Undergraduate Bulletin

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

PHYSICS (800)

800-130 PHYSICAL SCIENCE GL 5 cr

A synthesis of physics, chemistry and astronomy with emphasis on physics as the foundation for the physical sciences. Designed to satisfy the laboratory science requirement in General Studies, it is concerned with the philosophy, history, methods and fundamental concepts of physical science without rigorous mathematical treatment. Four one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week.
Coreq: 600-105 or consent of instructor.
Unreq: 800-210

800-152 PHOTOGRAPHY 3 cr

A lab/activity-oriented basic course in photography. Subject matter includes 35mm camera and darkroom techniques, lenses and light properties. Portrait, special effects and time-exposure photography are taught. Darkroom techniques include film development (B/W) and print processing. Field studies are an integral part of the course. Cameras and darkrooms available for student use. Two one-hour lectures plus one two-hour laboratory per week.

800-160 GENERAL PHYSICS I GL 4 cr

A non-calculus course in general physics concerned with the philosophy, nature and methods as well as the fundamental concepts of physics. The content covers the basic principles of the nature and structure of matter, energy, mechanics and mechanical waves, emphasizing applications of physics to the life and behavioral sciences. Four one-hour lectures per week. 800-160 and 800-161 together satisfy the 5 cr. lab science course requirement.
Coreq: Math 760-152.
Unreq: 800-170.

800-161 GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY I GL 1 cr

A laboratory course in general physics with experimental work in mechanics, heat and sound. This is the laboratory companion of course 800-160. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Coreq: 800-160.
Unreq: 800-173.

800-162 GENERAL PHYSICS II GL 4 cr

A non-calculus course in general physics concerned with the philosophy, nature and methods as well as the fundamental concepts of physics. The content covers the basic principles of electricity and magnetism, modern physics, light, and optics. Emphasizes applications of physics to the life and behavioral sciences. Four one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: 800-160.

800-163 GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY II GL 1 cr

A laboratory in general physics with experiments in optics, electricity and magnetism and modern physics. This is the laboratory companion of 800-162. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Coreq: 800-162.
Unreq: 800-175.

800-170 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I GL 3 cr

A lecture course in introductory physics concentrating on the area of mechanics, including kinematics and dynamics of translational and rotational motion, statics, harmonic motion, fluid mechanics and an introduction to relativistic mechanics. For majors and minors in physics, chemistry, mathematics and pre-engineering. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Coreq: 760-152.
Unreq: 800-160.

800-172 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS II GL 3 cr

A lecture course in introductory physics in which some calculus is used and concentrating on the areas of wave motion, sound, heat, thermodynamics and light. For majors and minors in physics, chemistry, mathematics and pre-engineering. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: 800-170.
Coreq: 760-253.

800-173 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS LABORATORY I GL 1 cr

A laboratory course in introductory physics concentrating on experiments in mechanics, sound, heat and thermodynamics. For majors and minors in physics, chemistry, mathematics and pre-engineering. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Coreq: 800-172.
Unreq: 800-161.

800-174 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS III GL 3 cr

A lecture course in introductory physics in which calculus is used and concentration is on areas of electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. For majors and minors in physics, chemistry, mathematics and pre-engineering. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: 800-172.
Coreq: 760-254.

800-175 INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS LABORATORY II GL 1 cr

A laboratory course in introductory physics concentrating on experiments in light, electricity and magnetism and modern physics. For majors and minors of physics, chemistry, mathematics and pre-engineering. One three-hour laboratory per week.
Coreq: 800-174.
Unreq: 800-163.

800-210 DESCRIPTIVE PHYSICS GM 3 cr

An introduction to physics in a course designed for K-8 education students and open to all education majors. Topics covered include motion, sound, light, heat, electricity and magnetism. Two seventy-five minute lecture-activity periods per week.
Coreq: 600-105 or consent of instructor.
Unreq: 800-130.

800-221 INTERMEDIATE LABORATORY 2 cr

A laboratory course concentrating on techniques of recording, interpretation of, and reporting experimental data. Extensive use will be made of computers in data processing. Topics covered include data acquisition and the recording of data, error analysis, numerical analysis, graphing techniques, computational tools and report writing. Two two-hour laboratories per week.
Prereq: 800-174 and 800-175 or 800-162 and 800-163 and Computer Science 765-171.

800-240 PHYSICS OF SOUND AND MUSIC GM 3 cr

A descriptive course that deals with various properties of sound, the generation of sound by traditional musical instruments and the electronic production and reproduction of sound. The physical process of hearing and the acoustical properties of rooms are also included. Three one-hour lecture periods per week.

800-280 ENGINEERING MECHANICS: STATICS 3 cr

A study of forces on rigid bodies in equilibrium. Topics include force systems, equilibrium, distributed forces, structures, friction, internal forces, centroids and moments of inertia. This course is designed for pre-engineering students and will not ordinarily be taken by physics majors or minors. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: 800-170, 760-253 or con reg in 760-253.

800-282 ENGINEERING MECHANICS: DYNAMICS 3 cr

A study of the action of forces in producing or modifying the motion of rigid bodies. Topics covered include motion, force-mass-acceleration relations, energy, momentum and vibrations. This course is designed for pre-engineering students and will not ordinarily be taken by physics majors or minors. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: 800-280, 760-254 or con reg in 760-254.

800-303/503 MICROPROCESSOR LABORATORY 2 cr

Laboratory experience in microprocessor addressing, digital logic circuits, microcomputer input and output techniques, digital to analog and analog to digital interfacing and device control by microcomputers. This course will not satisfy the laboratory work requirements for the physics major; the credit will count toward the major.
Prereq: Either (a) 800-175 (or 800-163) and 765-171 or (b) con reg in 765-302/502 or (c) grad st with computer programming experience.

800-310 MECHANICS I 3 cr

A study of classical mechanics. Topics to be covered will include vector calculus techniques, dynamics of particles and systems and central force systems. Required of all majors and minors in physics. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: 800-174 and 800-175 or 800-162 and 800-163 and 760-254.

800-320 ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM I 3 cr

A study of electromagnetic fields, capacitance, dielectric theory, magnetostatics, electromagnetic induction, magnetic properties of matter and Maxwell's equations. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: 800-174 and 800-175 or 800-162 and 800-163 and 760-254.

800-322 ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM II 3 cr

A study of electrostatic and magnetostatic systems, applications of Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic radiation and electrodynamics. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: 800-320.

800-330 ANALOG AND DIGITAL ELECTRONICS 3 cr

An introductory course in electronics with emphasis on solid state devices, diode and amplifier circuits, waveform generation, operational amplifiers, digital circuitry and microcomputer applications to physical measurement. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: 800-174 and 800-175 or 800-162 and 800-163.

800-331 ANALOG AND DIGITAL ELECTRONICS LABORATORY 1 cr

A laboratory course in electronics with emphasis on solid state devices, diode and amplifier circuits, waveform generation, analog computer circuitry, digital circuitry and microcomputer applications to physical measurement. One two-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq: 800-330 or con reg in 800-330.

800-354 OPTICS 3 cr

A study of geometrical and physical optics for physics majors and minors and other students interested in light, optical spectra or crystallography. Special emphasis is placed on dispersion, refraction, absorption, interference, diffraction, polarization and holography. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: 800-174, 800-175 or 800-162 and 800-163 and 760-254.

800-355 OPTICS LABORATORY 1 cr

Experimental work in optics with emphasis on dispersion, refraction, absorption, interference, diffraction and polarization. One two-hour laboratory per week.
Coreq: 800-354.

800-364 THERMODYNAMICS AND KINETIC THEORY 3 cr

A study of the thermodynamic systems equations of state, work, first, second and third laws of thermodynamics, the combined first and second laws and applications. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: 800-174/800-175 or 800-162/800-163 and 760-254.

800-410/610 MODERN PHYSICS I 3 cr

A study of twentieth century physics. Topics covered include relativity, elementary quantum physics, atomic structure, elementary nuclear physics and fundamental particles. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: 800-174/800-175 or 800-162/800-163 and 760-254.

800-411/611 MODERN PHYSICS LABORATORY I 1 cr

A laboratory course in modern physics. The experiments performed in this course complement the lectures of Modern Physics I. It is recommended that this course be taken concurrently with Modern Physics I. One two-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq: 800-410 or con reg or cons instr.

800-412/612 MODERN PHYSICS II 3 cr

A continuation of Modern Physics I. Topics covered include statistical mechanics, atomic and molecular spectra, x-ray spectra, physics of the solid state and nuclear physics. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: 800-410.

800-413 MODERN PHYSICS LABORATORY II 1 cr

A laboratory course in modern physics. The experiments performed in this course complement the lectures of Modern Physics II. It is recommended that this course be taken concurrently with Modern Physics II. One two-hour laboratory per week.
Prereq: 800-412 or concurrent registration or consent of instructor.

800-489 PHYSICS SENIOR SEMINAR 1 cr

Students will demonstrate mastery of methods of summarizing work in progress, including literature citation, work summary and proposal for future work; will demonstrate proper methods of verbal and visual presentation by delivering a graded series of talks, concluding with a satisfactory colloquium on a physics topic. Prereq: Students must possess senior-level standing in the major to receive credit for participation. Students with less than senior standing are encouraged to attend in preparation for full participation when they become seniors.

800-490/690 PHYSICS WORKSHOP 1-8 cr

Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in major or minor in physics.

800-491/691 TRAVEL STUDY Repeatable 1-3 cr

800-493 PHYSICS COOPERATIVE EDUCATION 1 cr

The course gives the student an opportunity to intersperse full time study with full time employment. The student will be interviewed by a potential employer identified by the Physics Department. If accepted as an employee, the student may work from one to four terms. A work term is defined as a semester or a summer of employment. No more than two credits may be counted towards the Physics Major. A written report is required.
Prereq: 800-173 and 600-099 and a declared Physics/Industry major.

800-494 PHYSICS SEMINAR 1 cr

Repeatable.
Prereq: Senior standing and consent of instructor.

800-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES 1-10 cr

Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in major or minor in physics.
Prereq: Physics major or minor, junior or senior standing and consent of instructor.

800-498 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr

Repeatable for a maximum of 3 credits in major or minor in physics.
Prereq: Jr or sr st and cons dept chp.

ASTRONOMY (805)

805-112 INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY GL 5 cr

An examination of concepts regarding the organization of the universe. The solar system, astronomical principles and instruments, stellar evolution and galaxies are among topics covered. Activities include field trips, observations of the night sky and of the sun with telescopes, and laboratory work. Four one-hour lectures and one two-hour laboratory/observation period per week. There are two required evening observation sessions during the semester.
Prereq: 600-105 or consent of instructor.
Unreq: 805-114.

805-114 DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY GM 3 cr

A non-laboratory course that introduces the basic aspects of astronomy, including cultural and historical considerations. The study of galaxies, stars, as well as our solar system is included. Observational activities and field trips may be included as integral parts of the course. Three one-hour lectures per week.
Prereq: 600-105 or Consent of instructor.
Unreq: 805-112.

805-350/550 ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY FOR THE AMATEUR 3 cr

This course is designed for people interested in combining astronomy with photography through the media of telescope and camera. Techniques for photographing astronomical objects are presented in an activity-oriented format. Darkroom procedures for processing color slides, black/white and color prints are also included. Does not count toward physics major/minor.
Prereq: Consent of instructor.

805-430/630 ASTRONOMY FOR TEACHERS 3 cr

An individualized course intended for teachers with limited astronomy background. Subject matter covered will depend on the needs and interests of the students. Each student does an experimental or observational project which is presented at the end of the course as a paper in a seminar. This course may not count toward physics major or minor.

805-490/690 ASTRONOMY WORKSHOP 1-5 cr

Repeatable.
Prereq: Consent of instructor.

805-498 INDEPENDENT STUDY 1-3 cr

Repeatable.
Prereq: Consent of instructor.

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