Physics Course Descriptions

1114 GENERAL PHYSICS I
An algebra-based course. Fundamental principles of mechanics, heat and sound; with laboratory. (Prerequisites: MATH 1513 or ACT Math 21 or higher)(Corequisite: MATH 1613)
1214 GENERAL PHYSICS II
Fundamental principles of electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics; with laboratory. (Prerequisite: PHYS 1114 with grade of "C" or higher)
2014 ENGINEERING PHYSICS I (NOT CATALOG)
Fundamental principles of mechanics, heat, and sound; with laboratory. (Prerequisite: MATH 2215)
2114 ENGINEERING PHYSICS II (NOT CATALOG)
Fundamental principles of electricity, magnetism, optics and modern physics; with laboratory. (Prerequisite: PHYS 2015 or department approval)
3014 MECHANICS (NOT CATALOG)
Statics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies with analytical and computational methods. Hamiltonian and Lagrangian dynamics. (Prerequisites: PHYS 1214 or 2115 and MATH 2315)
3214 OPTICS (NOT CATALOG)
Geometric, physical, and introductory wave optics with traditional and computational laboratories. (Prerequisites: PHYS 1214 or 2115, and MATH 2215)
3612 RADIOACTIVITY & NUCLEAR PHYSICS (NOT CATALOG)
Study of nuclear disintegrations and properties of alpha, beta and gamma radiation; with laboratory. (Prerequisite: PHYS 1214 or 2115 or CHEM 1415) (Same as CHEM 3612)
3713 MODERN PHYSICS (NOT CATALOG)
Special relativity, quantum theory, atomic theory, nuclear structure and reactions, elementary particles, cosmology, molecular and solid-state physics. (Prerequisite: PHYS 1214 or 2115)
4012 EXPERIMENTAL PROBLEMS IN PHYSICS (NOT CATALOG)
Topics include technical writing, data analysis, electronics, computer control of instrumentation, experiments in modern physics, and an introduction to computational physics. (Prerequisite: department approval)
4114 ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM (NOT CATALOG)
Theory of static and dynamic electric and magnetic fields. (Prerequisites: PHYS 1214 or 2115, and MATH 2315)
4314 THERMODYNAMICS (NOT CATALOG)
Heat, thermodynamics, kinetic theory and statistical mechanics. (Prerequisites: PHYS 1214 or 2115, and MATH 2315)
4662 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (NOT CATALOG)
Laboratory study of ideal gases laws, enthalpy, entropy, calorimetry, and other thermodynamic concepts, including mathematical and instrumental methods.
4813 QUANTUM MECHANICS (NOT CATALOG)
Development of wave mechanics; the Schrodinger equation with application to simple systems, the hydrogen atom, and the harmonic oscillator; the formal structure of quantum mechanics and approximation methods. (Prerequisites: PHYS 3713 and MATH 2315)
4960 DIRECTED READING (NOT CATALOG)
Individualized literature study selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: department approval)
4970 SPECIAL STUDIES (NOT CATALOG)
Individualized project selected with the advice of the professor. (Prerequisite: department approval)
4980 SEMINAR (NOT CATALOG)
Small group study of topic announced by department (Prerequisite: department approval)
4990 RESEARCH (NOT CATALOG)
Independent investigation designed in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: department approval)
5960 DIRECTED READINGS (NOT CATALOG)
Individualized literature study selected in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: department approval)
5970 SPECIAL STUDIES (NOT CATALOG)
Individualized project selected with the advice of the professor. (Prerequisite: department approval)
5980 SEMINAR (NOT CATALOG)
Small group study of topic announced by department (Prerequisite: department approval)
5990 RESEARCH (NOT CATALOG)
Independent investigation designed in consultation with the professor. (Prerequisite: department approval)