Physics (PHYS)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017. Courses of Study 2017-2018 is scheduled to publish mid-June.

PHYS 1013

Provides backup instruction for PHYS 2213. Recommended for students who either feel insecure about taking PHYS 2213 or simply want to develop their problem-solving skills. Emphasis is on getting the student ... view course details

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  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

  •  6501PHYS 1013  SEM 101

    • W
    • Staff

  • A&S students receive transcript credit only; cannot be used toward graduation

PHYS 1101

PHYS 1101 and PHYS 1102 emphasize quantitative and conceptual understanding of the topics and tools of introductory physics developed without use of calculus.  The course offers individualized instruction. ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6228PHYS 1101  LEC 001

  • Orientation (required) on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 7:30 pm in RCK 201 (Schwartz Aud.) PHYS 1101 allows considerable flexibility, but students must plan to come to the Learning and Testing Centers regularly. The Centers are open most afternoons and evenings. Time-management skills and self-motivation are crucial to success. Freshmen are not allowed to enroll due to difficulty level and enrollment capacity.

PHYS 1112

First course in a three semester introductory physics sequence. Covers the mechanics of particles with focus on kinematics, dynamics, conservation laws, central force fields, periodic motion. Mechanics ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 1116

First in a three semester introductory physics sequence. Explores quantitative modeling of the physical world through a study of mechanics. More mathematical and abstract than a typical mechanics course ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 1117

Intended for freshmen who plan to major in physics or a closely related field (i.e., applied and engineering physics or astronomy) and would like to learn about the concepts of modern physics early in ... view course details

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  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

PHYS 1190

Students perform the laboratory component of one of the introductory courses (PHYS 1112, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, PHYS 2213, PHYS 2214) to complement the lecture-related course credit acquired elsewhere. ... view course details

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  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

  •  6259PHYS 1190  LAB 401

    • TBA
    • Staff

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  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

  •  7729PHYS 1190  LAB 402

    • TBA
    • Staff

PHYS 1201

A descriptive physics course aimed specifically at the non-science student. This can be viewed as a "physics appreciation course" where the approach is initially historical allowing the student to understand ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6263PHYS 1201  DIS 203

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    • Cohen, I

  • Discussion section 203 will not be open for pre-enrollment.

PHYS 2207

PHYS 2207-PHYS 2208 is a two-semester introduction to physics, intended for students majoring in biological science, physical science, or mathematics. The course provides a rich exposure to the methods ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 2213

Second in a three semester introductory physics sequence.  Topics include electrostatics, behavior of matter in electric fields, DC circuits, magnetic fields, Faraday's law, AC circuits, and electromagnetic ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6297PHYS 2213  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Arias, T

  • If you enroll in a Tuesday/Thursday 10:10-11:00 (207 or 208) sections; Please ENROLL in the 9:05-9:55 lecture NOT the 11:15-12:05 lecture.

PHYS 2214

For majors in engineering (including biological, biomedical, and biomolecular engineering), computer science, physics, earth and atmospheric science, and other physical and biological sciences who wish ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 2216

Introduction to Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity, including Galilean and Lorentz transformations, the concept of simultaneity, time dilation and Lorentz contraction, the relativistic transformations ... view course details

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  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

  •  6351PHYS 2216  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Aug 22 - Sep 21, 2017
    • Kim, E

PHYS 2217

Second in a three semester introductory physics sequence. Explores quantitative modeling of the physical world through a study of electricity and magnetism. More mathematical and abstract than a typical ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture, one discussion, and one laboratory. Combined with: AEP 2170

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 2218

This course is divided into two parts. The larger segment of the course typically focuses on wave phenomena: deriving wave equations, solving wave equations, superposition, Fourier series and transforms. ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 3316

Topics include breakdown of classical concepts in microphysics; light quanta and matter waves; Schrödinger equation and solutions for square well, harmonic oscillator, and the hydrogen atom; wave packets, ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 3317

Covers a number of applications of quantum mechanics to topics in modern physics. Uses the tools developed in PHYS 3316, and does not introduce new formalism. Topics include: the physics of single and ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 3323

A survey of electricity and magnetism that exploits the student's growing mathematical capability in order to explore the electromagnetic properties of of matter and vacuum  and their consequences.  Topics ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 3327

Covers electro/magnetostatics, vector and scalar potentials, multipole expansion of the potential solutions to Laplace's Equation and boundary value problems, time-dependent electrodynamics, Maxwell's ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 3330

A practical laboratory course in basic and modern optics. Students use lasers and basic optical bench equipment to cover a wide range of topics from geometrical optics to interference, diffraction, and ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 3360

Practical electronics as encountered in a scientific or engineering research/development environment. Analyze, design, build, and test circuits using discrete components and integrated circuits. Analog ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 4230

Quantum statistical basis for equilibrium thermodynamics, microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical ensembles, and partition functions. Classical and quantum ideal gases, paramagnetic and multiple-state ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

PHYS 4400

Experiments of widely varying difficulty in one or more areas, as listed under PHYS 4410, may be done to fill the student's special requirements. view course details

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  • 0-3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 4410

Over 50 available experiments on various topics including atomic and molecular spectroscopy, optics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, electrical and microwave circuits, x-rays, and magnetic resonance. ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6369PHYS 4410  LEC 001

    • M
    • McEuen, P

PHYS 4445

One-semester introduction to general relativity that develops the essential structure and phenomenology of the theory without requiring prior exposure to tensor analysis. General relativity is a fundamental ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 4454

Introduction the physics of crystalline solids. Covers crystal structures; electronic states; lattice vibrations; and metals, insulators, and semiconductors. Covers optical properties, magnetism, ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 4456

This course covers fundamental physical principles of particle accelerators. starting from an historical approach different accelerator concepts will be review. This includes electrostatic an acceleration ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Sat/Unsat

PHYS 4480

Covers numerical methods for ordinary and partial differential equations, linear algebra and eigenvalue problems, integration, nonlinear equations, optimization, and fast Fourier transforms. Find out how ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASTRO 7690PHYS 7680

  • 3 Credits Sat/Unsat

PHYS 4484

This 1.5-hour weekly seminar provides undergraduate and graduate students with an introduction to core concepts in physics education. Participants discuss articles and videos drawn from physics and science ... view course details

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  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

  •  6943PHYS 4484  LEC 001

  • A&S students receive transcript credit only; cannot be used toward graduation

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  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

PHYS 4485

Designed to give qualified undergraduate students with an interest in teaching careers a structured introduction to teaching physics.  This experience includes attending and participating in weekly course ... view course details

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  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

PHYS 4486

Teaching experience for qualified undergraduate students in PHYS 1101/PHYS 1102.  Contact time will be in the course's Learning Center, in a team environment with graduate student TAs and faculty. Activities ... view course details

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  • 1-3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 4487

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  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

PHYS 4490

Individual project work (reading or laboratory) in any branch of physics.  Products vary, but may include a thesis. Evaluation criteria are decided between student and faculty member. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6374PHYS 4490  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Gruner, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7730PHYS 4490  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Franck, C

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7731PHYS 4490  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Ralph, D

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7732PHYS 4490  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Liepe, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7733PHYS 4490  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Eichhorn, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7734PHYS 4490  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Niemack, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7735PHYS 4490  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Teukolsky, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7736PHYS 4490  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Flanagan, E

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7737PHYS 4490  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Alexander, J

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7738PHYS 4490  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Cohen, I

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7739PHYS 4490  IND 611

    • TBA
    • McEuen, P

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7740PHYS 4490  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Hartman, T

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7804PHYS 4490  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Shen, K

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7805PHYS 4490  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Thorne, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7806PHYS 4490  IND 615

    • TBA
    • Bazarov, I

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7807PHYS 4490  IND 616

    • TBA
    • Ryd, A

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8777PHYS 4490  IND 617

    • TBA
    • Rubin, D

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8778PHYS 4490  IND 618

    • TBA
    • Lawler, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8779PHYS 4490  IND 619

    • TBA
    • McAllister, L

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9234PHYS 4490  IND 622

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    • Staff

PHYS 6500

Experiments of widely varying difficulty in one or more areas, as listed under PHYS 6510, may be done to fill special requirements. view course details

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  • 0-2 Credits Graded

PHYS 6510

Over 50 available experiments on various topics including atomic and molecular spectroscopy, optics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, electrical and microwave circuits, x-rays, and magnetic resonance. ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  •  6731PHYS 6510  LEC 001

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    • McEuen, P

PHYS 6520

Projects of modern topical interest that involve some independent development work by student. Opportunity for more initiative in experimental work than is possible in PHYS 6510. view course details

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  • 0-3 Credits Graded

  •  6377PHYS 6520  IND 601

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PHYS 6561

Covers special relativity, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic potentials, conservation laws, Green's functions, electromagnetic waves, dispersion, radiation theory, and scattering. The practical application ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 6572

First part of the two-semester graduate quantum mechanics sequence. Covers non-relativistic quantum physics, focusing on fundamental conceptual issues and methods. Topics include: fundamental concepts ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  6379PHYS 6572  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Csaki, C

PHYS 6599

Intended to provide a detailed theoretical development of current ideas in cosmology. Topics include Big Bang cosmology and universe's matter content; a cosmological chronology very early universe, symmetry ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASTRO 6599

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 7601

Foundations of fluid mechanics from an advanced viewpoint, including formulation of continuum fluid dynamics; kinematic descriptions of fluid flow, derivation of the Navier-Stokes equations and energy ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8003PHYS 7601  LEC 001

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    • Erickson, D

  • Prerequisite: One semester of fluid mechanics equivalent to MAE 3230 or higher is required.

PHYS 7635

Survey of the physics of solids: crystal structures, X-ray diffraction, phonons, and electrons. Selected topics from semiconductors, magnetism, superconductivity, disordered materials, dielectric properties, ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 7651

Introduction to relativistic quantum field theory for applications in particle physics. Topics include quantization of Klein-Gordon, Dirac and gauge fields, Lorentz invariance in quantum theory, perturbation ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6381PHYS 7651  LEC 001

  • Undergraduate students grading option is 'Letter Grade' only. Graduate students have the option of S/U or Letter. Please see Rosemary French in 121 Clark to add this course.

PHYS 7653

An advanced, graduate-level exploration of universality and scaling in complex systems exhibiting emergent scale invariance -- random walks, continuous phase transitions, earthquakes and crackling noise, ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6382PHYS 7653  LEC 001

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    • Sethna, J

PHYS 7656

This course covers fundamental physical principles of particle accelerators. starting from an historical approach different accelerator concepts will be review. This includes electrostatic an acceleration ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits S/U NoAud

PHYS 7661

Presents advanced topics of current research interest. Subject matter varies from year to year. Some likely topics are models of electroweak symmetry breaking, collider physics, flavor physics, topics ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Sat/Unsat

PHYS 7680

Covers numerical methods for ordinary and partial differential equations, linear algebra and eigenvalue problems, integration, nonlinear equations, optimization, and fast Fourier transforms. Find out how ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Sat/Unsat

PHYS 7684

This 1.5-hour weekly seminar provides undergraduate and graduate students with an introduction to core concepts in physics education. Participants discuss articles and videos drawn from physics and science ... view course details

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  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

PHYS 7685

Offerings are announced each semester. Typical topics are group theory, analyticity in particle physics, weak interactions, superfluids, stellar evolution, surface physics, Monte Carlo methods, low-temperature ... view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 7690

Special graduate study in some branch of physics, either theoretical or experimental, under the direction of any professorial member of the staff. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6712PHYS 7690  IND 601

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  •  8689PHYS 7690  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Staff

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8690PHYS 7690  IND 603

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    • Staff

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8691PHYS 7690  IND 604

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8692PHYS 7690  IND 605

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    • Staff