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PHYS
Physics Department Site
PHYS102
Physics of Music
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with PHYS103)
Prerequisite: Must have math eligibility of MATH107 or higher.
Credit only granted for: PHYS102 and PHYS499C.
Additional information: CORE Distributive Studies Physical Sciences Laboratory Course only when taken concurrently with PHYS103.
A study of the physical basis of sound, acoustical properties of sound, the human ear and voice, reproduction of sound, electronic music, acoustical properties of auditoriums, and other selected topics.
PHYS103
Physics of Music Laboratory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Optional laboratory to accompany PHYS 102. Laboratory experiments, including the velocity of sound, sound quality and wave shape, traveling and standing waves, fourier synthesis and analysis, musical synthesizer, psychoacoustics, and audio equipment.
PHYS105
Physics for Decision Makers: Global Energy Crisis
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS, SCIS
This marquee course will consider the global energy crisis from a scientific perspective. Topics include basic laws of energy and thermodynamics, their effects on energy production and distribution, greenhouse gas, global warming and policy options for decision makers. This course is aimed at the non-science major.

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PHYS115
Inquiry into Physics
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PL
GenEd: DSNL
Recommended: High School Physics.
Restriction: Must not have completed PHYS117; and must be in one of the following programs (Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Middle School Education).
Credit only granted for: PHYS115 or PHYS117.
Intended for students majoring in neither the physical nor the biological sciences. Use of laboratory-based and inquiry-based methods to study some of the basic ideas of physical sciences.
PHYS121
Fundamentals of Physics I
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PL
GenEd: DSNL
Prerequisite: MATH112 or MATH115.
Credit only granted for: PHYS121, PHYS131, or PHYS331.
The first part of a two-semester course in general physics treating the fields of mechanics, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Together with PHYS122, this generally satisfies the minimum requirement of medical and dental schools.
Physics clinic, PHY 1214, MTWHF 11,1. If purchasing used books additional software may be required. Students must pay a $50.00 laboratory materials fee.
PHYS122
Fundamentals of Physics II
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PL
GenEd: DSNL
Prerequisite: PHYS121; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: PHYS122, PHYS132, or PHYS332.
A continuation of PHYS121, which together with it, generally satisfies the minimum requirement of medical and dental schools.
Physics clinic, PHY 1214, MTWHF 12,2. If purchasing used books additional software may be required. Students must pay a $50.00 laboratory materials fee.
PHYS131
Fundamentals of Physics for Life Sciences I
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH130, MATH131, and CHEM131; and (BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106); and (BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105). Or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: PHYS121, PHYS131, or PHYS331.
The first part of a two-semester course in general physics specifically oriented towards applications relevant for students in biology and pre-medical programs. The course covers basic mechanics including forces and energy, properties of matter, and thermodynamics done in authentic biological contexts.
Students must pay a $50.00 laboratory materials fee.
PHYS132
Fundamentals of Physics for Life Sciences II
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS131; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: PHYS122, PHYS132, or PHYS332.
The second part of a two-semester course in general physics specifically oriented towards applications relevant for students in biology and pre-medical programs. The course covers basic statistical physics, electricity and magnetism, and optics done in authentic biological contexts.
Students must pay a $50.00 laboratory materials fee.
PHYS161
General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS
Prerequisite: Must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in MATH141.
Credit only granted for: PHYS141, PHYS161, or PHYS171.
First semester of a three-semester calculus-based general physics course. Laws of motion, force, and energy; principles of mechanics, collisions, linear momentum, rotation, and gravitation.
Physics clinic, PHY 1214, MTWHF 11, 2. If purchasing used books additional software may be required.
PHYS165
Introduction to Programming in the Physical Sciences
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS171, PHYS141, or PHYS161; or must have scored 3 or higher on AP PHYS exam.
Introduction to programming using examples in the physical sciences. Provides instruction in the techniques of upper-level languages such as Fortran, C, and Pascal, as well as an introduction to the object oriented programming techniques used in Python, C++ and Java. Includes strong component of visualization and graphing.
PHYS170
Professional Physics Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Corequisite: MATH140.
Restriction: Must be in Physics program; or must be in Physics-Education program; or permission of instructor.
Provides a look at some of the major developments of current interest i physics research and discusses the activities physicists undertake in research, education, industry, government, and other areas of the economy.
PHYS171
Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Relativity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS
Prerequisite: (MATH140; and a high school physics course); or permission of CMNS-Physics department. And must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in MATH141.
Credit only granted for: PHYS141, PHYS161, or PHYS171.
First semester of a three semester sequence for physics majors and those desiring a rigorous preparation in the physical sciences: kinematics, Newton's laws, energy and work, linear and angular momenta, temperature and pressure, ideal gas law, and special relativity.
Also offered as PHYS 171H.
PHYS171H
(Perm Req)
Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Relativity
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSNS
Prerequisite: (MATH140; and a high school physics course); or permission of CMNS-Physics department. And must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in MATH141.
Credit only granted for: PHYS141, PHYS161, or PHYS171.
First semester of a three semester sequence for physics majors and those desiring a rigorous preparation in the physical sciences: kinematics, Newton's laws, energy and work, linear and angular momenta, temperature and pressure, ideal gas law, and special relativity.
Also offered as PHYS171.
PHYS174
Physics Laboratory Introduction
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Corequisite: MATH140.
Recommended: High school physics.
Introduces students to the techniques of data gathering and analysis. This course will lay a foundation for higher-level labs in physics and the physical sciences. Students will learn to use laboratory equipment such as calipers, meters, oscilloscopes, and computer interfaces. Techniques of measurement and error analysis will be presented. Students will be taught to use the computer for data analysis with an emphasis on using spreadsheets.
PHYS199M
The Manhattan Project
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: PS
GenEd: DSHS or DSNS, SCIS
This course explores the development of the atomic bomb during the Manhattan project. Nuclear Physics is introduced in a historical context from the discovery of radioactivity in 1896 to the discovery of nuclear fission in Germany in 1938; this historical approach allows students to understand how scientific knowledge is built up over time.

A Marquee Science and Technology Course designed for Non-Science Majors: http://www.marqueecourses.umd.edu/* Click here for more Marquee course information.
PHYS260
General Physics: Vibration, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with PHYS261)
Prerequisite: PHYS161 and MATH141.
Corequisite: PHYS261.
Credit only granted for: PHYS142, PHYS260, or PHYS272.
Second semester of a three-semester calculus-based general physics course. Vibrations, waves, fluids; heat, kinetic theory, and thermodynamics; electrostatics, circuits, and magnetism. PHYS260 and PHYS261 must be taken in the same semester.
If purchasing used books additional software may be required.
PHYS260H
General Physics: Vibration, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with PHYS261)
Prerequisite: PHYS161 and MATH141.
Corequisite: PHYS261.
Credit only granted for: PHYS142, PHYS260, or PHYS272.
Second semester of a three-semester calculus-based general physics course. Vibrations, waves, fluids; heat, kinetic theory, and thermodynamics; electrostatics, circuits, and magnetism. PHYS260 and PHYS261 must be taken in the same semester.
If purchasing used books additional software may be required.
PHYS261
General Physics: Vibrations, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism (Laboratory)
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Corequisite: PHYS260.
Lab includes experiments on mechanics, vibrations, waves, heat, electricity and magnetism. PHYS260 and PHYS261 (lab) must be taken in the same semester.
Students must pay a $50.00 laboratory materials fee.
PHYS261M
(Perm Req)
General Physics: Vibrations, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism (Laboratory)
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Corequisite: PHYS260.
Lab includes experiments on mechanics, vibrations, waves, heat, electricity and magnetism. PHYS260 and PHYS261 (lab) must be taken in the same semester.
PHYS270
General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity and Modern Physics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with PHYS271)
Prerequisite: PHYS261, MATH241, and PHYS260.
Corequisite: PHYS271.
Third semester of a three-semester calculus-based general physics course. Electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, special theory of relativity, and modern physics. PHYS270 and PHYS271 (lab) must be taken in the same semester.
If purchasing used books additional software may be required.
PHYS271
General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity and Modern Physics (Laboratory)
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS261.
Corequisite: PHYS270.
Lab includes experiments on ac circuits, magnetism, light and modern physics. PHYS270 and PHYS271 (lab) must be taken in the same semester.
Students must pay a $50.00 laboratory materials fee.
PHYS271M
(Perm Req)
General Physics: Electrodynamics, Light, Relativity and Modern Physics (Laboratory)
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS261.
Corequisite: PHYS270.
Lab includes experiments on ac circuits, magnetism, light and modern physics. PHYS270 and PHYS271 (lab) must be taken in the same semester.
PHYS272
Introductory Physics: Fields
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with PHYS275)
Prerequisite: PHYS161 or PHYS171; and MATH141; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in MATH241.
Credit only granted for: PHYS142, (PHYS260 and PHYS261) or PHYS272..
Additional information: CORE Distributive Studies Physical Sciences Laboratory Course only when taken concurrently with PHYS275.
Second semester of a calculus based general physics course. Universal gravitation, electric and magnetic fields and potentials, simple circuits, Maxwell's equations in integral form. Continues the application of mathematics to conceptual models, now with more abstract components.
Also offered as PHYS 272H.
PHYS272H
Introductory Physics: Fields
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSNL (if taken with PHYS275)
Prerequisite: PHYS161 or PHYS171; and MATH141; and must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in MATH241.
Credit only granted for: PHYS142, (PHYS260 and PHYS261) or PHYS272..
Additional information: CORE Distributive Studies Physical Sciences Laboratory Course only when taken concurrently with PHYS275.
Second semester of a calculus based general physics course. Universal gravitation, electric and magnetic fields and potentials, simple circuits, Maxwell's equations in integral form. Continues the application of mathematics to conceptual models, now with more abstract components.
For general honors students only. Also offered as PHYS 272.
PHYS273
Introductory Physics: Waves
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH241 and PHYS272.
Corequisite: PHYS274.
Credit only granted for: (PHYS270 and PHYS271) or PHYS273.
Oscillations and AC circuits using complex variables, Fourier series an integrals, waves on strings, sound; electromagnetic waves from Maxwell's equations in differential form; physical optics.
Also offered as PHYS 273H.
PHYS273H
Introductory Physics: Waves
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH241 and PHYS272.
Corequisite: PHYS274.
Credit only granted for: (PHYS270 and PHYS271) or PHYS273.
Oscillations and AC circuits using complex variables, Fourier series an integrals, waves on strings, sound; electromagnetic waves from Maxwell's equations in differential form; physical optics.
For general honors students only. Also offered as PHYS 273.
PHYS274
Mathematical Methods for Physics I
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH241 and PHYS272.
A first course in mathematical methods for physics. Topics include linear algebra, curvilinear coordinates and vector analysis.
PHYS275
(Perm Req)
Experimental Physics I: Mechanics and Heat
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS161 or PHYS171; and PHYS174.
Additional information: CORE Physical Science Lab (PL) Course only when taken concurrently with PHYS272.
Methods and rationale of experimental physics. Intended for physics majors and science and engineering students who desire a more rigorous approach. Experiments chosen from the areas of mechanics (from PHYS171), gas laws, and heats. Theory and applications of error analysis.
PHYS276
(Perm Req)
Experimental Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS272 and PHYS275.
Second course in the three semester introductory sequence. Methods and rationale of experimental physics. Experiments chosen from the fields of electricity and magnetism including electrostatics, magnetostatics, magnetic induction, AC circuits.
PHYS299
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Physics
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHYS331
Physics for Life Sciences I
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH130, MATH131, and CHEM131; and (BSCI160 and BSCI161; or BSCI106); and (BSCI170 and BSCI171; or BSCI105). Or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: PHYS121, PHYS131 or PHYS 331.
The first part of a two-semester course in general physics specifically oriented towards applications relevant for students in biology and pre-medical programs. The course covers basic mechanics including forces and energy, properties of matter, and thermodynamics done in authentic biological contexts.
Students must pay a $50.00 lab materials fee.
PHYS371
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS273 and PHYS274.
Corequisite: PHYS373.
Credit only granted for: PHYS371 or PHYS420.
Additional information: This course is intended primarily for physics and astronomy majors.
Introduces students to special relativity, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics at an intermediate level.
PHYS373
Mathematical Methods for Physics II
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS273 and PHYS274.
A second course in mathematical methods for physics. Topics include introduction to ordinary differential equations, partial differential equations, and complex analysis.
PHYS375
(Perm Req)
Experimental Physics III: Electromagnetic Waves, Optics and Modern Physics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: PHYS276 and PHYS273.
Third course in the three-semester introductory sequence. Methods and rationale of experimental physics. Experiments chosen from the areas of electromagnetic waves, optics and modern physics.
Besides lab hours scheduled below, additional required lab time will be arranged.
PHYS386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHYS389
(Perm Req)
Undergraduate Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHYS398
(Perm Req)
Independent Studies Seminar
Credits: 1 - 16
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHYS399
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Physics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHYS399C
Special Problems in Physics; Physics STEM Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg
PHYS399D
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Physics; Physics STEM Seminar II
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg
PHYS401
Quantum Physics I
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS371 and PHYS373.
Formerly: PHYS421.
Introduces some quantum phenomena leading to wave-particle duality. Schroedinger theory for bound states and scattering in one dimension. One-particle Schroedinger equation and the hydrogen atom.
PHYS402
Quantum Physics II
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS401.
Quantum states as vectors; spin and spectroscopy, multiparticle systems the periodic table, perturbation theory, band structure, etc.
PHYS404
Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS371 or PHYS420.
Introduction to basic concepts in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.
PHYS405
(Perm Req)
Advanced Experiments
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS375.
Restriction: Must be in a major within CMNS-Physics department.
Advanced laboratory techniques. Selected experiments from many fields o modern physics. Emphasis on self-study of the phenomena, data analysis, and presentation in report form.
PHYS407
(Perm Req)
Undergraduate Experimental Research
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: PHYS499 and PHYS375; and permission of CMNS-Physics department.
Restriction: Must be in a major within CMNS-Physics department; and senior standing.
Students develop and complete an independent, experimental research project with a professor in the Physics Department. The project should be a continuation of work done in PHYS499A. To obtain permission, students must submit a proposal describing the experimental work to be completed and this proposal must be approved by their faculty mentor, the associate chair for undergraduate education and the chair of the laboratory committee. Students must maintain a lab notebook, give an oral presentation and complete a written report on their research that includes data and error analysis.
PHYS410
Classical Mechanics
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS373.
Theoretical foundations of mechanics with extensive application of the methods. Various mathematical tools of theoretical physics.
PHYS411
Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS373.
Foundations of electromagnetic theory, with extensive applications of the methods. Thorough treatment of wave properties of solutions of Maxwell's equations.
PHYS420
Principles of Modern Physics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: MATH246. And PHYS271 and PHYS270; or PHYS273.
Credit only granted for: PHYS371 or PHYS420.
A survey of atomic and nuclear phenomena and the main trends in modern physics. Appropriate for students in engineering and other physical sciences.
PHYS431
Properties of Matter
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS271, PHYS270, and MATH241; and (PHYS401 or PHYS420).
Also offered as: ENMA460.
Credit only granted for: ENMA460 or PHYS431.
Introduction to solid state physics. Electromagnetic, thermal, and elastic properties of metals, semiconductors, insulators and superconductors.
PHYS475
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS373 and PHYS410; or permission of instructor.
Restriction: Permission of CMNS-Physics department.
Additional information: Intended primarily for undergraduate physics majors.
Review of special relativity, followed by a study of the equivalence principle, curved spacetimes, and Einstein's equations. Selected applications to the solar system, stellar structure, black holes, gravitational waves, and cosmology.
PHYS485
(Perm Req)
Electronic Circuits
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS405.
Corequisite: PHYS374.
Restriction: Must be in a major within CMNS-Physics department.
Theory and application to experimental physics of modern semiconductor analog and digital circuits. Emphasis on understanding passive and active elements in practical circuits. Topics span the range from simple transistor circuits to microcomputers.
Additional Note: Also offered as PHYS685. Credit only granted for PHYS485 or PHYS685.
PHYS499A
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Physics
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHYS499B
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Physics
Credits: 1 - 16
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHYS601
(Perm Req)
Theoretical Dynamics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS410; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics, two-body central force problem, rigid body motion, small oscillations, continuous systems.
PHYS604
(Perm Req)
Methods of Mathematical Physics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have completed coursework in advanced calculus; and (PHYS411 and PHYS410). Or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Ordinary and partial differential equations of physics, boundary value problems, Fourier series, Green's functions, complex variables and contour integration.
PHYS622
(Perm Req)
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have an outstanding undergraduate background in physics.
First and second semesters. A study of the Schroedinger equation, matrix formulations of quantum mechanics, approximation methods, scattering theory, etc. Applications to solid state, atomic, and nuclear physics.
PHYS624
Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS623.
Relativistic wave equations, second quantization in many body problems and relativistic wave equations, Feynman-Dyson perturbation theory, applications to many body problems, application to quantum electrodynamics, elements of renormalization.
PHYS662
Intersections of Technology and Policy: Modernizing the Engergy System
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: Graduate Status in one of the Natural Sciences, Engineering, Public Policy, Economics OR senior-level standing in one of the disciplines above with at least a 3.0 GPA.
A broad, practical introduction to the issues and assessment approaches used to evaluate technical innovation in the Energy System. Introduction to the use of Sankey Diagrams, Life Cycle Analysis, Techno-economic analysis, and Equilibrium Economic Analysis, as well as policy factors such as Energy Efficiency Standards, Vehicle Fuel Economy, Feed-in-tariffs and environmental regulations.
Also offered as PLCY699B. Credit granted for PHYS662 or PLCY699B.
PHYS675
Introduction to Relativity, Gravitation and Cosmology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS606 and PHYS601.
Review of special relativity, followed by a study of the equivalence principle, curved spacetimes, and Einstein's equations. Selected applications to the solar system, stellar structure, black holes, gravitational waves, and cosmology.
PHYS685
(Perm Req)
Research Electronics
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: PHYS374 or PHYS405; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Must not have completed PHYS485.
Credit only granted for: PHYS485 or PHYS685.
An integrated lecture and laboratory course in electronics with equal emphasis on experimental methods and results and analysis using device models and up-to-date mathematical and numerical tools. Experiments and analysis of circuits with passive and single active devices form the background for the study of operational amplifiers, digital integrated circuits and systems, and microcomputers. The general topics of impedance matching, frequency response, feedback, interfacing and the extraction of signal from noise are stressed.
Additional Note: Also offered as PHY485. Credit only granted for PHYS685 or PHYS485.
PHYS709
Seminar in General Physics; Statistical Physics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Also offered as CHPH709B.
PHYS715
Chaotic Dynamics
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS601.
Theory and applications of chaos in dynamical systems including such topics as strange attractors, Lyapanov exponents, quasiperiodicity, period doubling, intermittency, crises, fractal basin boundaries, chaotic scattering, KAM tori, and quantum chaos.
PHYS721
Atomic and Optical Physics I (Survey)
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS623.
A survey of topics involving the physics of atoms and their interaction with radiation, including atoms in external fields, lasers, atomic spectroscopy and atomic structure.
PHYS728
Seminar in Atomic and Molecular Physics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHYS738
Seminar in Experimental Solid State Physics; Quantum Mechanical Many-Body Problems
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHYS739
Seminar in Theoretical Solid State Physics; Quantum Mechanical Many-Body Problems
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHYS748
Seminar in Experimental Nuclear Physics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHYS749
Seminar in Theoretical Nuclear Physics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHYS758E
Seminar in Elementary Particles and Quantum Field Theory; Seminar in Elementary Particles and Quantum Field Theory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHYS759
Seminar in Elementary Particles and Quantum Field Theory
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHYS761
Plasma Physics I: Survey
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Prerequisite: PHYS606 and PHYS604.
A detailed study of plasma physics. The first semester treats particle orbit theory, magnetohydrodynamics, plasma waves, and transport phenomena.
PHYS769
Seminar in Plasma Physics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Class will meet in ERF 1207.
PHYS778
Seminar in Space and Cosmic Ray Physics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHYS798
(Perm Req)
Special Problems in Advanced Physics
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHYS798B
Special Problems in Advanced Physics; Physics Colloquium
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHYS798D
Special Problems in Advanced Physics; Applied Dynamics Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHYS798L
Special Problems in Advanced Physics; Biophysics
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHYS798T
Special Problems in Advanced Physics; Interdisciplinary Network Science Seminar
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHYS799
(Perm Req)
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHYS838C
Special Topics in Experimental Solid State Physics; Superconductivity, Quantum Materials and Nanoscience Seminar
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHYS839A
Special Topics in Theoretical Solid State Physics; Theory of Low Dimensional Systems
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHYS859B
Special Topics in Elementary Particles and Quantum Field Theory; Beyond the Standard Model
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
PHYS898
(Perm Req)
Pre-Candidacy Research
Credits: 1 - 8
Grad Meth: Reg
Contact department for information to register for this course.
PHYS899
(Perm Req)
Doctoral Dissertation Research
Credits: 6
Grad Meth: Reg
Physics Colloquium meets Tu 4-5:30 in PHY 1410 and PHY 1412. Physics Journal Club meets Th 4-5:30 in PHY 1410.
Contact department for information to register for this course.