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Course Offerings: Physics

(PHYS) College-Program: 17-08 Check with Department chair for course schedules. Read each course description for prerequisites.


111, 112, 113 GENERAL PHYSICS I, II, III - F-W-S (4,4,4 credits). Principles of Physics and the phenomena underlying these principles. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours. Not for pre-engineers. This sequence of courses may also be used to fulfill Liberal Education requirements. (Applies to Liberal Education Area IV ).

211, 212, 213 PHYSICS I, II, III - F-W-S and S-F-W (5,5,5 credits). Primarily for pre-engineers, physics majors, and others with the prerequisite mathematics. Measurements, mechanics, heat, wave motion and sound, basic electricity, light, selected topics in modern physics. Lecture 5 hours, laboratory 3 hours. Corequisite: concurrent registration in MATH 241, 242, 243. This sequence of courses may also be used to fulfill Liberal Education requirements. (Applies to Liberal Education Area IV ).

215 PRACTICAL ELECTRONICS - W (4 credits). Operation of basic electrical-mechanical instruments and monitoring devices. Three hours lecture, four hours laboratory. Prerequisites: One or more basic science courses.

221 STATICS - W (4 credits). Concurrent force systems, parallel forces, couples, statics of rigid bodies, friction, work, vectors, vector calculus, rectilinear motion. Lecture. Prerequisite: PHYS 211.

222 DYNAMICS - S (4 credits). Moving reference systems, central forces, dynamics of systems of particles dynamics of rigid bodies. Lecture. Prerequisite: PHYS 212.

250 DIGITAL ELECTRONICS - F (4 credits). Digital Circuits. Applications of flip-flops, inverters, gates, and other digital IC's to computer circuitry and digital instrumentation. Prerequisites: PHYS 213 or 113 or consent of instructor. NOTE: This is also an elective in the Computer Science B.S. major.

253, 254 CIRCUIT ANALYSIS I, II (4,4 credits). Techniques of circuit analysis in linear passive circuits under d.c., unit impulse and a.c. excitations, complex frequency. Fourier transform analysis, Laplace transform analysis. Lecture. Corequisite for 253: Physics 213, Math 243; Corequisite for 254: MATH 245.

301 MUSICAL ACOUSTICS (3 credits). Nature, production, and transmission of sound, acoustical properties and design of musical instruments, stereo systems, and auditoriums. Physical basis of musical tones, intervals, and scales. (May not be offered every year.)

311 PHYSICS IN THE MODERN HIGH SCHOOL (3 credits). Topics in Physics using Harvard Project and Physical Science Study Committee materials. Emphasis on scientific procedures in the high school physics program. Lecture of 2 hours and 2 hours laboratory. (May not be offered every year.) Prerequisites: PHYS 113 or 213 and junior status.

323 FLUID MECHANICS (3 credits). Statics of incompressible and compressible flow, laminar and turbulent flow. Lecture. Prerequisite: PHYS 222. (May not be offered every year.) (Prerequisites updated from 96-98 hard copy catalog.)

325 ACOUSTICS AND VIBRATIONS (3 credits). An introduction to vibration theory with application to engineering and acoustics. (May not be offered every year.) Prerequisite: PHYS 222; MATH 245.

326 DEFORMABLE BODY MECHANICS (4 credits). An extension of Physics 221 to stress-strain analysis; axial, torsional, and flexural loading; static indeterminacy; deformation. Lecture, 4 hours. (May not be offered every year.) Prerequisite: PHYS 221.

327, 328, 329 SYSTEMS AND CONTROLS I(F), II, III (3,3,3 credits). Modeling of mechanical, acoustical, optical, thermal and fluid systems in terms of analog circuits; transfer functions, response to arbitrary excitations. 328 incorporates analysis and design of feedback control systems. 329 emphasizes digital control systems. Lecture. Prerequisite for 327: PHYS 222, 253; MATH 245. (II and III May not be offered every year.)

330 THERMODYNAMICS - Alt. Yrs. (3 credits). Equations of state, laws of thermodynamics, entropy, thermodynamics potentials. Lecture. Prerequisite: PHYS 213; MATH 245.

331 STATISTICAL MECHANICS I (3 credits). Statistical description of systems, distribution functions, transport phenomena, ensembles. (May not be offered every year.) Prerequisite: PHYS 330 or CHEM 373.

356 ANALOG ELECTRONICS - S (4 credits). Integrated circuits. Emphasizes the applications of operational amplifiers and other linear IC's to modern electronics and instrumentation; also includes power supply/filter design and waveform analysis. Design aspects are stressed. Prerequisite: PHYS 253.

357 MICROPROCESSOR LABORATORY - W (4 credits). Applications of microprocessors for the laboratory environment. Hardware interfacing techniques and use of microprocessors for experimental data collection, analysis, control are emphasized. Machine and assembly language are introduced and employed as needed. Prerequisite: PHYS 250 or consent of instructor. NOTE: This is also an elective in the Computer Science B.S. major.

358 COMPUTER INTERFACING LABORATORY (3 credits). Special projects in applications of laboratory minicomputers and/or microprocessors to various experimental situations. (May not be offered every year.) Prerequisite: PHYS 250 or consent of instructor. NOTE: This course is also an elective in the Computer Science B.S. major.

360 MODERN PHYSICS - S (4 credits). A survey course in Modern Physics; relativity, particle properties of waves, wave properties of particles, atomic structure, Bohr model, elementary quantum mechanics, hydrogen atom, properties of matter, the atomic nucleus, nuclear decay. Lecture 4 hours. Prerequisites: PHYS 213; MATH 243.

372 ADVANCED LABORATORY - F-W-S (1 credit). Laboratory for intermediate and advanced courses. Engineers elect this course if laboratory work is required to transfer. Experiments tailored to student's need with selection from general techniques, mechanics, electricity and magnetism, circuit analysis, thermal physics, optics, microwave physics, atomic physics, solid state, nuclear radiation physics and individual research. Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: PHYS 213. May be repeated.

380 TRANSDUCERS AND COMPUTER INTERFACING (3 credits). An examination of common transducers, with applications to instrumentation and computer-based measurements. Signal conditioning and interfacing techniques are incorporated. The format is lecture/demonstration, with associated laboratory sessions. A course project is required. (May not be offered every year.) Prerequisites: Phys 327, 250, 356 and 357.

381 GEOPHYSICS (3 credits). Introduction to methods of geophysics for investigation processes such as seismic refraction, gravity, magnetism and electricity of earth materials. Also listed as GEOL 370. (May not be offered every year.) Prerequisites: GEOL 113, PHYS 213 and MATH 243.

405 HEAT TRANSFER (3 credits). Examines steady and time-vary heat conduction, free and forced convection, and thermal radiation. Commercial and customized software are employed as needed. The format is lecture/demonstration. A course project is required. (May not be offered every year.) Prerequisites: Physics 330, Math 245, CS 221 or CS 229.

410 SIGNAL PROCESSING AND DIGITAL CONTROL (4 credits). An examination of signal processing techniques with applications to control processes. The format is lecture/demonstration, with associated laboratory sessions. A course project is required. (May not be offered every year.) Prerequisites: Physics 328, 431, 380; CS 221 or 229; MATH 245.

412 ENGINEERING SIMULATION AND DESIGN (3 credits). Introduction and use of commercial and customized engineering simulation and graphics software for design and analysis of physical systems. The format is lecture/demonstration. A course project is required. (May not be offered every year.) Prerequisites: PHYS 327; CS 221 or 229; MATH 245.

431, 432 MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS I, II - F-W (4,4 credits). Selected topics in complex variables, partial differential equations, vector analysis, Sturm-Liouville Theory, boundary value problems, Fourier Analysis and LaPlace Transforms, with applications to theoretical physics. (May not be offered every year.) Prerequisite: PHYS 213; MATH 245.

454, 455 ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELDS AND WAVES I, II - Alt. Yrs. (4,4 credits). Electric fields, potential, dielectrics, magnetic fields, and introduction to electromagnetic waves, wave guides and radiation, through treatment of Maxwell's equations. Lecture. Prerequisite: PHYS 213, 431; MATH 245.

458 OPTICS - Alt. Yrs. (3 credits). Spherical surfaces, thin and thick lenses, aberrations, interference, diffraction, quantum effects, electro-magnetism, spectra, polarization, double refraction. Lecture. Prerequisites: PHYS 454; MATH 245.

461, 462 QUANTUM MECHANICS I, II - Alt. Yrs. (4,4 credits). Introductory quantum mechanics: exact and approximate solutions of the Schroedinger Equation and applications to structure and spectra. Lecture. Prerequisites: PHYS 213, 360, 431; MATH 245.

466 SOLID STATE PHYSICS - Alt. Yrs. (3 credits). The application of elementary quantum mechanics to the transport properties of metals, semiconductors, and insulators. Topics in band theory and crystal structure are included. Lecture. Prerequisite: PHYS 461 or CHEM 374.

468 NUCLEAR PHYSICS (3 credits). Nuclear structure. The shell model, spin orbit coupling, configuration-mixing, ground state properties, and their application to nuclear decay, interaction and reactions. (May not be offered every year.) Prerequisite: PHYS 461.

472 PROJECT LABORATORY - F-W-S (Arr. credits). A continuation of Physics 372 with more emphasis on individual research. Laboratory 3 hours. Prerequisite: Senior status and consent of instructor. NOTE: May be repeated.

475, 476, 477 ENGINEERING DESIGN PROJECT I, II, III - F-W-S (3,3,3 credits). An individual design project, required of all seniors majoring in Engineering Physics. Topic will be chosen with approval of and coordination by an assigned adviser. Involvement will typically require an entire academic year, and a final paper and seminar are required. Prerequisites: Senior status in Engineering Physics or departmental approval.

492 DIRECTED GROUP STUDY (1 credit). When taken as a seminar, the following description may apply: Group discussions and study of selected topics in physics. For juniors and seniors with at least two years of course work in physics. NOTE: May be repeated for a total of three quarter hours. (May not be offered every year.)


Science Course Descriptions

(SCI) College-Program:17-12. Read each course description for prerequisites.


111, 112, 113 PHYSICAL SCIENCE FOR NON-SCIENCE STUDENTS (PSNS) I, II, III-F-W-S (4,4,4 credits). Basic principles of chemistry and physics. Intended as a Liberal Education course for students not majoring in an area of science. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 2 hours. Courses may be taken in any sequence. This sequence of courses may also be used to fulfill Liberal Education requirements. (Applies to Liberal Education Area IV ).

210 ASTRONOMY I - S (4 credits). A descriptive treatment of the solar system, stellar astronomy, the galaxy, and cosmology. Lecture.

302 SURVEY OF PHYSICAL SCIENCE (4 credits). A descriptive study of the chemical and physical concepts in the elementary school curriculum. For all elementary education majors not seeking a concentration in a physical or broad science. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour per week. (May not be offered every year.)

303 METEOROLOGY -W (4 credits). Composition and general structure of the atmosphere, radiation from the sun and earth, temperature distribution, weather elements, circulation systems which produce weather and weather changes. Lecture. Prerequisite: one year of college physics or one year of college chemistry, or consent of the instructor.

492 DIRECTED GROUP STUDY (2 credits). When taken as a seminar, the following description may apply: Group discussion and study of classical and recent concepts of science. Prerequisite: Completed minor in one of the sciences, or consent of instructor. NOTE: May be repeated for a total of four quarter hours. (May not be offered every year.)


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