Course Offerings

Winter 2021

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General Physics II

PHYS 112 - Elder, Robert M.

A continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and optics. Laboratory course with fee.

General Physics II

PHYS 112 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

A continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and optics. Laboratory course with fee.

General Physics II

PHYS 112 - Rutkowski, Todd C.

A continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and optics. Laboratory course with fee.

General Physics II

PHYS 112A - Mazilu, Dan A.

A continuation of PHYS 111. Topics include thermodynamics, electricity, magnetism, and optics. Laboratory course with fee.

Electronics

PHYS 208 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

An introduction to digital electronics emphasizing design, construction, and measurement of electronics systems. The first half of the course focuses on foundational concepts including: transistor/semiconductor technology, digital logic gates, RAM and Flash memory, Analog-to-Digital and Digital-to-Analog converters, digital communication protocols (SPI and I2C), wireless devices, and microcontroller operation.  The second half of the course is project-based: student teams develop an electronics system that solves a real world problem.

Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering

PHYS 225 - Erickson, Jonathan C. (Jon)

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.

Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering

PHYS 225 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)

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.

Newtonian Mechanics

PHYS 230 - Mazilu, Dan A.

A thorough study of Newton's laws of motion, rigid body motion, and accelerated reference frames. A student may not receive degree credit for both ENGN 204 and PHYS 230.

Modeling and Simulation of Physical Systems

PHYS 265 - Mazilu, Irina

An introduction to the innovative field of modeling and analysis of complex physical systems from such diverse fields as physics, chemistry, ecology, epidemiology, and a wide range of interdisciplinary, emerging fields such as econophysics and sociophysics. Topics vary according to faculty expertise and student interest. The goal is to seek the underlying physics laws that govern such seemingly diverse systems and to provide contemporary mathematical and computational tools for studying and simulating their dynamics. Includes traditional lectures as well as workshops and computational labs, group presentations, and seminars given by invited speakers

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.

Directed Individual Research

PHYS 421 - Sukow, David W.

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.

Fall 2020

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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

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, Dan A.

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

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 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.

Directed Individual Research

PHYS 422 - Sukow, David W.

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.

Spring 2020

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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.