Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
About the University
Undergraduate Education in Newark
School of Arts and Sciences-Newark
Admission to the Liberal Arts Colleges
Newark College of Arts and Sciences
University College–Newark
Academic Programs and Courses
Availablity of Courses, Majors, and Minor Programs
Course Notation Information
Academic Foundations 003
Africana Studies 014
American Studies 050
Ancient and Medieval Civilizations 060
Anthropology 070
Arabic 074
Art, Design, and Art History 080, 081, 082, 083, 085
Arts & Sciences 090
Asian Studies 098
Biological Sciences 120
Chemistry 160
Chinese 165
Clinical Laboratory Sciences 191
Computer Science 198
Creative Writing 200
Data Science 219
Economics 220
Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources 216
English 350, 352
English: Composition and Writing 355
Environmental Sciences 375
Film Studies 380
French 420
Geoscience/Geology 460
Global Politics 487
Health and Society 502
Health Information Management 504
History 510, 512
Honors 525
Honors Living-Learning Community 526
International Affairs 551
Italian 560
Japanese 565
Journalism 086
Latin 580
Latin American Studies 590
Latina/o Studies 597
Legal Studies 603
Linguistics 615
Mathematics 640
Medical Imaging Sciences 658
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies 686
Music 087
Neuroscience 112
Peace and Conflict Studies 735
Philosophy 730
Physics 750
Learning Goals
Major Requirements
Physics 750 Requirements
Minor Requirements
Teacher Certification
Political Science 790
Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies 812
Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Psychology 819
Psychology 830
Social Work 910
Sociology 920
Spanish 940
Theater 088
Translation and Interpreting Studies 942
Urban Education 300
Video Production 089
Women's and Gender Studies 988
Writing 989
Youth Development & Juvenile Justice 985
Administration and Faculty
Opportunities with New Jersey Institute of Technology
Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate-Newark
School of Criminal Justice
School of Public Affairs and Administration
Academic Foundations Center
Honors College
Honors Living-Learning Community
Academic Policies and Procedures
Divisions of the University
Camden Newark New Brunswick/Piscataway
  Newark Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 School of Arts and Sciences-Newark Academic Programs and Courses Physics 750 Courses  


21:750:101,102 Introduction to Physics I,II (4,4) Intended for students who wish to fill the general education laboratory science requirement. An introductory study of physics covering the typical topics mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, optics, and modern physics with a goal of giving students an understanding of the laws of nature. Practical experiences of everyday life will be emphasized. This course assumes high school mathematics preparation. This course is not intended for students majoring in the natural sciences.
21:750:109 Astronomy and Cosmology (3) A nonmathematical presentation of contemporary views of the origin, evolution, and structure of the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the universe. Special topics include neutron stars, black holes, gravitationally strange objects, and the Big Bang. Recommended for nonscience majors.
21:750:110 Introductory Astronomy Lab (1) Laboratory course for 21:750:109.
21:750:202 Physics as a Liberal Art (3) Nonmathematical treatment of the major ideas in physics from ancient times to the present: relativity, the uncertainty principle, quantum theory, cosmology, and the atom as viewed by classical and modern physics; atomic energy; and impact on culture and society. Recommended for nonscience majors.
21:750:203,204 Algebra-Based Introductory Physics I,II (4,4) A trigonometry and algebra-based course treating the basic concepts of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, light, and some modern physics. Prerequisite: 21:640:114. Students who major in physics or mathematics are advised to enroll in 21:750:213,214 instead of this course.
21:750:205,206 Algebra-Based Introductory Physics Laboratory (1,1) Laboratory courses for 21:750:203,204. Lab. 3 hrs. Pre- or corequisites: 21:750:203,204.
21:750:210 Math Supplement for Calculus-Based Physics (1) This course is a math supplement for the course Calculus-based Introductory Physics. Students will have instruction and work in groups to practice math skills in algebra, trigonometry, graphs, and calculus needed to succeed in physics. The course instructor will listen and provide feedback in an active learning setting and assess students understandings and skills on weekly quizzes.

21:750:213,214 Calculus-Based Introductory Physics (4,4) A calculus-based introductory course in physics. Topics include mechanics, wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism, and optics. Pre- or corequisites: 21:640:135, 136. Intended for physics or mathematics majors and preengineering students, but open to all qualified students.
21:750:215,216 Calc Based Introductory Physics Laboratory (1,1) Laboratory courses 21:750:213, 214.
Lab. 3 hrs. Pre- or corequisites: 21:750:213, 214.
21:750:221 Statics (3) Classification of systems, forces, and their resultants, and analytical and geometric conditions for the equilibrium of systems. Support systems: cables, trusses. Centers of gravity and the role of friction in stability. Prerequisites: 21:750:213 and 21:640:135 or 155.
21:750:222 Dynamics (3) Kinematics of particles and rigid bodies: rectangular and polar descriptions. Relative motion. Kinetics of particles, particle systems, and rigid bodies, equations of motion, principles of work and energy, and linear and angular impulse and momentum. Prerequisite: 21:750:221.
21:750:315 Introductory Thermodynamics (3) Concludes the introductory sequence in physics. Interpretation and application of the laws of thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical physics. Prerequisites: 21:750:203,204 or 213,214, and one year of introductory calculus.
21:750:316 Introduction to Modern Physics (3) Interaction of radiation with matter; elementary quantum theory; atomic and nuclear physics; relativity; solid-state physics. Prerequisites: 21:750:203,204 or 213,214.
21:750:333 Applications of Mathematics to Physics (3) Emphasis on applications of mathematical techniques to physical problems: infinite series, matrices, determinants, partial differentiation, multiple integrals, vector analysis, and Fourier series. Prerequisites: 21:750:213,214 or 203,204; 21:640:136.
21:750:361,362 Mechanics I,II (3,3) Dynamics of particles and systems; theory of small oscillations and mechanical waves; rigid bodies; Lagrange and Hamilton formalism. Prerequisites: 21:640:314; 21:750:315,316, 333; or permission of instructor.
21:750:385,386 Electromagnetic Fields and Waves I,II (3,3) Electrostatics; magnetostatics; Maxwell's equations with applications; electrodynamics. Prerequisites: 21:750:315, 316, 333; 21:640:314; or permission of instructor.
21:750:402 Statistical Mechanics (3) Statistical thermodynamics; classical and quantum statistical mechanics; and elementary transport theory. Prerequisites: 21:750:315, 361,362.
21:750:403 Introduction to Atomic and Nuclear Physics (3) Discussion of experiments and models that led to the development of quantum theory; elements of atomic spectra; atomic structure; light matter interactions and lasers; nuclear physics and modern applications are also covered. Prerequisites: 21:750:361,362, 385,386; or permission of instructor.
21:750:404 Quantum Mechanics (3) Schrödinger equation; operators; correspondence principle; uncertainty principle; the harmonic oscillator; the hydrogen atom; elementary scattering theory; elements of matrix mechanics; perturbation theory. Prerequisites: 21:750:361,385,386; or permission of instructor.
21:750:406 Introductory Solid-State Physics (3) Crystallography and structure of crystals; bonding of atoms; structure and properties of metals, semiconductors, and insulators; luminescence and fluorescence of crystals, photoconductivity; solid-state devices. Prerequisites: 21:750:361, 385, 386; or permission of instructor.
21:750:407 Advanced Physics Laboratory I (1) Design of experiments and instrumentation techniques; data acquisition and analysis; graphic representation of experimental data; study of errors and reliability of results; AC and DC circuit theory. Corequisites: 21:750:315, 316, 333; or permission of instructor.
21:750:408 Advanced Physics Laboratory II (1) Detailed examination of design concepts and measurement techniques; experiments in physical and geometric optics, coherent optics, acoustics, microwave signal propagation, and atomic and nuclear physics. Lab. 3 hrs. Corequisites: 21:750:315, 316; or permission of instructor.
21:750:410 Physical Electronics (2) Development of physical models for nonlinear devices (diodes, transistors) used in modern electronic circuits; analysis of practical circuits; construction and examination of rectifiers, signal generators, basic digital circuits, and measurement systems. Lec. 1 hr., lab. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: 21:640:135, 136; and 21:750:213,214 or 203,204.
21:750:411 Physical Optics (3) Electromagnetic theory of light, interference, diffraction, polarization, double refraction, absorption, scattering, dispersion; and introduction to quantum optics. Prerequisites: 21:750:385,386; or permission of instructor.
21:750:450 Physics Education (3) This course investigates how people learn and understand key concepts in physics. The course includes readings in physics, physics education research, education, psychology and cognitive science, plus opportunities for teaching and evaluating college and K-12 students. The course is useful for all students, especially for those interested in physics, teaching, and education research. The class will largely depend upon students' input.  Students will help create and direct the class.
21:750:461 Computational Methods in Applied Physics (3) General computer programming modeling methods and techniques; numerical solutions to integro-differential equations; eigenvalue problems; applications of computer-aided design and other packages. Prerequisite: 21:640:314. Pre- or corequisite: 21:750:404.
21:750:462 Mathematical Methods of Theoretical Physics (3) Vector and tensor analysis; matrix methods; complex variables; Sturm-Lieuville theory; special functions; Fourier series and integrals; integral equations; numerical solutions of differential equations. Prerequisites: 21:640:314, 21:750:361, or permission of instructor.
21:750:471 Introductory Relativity Theory (3) Special theory: simultaneity, Lorentz transformations, four vectors, and electromagnetic field transformation. General theory: principle of equivalence, parallel displacements, and geodesics. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
21:750:485,486 Individual Research in Physics (BA,BA) Qualified students may undertake individual research under the supervision of a member of the department.
21:750:489 Teaching and Learning Physics (1) Teaching and Learning Physics (i.e. the Learning Assistant Seminar) is part of the Learning Assistant (LA) program. LAs facilitate learning among groups of students in active learning classrooms. LAs are required to take this course their first semester working as a Learning Assistant, and this course is only open to Learning Assistants.  In this course, LAs learn how people learn physics and develop research-based instructional methods that they implement in their work as Learning Assistants.
21:750:491,492 Physics Seminar (1,1) Group discussions of selected current topics in physics. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
21:750:493,494 Readings in Physics (BA,BA) Independent study supervised by a member of the department. For qualified students who wish to investigate a specific area or topic in physics in greater depth than is normally covered elsewhere in the curriculum. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
For additional information, contact RU-info at 848-445-info (4636) or
Comments and corrections to: One Stop Student Services Center.

© 2022 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. All rights reserved.
Catalogs Home