ADVANCED PHYSICS LABORATORY
Prerequisite: PHY 305 or equivalent.
Selected advanced experiments chosen from the areas of mechanics, thermal physics, sound, optics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics. Course content.
Prerequisites: 15 credit hours in physics, MAT 162 or equivalent.
Readings, reports, and discussion of current job opportunities and/or problems and research in physics. May be repeated up to three times.
Prerequisite: PHY 310 and PHY320 or equivalents
Vectorial particle mechanics in one, two, and three dimensions; rigid-body motions in three dimensions; motion in central force fields; moving reference frames; forced harmonic oscillators; and introduction to mechanics in Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation. Course content.
INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM MECHANICS
Prerequisites: PHY 305, PHY310 and PHY 320, or equivalents
Postulates of quantum mechanics with selected examples; uncertainty principle; operator formalisms; Heisenberg and Schroedinger representations; angular momentum; spin. Course content.
ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM I
Prerequisites: PHY310 or equivalent and PHY 320, MAT 263, or equivalent.
Coulomb forces; electric fields and potentials; Laplace equation; boundary value problems and dielectrics; multipole distributions; magnetic induction; introduction to Maxwell's equations. Course content.
ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM II
Prerequisite: PHY 440. Continuation of PHY 440.
Vector potentials; Faraday’s law; magnetism; electromagnetic wave propagation; radiation.
Prerequisites: PHY 305, PHY 320, or equivalent.
Nucleons and nuclei; radioactivity; detectors; interaction of nuclear radiation with matter; nuclear reactions; nuclear models and gamma emissions; introduction to high-energy physics.
INTRODUCTION TO SOLID STATE PHYSICS
Prerequisite: PHY 320 or equivalent.
Theory of the structure of solids: unit cell, lattice dynamics and phonons, specific heats, band theory, superconductivity, electron dynamics, and statistics. Course content.
SUPERVISED PHYSICS LABORATORY TEACHING
Prerequisites: Physics major; upper-division status; minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, 3.25 in major coursework; physics faculty permission based on academic performance, maturity, and potential.
Supervised in-classroom introduction to college laboratory teaching techniques and procedures for selected upper-division physics majors.