PHYS Physics

PHYS   1010   The Physics Of Sports

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Fundamental concepts, laws, and theories of physics as they relate to a variety of sports, including volleyball, soccer, tennis, golf, and more. For non-science majors interested in the concepts underlying the mechanics of the skills and movements involved in a variety of physical activities. Includes in-class demonstrations and activities.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MATH   1111.

PHYS   1111K   Introductory Physics I

4 Credit Hours.   0,4 Lecture Hours.   0,3 Lab Hours.

An introductory course which will include mechanics (kinematics, dynamics, work and energy, momentum and collisions, and rotational motion and statics), and may also include thermodynamics and waves. Elementary algebra and trigonometry will be used. Laboratory exercises supplement the lecture material.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" or better in MATH   1113 or MATH   1112.

PHYS   1112K   Introductory Physics II

4 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

An introductory course which will include electrostatics, electric current and circuits, and electromagnetism, and may also include optics and modern physics. Elementary algebra and trigonometry will be used. Laboratory exercises supplement the lecture material.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" or better in PHYS   1111K.

PHYS   1135   How Things Work

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This is a non-mathematical course designed for liberal arts students. Fifty-one objects in our everyday world are examined to answer the question “How do they work?”. As a result concepts of physics that everyone uses daily are revealed in an interesting and understandable manner.

PHYS   1149   Environmental Physics

4 Credit Hours.   0,4 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A general course on the physical basis of environmental science. Emphasis is placed on the identification and effective amelioration of both natural and man-made hazards to the earth's biosphere. Topics include greenhouse effects, ozone, acid rain, energy production and water disposal, radiation hazards, noise pollution and disruptive natural phenomena.

PHYS   2211K   Principles of Physics I

4 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

An introductory course which will include material from mechanics, thermodynamics and waves. Elementary differential calculus will be used. This course has a laboratory component that requires a lab kit.

Prerequisite(s): Prior or concurrent enrollment in MATH   1441.

PHYS   2212K   Principles of Physics II

4 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   3 Lab Hours.

An introductory course which will include electrostatics, electric current and circuits, and electromagnetism, and may also include optics and modern physics. Elementary calculus will be used. Laboratory exercises supplement the lecture material.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2211K.

PHYS   3130   Sound Waves and Acoustics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the production, transformation, reflection, absorption, and general effects of vibration and sound.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2212K.

PHYS   3131   Optics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Geometric, physical, and quantum optics in which the general principles of wave optics and several optical devices are studied. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2212K.

Cross Listing(s): ASTR   3131.

PHYS   3149   Methods of Theoretical Physics

4 Credit Hours.   0,3 Lecture Hours.   0,2 Lab Hours.

Presents a discussion of methods for solving the equations that arise in all of the major areas of physics.

Prerequisite(s): Prior or concurrent enrollment in MATH   3230 and a minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2212K.

PHYS   3520   Problem Solving in Physics

2 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Improves the ability of Physics majors to rapidly consolidate and inter-relate knowledge of their physics courses by familiarization with the techniques of rapid characterization and solution of problems and by in-class practice of rapid problem-solving.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS   3537.

PHYS   3536   Modern Physics I

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Historical development of modern physics including topics on special theory of relativity, early models of the atom, atomic radiations and interaction of electrons with matter.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2212K.

PHYS   3537   Modern Physics II

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A continuation of modern physics topics including atomic and molecular physics and nuclear physics.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS   3536.

PHYS   3539   Introduction to Biophysics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The physics of living organisms with emphasis on physical support, movement, sensory perception and the physical properties of plant and animal processors at the molecular and organismic levels of organization. Permission of instructor required.

PHYS   3542   Analog Electronics

4 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

A course in intermediate electronics with emphasis on topics of interest to students in physics. Discusses electronic instruments, transducers, diodes and power supplies. Amplifier behavior, the operational amplifier and wave shaping circuits are covered in detail. Discrete electronic devices are also discussed.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2212K.

PHYS   3543   Digital Electronics

4 Credit Hours.   2 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

Presents the concepts and application of digital electronics. Digital logic concepts and techniques are presented. Flip-flops and counting circuits are studied extensively resulting in a discussion of digital instrument development. The principles of operation, general architecture and some applications of the microprocessor (the Intel 8085) are discussed.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2212K.

PHYS   3558   Introduction to General Relativity

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the metric description of different spacetimes that describe flat and various curved geometries so as to derive the laws of mechanics for planets, stars, black holes, etc. The course also introduces a very simple model of the expanding universe and briefly introduces cosmology.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS   3537.

Cross Listing(s): ASTR   3558.

PHYS   3790   Teaching Internship in Physics

1-2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The internship allows students to investigate teaching practices in physics. The student will participate in an introductory workshop immediately prior to the start of the semester, intern in a PHYS 1113 and/or PHYS 1114 laboratory, and meet with the faculty mentor one hour each week throughout the semester. 1 credit hour per laboratory section in which the student interns.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2212K . Cross Listing(s): ASTR   3558.

PHYS   4131   Quantum Optics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Involves theories related to laser spectroscopy, nonlinear optics, laser pulse propagation, laser cooling and various effects in laser spectroscopy related to quantum interference.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   3536.

PHYS   4232   Properties of Materials

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduction to the properties of semiconductors, magnetic materials and superconductors. Particular emphasis will be placed on semiconductors with regard to developing an understanding of light emitting diodes, diode lasers and quantum well devices.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2212K.

PHYS   4332   Principles of Lasers

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the basic principles of laser oscillation, construction and operation of the most common laser systems, based on the rate equation and laser cavity theory. This course also provides practical experience in the use of many laser systems and in laser radiation safety. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2212K.

PHYS   4421   Advanced Physics Lab I

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

A laboratory course where the student will learn classical laboratory techniques, computer data acquisition, statistical analysis of data and proper reporting of results.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2212K.

PHYS   4422   Advanced Physics Lab II

2 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   6 Lab Hours.

This is a laboratory course where students will learn how to critically read scientific literature, develop a research proposal, conduct experimental physics research, and present a research project.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS   4421.

PHYS   4790   Internship in Physics

1-6 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The internship allows physics majors to work in a professional setting related to their chosen concentration. Students can earn between one and six credits for internships approved by their academic advisor and the Physics Internship Director. Students must complete a minimum of 5 hours of on-site work per week for each credit hour earned. Students must maintain contact with the Physics Internship Director through the course of the internship work, and must give an oral presentation at the end of the semester. Internship credits can be used for elective credit only and may not substitute for specific degree requirements. Requires permission of Physics Internship Director.

PHYS   5090   Selected Topics in Physics

2-5 Credit Hours.   0-5 Lecture Hours.   0-6 Lab Hours.

A course allowing for investigation of selected topics in Physics; it will be taught on a one-time basis. Lecture only course can be for two, three, or five credit hours. For laboratory courses, one credit hour will be given for every three hours spent working in lab.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   1112K or PHYS   2212K.

Cross Listing(s): ASTR   5090, ASTR   5090G, PHYS   5090G.

PHYS   5090G   Selected Topics in Physics

2-4 Credit Hours.   0-5 Lecture Hours.   0-6 Lab Hours.

A course allowing for investigation of selected topics in Physics; it will be taught on a one-time basis. Lecture only course can be for two, three, or five credit hours. For laboratory courses, one credit hour will be given for every three hours spent working in lab. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   1112K or PHYS   2212K. Cross Listing(s): ASTR   5090, ASTR   5090G, PHYS   5090.

PHYS   5151   Classical Mechanics

5 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides physics majors and student of applied mathematics and engineering with the fundamentals of analytical mechanics.

Prerequisite(s): Prior or concurrent enrollment in MATH   3230 and a minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2212K.

Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5151G.

PHYS   5151G   Classical Mechanics

5 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides physics majors and students of applied mathematics and engineering with the fundamentals of analytical mechanics. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2212K and completion of MATH   3230.

Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5151.

PHYS   5152   Classical E and M Theory

5 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides physics majors and students of applied mathematics and engineering with the fundamentals of electromagnetic field theory.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS   5151.

Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5152G.

PHYS   5152G   Classical E and M Theory

5 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides physics majors and students of applied mathematics and engineering with the fundamentals of electromagnetic field theory. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of PHYS   5151.

Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5152.

PHYS   5530   Thermal Physics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A course in classical thermodynamics and kinetic theory.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2212K; and completion of MATH   2243.

Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5530G.

PHYS   5530G   Thermal Physics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A course in classical thermodynamics and kinetic theory. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   2212K and completion of MATH   2243..

Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5530.

PHYS   5536   Studies in Physics for Secondary Teachers

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to acquaint the student with some of the problems encountered in high school physics presentations.

Prerequisite(s): MATH   1113.

Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5536G.

PHYS   5536G   Studies in Physics for Secondary Teachers

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to acquaint the student with some of the problems encountered in high school physics presentations. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of MATH   1113.

Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5536.

PHYS   5557   Quantum Mechanics

5 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the basic postulates of quantum mechanics with solutions to Schrodinger's wave equation for simple applications: the techniques of calculating position, energy and momentum with operators and the elements of perturbation theory with application to atomic spectra.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS   3536, PHYS   3537, and MATH   3230.

Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5557G.

PHYS   5557G   Quantum Mechanics

5 Credit Hours.   5 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the basic postulates of quantum mechanics with solutions to Schrodinger's wave equation for simple applications: the techniques of calculating position, energy and momentum with operators and the elements of perturbation theory with application to atomic spectra. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of PHYS   3536, PHYS   3537, and MATH   3230.

Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5557.

PHYS   5890   Physics Research Experience

1-4 Credit Hours.   0,3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An independent physics research experience in which a student will investigate a research question under the direction of a faculty member. Students will be expected to maintain a laboratory notebook, prepare a written summary of the research, and give an oral presentation at the end of the experience. Permission of instructor is required. Cross Listing(s): PHYS   5890G, ASTR   5890, ASTR   5890G.

PHYS   5890G   Physics Research Experience

1-4 Credit Hours.   0-3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An independent physics research experience in which a student will investigate a research question under the direction of a faculty member. Students will be expected to maintain a laboratory notebook, prepare a written summary of the research, and give an oral presentation at the end of the experience. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do. Permission of instructor required.

Cross Listing(s): ASTR   5890, ASTR   5890G, PHYS   5890.

PHYS   6131   Solid State Materials

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduction to the physical and chemical properties of solids. Topics may include: periodic structure, symmetry of crystals, diffraction, reciprocal lattice, chemical bonding, lattice dynamics, phonons, thermal properties, and free electron gas. Bloch theorem, band structure, nearly free electron approximation, tight binding method, Fermi surface, semiconductors, electrons, holes, impurities, optical properties, excitons, and magnetism will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MATH   2242.

PHYS   6132   Applied Optics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course offers an introduction to laboratory optics, optical principles, and optical devices and systems. The course covers a wide range of topics, including: polarization properties of light, reflection and refraction, coherence and interference, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, holography, imaging and transforming properties of lenses, spatial filtering, and two-lens coherent optical processor. In addition, this course covers: optical properties of materials, lasers, electro-optic, acousto-optic and liquid-crystal light modulators, optical detectors, optical waveguides and fiber-optic communication systems. Students engage in extensive oral and written communication exercises.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in MATH   2242.

PHYS   6133   Photonics, Plasmonics and Metamaterials

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The course offers an introduction into theory and models related to photonics and electronics of photonic crystals, plasmonic metal nanostructures, metal-dielectric metamaterials and metasurfaces, localized scatterers and emitters. Students will improve their overall understanding of how these methods and models apply to practical systems related to spectroscopy, imaging, excitation and control over condensed, chemical and biological nano- and microstructures. The course covers a broad range of topics including: dielectric properties of materials in relation to their electronic structure, propagation and emission of radiation in strongly inhomogeneous and anisotropic materials, introduction into plasmonics, properties of photonic crystals and metamaterials, Mie theory of light scattering and near-fields at micro and nanoparticles, optical forces and tweezers, energy and momentum transfer in light-matter interactions and others.

PHYS   6231   Thin-Film Coating

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will cover the physics and chemistry of thin film coating. Topics covered will include thermal, optical, electric, and mechanical properties of multilayer metallic coatings and coating manufacturing techniques. Special topics will be given by experts from local coating industry.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in PHYS   6237.

PHYS   6237   Applied Quantum Mechanics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to review Schrodinger's theory of quantum mechanics for application in modern devices and systems. Topics covered are quantum statistics, multi-electron atoms, molecules, one and two dimension system, and neon particle system. Calculation techniques introduced are matrix diagonalization, perturbation theory, variational method, time-dependent perturbation theory to apply to optical absorption, and nonlinear optical properties of materials.

PHYS   6730   Master of Science in Physical Science Internship

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is the required internship for the Masters of Science in Physics Science degree. Students will apply their skills and knowledge to a current problem in a professional setting, either on campus or at the site of a participating sponsor.

PHYS   7090   Selected Topics in Physics

1-6 Credit Hours.   0-6 Lecture Hours.   0-6 Lab Hours.

A course allowing for investigation of selected topics in Physics.

PHYS   7330   Principles and Practice of Pre-clinical Drug Development

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course introduces key issues and aspects of developing a new small molecule or biological drug, with focus on the guidelines from regulatory agencies on the data required for the Investigational New Drug (IND) application. Major issues in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Safety Pharmacology, Pharmacokinetics and Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC) sections of the IND submission process are described. Practices of laboratory animal efficacy models, pharmacokinetics models, toxicology study protocols, master batch record generation and the concepts of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)/Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) will be covered, with particular emphasis on the Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 part 58, 210 and 211.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in CHEM 5333.

PHYS   7630   Graduate Seminar

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will consist of formal seminars and informal sessions on current topics of interest to the program as presented by visiting lecturers, local researchers, and students. All MS-APS students must attend a set number of seminars each term they are enrolled in the program. Thesis track students in their final semester will prepare a comprehensive presentation on their thesis research as well as submit a report reviewing the topics covered during the seminar series.

PHYS   7999   Thesis

1-3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Results of an individual, independent research project will be presented as a thesis in partial fulfillment of the Master of Science in Physical Science degree. The thesis requires defense of the design, execution, analysis, and interpretation of the research project.