Physics (PHYS)Arts and Sciences

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PHYS 1012

Provides backup instruction for PHYS 1112. Recommended for students who either feel insecure about taking PHYS 1112 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

  •  6321PHYS 1012  SEM 101

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

PHYS 1102

 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

  •  6319PHYS 1102  LEC 001

  • Orientation (required for students who did not take Phys 1101) on Thursday, January 26 at 7:30 pm in RCK Schwartz Auditorium. PHYS 1102 allows considerable flexibility, but students must plan to come to the Learning and Testing Centers (RCK 280 and 250) regularly. The Centers are open most afternoons and evenings, beginning at 11:15 am on the first day of class. 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

  •  9234PHYS 1116  LEC 001

  • PHYS 1116 has only 1 section and 1 lab open/available for enrollment. DIS 202 and LAB 402 are not available for enrollment.

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

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  •  7523PHYS 1190  LAB 402

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PHYS 1203

Shows how the unification of apparently distinct areas of physics leads to an explosion in the growth of our knowledge and understanding. The material is divided into three parts: the physics of motion ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 1204

Explores musical sound from a physics point of view. Topics include how various musical instruments work; pitch, timbre, scales, intervals, and tunings; hearing; human voice and room acoustics. This course ... view course details

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    Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: MUSIC 1466

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 2208

PHYS 2208 follows PHYS 2207 in the two-semester introduction to physics intended for students majoring in biological science, physical science, or mathematics. PHYS 2208 provides a rich exposure to the ... 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

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

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

  •  6702PHYS 2218  LEC 001

  • PHYS 2218 has only 1 section and 1 lab open/available for enrollment. DIS 202 and LAB 402 are not available for enrollment.

  •  6703PHYS 2218  DIS 201

  • PHYS 2218 has only 1 section and 1 lab open during pre enrollment.

PHYS 3314

Topics include Lagrangian mechanics; Newtonian mechanics based on a variational principle; conservation laws from symmetries; two-body orbits due to a central force.  Also includes additional topics such ... 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 3318

Covers Newtonian mechanics of particles and systems of particles, including rigid bodies, oscillating systems, gravitation and planetary motion, moving coordinate systems, Euler's equations, Lagrange 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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    Choose one lecture and one laboratory. Combined with: AEP 3630

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7478PHYS 3360  LEC 001

  • Please contact Rosemary Barber in 121 Clark Hall with enrollment issues. Rosemary can add you to a wait list for this course and answer your scheduling questions.

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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    Choose one lecture and one laboratory. Combined with: PHYS 6510

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 4433

An introduction to theoretical and observational cosmology aimed at interested science and engineering majors. Topics include an introduction to general relativity as applied to the cosmos; the cosmic ... view course details

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    Combined with: ASTRO 4433

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 4443

Provides an introduction to concepts and techniques of quantum mechanics, at the level of An Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by Griffiths. view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 4444

Covers the standard model of particle physics; Introduction to fields and particles and relativistic Quantum Mechanics; Symmetries in physics; Basic introduction the Feynman diagrams. At the ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6800PHYS 4444  LEC 001

  • Please see Rosemary Barber (Physics Course Coordinator) in 121 Clark with any questions and/or needed assistance to add this class.

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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    Combined with: PHYS 7684

  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

  •  6810PHYS 4484  LEC 001

  • Teaching assignments begin the second week of class.

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  • 1 Credit Sat/Unsat

  •  8837PHYS 4484  LEC 002

  • Teaching assignments begin the second week of class.

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

  •  7887PHYS 4485  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Thorne, R

  • Teaching assignments begin the second week of class.

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 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

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7512PHYS 4490  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Franck, C

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7513PHYS 4490  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Vengalattore, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7514PHYS 4490  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Liepe, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7515PHYS 4490  IND 605

    • TBA
    • Alexander, J

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7516PHYS 4490  IND 606

    • TBA
    • Thorne, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7517PHYS 4490  IND 607

    • TBA
    • Grossman, Y

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7518PHYS 4490  IND 608

    • TBA
    • Ralph, D

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7519PHYS 4490  IND 609

    • TBA
    • Niemack, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7520PHYS 4490  IND 610

    • TBA
    • Shen, K

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7521PHYS 4490  IND 611

    • TBA
    • Rubin, D

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7522PHYS 4490  IND 612

    • TBA
    • Bazarov, I

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7558PHYS 4490  IND 613

    • TBA
    • Eichhorn, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7559PHYS 4490  IND 614

    • TBA
    • Lawler, M

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7560PHYS 4490  IND 615

    • TBA
    • Teukolsky, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7563PHYS 4490  IND 616

    • TBA
    • Ryd, A

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9273PHYS 4490  IND 617

    • TBA
    • Cohen, I

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9274PHYS 4490  IND 618

    • TBA
    • Gibbons, L

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9275PHYS 4490  IND 619

    • TBA
    • Gruner, S

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9276PHYS 4490  IND 620

    • TBA
    • Hartman, T

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9978PHYS 4490  IND 621

    • TBA
    • Hoffstaetter, G

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18428PHYS 4490  IND 622

    • TBA
    • Nowack, K

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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

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

  •  6748PHYS 6520  IND 601

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PHYS 6554

A continuation of PHYS 6553 and ASTRO 6509 that covers a variety of advanced topics and applications of general relativity in astrophysics, cosmology, and high-energy physics. view course details

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    Combined with: ASTRO 6510

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 6562

A broad, graduate level view of statistical mechanics, with applications to not only physics and chemistry, but to computation, mathematics, dynamical and complex systems, and biology. Some traditional ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

PHYS 6574

Possible topics include identical particles, many electron atoms, second quantization, quantization of the electromagnetic field, scattering of complex systems, radiative transitions, and introduction ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  6750PHYS 6574  LEC 001

  • Undergraduates may only enroll in this class with special permission from the instructor.

PHYS 7636

Continuation of PHYS 7635. Topics include theory of measurements such as response and correlation, spontaneous symmetry breaking, superconductivity, free fermion and interacting topological phases. view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 7645

This course is an introduction to the Standard Model of particle physics. Familiarity with Feynman rules, Lagrangians, and relativistic wave equations at the level of PHYS 7651 is required. Topics covered ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

PHYS 7652

A continuation of PHYS 7651. Introduces more advanced methods and concepts in quantum field theory. Topics include functional integral methods, quantization of spin-1 fields, quantum electrodynamics, ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Sat/Unsat

  •  6752PHYS 7652  LEC 001

  • Undergraduates may only enroll in this class with special permission from the instructor.

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

  • Topic: Softskills course/wkshoping a 10m conf presenta

  •  8424PHYS 7685  LEC 001

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

  •  6649PHYS 7690  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Thorne, R

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8571PHYS 7690  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Arias, T