This is a list of all physics courses. For more information, see Physics and Astronomy.
PHYS:1000 First-Year Seminar1 s.h.
Small discussion class taught by a faculty member; topics chosen by instructor; may include outside activities (e.g., films, lectures, performances, readings, visits to research facilities). Requirements: first- or second-semester standing.
PHYS:1100 From Quarks to Quasars3-4 s.h.
Conceptual explanation of the latest discoveries in physics—from the smallest objects, such as quarks and atoms, to the largest, such as galaxies, black holes, and quasars. Requirements: nonscience major. GE: Natural Sciences with Lab; Natural Sciences without Lab.
PHYS:1200 Physics of Everyday Experience3 s.h.
Principles of physics for nonscience majors; basic motion, behavior of fluids, waves, temperature and heat, gravity and planetary motion, electricity and magnetism, optics, nuclear energy, radioactivity, and medical imaging technology; examples from everyday experience. GE: Natural Sciences without Lab.
PHYS:1300 Nanoscience3 s.h.
Properties of very small materials and structures; unique properties emerging at a length scale of one billionth of a meter, or one nanometer. GE: Natural Sciences without Lab.
PHYS:1400 Basic Physics3-4 s.h.
Quantitative treatment of mechanics, electricity, heat, liquids, gases, and atomic, nuclear, and elementary particle physics. Requirements: must have completed high school trigonometry or achieved a minimum ALEKS score of 75%. GE: Natural Sciences with Lab; Natural Sciences without Lab.
PHYS:1410 Physics of Sound3-4 s.h.
Acoustical foundations of music; production of sound by vibrating objects, properties of sound waves, vocal acoustics, hearing, room acoustics, principles of electroacoustics. GE: Natural Sciences with Lab; Natural Sciences without Lab.
PHYS:1511 College Physics I4 s.h.
Mechanics, waves, thermodynamics, special relativity. Requirements: must have completed high school trigonometry or achieved a minimum ALEKS score of 75%. GE: Natural Sciences with Lab.
PHYS:1512 College Physics II4 s.h.
PHYS:1611 Introductory Physics I4 s.h.
PHYS:1612 Introductory Physics II3-4 s.h.
PHYS:1619 Introductory Physics II Lab1 s.h.
PHYS:1701 Physics I4 s.h.
Newtonian mechanics for point particles and rigid bodies; conservation laws. Offered fall semesters. Corequisites: MATH:1850. Requirements: physics or astronomy major. GE: Natural Sciences with Lab.
PHYS:1702 Physics II4 s.h.
Continuation of PHYS:1701; introduction to fluid mechanics, electricity, magnetism (Maxwell's equations). Offered spring semesters. Prerequisites: PHYS:1701. Corequisites: MATH:1860. Requirements: physics or astronomy major. GE: Natural Sciences with Lab.
PHYS:1999 Undergraduate Seminararr.
Selected topics in physics and astronomy; discussion, presentations.
PHYS:2703 Physics III4 s.h.
PHYS:2704 Physics IV3-4 s.h.
Introduction to quantum mechanics and other topics in modern physics, including special relativity, atomic and solid state physics. Offered spring semesters. Prerequisites: (PHYS:1612 or PHYS:2703) and (MATH:1860 or MATH:1550). Requirements: for 3 s.h. option—nonmajor.
PHYS:2990 Reading in Physicsarr.
Selected topics in physics.
PHYS:3710 Intermediate Mechanics3 s.h.
Newtonian mechanics; noninertial reference systems; central forces, celestial mechanics; rigid body motion; Lagrangian, Hamiltonian equations of motion; small oscillations. Prerequisites: (PHYS:1611 or PHYS:1511 or PHYS:1701) and (MATH:1860 or MATH:1560).
PHYS:3730 Statistical Physics3 s.h.
Integrated introduction to subjects of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, kinetic theory; emphasis on applications. Prerequisites: PHYS:2704.
PHYS:3741 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I3 s.h.
Superposition principle, Stern-Gerlach experiment, linear operators, measurement theory, time evolution, angular momentum, wave mechanics in one dimension, one-dimensional harmonic oscillator, two-body problems with central forces, the hydrogen atom. Prerequisites: MATH:2850 and PHYS:2704 and MATH:2700.
PHYS:3742 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II3 s.h.
Perturbation theory, variational methods, WKB approximation, scattering, Helium atom, periodic table, atomic spectroscopy, transition rates, other selected applications. Prerequisites: PHYS:3741.
PHYS:3750 Fundamentals of Micro and Nanofabrication3 s.h.
Fundamentals of micro- and nano-fabrication processes; physical principles of photo and electron beam lithography, alternative nano-lithography techniques, thin film deposition, molecular beam epitaxy, atomic layer deposition, self-assembly; metrology methods; physical and chemical processes of wet and plasma etching; cleanroom science, operations, safety protocols; sequential micro- and nano-fabrication processes involved in manufacture of semiconductor, photonic, nanoscale devices; imaging and characterization of micro- and nano-structures; scientific and technological applications of emerging micro- and nano-devices and systems. Prerequisites: BIOL:1141 or CHEM:1120 or PHYS:1612 or CHEM:1110 or CHEM:1060 or PHYS:1702 or PHYS:1611. Requirements: undergraduate lab course in chemistry, biology, physics, or engineering. Same as OSTC:3750.
PHYS:3756 Intermediate Laboratory3 s.h.
Electricity; electronics; magnetism; optics; atomic, nuclear, solid state physics; techniques in data analysis, including error analysis. Corequisites: PHYS:3811.
PHYS:3811 Electricity and Magnetism I3 s.h.
PHYS:3812 Electricity and Magnetism II3 s.h.
Continuation of PHYS:3811; magnetism, electromagnetic waves, A.C. circuits, applications of Maxwell's equations to wave guides, antennas, optics, plasma physics, other topics. Prerequisites: PHYS:3811.
PHYS:3850 Electronics4 s.h.
Design and construction of small circuits; use of measurement instruments—oscilloscope, multimeter, function generator; circuits, including transistors, operational amplifiers, digital, analog-to-digital conversion. Prerequisites: PHYS:1512 or PHYS:1612 or PHYS:1702. Requirements: physics or astronomy major.
PHYS:4720 Introductory Optics3 s.h.
Geometrical and physical optics; interference; diffraction; polarization; microscopic origins of macroscopic optical properties of matter; optical activity; electro-optical, magneto-optical, acousto-optical phenomena; spontaneous Brillioun, Raman, Rayleigh scattering. Prerequisites: (PHYS:1512 or PHYS:2703 or PHYS:1612) and (MATH:1560 or MATH:1860). Same as ECE:4720.
PHYS:4726 Electro Optics3 s.h.
Wave equation solutions; optical birefringence; finite beam propagation in free space, dielectric waveguides and fibers; optical resonators; nonlinear phenomena; electro-optic, acousto-optic modulation; optical detection, noise; application to communication systems. Requirements: for ECE:5790—ECE:3700; for PHYS:4726—PHYS:3812. Same as ECE:5790.
PHYS:4728 Introductory Solid State Physics3 s.h.
Phenomena associated with solid state; classification of solids and crystal structures, electronic and vibrational properties in solids; thermal, optical, magnetic, dielectric properties of solids. Prerequisites: PHYS:3741. Same as ECE:4728.
PHYS:4731 Plasma Physics I3 s.h.
Physics of ionized gases, including orbit theory, guiding center motion, adiabatic invariants, ionization balance description of plasmas by fluid variables and distribution functions; linearized wave motions, instabilities; magnetohydrodynamics. Prerequisites: PHYS:3812.
PHYS:4740 Elementary Particles and Nuclear Physics3 s.h.
Accelerators, particle detectors, passage of radiation through matter; nuclear structure, nuclear reactions; quark model of hadrons; strong, electromagnetic, weak interactions of elementary particles; gauge theories, intermediate vector bosons; unification of electromagnetic and weak interactions. Prerequisites: PHYS:3741.
PHYS:4750 Advanced Laboratory3 s.h.
Topics in electricity; electronics; magnetism; atomic, nuclear, plasma, solid state physics; techniques in data analysis, including error analysis.
PHYS:4761 Mathematical Methods of Physics I3 s.h.
Functions of complex variables, integration methods, linear vector spaces, tensors, matrix algebra. Prerequisites: MATH:2850.
PHYS:4762 Mathematical Methods of Physics II3 s.h.
PHYS:4820 Optical Signal Processing3 s.h.
Linear systems description of optical propagation; diffraction and angular plane wave spectrum; lenses as Fourier transformers, lens configurations as generalized optical processors; lasers, coherence, spatial frequency analysis; holography; convolvers, correlators, matched filters; synthetic aperture radar; optical computing. Requirements: for ECE:5780—ECE:3700; for PHYS:4820—PHYS:3812. Same as ECE:5780.
PHYS:4860 Computational Physics3 s.h.
Introduction to contemporary use of computers by physicists; topics such as numerical solutions of ordinary differential equations in classical mechanics, boundary value problems in electricity and magnetism, eigenvalue problems in quantum mechanics, Monte Carlo simulations in statistical mechanics, methods of data analysis. Prerequisites: PHYS:3741 and PHYS:3811 and PHYS:3710.
PHYS:4905 Special Topics in Physicsarr.
PHYS:4990 Reading in Physicsarr.
Selected topics in physics.
PHYS:4999 Undergraduate Researcharr.
Supervised research leading to written report or oral presentation.
PHYS:5000 Workshops and Special Training in Physicsarr.
Workshops and special training opportunities for postbaccalaureate students; may include collaborations with other departments, institutions, or externally funded research organizations.
PHYS:5710 Classical Mechanics3 s.h.
Dynamics of mass points; Lagrange multipliers, small oscillations, Hamilton's equations; canonical transformations, Hamilton-Jacobi theory; chaos. Prerequisites: PHYS:3710.
PHYS:5729 Fluid Mechanics3 s.h.
Basic equations of fluid mechanics and solutions of these equations for various cases of special interest; compressible and incompressible flows in two- and three-dimensions, rotational and irrotational flows, self-similar solutions, instabilities, turbulence; relate solutions to application of general interest to physicist and engineers; subsonic and supersonic flows around wings and bodies, gravity waves in oceans and atmospheres, transition to supersonic flow in a rocket nozzle, supersonic outflow of gas from the Sun and other stars, and physics of high energy explosions. Prerequisites: PHYS:3710. Requirements: knowledge of vector calculus at level used in PHYS:3811 and PHYS:3812.
PHYS:5730 Statistical Mechanics I3 s.h.
Probability concepts; kinetic equations; classical and quantum equilibrium statistical mechanics with applications, including ideal and imperfect gases and phase transitions, irreversible processes, fluctuation-dissipation theorems. Prerequisites: PHYS:3730 and PHYS:3741.
PHYS:5741 Quantum Mechanics I3 s.h.
Nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, SchrWedinger wave mechanics, Hilbert space methods, perturbation theory, scattering, spin and angular momentum, identical particles, selected applications, introduction to relativistic theory. Prerequisites: PHYS:3741 and PHYS:3742.
PHYS:5811 Classical Electrodynamics I3 s.h.
Advanced electromagnetostatics, boundary value problems, Green's functions, Maxwell's equations, radiation theory, physical optics, multipole expansion of radiation field.
PHYS:5812 Classical Electrodynamics II3 s.h.
Special relativity, motion of charges in fields, theories of radiation reaction, special topics. Prerequisites: PHYS:5811.
PHYS:6710 Nonlinear Dynamics3 s.h.
Deterministic approach of turbulence and chaotic dynamical systems; qualitative theory of ordinary differential equations, perturbation in classical mechanics, erogodicity, bifurcation, universal properties of discrete maps, intermittency, fractals, quantitative characterizations of chaos.
PHYS:6720 Nonlinear Optics3 s.h.
Classical treatment of second- and third-order optical nonlinearities; phase matching, harmonic generation, three- and four-wave mixing, self-focusing, self-phase modulation, stimulated scattering of light, applications. Requirements: for PHYS:6720—PHYS:3812; for ECE:6720—ECE:5700 or PHYS:3812. Same as ECE:6720.
PHYS:6723 Advanced Optics3 s.h.
Classical theory of absorption and emission; laser theory, threshold, rate equations, saturation, spectral and spatial hole burning; multimode and pulsed operation; laser resonators and Gaussian beam optics; dispersion, pulse propatation, light scattering; interaction of light with two level atoms. Prerequisites: PHYS:3812.
PHYS:6726 Laser Principles3 s.h.
Laser theory, stimulated emission, dispersion theory, broadening mechanisms, rate equations, gain saturation, optical resonators, mode-locking, Q-switching techniques, survey of laser types, modes of operation. Requirements: for PHYS:6726—PHYS:3812; for ECE:6726—ECE:5700. Same as ECE:6726.
PHYS:7270 Ethics in Physics for Graduate Studentsarr.
Responsible conduct and ethics training.
PHYS:7604 Ethics in Physics for Postdocs0 s.h.
Responsible conduct and ethics training.
PHYS:7720 Semiconductor Physics3 s.h.
PHYS:7722 Advanced Condensed Matter3 s.h.
Elementary excitations, plasmonics, exchange/magnetism, hyperfine interactions, resonance, superconductivity, topological materials. Prerequisites: PHYS:7720.
PHYS:7725 Special Topics in Condensed Matter3 s.h.
Current topics, such as superconductivity and magnetism. Prerequisites: PHYS:7820.
PHYS:7729 Plasma Physics II3 s.h.
PHYS:7730 Advanced Plasma Physics I3 s.h.
Microscopic plasma behavior: statistical mechanics of plasmas; Liouville equation; BBGKY hierarchy; Fokker-Planck equation and relaxation processes; Balescu-Lenard equation; Vlasov equation and linearized wave motion; shocks, nonlinear plasma motions, and instabilities; fluctuations and radiation processes; topics from recent literature.
PHYS:7731 Physics of Strongly Coupled Plasmas3 s.h.
Nonequilibrium thermodynamics, equation of state, transport properties, structure factors, integral equation theories, BBGKY hierarchy, linear response theory, kinetic theories, Chapman-Enskog method, one-component plasma model, and selected topics from recent literature.
PHYS:7740 Introduction to Quantum Field Theory3 s.h.
Quantization of relativistic and nonrelativistic field theories, covariant perturbation theory, theory of renormalization, dimensional regularization, renormalization group theory, introduction to gauge theories and anomalies. Prerequisites: PHYS:5742.
PHYS:7745 Special Topics in Quantum Mechanicsarr.
Current topics in quantum mechanics, such as string theory, relativistic quantum mechanics, quantum gravity, axiomatic quantum field theory.
PHYS:7746 Particle Physics3 s.h.
Elementary particle properties and phenomenology, quark-parton models, quantum chromodynamics, unified theory of weak and electromagnetic interactions.
PHYS:7760 General Relativity and Cosmology2-3 s.h.
Einstein's theory of gravitation; applications to astrophysics and cosmology.
PHYS:7820 Theoretical Solid State Physics I3 s.h.
Central principles of the quantum theory of solids; lattice dynamics, electronic structure, optical properties, superconductivity, magnetism; emphasis on viewpoint of elementary excitations. Prerequisites: PHYS:4728 and PHYS:5742.
PHYS:7840 Quantum Gauge Theories3 s.h.
Gauge invariance, introductory group theory, Yang-Mills theories, electroweak theory, quantum chromodynamics, running coupling constants, operator product expansions, Ward identities, spontaneous symmetry breaking, chiral anomalies, instantons, monopoles, effective Lagrangians, supersymmetry, quantum gravity, introduction to string theory. Prerequisites: PHYS:7740.
PHYS:7905 Special Topics in Physicsarr.
PHYS:7920 Seminar: Solid State Physicsarr.
PHYS:7936 Seminar: Space Physicsarr.
PHYS:7940 Seminar: Nuclear Physicsarr.
PHYS:7945 Seminar: Math/Physicsarr.
PHYS:7946 Seminar: Elementary Particle Physicsarr.
PHYS:7990 Research: Physicsarr.
PHYS:7992 Individual Critical Studyarr.
Essay on topic chosen in consultation with faculty member. Requirements: candidacy for M.S. with critical essay.