Physics Major (B.S.)  Undergraduate  2012 University Catalog
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PHYSICS MAJOR
Complete 65 semester hours including the following 3 requirement(s):

PHYSICS REQUIRED COURSES
Complete the following 6 courses for 24 semester hours:
PHYS 191 University Physics I (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4 PHYS 192 University Physics II (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4 PHYS 210 Mechanics (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4 PHYS 240 Electricity and Magnetism (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4 PHYS 350 Optics (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4 PHYS 460 Modern Physics (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4 
PHYSICS ELECTIVE COURSES
Complete at least 14 semester hours from the following:
EAES 105 Physical Geology (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4 PHYS 242 Circuit Theory (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3 PHYS 245 Electronics and Digital Circuits (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3 PHYS 247 Microprocessors and Their Applications (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3 PHYS 280 Astronomy (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4 PHYS 310 Advanced Mechanics (3 hours lecture) 3 PHYS 320 Thermodynamics (3 hours lecture) 3 PHYS 340 Advanced Electricity and Magnetism (3 hours lecture) 3 PHYS 377 Mathematical Physics (3 hours lecture) 3 PHYS 430 Computer Simulations of Physical Systems (3 hours lecture) 3 PHYS 462 Nuclear Physics (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 4 PHYS 464 Quantum Mechanics (3 hours lecture) 3 PHYS 468 Fluid Mechanics (3 hours lecture) 3 PHYS 470 Solid State Physics (3 hours lecture) 3 PHYS 490 Literature Research in Physics (2 hours lecture) 2 PHYS 495 Laboratory Research in Physics 14 
PHYSICS COLLATERAL COURSES
Complete the following for 27 semester hours:
CHEM 120 General Chemistry I (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4 CHEM 121 General Chemistry II (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) 4 CMPT 183 Foundations of Computer Science I (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab) 3 MATH 122 Calculus I (4 hours lecture) 4 MATH 221 Calculus II (4 hours lecture) 4 MATH 222 Calculus III (4 hours lecture) 4 MATH 420 Ordinary Differential Equations (4 hours lecture) 4
Course Descriptions:
CHEM120: General Chemistry I (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)
Introductory lecture and laboratory course for science majors, prerequisite for all advanced chemistry courses. Introduction to atomic and molecular structure, bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, and selected topics in descriptive inorganic chemistry. Laboratory stresses techniques and data treatment and their use in examining chemical systems. 4 sh.
Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on the Mathematics readiness test OR MATH 100 with a grade of C or better. Satisfactory score on the Chemistry/Biochemistry Department readiness test OR CHEM 113 with a grade of C or better.
CHEM121: General Chemistry II (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)
Introductory lecture and laboratory course for science majors, prerequisite for all advanced chemistry courses. Introduction to thermochemistry, kinetics; general acid base, precipitation, redox equilibria, electrochemistry and selected topics in descriptive inorganic chemistry. Laboratory stresses techniques and data treatment and their use in examining chemical systems. 4 sh.
Prerequisites: CHEM 120 with a grade of C or better.
CMPT183: Foundations of Computer Science I (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)
Basic theory of digital computers. Syntax and semantics of a programming language. Algorithms: logic, design, testing and documentation. 3 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 100, MATH 112, MATH 114, MATH 116, MATH 122 or MATH 221.
EAES105: Physical Geology (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)
Materials of the earth; landforms and structures; the processes and agents responsible for their formation and modification. Modern tectonic concepts. Topographic and geologic maps. Required field trips. Not open to students who have had Principles of Geology. Meets Gen Ed 2002  Natural/Physical Science Laboratory. Previous course GEOS 112 effective through Spring 2012. 4 sh.
MATH122: Calculus I (4 hours lecture)
Limits, continuity; derivative and differentiation; applications of the derivative, maxima, minima, and extreme considerations; antiderivatives; Riemann integral. 4 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 111 or MATH 112 or placement through the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT) or a satisfactory score on department's Calculus Readiness Test. (Students who did not satisfy the course prerequisite at MSU and students who received a grade of D, D, or D+ in the prerequisite course taken at MSU are required to demonstrate competency on the department's Calculus Readiness Test.)
MATH221: Calculus II (4 hours lecture)
Riemann integral applications, transcendental functions, techniques of integration, improper integrals, L'Hospital's rule, infinite series. 4 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 122.
MATH222: Calculus III (4 hours lecture)
Vector algebra; partial differentiation, and extreme considerations; polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates, multiple integration; introduction to line integrals. 4 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 221.
MATH420: Ordinary Differential Equations (4 hours lecture)
A course in the theory and applications of ordinary differential equations which emphasizes qualitative aspects of the subject. Topics include analytic and numerical solution techniques for linear and nonlinear systems, graphical analysis, existenceuniqueness theory, bifurcation analysis, and advanced topics. Prerequisite: MATH 335. 4 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 335.
PHYS191: University Physics I (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)
This onesemester calculusbased 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. 4 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 122 is prerequisite or corequisite.
PHYS192: University Physics II (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)
Calculusbased 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. 4 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 221 is prerequisite or corequisite.
PHYS210: Mechanics (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)
Classical mechanics: Kinematics, Newton's laws, impulse and momentum, statics, work and energy, oscillations, general motion, central force motion, noninertial frames, system of particles, methods of handling data. 4 sh.
Prerequisites: PHYS 191.
PHYS240: Electricity and Magnetism (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)
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. 4 sh.
Prerequisites: PHYS 192. MATH 222 is a prerequisite or corequisite.
PHYS242: Circuit Theory (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)
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. 3 sh.
Prerequisites: PHYS 192 or PHYS 194 and MATH 221.
PHYS245: Electronics and Digital Circuits (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)
An introduction to the principles of amplifiers, waveform generators, and digital circuits, with emphasis on the use of commonly available integrated circuit packages. 3 sh.
Prerequisites: PHYS 192 or 194.
PHYS247: Microprocessors and Their Applications (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)
One semester course providing an introduction to the principles, operations and applications of microprocessors including experiment control and data manipulation. 3 sh.
Prerequisites: PHYS 192 or 194.
PHYS280: Astronomy (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)
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. 4 sh.
Prerequisites: PHYS 191, 192 or PHYS 193, 194.
PHYS310: Advanced Mechanics (3 hours lecture)
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 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 222, and 420, and PHYS 210.
PHYS320: Thermodynamics (3 hours lecture)
Thermodynamic systems; laws of thermodynamics; entropy; kinetic theory; transport processes; statistical thermodynamics. (Offered alternate years.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 222 and PHYS 210.
PHYS340: Advanced Electricity and Magnetism (3 hours lecture)
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 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 420.
PHYS350: Optics (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)
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. 4 sh.
Prerequisites: PHYS 240.
PHYS377: Mathematical Physics (3 hours lecture)
Vector analysis, complex variables, ordinary and partial differential equations, matrices. (Not offered every year.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: 2 years of physics and MATH 222.
PHYS430: Computer Simulations of Physical Systems (3 hours lecture)
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 sh.
Prerequisites: MATH 221, PHYS 191, PHYS 192, and CMPT 183.
PHYS460: Modern Physics (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)
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.) 4 sh.
Prerequisites: PHYS 210, 240.
PHYS462: Nuclear Physics (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab)
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. 4 sh.
Prerequisites: PHYS 210, 240.
PHYS464: Quantum Mechanics (3 hours lecture)
Shroedinger's wave equation, its application and interpretation; Pauli exclusion principle and spectra. (Offered alternate years.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: PHYS 460.
PHYS468: Fluid Mechanics (3 hours lecture)
Mechanics of continuous media, liquids and gases; stress, viscosity, NavierStokes 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 sh.
Prerequisites: PHYS 210 or MATH 222.
PHYS470: Solid State Physics (3 hours lecture)
Properties of solid state matter are developed from the quantum mechanics of atoms and molecules. (Not offered every year.) 3 sh.
Prerequisites: PHYS 460.
PHYS490: Literature Research in Physics (2 hours lecture)
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 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.