# Course Offerings

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## Fall 2020▲

See complete information about these courses in the **course offerings database**. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

### General Physics I

**PHYS 111 - Rutkowski, Todd C.**

An introduction to classical mechanics. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, solids, fluids, and wave motion. Laboratory course with fee.

### General Physics I

**PHYS 111 - Elder, Robert M.**

An introduction to classical mechanics. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, solids, fluids, and wave motion. Laboratory course with fee.

### General Physics I

**PHYS 111 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)**

An introduction to classical mechanics. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, solids, fluids, and wave motion. Laboratory course with fee.

### General Physics I

**PHYS 111A - Mazilu, Irina**

### General Physics I

**PHYS 111A - Mazilu, Dan A.**

### Electrical Circuits

**PHYS 207 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)**

A detailed study of electrical circuits and the methods used in their analysis. Basic circuit components, as well as devices such as operational amplifiers, are investigated. The laboratory acquaints the student both with fundamental electronic diagnostic equipment and with the design and behavior of useful circuits. Laboratory course.

### Modern Physics

**PHYS 210 - Mazilu, Dan A.**

An introduction to the special theory of relativity and the physics of the atom. Topics in relativity include the Lorentz transformations, relativistic velocity addition, and relativistic momentum and energy. Topics in atomic physics include the wave description of matter, introductory quantum mechanics, the hydrogen atom, and the historical experiments that led to the modern theory.

### Optics

**PHYS 285 - Sukow, David W.**

A study of the properties of electromagnetic waves with special emphasis on visible light. Wave descriptions are developed for scattering, reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, and polarization. Topics in geometrical optics are also studied, including lenses and aberration theory. Laboratory course.

### Intermediate Special Topics in Physics

**PHYS 295A - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)**

Intermediate work in nuclear physics, optics, photonics, condensed matter, complex systems, nanotechnology, astrophysics, computational physics, or other topics according to faculty expertise and student interest. May be repeated for degree credit for a maximum of six credits with permission and if the topics are different.

Fall 2020, PHYS 295A-01: Intermediate Special Topics: Unresolved Questions and the Frontiers of Physics (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 112. An exploration of some of the biggest unresolved questions in physics, especially those pertaining to the largest and smallest phenomena in the universe. Students focus in particular on the reasons why some fundamental questions remain unresolved and the ongoing debates over how to choose between the many different hypotheses seeking to explain them. Topics include the origins of the expansion of the universe, the nature of dark matter, the ontology of quantum theory, and the problem of quantum gravity.

### Capstone

**PHYS 399 - Mazilu, Irina**

The capstone course offers students the opportunity to synthesize and apply conceptual understanding and practical knowledge gained from previous coursework to conduct a feasible research project over a single term in a mentored learning environment

### Directed Individual Research

**PHYS 423 - Mazilu, Irina**

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor. May be carried out during the summer.

### Honors Thesis

**PHYS 493 - Mazilu, Irina**

Honors Thesis.

## Spring 2020▲

See complete information about these courses in the **course offerings database**. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

### Stellar Evolution and Cosmology

**PHYS 151 - Sukow, David W.**

Appropriate for non-science majors. An introduction to the physics and astronomy of stellar systems and the universe. Topics include the formation and lifecycle of stars, stellar systems, galaxies, and the universe as a whole according to "Big Bang" cosmology. Observational aspects of astronomy are also emphasized, including optics and telescopes, star maps, and knowledge of constellations. Geometry, trigonometry, algebra, and logarithms are used in the course. Laboratory course with fee.

## Winter 2020▲

See complete information about these courses in the **course offerings database**. For more information about a specific course, including course type, schedule and location, click on its title.

### General Physics II

**PHYS 112 - Sukow, David W.**

A continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and optics. This course must be taken simultaneously with PHYS 114.

### General Physics II

**PHYS 112 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)**

A continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and optics. This course must be taken simultaneously with PHYS 114.

### General Physics II

**PHYS 112 - Athauda, Anushika M. (Anushika)**

A continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and optics. This course must be taken simultaneously with PHYS 114.

### General Physics II

**PHYS 112A - Mazilu, Dan A.**

### General Physics Laboratory II

**PHYS 114 - Sukow, David W.**

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 112. Laboratory exercises in thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and optics. Laboratory course with fee.

### General Physics Laboratory II

**PHYS 114 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)**

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 112. Laboratory exercises in thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and optics. Laboratory course with fee.

### General Physics Laboratory II

**PHYS 114 - Athauda, Anushika M. (Anushika)**

A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 112. Laboratory exercises in thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and optics. Laboratory course with fee.

### General Physics Laboratory II

**PHYS 114 - Mazilu, Dan A.**

### Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering

**PHYS 225 - Mazilu, Irina**

Study of a collection of mathematical techniques particularly useful in upper-level courses in physics and engineering: vector differential operators such as gradient, divergence, and curl; functions of complex variables; Fourier analysis; orthogonal functions; matrix algebra and the matrix eigenvalue problem; ordinary and partial differential equations.

### Electricity and Magnetism

**PHYS 275 - Mazilu, Dan A.**

An introduction to the classical theory of electric and magnetic fields. The basic equations of electromagnetism (Maxwell's equations) are developed through a study of electrostatics, steady-state magnetism, and electromagnetic induction.

### Intermediate Special Topics in Physics

**PHYS 295A - Mazilu, Irina**

Intermediate work in nuclear physics, optics, photonics, condensed matter, complex systems, nanotechnology, astrophysics, computational physics, or other topics according to faculty expertise and student interest. May be repeated for degree credit for a maximum of six credits with permission and if the topics are different.

Winter 2020, PHYS 295A-01: Topic: Trends in Interdisciplinary Physics (3) . Prerequisite PHYS 112 or instructor consent. Current ideas and developments in interdisciplinary physics. The topics covered are from the fields of econophysics, sociophysics, biophysics, and applications of machine learning and data science to physics. Includes traditional lectures as well as computational workshops, student presentations, and a term-long research project. I. Mazilu.

### Statistical Physics

**PHYS 345 - Mazilu, Irina**

A study of the statistical methods used in various branches of physics. The Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein distribution functions are derived and applied to problems in thermodynamics and the physics of solids.

### Directed Individual Research

**PHYS 421 - Mazilu, Dan A.**

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor. May be carried out during the summer.

### Directed Individual Research

**PHYS 421 - Mazilu, Irina**

Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Directed research in physics. May be repeated for degree credit with permission of the instructor. May be carried out during the summer.

### Honors Thesis

**PHYS 493 - Mazilu, Irina**

Honors Thesis.

### Honors Thesis

**PHYS 493 - Mazilu, Dan A.**

Honors Thesis.

### Honors Thesis

**PHYS 493 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)**

Honors Thesis.