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Africana Studies 014
American History 512
American Literature 352
Anthropology 070
Art (Art 080, Art History 082)
Arts and Sciences 090 (Interdisciplinary Courses)
Astronomy 100
Biochemistry 115
Biology 120
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Computer Science 198
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Dance 203
Digital Studies 209
Ecommerce and Information Technology 623
Economics 220
Institute for Effective Education 964
Engineering Transfer 005
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European Studies 310
Finance 390
Fine Arts (Art 080, Art History 082; Museum Studies 698; Music 700, 701; Speech 950; Theater Arts 965)
French 420
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German 470
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Honors College 525
Human Resource Management 533
International Studies 549
Journalism 570
Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Minor
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Mathematical Sciences (Mathematics 640, Statistics 960)
Medicine, Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine
Museum Studies 698
Music 700, 701
Pharmacy 720
Philosophy and Religion 730, 840
Physics 750
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  Camden Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2018 Liberal Arts Colleges Programs, Faculty, and Courses Physics 750 Courses  


50:750:103 Is the Universe Elegant? (R) (3) This course is designed to explore the frontier areas of physics (particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology) in a manner accessible to students from all backgrounds and stresses the development of conceptual understanding before computational literacy. Limitations of scientific knowledge and the insufficiency of science to answer questions of origin and value will be discussed as well. Designed for nonscience majors.
50:750:131-132 Elements of Physics I,II (R) (3,3) Intended for physics majors and engineering students, but open to other qualified students. A calculus-based introduction to classical physics: mechanics, heat, wave motion, sound, electricity, and light. Students must also register for Introductory Physics Laboratory 50:750:133-134.
Corequisites: 50:640:121, 122; 50:750:133-134.
50:750:133-134 Introductory Physics Laboratory I,II (R) (1,1) The laboratory illustrates phenomena and concepts studied in 50:750:131-132 Elements of Physics I,II and 50:750:203-204 General Physics I,II. Corequisites: 50:750:131-132 or 203-204.
50:750:140 Introduction to Scientific Programming (R) (3) Students will gain an introduction to scientific programming and numerical methods utilizing a scripting environment such as MATLAB. Particular emphasis will be placed on solving relevant problems in biology, physics, and engineering. No prior exposure to computer programming will be assumed. Corequisite: 50:640:121.
50:750:171,172 Topics in Physics (2,2) The subject matter changes depending on the interests of the instructor and the students. Sample topics: the energy crisis and sources of energy, or the physics of the atmosphere and weather forecasting.
50:750:203-204 General Physics I,II (R) (3,3) For biology, chemistry, premedicine, predentistry, and preveterinary medicine students, but may be taken by others.  An introduction to mechanics, heat, wave motion, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism, and selected topics from modern physics. Students must register for Introductory Physics Laboratory 50:750:133-134.
Corequisites: 50:750:133-134.
50:750:232 Elements of Modern Physics (3) Topics from special relativity, quantum theory, atomic physics, molecules, statistical physics, solid-state physics, nuclear physics, and elementary particles. Prerequisite: 50:750:132. Corequisite: 50:640:468 or 221.
50:750:233-234 Electric Circuits I,II (3,3) DC and steady-state AC circuit analysis, network theorems, matrix methods, two ports, controlled sources, nonlinear elements, transients, step and impulse response, and computer methods. Prerequisites: 50:640:121, 122. Corequisites: 50:750:235-236 and 50:640:468 or 221.
50:750:235-236 Electric Circuits Laboratory I,II (1,1) Laboratory exercises to accompany and illustrate 50:750:233-234. Corequisites: 50:750:233-234.
50:750:238 Modern Physics Laboratory (1) Students will perform experiments of great historical significance that helped to reshape our understanding of physics during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Examples include the Millikan Oil-Drop and Frank-Hertz experiments. Corequisite: 50:750:232.
50:750:253-254 Mechanics I,II (3,3) Equilibrium of planar and spatial systems; analysis of structures, friction, centroids, and moments of inertia; virtual work; dynamics of particles; and rigid bodies. Prerequisites: 50:750:132 and 50:640:122.
50:750:291 Mechanics of Materials (3) Stress and strain in elastic solids such as shafts and beams. Combined stresses; statically indeterminate beams. Prerequisite: 50:750:253.
50:750:301 Electromagnetic Theory (3) Electrostatic field, dielectrics, steady currents, magnetic fields and materials, and electromagnetic induction. Prerequisites: 50:750:232 and 50:640:469 or 314.
50:750:302 Electromagnetic Waves and Optics (3) Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, radiation, guided waves, dispersion, reflection, refraction, interference, polarization, and optics of solids. Prerequisite: 50:750:301.
50:750:304 Introduction to Astrophysics (3) Presents, at a calculus-based level, a survey of such topics from current astronomy as planetary atmospheres, the greenhouse effect, solar wind and its interaction with the earth's magnetic field, Van Allen radiation belts, some aspects of cosmology (the red shift, models of the evolving universe, tests of relativistic cosmological models), the interstellar medium, and an introduction to the theory of stellar atmospheres and stellar evolution. The present theories of pulsars, quasars, supernovae, neutron stars, Seyfert galaxies, and black holes analyzed. Prerequisites: 50:640:122 and 50:100:306.
50:750:307 Electronics (3) This course is designed to give a hands-on introduction to electronics for all interested students. Topics covered include AC and DC circuit analysis, signal characteristics and acquisition, transistors, feedback, operational amplifiers, power supplies, noise, digital circuits, instrumentation, computer interfacing, and optimization of measurements. Emphasis will be placed upon the development of practical knowledge and skills. Prerequisite: 50:750:132 or 204 or permission of instructor.
50:750:309,310 Analytical Mechanics (3,3) Particle dynamics, simple harmonic motion, central forces, statics and dynamics of rigid bodies, waves, and Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations. Prerequisites: 50:750:132 and 50:640:469 or 314.
50:750:321 Physics of Music (3) This course is designed to explore the physics behind music in a manner accessible to students from all backgrounds. It will cover the fundamentals of the production, propagation, and reception of sound. Topics covered will include: waveforms, modulation, intensity, and the decibel scale, wave packets, beats, reflection, refraction, interference, the Doppler shift, simple harmonic oscillator, work, energy, resonance. It will also cover the production of sound by strings, percussion, blown pipes, and blown reeds. Finally, the fundamentals of room acoustics will be investigated.  This course is not open to physics majors for credit.
50:750:351-352 Thermal Physics I,II (3,3) Temperature-dependent properties of gases, liquids, and solids, such as specific heat, vapor pressure, dielectric constant, internal energy, entropy, compressibility, and conductivity. Presents classical thermodynamics, which derives relations between various quantities, and statistical methods used to derive classical thermodynamics from the atomic point of view. Covers Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics. Prerequisites: 50:750:232 and 50:640:468 or 221.
50:750:354 Physics Computer Laboratory (3) Use of the computer to solve problems in many areas of physics, including numerical integration of Newton's Laws and Gauss's Law, electric circuit analysis, and mechanics. Prerequisites: 50:640:469 or 314 and 50:750:232.
50:750:362 Biophysics (3) An introductory biophysics course for undergraduate or graduate students with at least two semesters of undergraduate physics, intended for students trained in either the physical or life sciences. Themes include both novel physical insights gained from study of biological systems as well as the power of physical descriptions for advancing biological understanding. The course will explore random and diffusive phenomena in cellular processes, the effect of frictional forces on molecular motion in the low Reynolds number environment of the cell, and the role of entropy and free energy in driving reactions and assembly. Students will learn the importance of elastic descriptions for understanding the biological function of fibrous proteins, membranes, and DNA. Fundamental properties of cellular circuits, including ion channels and nerve impulses, will be presented. 
Often crosslisted with 56:121:565. Prerequisite: 50:750:232.
50:750:374 Energy and Environment (G) (3) The physics, economics, and polluting properties of the three conventional power sources: coal, oil, and natural gas (including gasification of coal and oil shale). Studies solar power and discusses conservation of energy in home and industry. Considers the more important advantages and shortcomings and the environmental impacts of aspects of wind, tidal, geothermal, and magneto-hydrodynamic power; the hydrogen economy; and nuclear power, including fusion. Where appropriate, considers the possible use of these in transportation systems. Gives causes of energy crises and proposes various suggestions for a national energy policy.
50:750:406 Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (3) An introductory approach to condensed matter and materials physics. The fundamentals of electron theory will be introduced and utilized to relate the optical electrical and magnetic properties of materials. Topics will include, but not be limited to, semiconductor band structure, atomic binding energies, crystalline structures and ferroic-type ordering. Additionally, select topics from soft condensed matter physics such as the physics of polymers and the electro-optical properties of liquid crystals will be covered. Prerequisites: 50:750:232 and 50:640:469 or 314.
50:750:408-409 Advanced Physics Laboratory (2,2) Students develop good experimental techniques and become familiar with the capabilities and limitations of modern laboratory equipment. Experiments performed in all fields of physics including electricity and magnetism, optics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Lab. 6 hrs. Prerequisite: 50:750:232.
50:750:413-414 Elements of Quantum Mechanics I,II (3,3) Probability waves, Schrödinger and Klein-Gordon equations, eigenvalues, eigenfunctions, wave packets, unitary and hermitean operators, matrix elements, commutation relations, perturbation theory, radiative transitions, and scattering theory. Prerequisites: 50:750:232 and 50:640:469 or 314.
50:750:417 Computational Physics I (3) Applications of the computer to the solution of large-scale problems in physics including the numerical solution of the differential equations of electromagnetic theory, integration of the Schrödinger equation for realistic problems, and applications of matrix methods to problems in mechanics and engineering. Prerequisite: 50:750:354.
50:750:418 Computational Physics II (3) Emphasis placed on the application of computer simulation techniques, including the Monte Carlo method, to problems in statistical physics (especially the subject of phase transitions) and other areas of interest. Prerequisite: 50:750:354; continuation of 50:750:417.
50:750:420 Methods of Materials Characterization (3) The fundamentals of materials characterization will be introduced including optical, surface, and structural techniques. Methods will include Uv-Vis, infrared and Raman spectroscopy, atomic force, optical and electronic microscopies, X-ray diffraction, and photoluminescence measurements. Lec. 1 hr., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
50:750:453 Physics Seminar (2) Members prepare and present papers on topics of interest in physics. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
50:750:463-464 Mathematical Physics (3,3) Mathematical techniques used in advanced work in the physical sciences. Covers determinants, matrices, ordinary and partial differential equations, boundary and eigenvalue problems, Fourier-series and integrals, transform theory, orthogonal functions, and complex variables. Extensive problem work. Prerequisites: 50:750:232 and 50:640:469 or 314.
50:750:489,490 Independent Studies (BA,BA) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
50:750:491-492 Research in Physics I, II (3,3) In consultation with a faculty adviser, students will develop and carry out an independent research project. The students will be required to present a seminar to the department and to produce a written paper that is suitable for publication in an undergraduate research journal. Students will also be strongly encouraged to present a poster at an undergraduate research conference or the equivalent. Prerequisite: Open only to physics students in their junior or senior year.
50:750:495,496 Honors Program in Physics (3,3)
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