; nuclear reactors; accelerators; the detection, classification, and properties of subatomic particles. Applications in areas such as ecology, dosimetry, medical physics and nuclear astrophysics are discussed.
PR: Level III Advanced Mathematics or Mathematics 1090. It is recommended that students have completed at least one of Level II and Level III high school physics courses.
Introduction to Analog and Digital Electronics
covers the basics of the analog and digital electronics; direct current circuits, capacitors and inductors, alternating currents, test equipment and measurement, transducers, diodes and transistors, introduction to operational amplifiers, digital basics, digital circuitry and digital analog I/O. This course is a combined lecture/laboratory course with two three-hour sessions scheduled per week.
covers newtonian dynamics and celestial mechanics, numerical differentiation and integration, numerical solutions to mechanics problems, data and spectral analysis, Fourier series and normal modes, oscillations and vibrations, linear and non-linear oscillators, nonlinear dynamics and chaos.
CO: Mathematics 2000
Electricity and Magnetism
is point charges; Coulomb's law; electrostatic field and potential; Gauss' law; conductors; magnetostatics; Ampere's law; Biot-Savart law; dielectric and magnetic materials; electrostatic and magnetostatic energy; Lorentz force; time varying fields; Faraday's law; Lenz's law; Maxwell's equations.
includes Maxwell’s equations, energy and momentum in electromagnetic systems, EM waves, potentials and fields, dynamical systems of charges, radiation, the interaction of EM fields with matter, and the relativistic formulation of electromagnetism and its applications.
PR: PHYS 3060
Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
is the physics and mathematics of stars and galaxies. Orbits and the two-body problem, radiation and matter, theory of stellar atmospheres, structure and evolution of stars. Galaxies: Morphology and kinematics. Milky Way kinematics and structure, large-scale star formation, the distribution of interstellar matter in galaxies. Starburst and active galaxies. An introduction to cosmology.
covers theoretical topics including celestial mechanics, continuous and line spectra, stellar structure and nucleosynthesis, and stellar evolution. Observational topics include planning observations, acquisition of images with a CCD electronic camera, fundamentals of astronomical image processing, photometry, and stellar spectroscopy using a variety of software packages.
Classical Mechanics I
is kinematics and dynamics of a particle. Moving reference systems. Celestial mechanics. Systems of particles.
Classical Mechanics II
covers rigid body motion. Lagrange's equations. Hamilton's equations. Vibrations. Special theory of relativity.
Elementary Particles and Fields
includes the Standard Model, classification of elementary particles and forces of nature, symmetries, conservation laws, quark model, quantum electrodynamics, quantum chromodynamics, and the theory of weak interactions.
covers the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Entropy. Thermodynamics of real substances. Kinetic theory of matter. Introduction to statistical mechanics.
Quantum Mechanics I
includes a review of elementary quantum physics and covers topics such as wave functions, operators, expectation values, the Schrodinger equation in 1-dimension, states and operators in Hilbert space, coordinate and momentum representations, quantum mechanics in three dimensions, angular momentum, spherically symmetric potentials, and approximation methods.
Mathematical Physics II
examines the functions of a complex variable; residue calculus. Introduction to Cartesian tensor analysis. Matrix eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Diagonalization of tensors. Matrix formulation of quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanical spin. Vector differential operators in curvilinear coordinate systems. Partial differential equations of Mathematical Physics and boundary value problems; derivation of the classical equations, separation of variables; Helmholtz equation in spherical polar coordinates.
Senior Physics Seminar
is a review of current topics in Physics discussed in a seminar format. Seminars are presented by faculty, students, and guest speakers. Topics are normally drawn from the fields of sub-atomic & nuclear physics or astronomy & cosmology. This is a designated Writing course.
PR: normally restricted to Physics students who have completed 78 credit hours or more
introduces the student to advanced laboratory work in several areas of physics.
PR: Physics students who have completed 60 credit hours or more
Research Experience in Physics
is an opportunity for students to participate in original research under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Students are required to present a written report and to give a seminar on their work.
PR: Physics students who have completed 78 credit hours or more and permission of the Physics Program Chair