Undergraduate Program
Term Schedule, Physics
Spring 2021
Number  Title  Instructor  Time 

PHYS 0001
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PHYS 0002
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PHYS 10001
Aran GarciaBellido
MW 2:00PM  3:15PM


This is an introductory course designed especially for students in the humanities and other nonscientific fields who are interested in learning something about the physical world. Topics include the scale of the universe from galaxies to atoms and quarks; the fundamental forces of nature, motion and relativity, energy, electromagnetism and its everyday applications, the structure of matter, atoms, light and quantum mechanics.There are no prerequisites, no background knowledge is required and the material will be presented with very little mathematics. Substantial use will be made of demonstrations.


PHYS 11301
Yongli Gao
MW 9:00AM  10:15AM


Prerequisites: MTH 141 or 161 (MTH 161 may be taken concurrently)


PHYS 113P01
Daniel Ruterbories
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PLEASE NOTE FOR SPRING 2021 THIS COURSE IS BY INVITATION ONLY. First semester of a twocourse sequence suitable for students in the life sciences. Newtonian particle mechanics, including Newton's laws and their applications to straightline and circular motions, energy; linear momentum, angular momentum; and harmonic motion; Kepler's laws; planetary and satellite motions. Calculus used as needed. In addition to Two 75minute lectures, One threehour laboratory every other week and one work/shop/recitation per week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is done at the time of the course registration. This course is offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer Session I (A6). 

PHYS 11401
Pierre Gourdain
TR 9:40AM  10:55AM


Prerequisites: PHY 113; MTH 143 or MTH 162 (MTH 162 may be taken concurrently).


PHYS 12101
Sheth Nyibule
TR 12:30PM  1:45PM


Course will make extensive use of geometry, algebra and trigonometry and simple integration and differentiation. Prior knowledge of introductory calculus (simple integration and differentiation) is required. Passing of the Math placement test (PHY 099) for PHY 121 is required.First semester of a threecourse sequence for students planning to major in physics, other physical sciences, and engineering. Motion in one and two dimensions; Newton's laws; work and energy; conservation of energy; systems of particles; rotations; oscillations; gravity; thermodynamics. In addition to Two 75minute lectures each week, One workshop each week and One threehour laboratory every other week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is done at the same time as the course registration. This course is offered in Spring and Summer session (A6).


PHYS 121P01
Arie Bodek
F 4:50PM  6:05PM


Course will make extensive use of geometry, algebra and trigonometry and simple integration and differentiation. Prior knowledge of introductory calculus (simple integration and differentiation) is required. First semester of a threecourse sequence for students planning to major in physics, other physical sciences, and engineering. Motion in one and two dimensions; Newton's laws; work and energy; conservation of energy; systems of particles; rotations; oscillations; gravity; thermodynamics. Lectures are videotaped and accessed through Blackboard. Laboratory registration is done at the same time as the course registration.


PHYS 12301
Taco Visser
MW 12:30PM  1:45PM


Third semester of a threecourse sequence for students planning to majoring in physics, other physical sciences and engineering. Wave motion, physical optics, special relativity, photoelectric effect, Compton effect, Xrays, wave properties of particles. Schrdinger's equation applied to a particle in a box, penetration of a barrier, the hydrogen atom, the harmonic oscillator, the uncertainty principle, Rutherford scattering, the timedependent Schrdinger equation and radioactive transitions, many electron atoms and molecules, statistical mechanics and selected topics in solid state physics, nuclear physics and particle physics. In addition to Two 75minutes lectures each week, One workshop each week and One threehour laboratory every other week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is at the same time as the course registration. Offered in the Spring.


PHYS 14301
Joseph Eberly
TR 2:00PM  3:15PM


Second semester of a threecourse honors sequence, recommended for prospective departmental concentrators and other science or engineering students with a strong interest in physics or mathematics. Topics are the same as PHY 123 but in greater depth. Introductory examinations of Bohr's atomic model; Broglie waves; momentum and energy quantization; Heisenberg's uncertainty relation; Schrodinger's cat; electron spin; photon interference, and Bell's inequalities; selected applications to solidstate, nuclear, particle, and astrophysics. The laboratories and workshop registration is required at the same time as the course registration. Textbooks: (1)  'sIX IDEAS THAT SHAPED PHYSICS  UNIT Q: Particles Behave Like Waves' (*please note that the 2nd edition of this book is recommended vs the newer 3rd edition), (2)  'Quantum Theory  a Graphic Guide' MCEvoy and Zarate (3)  'Quantum Physics  Illusion or Reality' (Cambridge Univ. Press) Alistaire Rae


PHYS 21801
Lynne Orr
MW 12:30PM  1:45PM


Electromagnetic induction; displacement current; Maxwell's equations; the wave equation; plane electromagnetic waves; Poynting vector; reflection and refraction; radiation; waveguides; transmission lines; propagation of light; radiation by charged particles; relativistic formulation of Maxwell's equations.


PHYS 22701
Gourab Ghoshal
TR 9:40AM  10:55AM


Multiplicity of physical states, equilibrium entropy and temperature, Boltzmann factor and partition function, statistical approach to free energy, chemical potential, distribution functions for ideal classical and quantum gases. Applications to chemical reactions, thermal engines, equations of state and phase transitions, applications.


PHYS 2331
Michael Heilemann
TR 11:05AM  12:20PM


Blank Description


PHYS 23701
Petros Tzeferacos
TR 12:30PM  1:45PM


Introduction to quantum mechanics with emphasis on applications to physical systems. Includes Schroedinger theory; solutions to the onedimentional Schroedinger equation; the hydrogen atom; and selected applications from atomic and molecular physics; quantum statistics; lasers; solids; nuclei; and elementary particles.


PHYS 244W01
Nicholas Bigelow
TR 2:00PM  4:40PM


A continuation of PHY 243W with greater emphasis on independent research and construction of more complicated instrumentation. This course can be used to satisfy part of the upperlevel writing requirement.


PHYS 24601
Sarada Rajeev
MW 3:25PM  4:40PM


Formalism of quantum theory with more advanced applications than PHY 237. Includes postulates of Quantum Mechanics; function spaces, Hermitian operators, completeness of basis sets; superposition, compatible observables, conservation theorems; operations in abstract vector space, spin and angular momentum matrices; addition of angular momentum; perturbation theory, and simple scattering theory.


PHYS 2521
Diane Dalecki
MWF 8:00AM  8:50AM


This course provides analyses of the physical bases for the use of highfrequency sound in medicine (diagnosis, therapy, and surgery) and biology. Topics include acoustic interactions of ultrasound with gas bodies (acoustic cavitation and contrast agents), thermal and nonthermal biological effects of ultrasound, ultrasonography, dosimetry, hyperthermia, and lithotripsy. Prerequisites: Math 164, Math 165, Physics 122 or Permission of instructor.


PHYS 25601
Alice Quillen
MW 2:00PM  3:15PM


Introduction of numerical and computational methods, with special emphasis on their utilities and applications in contemporary physics topics: Intro to programming language, numerical considerations, ordinary differential equations I & II, partial differential equations I & II, analysis of data, random numbers and evaluation, growth and fractal, Monte Carlo method.


PHYS 2611
Nick Vamivakas
MW 10:25AM  11:40AM


Complex representation of waves; propagation of waves, diffraction; scalar diffraction theory; Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction and application to measurement; partially coherent light; diffraction and image formation; optical transfer function; coherent optical systems, optical data processing, and holography (same as OPT 261).


PHYS 2612
Nick Vamivakas
R 3:25PM  4:40PM


Complex representation of waves; propagation of waves, diffraction; scalar diffraction theory; Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction and application to measurement; partially coherent light; diffraction and image formation; optical transfer function; coherent optical systems, optical data processing, and holography (same as OPT 261).


PHYS 390A01
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This course is designed for an experienced undergraduate planning to be a Workshop Leader, Laboratory or Recitation Teaching Intern (TI), Students spend the semester teaching one workshop, laboratory or recitation section during the Fall/Spring semester introductory physics courses. This course may be taken more than once. 

PHYS 3911
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Independent study project under the direction of a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Registration for Independent Study courses needs to be completed thru the instructions for online independent study registration. 

PHYS 391W1
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Independent study project under the direction of a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. This course may be used to satisfy part of the upper level writing requirement. Registration for Independent Study courses needs to be completed thru the instructions for online independent study registration. 

PHYS 3951
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Independent research project under the direction of a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Registration for Independent Study courses needs to be completed thru the instructions for online independent study registration. 
Spring 2021
Number  Title  Instructor  Time 

Monday  
Monday and Wednesday  
PHYS 11301
Yongli Gao


Prerequisites: MTH 141 or 161 (MTH 161 may be taken concurrently) 

PHYS 2611
Nick Vamivakas


Complex representation of waves; propagation of waves, diffraction; scalar diffraction theory; Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction and application to measurement; partially coherent light; diffraction and image formation; optical transfer function; coherent optical systems, optical data processing, and holography (same as OPT 261). 

PHYS 12301
Taco Visser


Third semester of a threecourse sequence for students planning to majoring in physics, other physical sciences and engineering. Wave motion, physical optics, special relativity, photoelectric effect, Compton effect, Xrays, wave properties of particles. Schrdinger's equation applied to a particle in a box, penetration of a barrier, the hydrogen atom, the harmonic oscillator, the uncertainty principle, Rutherford scattering, the timedependent Schrdinger equation and radioactive transitions, many electron atoms and molecules, statistical mechanics and selected topics in solid state physics, nuclear physics and particle physics. In addition to Two 75minutes lectures each week, One workshop each week and One threehour laboratory every other week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is at the same time as the course registration. Offered in the Spring. 

PHYS 21801
Lynne Orr


Electromagnetic induction; displacement current; Maxwell's equations; the wave equation; plane electromagnetic waves; Poynting vector; reflection and refraction; radiation; waveguides; transmission lines; propagation of light; radiation by charged particles; relativistic formulation of Maxwell's equations. 

PHYS 10001
Aran GarciaBellido


This is an introductory course designed especially for students in the humanities and other nonscientific fields who are interested in learning something about the physical world. Topics include the scale of the universe from galaxies to atoms and quarks; the fundamental forces of nature, motion and relativity, energy, electromagnetism and its everyday applications, the structure of matter, atoms, light and quantum mechanics.There are no prerequisites, no background knowledge is required and the material will be presented with very little mathematics. Substantial use will be made of demonstrations. 

PHYS 25601
Alice Quillen


Introduction of numerical and computational methods, with special emphasis on their utilities and applications in contemporary physics topics: Intro to programming language, numerical considerations, ordinary differential equations I & II, partial differential equations I & II, analysis of data, random numbers and evaluation, growth and fractal, Monte Carlo method. 

PHYS 24601
Sarada Rajeev


Formalism of quantum theory with more advanced applications than PHY 237. Includes postulates of Quantum Mechanics; function spaces, Hermitian operators, completeness of basis sets; superposition, compatible observables, conservation theorems; operations in abstract vector space, spin and angular momentum matrices; addition of angular momentum; perturbation theory, and simple scattering theory. 

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday  
PHYS 2521
Diane Dalecki


This course provides analyses of the physical bases for the use of highfrequency sound in medicine (diagnosis, therapy, and surgery) and biology. Topics include acoustic interactions of ultrasound with gas bodies (acoustic cavitation and contrast agents), thermal and nonthermal biological effects of ultrasound, ultrasonography, dosimetry, hyperthermia, and lithotripsy. Prerequisites: Math 164, Math 165, Physics 122 or Permission of instructor. 

Tuesday and Thursday  
PHYS 11401
Pierre Gourdain


Prerequisites: PHY 113; MTH 143 or MTH 162 (MTH 162 may be taken concurrently). 

PHYS 22701
Gourab Ghoshal


Multiplicity of physical states, equilibrium entropy and temperature, Boltzmann factor and partition function, statistical approach to free energy, chemical potential, distribution functions for ideal classical and quantum gases. Applications to chemical reactions, thermal engines, equations of state and phase transitions, applications. 

PHYS 2331
Michael Heilemann


Blank Description 

PHYS 12101
Sheth Nyibule


Course will make extensive use of geometry, algebra and trigonometry and simple integration and differentiation. Prior knowledge of introductory calculus (simple integration and differentiation) is required. Passing of the Math placement test (PHY 099) for PHY 121 is required.First semester of a threecourse sequence for students planning to major in physics, other physical sciences, and engineering. Motion in one and two dimensions; Newton's laws; work and energy; conservation of energy; systems of particles; rotations; oscillations; gravity; thermodynamics. In addition to Two 75minute lectures each week, One workshop each week and One threehour laboratory every other week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is done at the same time as the course registration. This course is offered in Spring and Summer session (A6). 

PHYS 23701
Petros Tzeferacos


Introduction to quantum mechanics with emphasis on applications to physical systems. Includes Schroedinger theory; solutions to the onedimentional Schroedinger equation; the hydrogen atom; and selected applications from atomic and molecular physics; quantum statistics; lasers; solids; nuclei; and elementary particles. 

PHYS 14301
Joseph Eberly


Second semester of a threecourse honors sequence, recommended for prospective departmental concentrators and other science or engineering students with a strong interest in physics or mathematics. Topics are the same as PHY 123 but in greater depth. Introductory examinations of Bohr's atomic model; Broglie waves; momentum and energy quantization; Heisenberg's uncertainty relation; Schrodinger's cat; electron spin; photon interference, and Bell's inequalities; selected applications to solidstate, nuclear, particle, and astrophysics. The laboratories and workshop registration is required at the same time as the course registration. Textbooks: (1)  'sIX IDEAS THAT SHAPED PHYSICS  UNIT Q: Particles Behave Like Waves' (*please note that the 2nd edition of this book is recommended vs the newer 3rd edition), (2)  'Quantum Theory  a Graphic Guide' MCEvoy and Zarate (3)  'Quantum Physics  Illusion or Reality' (Cambridge Univ. Press) Alistaire Rae 

PHYS 244W01
Nicholas Bigelow


A continuation of PHY 243W with greater emphasis on independent research and construction of more complicated instrumentation. This course can be used to satisfy part of the upperlevel writing requirement. 

Thursday  
PHYS 2612
Nick Vamivakas


Complex representation of waves; propagation of waves, diffraction; scalar diffraction theory; Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction and application to measurement; partially coherent light; diffraction and image formation; optical transfer function; coherent optical systems, optical data processing, and holography (same as OPT 261). 

Friday  
PHYS 121P01
Arie Bodek


Course will make extensive use of geometry, algebra and trigonometry and simple integration and differentiation. Prior knowledge of introductory calculus (simple integration and differentiation) is required. First semester of a threecourse sequence for students planning to major in physics, other physical sciences, and engineering. Motion in one and two dimensions; Newton's laws; work and energy; conservation of energy; systems of particles; rotations; oscillations; gravity; thermodynamics. Lectures are videotaped and accessed through Blackboard. Laboratory registration is done at the same time as the course registration. 