Fall Term Schedule, Physics
Fall 2024
Number  Title  Instructor  Time 

PHYS 00001
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TRF 3:25PM  6:05PM


No description


PHYS 00002
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MW 3:25PM  6:05PM


No description


PHYS 04701
Arie Bodek
7:00PM  7:00PM


No description


PHYS 10001
Katarina Nichols
MW 9:00AM  10:15AM


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
Sheth Nyibule
TR 12:30PM  1:45PM


First semester of a twocourse sequence intended for students in the life sciences and others desiring a working knowledge of basic physics. Newtonian particle mechanics, including Newton's laws and their applications to straightline and circular motions, energy; linear momentum, angular momentum; and harmonic motion; sound, wave properties, and fluid dynamics. Calculus used as needed. In addition to Two 75minute lectures, One threehour laboratory every other week and one workshop per week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is done at the time of the course registration. Students should register for the PHYS 081 lab. This course is offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer Session I (A6).


PHYS 11401
Machiel Blok
TR 9:40AM  10:55AM


Second course of a twosemester sequence suitable for students in the life science. Electricity and magnetism, optics, electromagnetic waves; modern physics (introduction to relativity, quantum physics, etc.). In addition to the Two 75minute lectures each week, One workshop/recitation each week and One approximately threehour laboratory every other week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is done at the time of the course registration. Students should register for the PHYS 084 lab. Prerequisites: PHYS 113; MATH 143 or MATH 162 (MATH 162 may be taken concurrently). This course is offered in both the Spring, Summer Session II (B6).For Questions Email: Lysa Wade  lwade3@ur.rochester.edu


PHYS 12201
Petros Tzeferacos
MWF 11:50AM  12:40PM


Second semester of a threecourse sequence for students planning to major in physics, other physical sciences and engineering. Coulomb's Law through Maxwell's equations; electrostatics, electrical potential; capacitors; electric fields in matter; current and circuits; magnetostatics; magnetic fields in matter; induction, A.C. circuits; electromagnetic waves. In addition to Two 75minutes lectures each week, One workshop each week and One threehour laboratory every other week is required. The Laboratories and workshop registration is at the time of the course registration. Offered Fall, Summer Session II (B6).


PHYS 122P01
Aran GarciaBellido
7:00PM  7:00PM


Second semester of a threecourse sequence for students planning to major in physics, other physical sciences and engineering. Coulomb's Law through Maxwell's equations; electrostatics, electrical potential; capacitors; electric fields in matter; current and circuits; magnetostatics; magnetic fields in matter; induction, A.C. circuits; electromagnetic waves. The lectures and demonstrations are videotaped and put on Blackboard for student access. Workshop attendance is strongly recommended. One threehour laboratory every other week is required. The Laboratories and workshop registration is at the time of the course registration. Offered Fall.


PHYS 14101
Frank Wolfs
TR 9:40AM  10:55AM


First semester of a threecourse honors sequence, recommended for prospective departmental concentrators and other science or engineering students with interest in physics and mathematics. Topics studied are similar to those in PHY 121, but are covered in greater depth. These include symmetries, vectors, coordinate and velocity transformations, motion in one and two dimensions, Newton's Laws, work and energy, conservation of energy and momentum, special relativity, systems of particles, gravity and Kepler's laws, rotations, oscillations, molecular theory and thermodynamics. In addition to Two 75minute lectures each week, One recitation each week and One threehour laboratory every other week is required. The laboratory and recitation registration is at the same time as the course registration. *Recommended if completed high school / AP physics and calculus.


PHYS 14201
Segev BenZvi
TR 11:05AM  12:20PM


Third semester of a threecourse honors sequence (PHY 141, 143, 142), recommended for prospective departmental concentrators and other science or engineering students with a strong interest in physics and mathematics. Topics are the same as those of PHY 122 but in greater depth. These topics include Coulomb's Law through Maxwell's equations; electrostatics, electrical potential; capacitors; electric fields in matter; current and circuits; magnetostatics; magnet fields in matter; induction; A.C. circuits; waves.In addition to Two 75minute lectures each week, One workshop each week and One threehour laboratory every other week is required. The laboratories and workshop registration is at the same time as the course registration.


PHYS 18201
Arie Bodek
7:00PM  7:00PM


Laboratory experiments in electricity and magnetism: Coulomb's Law; electric fields; measurement of the absolute voltage and capacitance, electricity and magnetism of the electron; superconductivity; and electric circuits. This Laboratory uses the P/F University grading system.


PHYS 18401
Arie Bodek
7:00PM  7:00PM


Laboratory experiments in electricity, magnetism, and modern physics: Coulomb's Law; electric fields; electricity and magnetism ratio of the electron, superconductivity;, electric circuits; geometrical optics and imaging; the wave nature of light; and the spectrum of atomic hydrogen. This Laboratory uses the P/F University grading system.


PHYS 21701
Pierre Gourdain
TR 12:30PM  1:45PM


Review of vector calculus; electrostatic field and potential; boundary value problems solved with orthogonal functions; the multiple expansion and dielectrics; the magnetic field and vector potential.


PHYS 23101
Eric Blackman
TR 11:05AM  12:20PM


A thorough introduction to Special and General Relativity with some applications to astrophysics & cosmology. The course focuses on the connection between spacetime geometry and physics and how this connection leads to the generalization of Newtonian gravity to Einstein’s gravity. The begins with discussion of geometry and spacetime distances, progresses to the study of Special Relativity, which deviates from Newtonian predictions for matter moving at high speeds, and then proceeds to discuss General Relativity which further deviates from Newtonian predictions at strong gravity. This will include discussion of the equivalence principle, some basic differential geometry, exploration of some metrics (the solutions to the Einstein field equation) for simple but nonEuclidean geometries. We will discuss the sphericallysymmetric (Schwarzschild) solution and the basic physics of orbits around black holes. Applications to astrophysics and cosmology may include a subset of the following: the connection of black holes & accretion disks; gravitational waves, gravitational lensing; homogeneous & isotropic (RobertsWalker) metric solution in cosmology. Prerequisites: PHY 143 or 123, and MTH 171174 or 161165 and MTH 281 (MTH 281 may be taken concurrently); ASTR 111 or ASTR 142, PHY 235 strongly recommended.


PHYS 235W01
Christopher Marshall
MW 10:25AM  11:40AM


Mathematical introduction; review of elementary mechanics; central force problems; conservation theorems and applications; Fourier and Green's functions; variational calculus and Lagrangian multipliers; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation of mechanics is introduced and applied; oscillations; normal mode theory; rigid body dynamics. The course is designed to satisfy part of the upperlevel writing requirement. PreRequisites: PHYS 121 or PHYS 141 AND MTH 281 (M281 may be taken concurrently)


PHYS 243W01
Nicholas Bigelow
TR 2:00PM  4:40PM


Students work in pairs and each team is expected to perform three or four experiments from a variety of available setups such as Berry's phase with light, Universal chaos, lifetime of cosmic ray muons, optical pumping, electron diffraction's, etc. This is a handson laboratory with most experiments under computer control. This course can be used towards satisfying part of the upperlevel writing requirement.


PHYS 25101
Yongli Gao
TR 12:30PM  1:45PM


No description


PHYS 2541
Aran GarciaBellido
MW 2:00PM  3:15PM


This course is designed for physics majors interested in nuclear and particle physics. The course introduces the Standard Model of particle physics. The unification of electromagnetic and weak interactions is discussed. Higgs mechanism of electroweak symmetry is introduced. Finally, the fundamental interactions of elementary particles and their constituents are reviewed, with emphasis on issues pertaining to the conservation of quantum numbers and symmetries observed in highenergy collisions. (crosslisted with PHYS 440).


PHYS 2551
Adam Sefkow
MWF 9:00AM  9:50AM


Fluid properties; fluid statics; kinematics of moving fluids; the Bernoulli equation and applications; control volume analysis differential analysis of fluid flow; inviscid flow, plane potential flow; viscous flow, the NavierStokes equation; dimensional analysis, similitude; empirical analysis of pipe flows; flow over immersed bodies, boundaries layers, lift and drag. (crosslisted with ME225).


PHYS 2621
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TR 9:40AM  10:55AM


Continuation of PHY 261. Vector analysis; microscopic and macroscopic forms of Maxwell's equations; energy flow in electromagnetic fields; dipole radiation from Lorentz atoms; partially polarized radiation; spectral linebroadening; dispersion; reflection and transmission; crystal optics; electrooptics; introduction to quantum optics (same as OPT 262).


PHYS 386V01
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7:00PM  7:00PM


No description


PHYS 390A01
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7:00PM  7:00PM


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 39101
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7:00PM  7:00PM


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 39501
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7:00PM  7:00PM


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.

Fall 2024
Number  Title  Instructor  Time 

Monday and Wednesday  
PHYS 10001
Katarina Nichols


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 235W01
Christopher Marshall


Mathematical introduction; review of elementary mechanics; central force problems; conservation theorems and applications; Fourier and Green's functions; variational calculus and Lagrangian multipliers; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation of mechanics is introduced and applied; oscillations; normal mode theory; rigid body dynamics. The course is designed to satisfy part of the upperlevel writing requirement. PreRequisites: PHYS 121 or PHYS 141 AND MTH 281 (M281 may be taken concurrently) 

PHYS 2541
Aran GarciaBellido


This course is designed for physics majors interested in nuclear and particle physics. The course introduces the Standard Model of particle physics. The unification of electromagnetic and weak interactions is discussed. Higgs mechanism of electroweak symmetry is introduced. Finally, the fundamental interactions of elementary particles and their constituents are reviewed, with emphasis on issues pertaining to the conservation of quantum numbers and symmetries observed in highenergy collisions. (crosslisted with PHYS 440). 

PHYS 00002
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No description 

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday  
PHYS 2551
Adam Sefkow


Fluid properties; fluid statics; kinematics of moving fluids; the Bernoulli equation and applications; control volume analysis differential analysis of fluid flow; inviscid flow, plane potential flow; viscous flow, the NavierStokes equation; dimensional analysis, similitude; empirical analysis of pipe flows; flow over immersed bodies, boundaries layers, lift and drag. (crosslisted with ME225). 

PHYS 12201
Petros Tzeferacos


Second semester of a threecourse sequence for students planning to major in physics, other physical sciences and engineering. Coulomb's Law through Maxwell's equations; electrostatics, electrical potential; capacitors; electric fields in matter; current and circuits; magnetostatics; magnetic fields in matter; induction, A.C. circuits; electromagnetic waves. In addition to Two 75minutes lectures each week, One workshop each week and One threehour laboratory every other week is required. The Laboratories and workshop registration is at the time of the course registration. Offered Fall, Summer Session II (B6). 

Tuesday  
Tuesday and Thursday  
PHYS 11401
Machiel Blok


Second course of a twosemester sequence suitable for students in the life science. Electricity and magnetism, optics, electromagnetic waves; modern physics (introduction to relativity, quantum physics, etc.). In addition to the Two 75minute lectures each week, One workshop/recitation each week and One approximately threehour laboratory every other week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is done at the time of the course registration. Students should register for the PHYS 084 lab. Prerequisites: PHYS 113; MATH 143 or MATH 162 (MATH 162 may be taken concurrently). This course is offered in both the Spring, Summer Session II (B6).For Questions Email: Lysa Wade  lwade3@ur.rochester.edu 

PHYS 14101
Frank Wolfs


First semester of a threecourse honors sequence, recommended for prospective departmental concentrators and other science or engineering students with interest in physics and mathematics. Topics studied are similar to those in PHY 121, but are covered in greater depth. These include symmetries, vectors, coordinate and velocity transformations, motion in one and two dimensions, Newton's Laws, work and energy, conservation of energy and momentum, special relativity, systems of particles, gravity and Kepler's laws, rotations, oscillations, molecular theory and thermodynamics. In addition to Two 75minute lectures each week, One recitation each week and One threehour laboratory every other week is required. The laboratory and recitation registration is at the same time as the course registration. *Recommended if completed high school / AP physics and calculus. 

PHYS 2621
–


Continuation of PHY 261. Vector analysis; microscopic and macroscopic forms of Maxwell's equations; energy flow in electromagnetic fields; dipole radiation from Lorentz atoms; partially polarized radiation; spectral linebroadening; dispersion; reflection and transmission; crystal optics; electrooptics; introduction to quantum optics (same as OPT 262). 

PHYS 14201
Segev BenZvi


Third semester of a threecourse honors sequence (PHY 141, 143, 142), recommended for prospective departmental concentrators and other science or engineering students with a strong interest in physics and mathematics. Topics are the same as those of PHY 122 but in greater depth. These topics include Coulomb's Law through Maxwell's equations; electrostatics, electrical potential; capacitors; electric fields in matter; current and circuits; magnetostatics; magnet fields in matter; induction; A.C. circuits; waves.In addition to Two 75minute lectures each week, One workshop each week and One threehour laboratory every other week is required. The laboratories and workshop registration is at the same time as the course registration. 

PHYS 23101
Eric Blackman


A thorough introduction to Special and General Relativity with some applications to astrophysics & cosmology. The course focuses on the connection between spacetime geometry and physics and how this connection leads to the generalization of Newtonian gravity to Einstein’s gravity. The begins with discussion of geometry and spacetime distances, progresses to the study of Special Relativity, which deviates from Newtonian predictions for matter moving at high speeds, and then proceeds to discuss General Relativity which further deviates from Newtonian predictions at strong gravity. This will include discussion of the equivalence principle, some basic differential geometry, exploration of some metrics (the solutions to the Einstein field equation) for simple but nonEuclidean geometries. We will discuss the sphericallysymmetric (Schwarzschild) solution and the basic physics of orbits around black holes. Applications to astrophysics and cosmology may include a subset of the following: the connection of black holes & accretion disks; gravitational waves, gravitational lensing; homogeneous & isotropic (RobertsWalker) metric solution in cosmology. Prerequisites: PHY 143 or 123, and MTH 171174 or 161165 and MTH 281 (MTH 281 may be taken concurrently); ASTR 111 or ASTR 142, PHY 235 strongly recommended. 

PHYS 11301
Sheth Nyibule


First semester of a twocourse sequence intended for students in the life sciences and others desiring a working knowledge of basic physics. Newtonian particle mechanics, including Newton's laws and their applications to straightline and circular motions, energy; linear momentum, angular momentum; and harmonic motion; sound, wave properties, and fluid dynamics. Calculus used as needed. In addition to Two 75minute lectures, One threehour laboratory every other week and one workshop per week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is done at the time of the course registration. Students should register for the PHYS 081 lab. This course is offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer Session I (A6). 

PHYS 21701
Pierre Gourdain


Review of vector calculus; electrostatic field and potential; boundary value problems solved with orthogonal functions; the multiple expansion and dielectrics; the magnetic field and vector potential. 

PHYS 25101
Yongli Gao


No description 

PHYS 243W01
Nicholas Bigelow


Students work in pairs and each team is expected to perform three or four experiments from a variety of available setups such as Berry's phase with light, Universal chaos, lifetime of cosmic ray muons, optical pumping, electron diffraction's, etc. This is a handson laboratory with most experiments under computer control. This course can be used towards satisfying part of the upperlevel writing requirement. 

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday  
PHYS 00001
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No description 

Wednesday  
Friday 