Catalog
2013-14

Physics

Dr. Bruce Liby
Chair of the Department

Lower Division Requirements

All physics majors must take the following courses in their freshman and sophomore years:

PHYS 101
  & PHYS 191
Physics I
   and Physics I Laboratory
4
PHYS 102
  & PHYS 192
Physics II
   and Physics II Laboratory
4
PHYS 214Electricity and Magnetism3
PHYS 223Physics III3
PHYS 224Physics IV3
PHYS 250Optics2
PHYS 253Optics Lab II1
One of the following:6
General Chemistry I
   and General Chemistry II
General Chemistry: Honors
   and General Chemistry: Honors
MATH 285Calculus III3
or MATH 287 Honors Calculus III
MATH 286Differential Equations3

Upper Division Requirements for the B.S. Major in Physics

PHYS 309Mechanics I3
PHYS 311Atomic and Nuclear Physics3
PHYS 312Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 314Electromagnetic Waves3
PHYS 351Modern Physics Laboratory I2
PHYS 352Modern Physics Lab II2
PHYS 410Advanced Theoretical Physics3
PHYS 443Quantum Mechanics3
PHYS 450Seminar1
PHYS 444Research Project in Physics2
PHYS 445Research Project in Physics2

This track is standard preparation for graduate studies in physics.

Upper Division Requirements for the B.A. Major in Physics

PHYS 309Mechanics I3
PHYS 311Atomic and Nuclear Physics3
PHYS 314Electromagnetic Waves3
PHYS 351Modern Physics Laboratory I2
PHYS 352Modern Physics Lab II2
PHYS 441Senior Thesis3
Twelve credits in the Humanities12

The B.A. Physics major program is useful to those interested in careers in such fields as history of science, technical writing, and patent law.

Grade Requirements

For graduation a physics major must have a 2.00 cumulative index in all required physics courses and the elective science and engineering courses. A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses.

The Cooperative 3-2 Program

A track II major may choose to complete the required Physics courses in three years leaving all science and free electives to the senior year. The final two years of the five year sequence may then be spent in Engineering. At the end of the fourth year the student receives the B.S. in Physics and at the end of the fifth year the B.S. in Engineering.

Minor

Requirement for a Minor in Physics

5 courses or 15 credits in approved physics courses.

Bachelor of Arts in Physics

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 101 or 197 and 1984CHEM 101 or 197 and 1984
MLL13ENGL 1103
LLRN 102 or PHIL 2133MLL13
MATH 185 or 1873MATH 186 or 1883
PHYS 101
  & PHYS 191
4PHYS 102
  & PHYS 192
4
 17 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 285 or 2873MATH 2863
PHYS 2233PHYS 2143
PHYS 2502PHYS 2243
RELS 1103PHYS 2531
Social Sciences3CMPT 1013
 HIST 1503
 14 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HSS Elective3PHYS 3522
PHYS 3512PHYS 3143
PHYS 3093RELS Catholic Studies3
PHYS 3113PHIL 1503
ENGL 1503MUSC 150 or ART 1503
 14 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HSS Elective3-6HSS Elective9
PHYS 4413Electives6
RELS Global/Contemporary3 
Social Sciences3-3 
Electives3 
 15-18 15
Total Credits: 122-125

Bachelor of Science in Physics

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MLL3ENGL 1103
LLRN 102 or PHIL 2133CHEM 102 or 197 and 1984
MATH 185 or 1873MLL3
PHYS 101
  & PHYS 191
4MATH 186 or 1883
CHEM 101 or 197 and 1984PHYS 102
  & PHYS 192
4
 17 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MATH 285 or 2873MATH 2863
PHYS 2233PHYS 2143
PHYS 2502PHYS 2243
RELS 1103PHYS 2531
Social Sciences3CMPT 1013
 HIST 1503
 14 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 3512HSS Elective3
PHYS 3093PHYS 3522
PHYS 3113PHYS 3123
RELS Catholic Studies3PHYS 3143
ENGL 1503PHIL 1503
 14 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MUSC 150 or ART 1503HSS Elective3
PHYS 4433PHYS 4103
PHYS 4442PHYS 4452
RELS Global/Contemporary3PHYS 4501
Electives3Electives6
 14 15
Total Credits: 121

Courses

PHYS 101. Physics I. 4 Credits.

A calculus approach to the basic concepts of mechanics. Three lecture hours. Pre-requisite: MATH 109 or MATH 155 or MATH 185. Co-requisite: PHYS 191; MATH 109 or MATH 155 or MATH 185.

PHYS 102. Physics II. 4 Credits.

A calculus approach to the basic concepts of mechanics (Physics I) and electricity and magnetism (Physics II). Three lectures. Must also register for PHYS 192 lab. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: MATH 185, or MATH 103.

PHYS 105. Principles of Physics I. 4 Credits.

An introduction to the basic principles and concepts of Physics including mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics. Three lecture hours. Co-requisite: PHYS 195.

PHYS 106. Principles of Physics II. 4 Credits.

An introduction to the basic principles and concepts of physics including mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics. Three lecture hours. Co-requisite: PHYS 196.

PHYS 107. Introductory Physics I. 4 Credits.

An algebra based approach to the basic concepts of mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, optics and elementary atomic and nuclear physics. Emphasis is on biological applications. Three lecture hours. Co-requisite: PHYS 197.

PHYS 108. Introductory Physics II. 4 Credits.

An algebra based approach to the basic concepts of mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, optics and elementary atomic and nuclear physics. Emphasis is on biological applications. Three lecture hours. Co-requisite: PHYS 198.

PHYS 151. Introduction to Physics Research. 3 Credits.

Elementary Research projects for beginning students in physics. Students learn how to pursue an open ended question under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Permission of department chair required.

PHYS 152. Introduction Physics Research II. 3 Credits.

Elementary Research projects for beginning students in physics. Students learn how to pursue an open ended question under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Permission of department chair required.

PHYS 191. Physics I Laboratory. 0 Credits.

Physics I Laboratory. Co-requisite: PHYS 101.

PHYS 192. Physics II Laboratory. 0 Credits.

Physics II Laboratory. Co-requisite: PHYS 102.

PHYS 195. Principles of Physics I Laboratory. 0 Credits.

Principles of Physics I Laboratory. Co-requisite: PHYS 105.

PHYS 196. Principles of Physics II Laboratory. 0 Credits.

Principles of Physics II Laboratory. Co-requisite: PHYS 106.

PHYS 197. Introductory Physics I Labroatory. 0 Credits.

Introductory Physics I Laboratory. Co-requisite:PHYS 107.

PHYS 198. Introductory Physics II Laboratory. 0 Credits.

Introductory Physics II Laboratory. Co-requisite:PHYS 108.

PHYS 201. Wave Theory of Light and Matter. 3 Credits.

Intermediate level introduction to electromagnetic waves and the theory of light, geometrical and physical optics, introduction to quantum concepts and the wave nature of matter with applications to the solid state.

PHYS 209. Introduction to Theoretical Physics. 3 Credits.

Vector Analysis, Matrices and eigenvalue problems, introduction to Partial Differential Equations as applied to physics. Three lectures.

PHYS 214. Electricity and Magnetism. 3 Credits.

Electrostatics, Magnetostatics, Faraday's Law, Maxwell's equations using vector analysis. Spring. Pre-requisite: PHYS 102; MATH 285.

PHYS 221. Physics of Digital Systems. 4 Credits.

The basic physics and selected circuit applications of solid state devices such as the diode, transistor and op-amp as used in digital systems. The lectures will concentrate on the development of band theory and the diode equation from first principles while the lab will concentrate on digital circuit application using TTL and analog IC'S. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: PHYS 101, PHYS 102 sequence.

PHYS 223. Physics III. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the theory of oscillations and waves. Introduction to the special theory of relativity. Introduction to wave mechanics and the SchrF6dinger equation.

PHYS 224. Physics IV. 3 Credits.

Elements of thermodynamics and an elementary introduction to condensed matter physics.

PHYS 250. Optics. 2 Credits.

The nature of light and its interaction with matter. Reflection, refraction, polarization, interference, diffraction and propagation of light through media. Lenses, optical elements and optical devices will be explored via lecture and experiments. One lecture and one 4-hour lab per week.

PHYS 251. Intermediate Laboratory. 1 Credit.

This laboratory course will complement the material presented in Physics 201. Experiments in mechanical waves, geometrical and physical optics, and modern physics. One three hour period per week. Corequisite: PHYS 201.

PHYS 253. Optics Lab II. 1 Credit.

Experiments in optics at an advanced level including measuring the cardinal points of an optical system, optical aberrations, lasers and laser applications, Newton's rings, interferometry, holography, electro-optics, optical modulation, and matrix optics.

PHYS 309. Mechanics I. 3 Credits.

Dynamics of particles and systems; Gravitation; Rotating Coordinates; Motion of rigid bodies, Lagrangian formulation. Coupled oscillators. Three lectures.

PHYS 311. Atomic and Nuclear Physics. 3 Credits.

SchrF6dinger wave theory for atomic structure. Magnetic field effects on atoms. Atomic and molecular spectra. Introductory nuclear physics. Three lectures.

PHYS 312. Quantum Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Introduction to Quantum theory. One dimensional quantum systems. The harmonic oscillator. Central Potentials.

PHYS 314. Electromagnetic Waves. 3 Credits.

Electromagnetic waves and their interaction with matter. Maxwell's Equations in free space and dielectric media. Classical theory of the laser.

PHYS 323. Astronomy. 3 Credits.

An intermediate level overview of the solar system and the physical properties of stars, stellar evolution, galaxies and the universe at large.

PHYS 341. Topics: in Astrophysics. 3 Credits.

Independent study of topics of astrophysical interest such as Stellar Evolution, Radiation Theory and Stellar Atmospheres, Star Clusters and Galactic Rotation, Interstellar Matter. Approval of Chair necessary.

PHYS 342. Topics: in Astrophysics. 3 Credits.

Independent study of topics of astrophysical interest such as Stellar Evolution, Radiation Theory and Stellar Atmospheres, Star Clusters and Galactic Rotation, Interstellar Matter. Approval of Chair necessary.

PHYS 351. Modern Physics Laboratory I. 2 Credits.

Experimental verification of properties of atomic structure. One three-hour period.

PHYS 352. Modern Physics Lab II. 2 Credits.

Advanced experiments in atomic and nuclear physics. Properties of radioactivity. One three-hour period.

PHYS 375. Internship for Juniors. 3 Credits.

Students participate in an off-campus training experience closely related to one of the areas of physics. Frequent meetings with the advisor plus a paper are required. Prerequisites: Junior status, 3.0 GPA, and permission of the student's advisor or the Chair.

PHYS 410. Advanced Theoretical Physics. 3 Credits.

Complex variables, Integral Transform Methods and Green's Function Methods in theoretical physics. Three lectures.

PHYS 414. Electromagnetic Radiation II. 3 Credits.

Dielectric and Magnetic materials, electromagnetic waves in free space and media. Dipole radiation.

PHYS 415. Statistical Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Statistical mechanics of many body systems. Equilibrium and non-equilibrium systems. Phase transitions.

PHYS 432. Solid State Physics. 3 Credits.

Lattices and crystal binding. Phonons and lattice vibrations. Thermal properties of insulators. Metals, free electron gas, energy bands. Semiconductors, mobility, life times, p-n junctions. Superconductivity, B.C.S. theory. Phase transitions Magnetorthermal properties. Three lectures.

PHYS 434. Research Problems in Physics. 2 Credits.

PHYS 435. Research Problems in Physics. 2 Credits.

PHYS 441. Senior Thesis. 3 Credits.

An independent study program in experimental or theoretical physics to provide an opportunity for the scientific development of advanced undergraduate physics majors. Minimum of six hours a week devoted to an organized study program is required. Permission of department chair necessary.

PHYS 442. Senior Thesis. 3 Credits.

An independent study program in experimental or theoretical physics to provide an opportunity for the scientific development of advanced undergraduate physics majors. Minimum of six hours a week devoted to an organized study program is required. Permission of department chair necessary.

PHYS 443. Quantum Mechanics. 3 Credits.

Development of the formal structure of quantum mechanics. Time independent perturbation theory. Theory of scattering. Second quantization.

PHYS 444. Research Project in Physics. 2 Credits.

Introductory level student research projects in either experimental or theoretical physics carried out under the guidance of a faculty member.

PHYS 445. Research Project in Physics. 2 Credits.

Introductory level student research projects in either experimental or theoretical physics carried out under the guidance of a faculty member.

PHYS 450. Seminar. 1 Credit.

Single and sequential lectures on special topics in physics. Track I majors are required to present a research paper on either a theoretical or experimental topic in the spring semester of the senior year.

PHYS 453. Experimental Physics I. 2 Credits.

Experience building and using apparatus such as electronic instrumentation, vacuum equipment, LASERS, magnets, detectors, scales, etc. A blend of classical and contemporary experiments.

PHYS 454. Experimental Physics II. 2 Credits.

Experience building and using apparatus such as electronic instrumentation, vacuum equipment, LASERS, magnets, detectors, scalars, etc. A blend of classical and contemporary experiments.

PHYS 475. Internship for Seniors. 3 Credits.

Students participate in an off-campus training experience closely related to their area of physics. Frequent meetings with the advisor plus a paper are required. Prerequisites: Senior status, 3.0 GPA, and permission of the student's advisor or the Chair.

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