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PHYSICS (PH)

 

PH 101

Introduction to Astronomy 4 cr
This is a descriptive survey course of elementary astronomy with laboratory intended for both non-science and science majors. Topics covered include a description of the celestial sphere, a tour of the Solar System, techniques for measuring and classifying stars, stellar evolution, white dwarfs, black holes, neutron stars, galaxies, and Big Bang cosmology. Fee. Core Course. Corequisite: PH 101L.
 

PH 101L

Introduction to Astronomy Lab  
Laboratory course for the Introduction to Astronomy course. Student must pass this laboratory course to receive a passing grade in the PH 101 course. Corequisite: PH 101.
 

PH 104

Concepts of Physics 4 cr
A descriptive overview of the entire field of physics with laboratory, including the concepts of scalars and vectors, Newton's laws, momentum and energy conservation, rotational motion, fluids, heat and thermodynamics, sound, electricity and magnetism, optics, atomic and nuclear physics, relativity, and elementary particle physics. This course is intended to provide the non-scientist with substantial insight into the physical behavior of matter and energy. Extensive demonstrations accompany the presentation of material to illustrate key concepts. This course does not satisfy any preprofessional physics requirements. Fee. Core Course. Corequisite: PH 104L.
 

PH 104L

Concepts of Physics Lab  
Laboratory course for the Concepts of Physics course. Student must pass this laboratory course to receive a passing grade in the PH 104 course. Corequisite: PH 104.
 

PH 107

Freshman Physics Seminar 1 cr
Intended for physics majors in their first year or others interested in physics as a possible major. This course will survey current "hot topics" in physics, basic useful techniques in physics problem-solving, physics as a career, and research in physics at USA. This course is not intended to satisfy the science requirements within the College of Arts and Sciences.
 

PH 114

Physics with Algebra/Trigonometry I (C) 5 cr
First semester of a two-semester introductory course in algebra/trigonometry-based physics with laboratory and recitation. This course covers mechanics and thermodynamics: one and two-dimensional motion, vectors, Newton's laws of motion, work and energy, momentum and collisions, circular motion, rotational motion, properties of solids and fluids, the laws of thermodynamics, kinetic theory of matter, simple harmonic motion, and wave motion. The laboratory uses computerized data acquisition and analysis for most of the experiments. Prerequisite: 21 ACT score on Mathematics or MA 112. Fee. Core Course. Corequisite: PH 114L.
 

PH 114L

Physics with Algebra/Trigonometry I Lab  
Laboratory course for the first semester of a two-semester introductory sequence in algebra/trigonometry-based physics. Student must pass this laboratory course to receive a passing grade in the PH 114 course. Corequisite: PH 114.
 

PH 114

Physics with Algebra/Trigonometry I (C) 5 cr

 

(Honors Course)  
First semester of a two-semester introductory honors course in algebra/trigonometry-based physics with laboratory and recitation. This course covers mechanics and thermodynamics: one and two-dimensional motion, vectors, Newton's laws of motion, work and energy, momentum and collisions, circular motion, rotational motion, properties of solids and fluids, the laws of thermodynamics, kinetic theory of matter, simple harmonic motion, and wave motion. The laboratory uses computerized data acquisition and analysis for most of the experiments. The honors component consists of extra problems, projects or work assigned by the instructor by the end of the first week of classes. All honors students will meet with the instructor who will give an extra work syllabus. Prerequisites: 21 ACT score on Mathematics or MA 112, also permission of the Department Chair or good standing in the University Honors Program. Fee. Core Course. Corequisite: PH 114L (honors).
 

PH 114L (honors)

Physics with Algebra/Trigonometry I Lab - H
Honors laboratory course for the first semester of a two-semester introductory honors sequence in algebra/trigonometry-based physics. Student must pass this laboratory course to receive a passing grade in the PH 114 honors course. Corequisite: PH 114 (honors).
 

PH 115

Physics with Algebra/Trigonometry II (C) 5 cr
Second semester of a two-semester introductory course in algebra/trigonometry-based physics with laboratory and recitation. This course covers electrostatics, DC circuits, RC circuits, magnetic fields and forces, Faraday's Law, AC circuits, geometrical optics, interference and diffraction of light, the special theory of relativity, quantum physics, and atomic and nuclear physics. The laboratory uses computerized data acquisition and analysis for most of the experiments. Prerequisite: PH 114. Fee. Core Course. Corequisite: PH 115L.
 

PH 115L

Physics with Algebra/Trigonometry II Lab  
Laboratory course for the second semester of a two-semester introductory sequence in algebra/trigonometry-based physics. Student must pass this laboratory course to receive a passing grade in the PH 115 course. Corequisite: PH 115.
 

PH 115

Physics with Algebra/Trigonometry II (C) 5 cr

 

(Honors Course)  
Second semester of a two-semester introductory honors course in algebra/ trigonometry-based physics with laboratory and recitation. This course covers electrostatics, DC circuits, RC circuits, magnetic fields and forces, Faraday's Law, AC circuits, geometrical optics, interference and diffraction of light, the special theory of relativity, quantum physics, and atomic and nuclear physics. The honors component consists of extra problems, projects or work assigned by the instructor by the end of the first week of classes. The laboratory uses computerized data acquisition and analysis for most of the experiments. All honors students will meet with the instructor who will give an extra work syllabus. Prerequisites: PH 114-H, also permission of the Department Chair or good standing in the University Honors Program. Fee. Core Course. Corequisite: PH 115L (honors).
 

PH 115L (honors)

Physics with Algebra/Trigonometry II Lab - H
Honors laboratory course for the second semester of a two-semester introductory honors sequence in algebra/trigonometry-based physics. Student must pass this laboratory course to receive a passing grade in the PH 115 honors course. Corequisite: PH 115 (honors).
 

PH 201

Calculus-Based Physics I (C) 4 cr
First semester of a two-semester introductory course in calculus-based physics with laboratory. This course covers: one and two-dimensional motion, vectors, Newton's laws of motion and their applications, work and energy, momentum and collisions, circular motion, rotational motion, properties of materials, simple harmonic motion, wave motion and topics in thermodynamics. The laboratory uses computerized data acquisition and analysis for most of the experiments. Prerequisites: MA 125, and concurrently taking MA 126. Fee. Core Course. Corequisite: PH 201L .
 

PH 201L

Calculus-Based Physics I Lab  
Laboratory course for the first semester of a two-semester introductory sequence in calculus-based physics. Student must pass this laboratory course to receive a passing grade in the PH 201 course. Corequisite: PH 201.
 

PH 201

Calculus-Based Physics I (C) 4 cr

 

(Honors Course)  
First semester of a two-semester introductory honors course in calculus-based physics with laboratory. This course covers: one and two-dimensional motion, vectors, Newton's laws of motion and their applications, work and energy, momentum and collisions, circular motion, rotational motion, properties of materials, simple harmonic motion, wave motion and topics in thermodynamics. The laboratory uses computerized data acquisition and analysis for most of the experiments. The honors component consists of extra problems, projects or work assigned by the instructor by the end of the first week of classes. All honors students will meet with the instructor who will give an extra work syllabus. Prerequisites: MA 125 and concurrently taking MA 126, also permission of the Department Chair or good standing in the University Honors Program. Fee. Core Course. Corequisite: PH 201L (honors).
 

PH 201L (honors)

Calculus-Based Physics I Lab - H  
Honors laboratory course for the first semester of a two-semester introductory honors sequence in calculus-based physics. Student must pass this laboratory course to receive a passing grade in the PH 201 honors course. Corequisite: PH 201 (honors).
 

PH 202

Calculus-Based Physics II (C) 4 cr
Second semester of a two-semester introductory course in calculus-based physics with laboratory. This course covers electrostatic fields and Gauss' law, electric potential, electric circuits, magnetic fields, Ampere's law. Faraday's law, inductance, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves and optics. The laboratory uses computerized data acquisition and analysis for most of the experiments. Prerequisites: PH 201 and MA 126. Fee. Core Course. Corequisite: PH 202L .
 

PH 202L

Calculus-Based Physics II Lab  
Laboratory course for the second semester of a two-semester introductory sequence in calculus-based physics. Student must pass this laboratory course to receive a passing grade in the PH 202 course. Corequisite: PH 202.
 

PH 202

Calculus-Based Physics II (C) 4 cr

 

(Honors Course)  
Second semester of a two-semester introductory honors course in calculus-based physics with laboratory. This course covers electrostatic fields and Gauss' law, electric potential, electrical circuits, magnetic fields, Ampere's law, Faraday's law, inductance, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves and optics. The laboratory uses computerized data acquisition and analysis for most of the experiments. The honors component consists of extra problems, projects or work assigned by the instructor by the end of the first week of classes. All honors students will meet with the instructor who will give an extra work syllabus. Prerequisites: PH 201-H and MA 126, also permission of the Department Chair or good standing in the University Honors Program. Fee. Core Course. Corequisite: PH 202 L (honors).
 

PH 202L (honors)

Calculus Based Physics II Lab - H
Honors laboratory course for the second semester of a two-semester introductory honors sequence in calculus-based physics. Student must pass this laboratory course to receive a passing grade in the PH 202 (honors) course. Corequisite: PH 202 (honors).
 

PH 290

Special Topics 1-4 cr
Topics of current issue interest but not available in regularly scheduled sophomore level courses. This course may be repeated once for credit when the content varies. May be taken twice for up to 8 hours.
 

PH 294

Directed Studies: Variable Content Lab 1 cr
A directed studies course to substitute for a laboratory credit for students who have successfully completed a calculus or algebra-based physics lecture course at another university without the laboratory. Students taking this course must get the approval of the Physics Department Chair. This course may be taken up to two times (once for each of the missing laboratories). Fee.
 

PH 301

Introductory Astrophysics 3 cr
Application of the principles of physics to the study of astronomical phenomena. Topics include celestial mechanics, stars and stellar evolution, the Milky Way and other galaxies, and cosmological models. Prior knowledge of astronomy is not required. Prerequisites: MA 125 and either PH 115 or PH 202.
 

PH 303

Modern Physics (C) 4 cr
This course, with laboratory, surveys physics of the twentieth century. Topics covered include special relativity, wave-particle concepts, the Schrödinger equation and quantum theory of the hydrogen atom, atomic spectra and structure, molecular spectra, the solid state, nuclear structure, radioactivity, and elementary particles. The accompanying laboratory includes experimental investigations of important topics in the subject of Modern Physics. Computerized numerical and graphical analysis of data is extensively used in the laboratory. Laboratory reports are written with word processors and submitted in a format consistent with articles submitted to student research journals. Prerequisites: MA 125 and either PH 115 or 202. Corequisite: PH 303L.
 

PH 303L

Modern Physics Lab  
Laboratory course for the Modern Physics course. Corequisite: PH 303.
 

PH 346

Classical and Modern Optics 4 cr
Wave motion, reflection, refraction, dispersion, diffraction, interference phenomena, Fourier spectroscopy, lasers and other modern applications of optics. Prerequisites: PH 202 and MA 125 or the equivalent.
 

PH 348

Electricity and Magnetism I 3 cr
First of a two-semester sequence in electromagnetism. Topics include a review of vector analysis. Coulomb's law, Gauss' law, calculation of the scalar potential, electric fields in matter, the Biot-Sarvart law, Ampere's law, the vector potential, magnetostatics in matter, electrodynamics, Faraday's law, inductance, Maxwell's correction to Ampere's law and Maxwell's equations. Prerequisites: MA 227 and either PH 115 or PH 202.
 

PH 349

Electricity and Magnetism II 3 cr
Second of a two-semester sequence in electromagnetism. Topics include electromagnetic wave propagation in free space, electromagnetic wave propagation in materials, reflection and transmission at interfaces, wave guides, electromagnetic radiation, optical dispersion, and electrodynamics extended to the special theory of relativity. Prerequisite: PH 348.
 

PH 354

Electronics 3 cr
This course is intended to provide a theoretical and practical background in electronics. Topics include AC circuits, diode circuits, single-stage amplifiers, op-amps and feedback, and digital electronics. This course is not intended to satisfy the technical elective requirements for Electrical Engineering. This course will include periodic laboratory work. Prerequisites: MA 126 and either PH 115 or PH 202.
 

PH 366

Physical Mechanics I 3 cr
First course in a two-semester sequence in classical mechanics. Topics include motion of particles in one-dimension, one-dimensional motion theorems, harmonic oscillations, damped oscillations, forced oscillations, kinematics in multiple dimensions, momentum and energy theorems, the central force problem, motion under inverse square law forces, planetary obitual motion, Rutherford scattering, conservation theorems for multi-particle systems and their applications, collisions, coupled-harmonic oscillators, and rigid body rotation about a fixed axis. Prerequisites: MA 227 and PH 202.
 

PH 367

Physical Mechanics II 3 cr
Second course in a two-semester sequence in classical mechanics. Topics include: moving and rotating coordinate systems, Lagrange's equation and applications, Hamiltonian formulation, inertia and stress tensors, rotations of rigid bodies and the theory of small oscillations. Prerequisite: PH 366.
 

PH 385

Experimental Physics (W) (C) 3 cr
A course in the methods and techniques of experimental physics. A number of experiments in the area of classical mechanics, atomic physics, molecular physics, and nuclear physics will be performed and analyzed. A written report for each experiment that clearly and precisely explains the experiment's theory, technique and analysis is required. Computerized numerical and graphical analysis of data is extensively used in the laboratory. Laboratory reports are written with word processors and submitted in a format consistent with articles submitted to student research journals. Prerequisite: PH 303 (or taken concurrently). Corequisite: PH 385L.
 

PH 385L

Experimental Physics Lab  
Laboratory course for the Experimental Physics course. Corequisite: PH 385.
 

PH 390

Special Topics 1-3 cr
Topics of current interest not available in a regularly scheduled course. This course may be repeated once for credit when content varies. May be taken twice for up to 8 hours.
 

PH 411

Computational Methods in Physics (C) 3 cr
Use of computers in physics research (industrial, applied or basic) is now common. This course will introduce advanced undergraduate physics students to computer solutions of physics problems. Particular attention will be paid to problems that have no analytic solutions and may only be solved numerically. This course will introduce several numeric methods and apply them to specific problems from quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, and mechanics. Students will write a series of programs in the Fortran or the C programming language and use them to solve undergraduate level physics problems. Prerequisites: MA 238, CIS 210 or CIS 227, and PH 303.
 

PH 448

Elementary Quantum Mechanics I 3 cr
The first course of a two-semester sequence in Quantum Mechanics. Topics include an introduction to Hilbert space and operators, the quantum state and observables, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, time evolution of the quantum state, application of the Schrödinger equation to one-dimensional systems, and the solution of the hydrogen atom. Prerequisites: MA 238 and either PH 303 or CH 302.
 

PH 449

Elementary Quantum
Mechanics II
3 cr
The second course of a two-semester sequence in Quantum Mechanics. Topics include a continuation in the mathematical formulation of quantum mechanics, angular momentum, perturbation theory, identical particles and spin, collision theory and the semi-classical treatment of radiation. This course is recommended for students anticipating graduate study in physics. Prerequisite: PH 448.
 

PH 463

Thermodynamics and

3 cr

 

Statistical Mechanics

 
An in depth course in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Topics include simple thermodynamics systems, work, heat and the first law of thermodynamics, ideal gases, the second law of thermodynamics, entropy, enthalpy, Helmhotz and Gibbs functions TdS equations, heat capacity, partition function, equipartition of energy, statistical distribution of molecular speeds, thermal properties of solids, higher order phase transitions, chemical equilibrium, Bose-Einstein statistics. Prerequisites: PH 202 and MA 227.
 

PH 494

Directed Studies

1-3 cr
Directed research under the supervision of a faculty member. Topics generally coincide with the research interest of the supervising faculty member. Areas of directed research may include atomic collisions, experimental molecular spectroscopy, experimental matter physics or experimental particle physics. Prerequisite: Permission of the Physics department chair. May be taken three times for up to 12 hours.
 

PH 499

Senior Thesis

3 cr

 

(Honors Course)

 
A written thesis that is part of the Honors Senior Project which is submitted to partially satisfy the requirements for a Degree in Physics with distinction. The Senior Thesis will be written on research done in collaboration with an Honors Physics Faculty member in the junior/senior year. The Senior Thesis will be reviewed by a committee of Honors Physics Faculty. Upon approval by the committee the Senior Honors candidate will present the Senior Thesis at the Honors Student Colloquium. This course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: The Honors candidate must have developed in the last semester of the previous year a prospectus with the Physics Faculty Mentor and presented this prospectus at the Annual Honors Student Colloquium, also permission of the Physics Department Chair.
 
 

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