# Physics Courses

### Courses

**PHYS 1403. General Physics I.**

General Physics I (3-2) A non-calculus treatment of mechanics and heat. Laboratory experience is an essential component of this course. May not be counted toward a major or minor in physics.

**4 Credit Hours**

**5 Total Contact Hours**

2 Lab Hours

3 Lecture Hours

0 Other Hours

**Prerequisite(s):** (MATH 1320 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 1508 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 1411 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 1312 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 2313 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 2326 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 2301 w/C or better ) OR (BANM score between 4 and 5 ) OR (ACCL score between 081 and 120 AND BANM score between 4 and 5 ) OR (BANM score between 4 and 5 AND EPCM score between 081 and 120 ) OR (MATH 1411A w/C or better AND MATH 1411B w/C or better AND MATH 1411C w/C or better ) OR (MATH 1508A w/C or better AND MATH 1508B w/C or better AND MATH 1508C w/C or better ) OR (SXDG score of 1 ) OR (SXMA score of 1 ) OR (SXMN score of 1 ) OR (SXOI score of 1 ) OR (SXTR score of 1)

**PHYS 1404. General Physics II.**

General Physics II (3-2) A continuation of PHYS 1403 treating topics in electricity, magnetism, sound, and light. May not be counted toward a major or minor in physics.

**4 Credit Hours**

**5 Total Contact Hours**

2 Lab Hours

3 Lecture Hours

0 Other Hours

**Prerequisite(s):** (PHYS 1403 w/C or better)

**PHYS 2120. Laboratory for PHYS 2320.**

Laboratory to accompany PHYS 2320.

**1 Credit Hour**

**2 Total Contact Hour**

2 Lab Hour

0 Lecture Hour

0 Other Hour

**Prerequisite(s):** (MATH 1411 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 1312 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 2313 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 2326 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 1411A w/C or better AND MATH 1411B w/C or better AND MATH 1411C w/C or better)

**Corequisite(s):** PHYS2320

**PHYS 2121. Laboratory for PHYS 2321.**

Laboratory to accompany PHYS 2321.

**PHYS 2210. Vibrations and Waves.**

Forced oscillations and resonance. Coupled oscillations and normal modes. Transverse waves. Longitudinal waves. Boundary effects and interference. Standing waves and normal modes. Diffraction. Polarization. Non-linear oscillations and chaos. Non-linear waves and solitons.

**2 Credit Hours**

**2 Total Contact Hours**

0 Lab Hours

2 Lecture Hours

0 Other Hours

**Prerequisite(s):** (PHYS 2420 w/C or better)

**PHYS 2230. Thermal and Fluid Physics.**

Thermal and Fluid Physics (2-0) An introduction to thermal physics and introductory fluid dynamics. The properties of gases, temperature, internal energy, heat, and the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Buoyancy and Archimedes principle, simple hydrodynamics of compressible and incompressible flow, Bernoulli's equation, and convection.

**2 Credit Hours**

**2 Total Contact Hours**

0 Lab Hours

2 Lecture Hours

0 Other Hours

**Prerequisite(s):** (PHYS 2420 w/C or better)

**PHYS 2320. Introductory Mechanics.**

Kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies using vectors and calculus; Newton's Laws; conservation of energy and momentum.

**3 Credit Hours**

**3 Total Contact Hours**

0 Lab Hours

3 Lecture Hours

0 Other Hours

**Prerequisite(s):** (MATH 1411 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 1312 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 2313 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 2326 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 1411A w/C or better AND MATH 1411B w/C or better AND MATH 1411C w/C or better)

**Corequisite(s):** PHYS2120

**PHYS 2321. Introductory Electromagnetism.**

Electric field and potential; elementary circuits and Ohm's Law; current and magnetism; time varying fields and electromagnetic waves.

**PHYS 2325. Survey of Modern Physics.**

Survey of special relativity theory and quantum physics applied to atoms, molecules, nuclei, and the solid state.

**3 Credit Hours**

**6 Total Contact Hours**

3 Lab Hours

3 Lecture Hours

0 Other Hours

**Prerequisite(s):** (PHYS 2421 w/C or better)

**PHYS 2420. Introductory Mechanics.**

Introductory Mechanics (3-3) Dynamics of particles and rigid bodies using vectors and calculus, conservation of energy and momentum, and kinetic theory.

**4 Credit Hours**

**0 Total Contact Hours**

0-3 Lab Hours

0-3 Lecture Hours

0 Other Hours

**Prerequisite(s):** (MATH 1411 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 1312 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 2313 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 2326 w/C or better ) OR (MATH 1411A w/C or better AND MATH 1411B w/C or better AND MATH 1411C w/C or better)

**PHYS 2421. Introductory Electromagnetism.**

Introductory Electromagnetism Electric field and potential; current and magnetism; time varying fields and electro magnetic waves.

**4 Credit Hours**

**0 Total Contact Hours**

0-3 Lab Hours

0-3 Lecture Hours

0 Other Hours

**Prerequisite(s):** (PHYS 2420 w/D or better)

**PHYS 3243. Advanced Laboratory Practice.**

Advanced Laboratory Practice (0-6) Topics in and practices of experimental physics. May be repeated three times for credit.

**2 Credit Hours**

**6 Total Contact Hours**

6 Lab Hours

0 Lecture Hours

0 Other Hours

**Prerequisite(s):** (PHYS 2421 w/C or better)

**PHYS 3280. Physics Seminar.**

A course designed to learn oral presentation skills. Students will do oral presentations and prepare a formal written paper on topics from the physics literature or from undergraduate research projects.

**2 Credit Hours**

**2 Total Contact Hours**

0 Lab Hours

2 Lecture Hours

0 Other Hours

**PHYS 3323. Physical Optics.**

Physical Optics (3-0) Wave propagation, interference, diffraction, absorption, scattering, and polarization. The theory and operation of lasers and optical resonant cavities are introduced.

**PHYS 3331. Thermal Physics.**

Thermal Physics (3-0) Introduction to statistical mechanics and thermodynamics.

**PHYS 3351. Analytical Mechanics I.**

Analytical Mechanics (3-0) Newtonian mechanics of particles and rigid bodies.

**PHYS 3352. Analytical Mechanics II.**

Analytical Mechanics II (3-0) Topics in mechanics such as mechanics of deformable bodies and application of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations.

**3 Credit Hours**

**3 Total Contact Hours**

0 Lab Hours

3 Lecture Hours

0 Other Hours

**Prerequisite(s):** (PHYS 3351 w/C or better)

**PHYS 3359. Astrophysics.**

Astrophysics (3-0) An introduction to the physical basis of modern astrophysics: stellar structure and evolution, star formation, compact objects, high-energy astrophysics and cosmology.

**PHYS 3360. Comput. Methods for Phys Prob.**

This course introduces students to numerical solutions of physical problems. Topics to be covered are: numerical methods for simulating single particle motion, trajectories in 2D and 3D, oscillatory motion, 2D and 3D motion of a charged particle in an electromagnetic field, dynamics of a driven pendulum, damp driven pendulum, classical scattering cross-sections for Yukawa potential, planetary motion, solution of one dimensional Schrodinger equation, random numbers, introduction to classical Monte Carlo method, and determining the geometry of a small cluster with classical potential.

**PHYS 4177. Undergrad Resrch Probs Physics.**

Undergraduate Research Problems in Physics (0-0-1) Supervised individual research. May be repeated for credit.

**1 Credit Hour**

**1 Total Contact Hour**

0 Lab Hour

0 Lecture Hour

1 Other Hour

**PHYS 4277. Undergrad Resrch Probs Physics.**

Undergraduate Research Problems in Physics (0-0-2) Supervised individual research. May be repeated for credit. Students taking this course to partially fulfill the requirements for the B.S. degree with departmental honors in physics must complete six semester hours of PHYS 4177-4377 and submit an undergraduate thesis on the research accomplished.

**2 Credit Hours**

**2 Total Contact Hours**

0 Lab Hours

0 Lecture Hours

2 Other Hours

**Classification Restrictions:**

Restricted to class of SR

**PHYS 4327. Atmospheric Physics.**

The physical structure and dynamics of the atmosphere. Composition and structure of the earth's atmosphere, cloud formation, atmospheric thermodynamics, fundamentals of atmospheric dynamics, overview of climatology.

**PHYS 4329. Atmospheric Radiation.**

Solar radiation, radiative flux in the atmosphere, Beer-Lambert Law, scattering and absorption from aerosols, optical studies of aerosols, actinic flux, photolysis, photodissociation, energy balance, radiative transfer, Earthâ€™s energy budget.

**PHYS 4330. Fluid Dynamics.**

The course objective is to develop an understanding and attain knowledge of fluid dynamics fundamentals; to gain skills and abilities to apply fundamental laws in fluid dynamics to natural science or physical problems; and to solve fluid dynamics problems analytically and numerically.

**PHYS 4341. Electromagnetics I.**

Electromagnetics I (3-0) Electromagnetic theory via Maxwell's equations.

**PHYS 4342. Electromagnetics II.**

Electromagnetics II (3-0) Advanced topics in electrodynamic theory such as electrodynamic waves and radiation and relativistic electrodynamics.

**3 Credit Hours**

**3 Total Contact Hours**

0 Lab Hours

3 Lecture Hours

0 Other Hours

**Prerequisite(s):** (PHYS 4341 w/C or better)

**PHYS 4348. Fundamentals of Acoustics.**

Fundamentals of Acoustics (3-0) The principles underlying the generation, transmission, and reception of acoustic waves. Mathematical analysis of the various types of vibration of solid bodies. Propagation of plane and spherical sound waves through fluids, transmission and absorption phenomena, resonators and filters.

**PHYS 4353. Methods of Mathematical Phys..**

Selected topics in mathematical physics; Examples of topics are: approximations in physics, symmetries, asymptotic behavior of physical systems, and physical systems with singular distribution.

**PHYS 4355. Intro Quantum Mechanics.**

Introductory Quantum Mechanics (3-0) Wave mechanics fundamentals, one-dimensional eigenvalue problems, angular momentum and spin, the hydrogen atom, and quantum statistics.

**PHYS 4356. Atoms, Molecules, & Solids.**

Atoms, Molecules, and Solids (3-0) Multielectron atoms and molecules. Structure of solids, band theory of conduction, and other quantum properties of solids.

**3 Credit Hours**

**3 Total Contact Hours**

0 Lab Hours

3 Lecture Hours

0 Other Hours

**Prerequisite(s):** (PHYS 4355 w/C or better)

**PHYS 4357. Relativity, Nuclei & Particles.**

Relativity, Nuclei and Particles (3-0) Special relativity, nuclear models, nuclear decay and reactions, and an introduction to elementary particles.

**3 Credit Hours**

**3 Total Contact Hours**

0 Lab Hours

3 Lecture Hours

0 Other Hours

**Prerequisite(s):** (PHYS 4355 w/C or better)

**PHYS 4370. Health Physics I.**

Health Physics I (3-0) The physics of ionizing radiation; charged particle, neutron, and high-energy photon interactions; natural and man-made sources of radioactivity, their production and detection.

**PHYS 4371. Health Physics II.**

Health Physics II (2-3) Topics include radiation quantities and units, detection electronics, statistics, detectors and dosimeters. Also includes topics in radiation dose evaluation, radiation biophysics, and laboratory experiences in electromagnetic and particulate radiation detection and dosimetric methods.

**PHYS 4377. Undergrad Resrch Probs Physics.**

Undergraduate Research Problems in Physics (0-0-3) Supervised individual research. May be repeated for credit. Students taking this course to partially fulfill the requirements for the B.S. degree with departmental honors in physics must complete six semester hours of PHYS 4277 and/or PHYS 4377 and submit an undergraduate thesis on the research accomplished.

**3 Credit Hours**

**3 Total Contact Hours**

0 Lab Hours

0 Lecture Hours

3 Other Hours

**Classification Restrictions:**

Restricted to class of SR

**PHYS 4393. Special Topics in Physics.**

Special Topics in Physics (3-0) Topics to be announced. May be repeated for credit.

**3 Credit Hours**

**3 Total Contact Hours**

0 Lab Hours

3 Lecture Hours

0 Other Hours