Electrostatic fields and potentials, boundary value problems, magnetic induction, energy in electromagnetic fields, Maxwell's equations, introduction to electromagnetic radiation. Prerequisite: MATH 216 or equivalent. One course.
Newtonian mechanics at the intermediate level, Lagrangian mechanics, linear oscillations, chaos, dynamics of continuous media, motion in noninertial reference frames. Prerequisite: MATH 216 or equivalent (may be taken concurrently). One course.
Basic principles of astronomy treated quantitatively. Cosmological models, galaxies, stars, interstellar matter, the solar system, and experimental techniques. MATH 212 and MATH 216 strongly encouraged. Prerequisites: PHYSICS 264 or instructor consent. One course.
Elements of electronics including circuits, transfer functions, solid-state devices, transistor circuits, operational amplifier applications, digital circuits, and computer interfaces. Lectures and laboratory. Prerequisites: PHYSICS 142L, 152L, or 162L, or equivalent; MATH 212 or equivalent. One course.
Third course in sequence for physics and biophysics majors. Introductory treatments of special relativity and quantum mechanics. Topics include: wave mechanics and interference; relativistic kinematics, energy and momentum; the Schrodinger equation and its interpretation; quantum particles in one-dimension; spin; fermions and bosons; the hydrogen spectrum. Applications to crystallography, semiconductors, atomic physics and optics, particle physics, and cosmology. Prerequisites: PHYSICS 162L and MATH 212 or their equivalents. One course.
Second in series of half-courses on experimental physics techniques for physics and biophysics majors. Focus on core physics concepts of electricity, magnetism and optics: electrostatics, magnetostatics, magnetic induction, electromagnetic waves, geometrical and physical optics. Students work in teams and use computers to collect, visualize, and analyze data.
Second semester of a two-semester sequence intended for potential physics or biophysics majors. Course discusses basic principles and applications of electrodynamics, including electric fields, Gauss's Law, electric potential, capacitance, DC and AC circuits, magnetic fields, Ampere's Law, electric and magnetic forces, magnetic induction, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, properties of light, ray optics, and wave optics. Prerequisites: PHYSICS 161D and MATH 122 or consent from instructor. Recommended that course is taken concurrently with PHYSICS 162L. One course.
First in a series of half-courses on experimental physics techniques for physics and biophysics majors. Experiments focus on core physics concepts of mechanics: force, motion, conservation laws, and oscillations. Students work in teams and use computers to collect, visualize, and analyze data. Key components: written documentation of experimental procedures and results in a scientific notebook; interpreting results and testing hypotheses; experimental design and refinement; multiple opportunities for open-ended laboratory activities that inspire team and individual creativity.
First semester of a two-semester sequence intended for potential physics or biophysics majors. Course discusses vector algebra, description of motion, Newton's laws, work and energy, systems of particles, conservation laws, rotation, gravity, mechanics of fluids, oscillations, mechanical waves, and sound. Prerequisites: MATH 21 and 122 or equivalents; MATH 122 may be taken concurrently. Recommended that course is taken concurrently with PHYSICS 161L. One course.
Intended principally for students in engineering and the physical sciences as a continuation of PHYSICS 152L. Topics include: mechanics from a microscopic perspective, the atomic nature of matter, energy, energy quantization, entropy, the kinetic theory of gases, the efficiency of engines, electromagnetic radiation, the photon nature of light, physical optics and interference, waves and particles, applications of wave mechanics. Not open to students having credit for PHYSICS 142L or 162L. Prerequisites: PHYSICS 152L and MATH 212 or the equivalents. One course.