# Course Offerings

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## 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.

## Fall 2019▲

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 - Mazilu, Dan A. / Mazilu, Irina**

During Fall 2019, students register for 4-credit PHYS 111 and it will be changed to 3-credit PHYS 111 and 1-credit PHYS 113 after drop-add. An introduction to classical mechanics. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, solids, fluids, and wave motion.

### General Physics I

**PHYS 111 - Athauda, Anushika M. (Anushika)**

During Fall 2019, students register for 4-credit PHYS 111 and it will be changed to 3-credit PHYS 111 and 1-credit PHYS 113 after drop-add. An introduction to classical mechanics. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, solids, fluids, and wave motion.

### General Physics I

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

During Fall 2019, students register for 4-credit PHYS 111 and it will be changed to 3-credit PHYS 111 and 1-credit PHYS 113 after drop-add. An introduction to classical mechanics. Topics include kinematics, Newton's laws, solids, fluids, and wave motion.

### General Physics I

**PHYS 111A - Mazilu, Irina**

### General Physics I

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

### General Physics Laboratory I

**PHYS 113 - Mazilu, Dan A. / Mazilu, Irina**

During Fall 2019, students register for 4-credit PHYS 111 and it will be changed to 3-credit PHYS 111 and 1-credit PHYS 113 after drop-add. A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 111. Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics. Laboratory course with fee.

### General Physics Laboratory I

**PHYS 113 - Athauda, Anushika M. (Anushika)**

During Fall 2019, students register for 4-credit PHYS 111 and it will be changed to 3-credit PHYS 111 and 1-credit PHYS 113 after drop-add. A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 111. Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics. Laboratory course with fee.

### General Physics Laboratory I

**PHYS 113 - McClain, Thomas J. (Tom)**

During Fall 2019, students register for 4-credit PHYS 111 and it will be changed to 3-credit PHYS 111 and 1-credit PHYS 113 after drop-add. A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 111. Laboratory exercises in classical mechanics. Laboratory course with fee.

### General Physics Laboratory I

**PHYS 113 - Mazilu, Irina**

### General Physics Laboratory I

**PHYS 113 - 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 - Sukow, David W.**

An introduction to the physics of the atom, including the wave description of matter and quantum mechanics, and the experiments that led to the theory. Selected topics from atomic, molecular, nuclear, statistical, and solid state physics are discussed; the choice of topics may vary from year to year.

### Quantum Mechanics

**PHYS 340 - Sukow, David W.**

A study of the postulates and formalism of quantum theory emphasizing the Schroedinger approach. The probabilistic theory is applied to one-dimensional bound and scattering states and the three-dimensional central force problem. Investigation of spin and angular momentum, Clebsch-Gordan coefficients, indistinguishable particles, and perturbation theory. Mathematical formalism includes operators, commutators, Hilbert space, and Dirac notation.

### 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 Study

**PHYS 401 - Mazilu, Dan A.**

Advanced work and reading in topics selected by the instructor to fit special needs of advanced students. This course may be repeated with permission for a total of six credits.

### 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 - Mazilu, Dan A.**

### 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.