Physics Minor - Undergraduate - 2011 University Catalog

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PHYSICS MINOR

Complete 18 semester hours-19 semester hours, including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. Complete the following 3 courses:

    PHYS 191 University Physics I 4
    PHYS 192 University Physics II 4
    PHYS 240 Electricity and Magnetism 4
  2. Complete 1 of the following options:

    1. OPTION A

      Complete the following 2 requirements:

      1. Complete the following course:

        PHYS 210 Mechanics 4
      2. Complete 1 course from:

        PHYS 204 Selected Topics in Contemporary History of Science 3
        PHYS 205 Scientific Principles of Technology 3
        PHYS 242 Circuit Theory 3
        PHYS 245 Electronics and Digital Circuits 3
        PHYS 247 Microprocessors and Their Applications 3
        PHYS 280 Astronomy 4
        PHYS 310 Advanced Mechanics 3
        PHYS 322 Digital Communications 3
        PHYS 340 Advanced Electricity and Magnetism 3
        PHYS 341 Electronic Fundamentals 3
        PHYS 350 Optics 4
        PHYS 377 Mathematical Physics 3
        PHYS 380 Observational Astronomy 4
        PHYS 430 Computer Simulations of Physical Systems 3
        PHYS 446 Micro-Computer Technology 3
        PHYS 460 Modern Physics 4
        PHYS 462 Nuclear Physics 4
        PHYS 464 Quantum Mechanics 3
        PHYS 468 Fluid Mechanics 3
        PHYS 470 Solid State Physics 3
        PHYS 480 Astrophysics 3
        PHYS 490 Literature Research in Physics 2
        PHYS 495 Laboratory Research in Physics 1-4
    2. OPTION B

      Complete 2 courses from the following:

      PHYS 242 Circuit Theory 3
      PHYS 245 Electronics and Digital Circuits 3
      PHYS 247 Microprocessors and Their Applications 3

Course Descriptions:

PHYS191: University Physics I

This one-semester calculus-based course including laboratory is a study of the principles of physics and some applications to society's problems. Topics covered include mechanics, thermodynamics, fluids, and harmonic motion. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 122 is prerequisite or co-requisite.

PHYS192: University Physics II

Calculus-based course. Study of some principles of physics and some applications to society's problems. Topics include: wave motion, sound and noise pollution, optics, electricity, lasers, nuclear theory, radiation, nuclear reactors, waste disposal. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 221 is prerequisite or corequisite.

PHYS204: Selected Topics in Contemporary History of Science

A study which will consider the most important discoveries of the twentieth century that are changing our world and the events leading to the inventions. These concepts will be related to twentieth century idealism, materialism, and ideas of progress. No prior knowledge of science of mathematics is assumed and the course could be used as a sequential to PHYS 104 History of Science. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

PHYS205: Scientific Principles of Technology

The practical implications of physical concepts on technology will be studied, emphasizing how technical machines work. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

PHYS210: Mechanics

Classical mechanics: Kinematics, Newton's laws, impulse and momentum, statics, work and energy, oscillations, general motion, central force motion, non-inertial frames, system of particles, methods of handling data. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 191.

PHYS240: Electricity and Magnetism

Basic principles of electromagnetism: Coulomb's law and general techniques in electrostatics, currents and their associated magnetic field, electromagnetic induction and magnetic properties of materials. Foundations of Maxwell's equations (without detailed solutions). Laboratory experiments. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 192. MATH 222 is a prerequisite or corequisite.

PHYS242: Circuit Theory

Introduces basic methods in circuit analysis and design. Topics include linear electric circuits and their response, circuit theorems, filters, Fourier analysis of different inputs and outputs, and transmission lines. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 192 or PHYS 194 and MATH 221.

PHYS245: Electronics and Digital Circuits

An introduction to the principles of amplifiers, waveform generators, and digital circuits, with emphasis on the use of commonly available integrated circuit packages. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 192 or 194.

PHYS247: Microprocessors and Their Applications

One semester course providing an introduction to the principles, operations and applications of microprocessors including experiment control and data manipulation. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 192 or 194.

PHYS280: Astronomy

Application of physical laws to the earth as a planet; nature of the other planets; orbital motion and space flight; origin of the solar system; the birth, life and death of a star galactic structure; and cosmology. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Physics. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 191, 192 or PHYS 193, 194.

PHYS310: Advanced Mechanics

Classical mechanics; transformations, oscillators, generalized motion; Lagrange's equations; Hamilton's equation; small oscillations; wave propagation. (Offered alternate years.) Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Physics. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 222, and 420, and PHYS 210.

PHYS322: Digital Communications

Digital communications will focus on the conversion of information into digital structure and the transmission of information within networks comprised of intelligent machines and humans. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 122.

PHYS340: Advanced Electricity and Magnetism

Dielectric materials; image calculations; Laplace's equation; magnetic materials and flux; A.C. networks; nonsinusoidal AC; transients and pulses; electromagnetic radiation. (Offered alternate years.) (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 420.

PHYS341: Electronic Fundamentals

Circuit conditions; analysis of electronic concepts, theoretically and experimentally. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 205.

PHYS350: Optics

Propagation of light, optical components, instruments and photometry. Interference, diffraction and polarization with elements of spectroscopy. (Offered alternate years.) Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Physics. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 240.

PHYS377: Mathematical Physics

Vector analysis, complex variables, ordinary and partial differential equations, matrices. (Not offered every year.) (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: 2 years of physics and MATH 222.

PHYS380: Observational Astronomy

Observational techniques for the Moon, planets, satellites of other planets, asteroids, comets, stars, star clusters, and galaxies. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 191, PHYS 192 or PHYS 193, PHYS 194.

PHYS430: Computer Simulations of Physical Systems

This course applies computer techniques and numerical analysis to model physical systems. Simulations and calculations will be done of falling bodies, gravitational orbits, scattering, oscillations, electrical circuits, molecular dynamics, Monte Carlo techniques, chaos, and quantum systems. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 221, PHYS 191, PHYS 192, and CMPT 183.

PHYS446: Micro-Computer Technology

Manufacturing, design and consumer product application of computer technology will be emphasized. Hands-on experience with micro computers, plotters, digitizers, printers and other peripherals will aid the student in developing an appreciation for the less publicized applications of the computer. Software, firmware and hardware will be illustrated and discussed, especially as related to interfacing. Numerical controlled machining and robotics will also be studied. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 240 and CMPT 184.

PHYS460: Modern Physics

Special relativity, kinetic theory of matter; quantization of electricity, light and energy; nuclear atom; elementary quantum mechanics and topics on solid state. (Offered alternate years.) (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 210, 240.

PHYS462: Nuclear Physics

Nuclear radiation; radioactive decay; detectors; nuclear spectroscopy and reactions; theories and models; fission, fusion, reactors; and application of radioisotopes. (Offered alternate years.) Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Physics. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 210, 240.

PHYS464: Quantum Mechanics

Shroedinger's wave equation, its application and interpretation; Pauli exclusion principle and spectra. (Offered alternate years.) (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 460.

PHYS468: Fluid Mechanics

Mechanics of continuous media, liquids and gases; stress, viscosity, Navier-Stokes and Euler Equations, exact solutions, potential flow, circulation and vorticity, dimensional analysis and asymptotic models, boundary layers, stability theory and applications to industrial and environmental problems. Cross listed with MATH 468. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 210 or MATH 222.

PHYS470: Solid State Physics

Properties of solid state matter are developed from the quantum mechanics of atoms and molecules. (Not offered every year.) (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 460.

PHYS480: Astrophysics

The laws of physics applied to planetary structure, stars and their evolution in time, the interstellar medium, galaxies, and large-scale structure of the universe. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 191, 192 or PHYS 193, 194; PHYS 280; MATH 221. Prerequisite or corequisite: STAT 401.

PHYS490: Literature Research in Physics

Student considers topics in physics and gains facility in literature research techniques: topics in pure physics or related to physics education. Students intending to enroll in laboratory research in physics should use PHYS 490 to provide the literature research related to his/her laboratory problem. (Not offered every year.) (2 hours lecture.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: At least 16 credit hours of physics beyond PHYS 192.

PHYS495: Laboratory Research in Physics

Solution of a laboratory problem research in pure physics or in physics education. Written report required. (Not offered every year.) () 1 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: At least 16 credit hours of physics beyond PHYS 192.