
50:750:103
Is the Universe Elegant? (R) (3)
Illustrations from areas such as sports, music, and archaeology used to show the physicist's way of looking at things. The major principles of physics applied in a descriptive way to the understanding of societal problems such as the "energy crisis." Recent discoveries in the different areas of physics, including particle physics and astrophysics, discussed.
No prerequisite. Designed for nonscience majors.

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Elements of Physics I,II (R) (3,3)
A calculusbased introduction to classical physics: mechanics, heat, wave motion, sound, electricity, and light.
Corequisites: 50:640:121, 122; 50:750:133134. Intended for physics majors and engineering students, but open to other qualified students.

50:750:133134
Elements of Physics Laboratory I,II (R) (1,1)
The laboratory illustrates phenomena and concepts studied in 50:750:131132.
Corequisites: 50:750:131132.

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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.

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General Physics I,II (R) (3,3)
An introduction to mechanics, heat, wave motion, sound, light, electricity, and magnetism, and selected topics from modern physics.
Corequisites: 50:750:205206. For biology, chemistry, premedicine, predentistry, and preveterinary medicine students, but may be taken by others.

50:750:205206
General Physics Laboratory I,II (R) (1,1)
Illustrates phenomena and concepts studied in 50:750:203204.
Corequisites: 50:750:203204.

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Principles of Physics for Pharmacy (4)
A survey of physics with special reference to applications in pharmacy. Topics chosen from mechanics, thermodynamics, wave motion, electricity and magnetism, electromagnetic waves (including light), and modern (atomic and nuclear) physics.
Prerequisite: 50:640:121 or 122.

50:750:232
Elements of Modern Physics (3)
Topics from special relativity, quantum theory, atomic physics, molecules, statistical physics, solidstate physics, nuclear physics, and elementary particles.
Prerequisite: 50:750:132. Corequisite: 50:640:314.

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Electric Circuits I,II (3,3)
DC and steadystate 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: 50:750:235236 and 50:640:221.

50:750:235236
Electric Circuits Laboratory I,II (1,1)
Laboratory exercises to accompany and illustrate 50:750:233234.
Corequisites: 50:750:233234.

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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.

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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 50:640:314.

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 calculusbased 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)
DC and AC networks, signal characteristics and acquisition, transistors, feedback, operational amplifiers, power supplies, noise, digital circuits, instrumentation, computer interfacing, and optimization of measurements.
Prerequisite: 50:750:132 or 204 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: 50:750:311.

50:750:308
Computer Hardware and Interfacing (3)
Introduction to digital logic, combinational circuits, and sequential circuits. Introduction to microprocessor architecture and organization, operation and programming, and interfacing and application of microprocessors.
Prerequisites: 50:198:111 or 151, 50:198:231, and 50:640:237. Corequisite: 50:750:312.

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 50:640:314.

50:750:311
Electronics Laboratory (1)
Laboratory exercises to accompany and illustrate 50:750:307.
Corequisite: 50:750:307.

50:750:312
Computer Hardware and Interfacing Laboratory (1)
Laboratory exercises to accompany and illustrate 50:750:308.
Corequisite: 50:750:308.

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Digital Systems and Microprocessors I,II (3,3)
Digital electronic systems, introduction to microsystems, microprocessor architecture and organization, and operation and programming. Configuring microprocessor systems, interfacing, and applications of microprocessors.
Prerequisite: 50:750:307. Corequisites: 50:750:319320.

50:750:319320
Digital Systems and Microprocessors Laboratory I,II (1,1)
Laboratory exercises to accompany and illustrate 50:750:317318.
Corequisites: 50:750:317318.

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Thermal Physics I,II (3,3)
Temperaturedependent 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 FermiDirac and BoseEinstein statistics.
Prerequisites: 50:750:232 and 50:640:221.

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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: 50:640:314 and 50:750:232.

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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 magnetohydrodynamic 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
Introduction to SolidState Physics (3)
Classifications of solids, ionic crystals, dielectric properties, modern electron theory of metals, semiconductors, and insulators. Topics include band theory, cohesion, specific heats, electrical and thermal conductivities, the hall effect, semiconductor physics, magnetic phenomena, electronic processes in ionic crystals, dislocation theory and electron spin resonance, imperfections, and superconductivity.
Prerequisites: 50:750:232 and 50:640:314.

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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.

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Elements of Quantum Mechanics I,II (3,3)
Probability waves, Schrödinger and KleinGordon 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 50:640:314.

50:750:417
Computational Physics I (3)
Applications of the computer to the solution of largescale 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.

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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
Advanced Experimental Physics (2)
Experiments in electricity, optics, heat, and atomic phenomena, with particular emphasis on the effect of the instruments or the experimental method on the results.
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.

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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, Fourierseries and integrals, transform theory, orthogonal functions, and complex variables. Extensive problem work.
Prerequisites: 50:750:232 and 50:640:314.

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Independent Studies (BA,BA)
Prerequisites: Senior status and permission of instructor.

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Honors Program in Physics (3,3)

