Course Descriptions for undergraduate physics majors

**501. Special Studies in Physics for Educators.
**A series of courses covering basic physical concepts which provide physical
science background for teachers. Prerequisite: In-service or pre-service teacher.
Does not count as credit towards a physics degree.

**516. Advanced Physics Laboratory.**
Experiments in classical and modern physics to stress scientific methods and experimental
techniques. The experiments are open ended projects requiring individual study.
Corequisite: Phys.551.

**517. Electronics Laboratory.** Experiments in electronics that treat
some of the applications of electronics in scientific research. Experiments cover the uses
of vacuum tubes transistors, IC and digital circuits. Prerequisite: Phys. 314.

**551. Topics in Modern Physics.** An introduction to selected areas
of modern physics emphasizing the features of atomic nuclear and solid state physics that
require modifications of classical physics for their explanation. Prerequisite:
Phys. 214 or 314 or department consent. Corequisite: Math 344.

**555. Modern Optics.** Geometrical and physical optics, coherence
theory, and Fourier optics. Additional topics may include radiation, scattering, optical
properties of solids, and optical data processing. Prerequisite: Phys. 214 or 314
and Math 344.

**600. Individual Readings in Physics.** Repeatable but total credit
may not exceed six hours for physics majors. Prerequisite: department consent.

**601. Individual Readings in Astrophysics.** Studies several topics in
astronomy and astrophysics in depth. lectures, independent readings, and student projects
may be assigned. Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

**616. Computational Physics Laboratory.** Provides a working knowledge
of computational techniques with applications in both theoretical and experimental
physics, including a brief introduction to the C++ and/or FORTRAN languages. Prerequisite: Phys.
551 and Math 555.

**621. Analytical Mechanics.** Motion of a particle in one and several
dimensions, central forces, the harmonic oscillator and the Lagrangian formulation of
mechanics. Prerequisite: Phys. 214 or 314 and Math 344 with grades of C or better.

**631. Electricity and Magnetism.** Direct and alternating currents;
electric and magnetic field theory, including an introduction to Maxwell's electromagnetic
wave theory. Prerequisite: Phys. 214 or 314 and Math 344 with grades of C or
better.

**641. Thermophysics.** The laws of thermodynamics, distribution
functions Boltzmann equation, transport phenomena, fluctuations, and an introduction to
statistical mechanics. Prerequisite: Phys. 214 or 314 and Math 344.

**651. Quantum Mechanics I.** Introduction to quantum mechanics, the
Shroedinger equation, elementary perturbation theory, and the hydrogen atom.
Prerequisite: Phys. 551.

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652. Quantum Mechanics II.** A continuation of PHYS 651 and covers time
dependent perturbation theory, WKB, scattering, Bell's theorem, quantum reality,
applications of quantum mechanics, and nanotechnology. Prerequisite: PHYS 651.

**661. Introduction to Atomic Physics**.
Introduction to Atomic Physics Quantum mechanics is the basis of all our
physical understanding of atomic and molecular spectra. This course uses quantum
mechanics to understand the nature and formation of the spectra of one, two and
many-electron atoms. A discussion of atomic collisions will also be included.
Corequisite: PHYS 651.

**681. Solid State Physics.** A one-semester introduction to solid
state physics, which explores and explains -- in terms of the microscopic processes that
produce them -- the thermal mechanical, and electronic properties of solids. Discusses
practical applications and interdisciplinary material. Prerequisite: Phys. 551.

**714. Theoretical Physics.** A study of mathematical techniques
applicable to physics and other sciences. Instructor selects topics, such as power series,
infinite products, asymptotic expansions, WKB method, contour integration and residue
methods, integral transforms, Hilbert spaces, special functions, and integral equations.
Prerequisite: Math 555 or instructor's consent.

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