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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.

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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.

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Introductory Astronomy Lab (1)
Laboratory course for 21:750:109.

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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.

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AlgebraBased Introductory Physics I,II (4,4)
A trigonometry and algebrabased 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.

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AlgebraBased Introductory Physics Laboratory (1,1)
Laboratory courses for 21:750:203,204.
Lab. 3 hrs. Pre or corequisites: 21:750:203,204.

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Math Supplement for CalculusBased Physics (1)
This course is a math supplement for the course Calculusbased 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.

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CalculusBased Introductory Physics (4,4)
A calculusbased 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.

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Calc Based Introductory Physics Laboratory (1,1)
Laboratory courses 21:750:213, 214.
Lab. 3 hrs. Pre or corequisites: 21:750:213, 214.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Introduction to Modern Physics (3)
Interaction of radiation with matter; elementary quantum theory; atomic and nuclear physics; relativity; solidstate physics.
Prerequisites: 21:750:203,204 or 213,214.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Statistical Mechanics (3)
Statistical thermodynamics; classical and quantum statistical mechanics; and elementary transport theory.
Prerequisites: 21:750:315, 361,362.

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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.

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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.

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Introductory SolidState Physics (3)
Crystallography and structure of crystals; bonding of atoms; structure and properties of metals, semiconductors, and insulators; luminescence and fluorescence of crystals, photoconductivity; solidstate devices.
Prerequisites: 21:750:361, 385, 386; or permission of instructor.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 K12 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.

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Computational Methods in Applied Physics (3)
General computer programming modeling methods and techniques; numerical solutions to integrodifferential equations; eigenvalue problems; applications of computeraided design and other packages.
Prerequisite: 21:640:314. Pre or corequisite: 21:750:404.

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Mathematical Methods of Theoretical Physics (3)
Vector and tensor analysis; matrix methods; complex variables; SturmLieuville 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.

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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.

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Individual Research in Physics (BA,BA)
Qualified students may undertake individual research under the supervision of a member of the department.

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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 researchbased instructional methods that they implement in their work as Learning Assistants.

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Physics Seminar (1,1)
Group discussions of selected current topics in physics.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

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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.
