Listing of Course
Designations & Rubrics

**Dept - RUBRIC**

*Prerequisites* - *All prerequisites in physics courses should
be rigidly observed*.

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**Corequisites* - *A student may not continue in a course after
dropping a corequisite course prior to the last day of the midsemester
examination period*.

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**Of the 7000-level courses, those numbered in the 7200s, as well as 7343,
7363, 7383, 7398, and 7411 are offered every year; 7353 and 7373 every other
year. All other courses are offered sporadically as interest demands and in
order to provide a varied curriculum*.

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**General education courses are marked with stars ()*.

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****1100
Introduction to Physics (3)** *Prereq.: credit or registration in MATH 1550*.
Measurement, vectors, kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, wave motion,
temperature, the electric field, DC circuits, and geometrical optics.

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****1201, 1202
General Physics for Physics Majors (4,4) F,S** *Prereq. for 1201: PHYS 1100
or placement by examination; credit or registration in MATH 1550. Prereq. for
1202: PHYS 1201 and credit or registration in MATH 1552. 4 hrs.
lecture/demonstration. Primarily for students intending to major in physics.
Credit will not be given for these courses and PHYS 2001, 2002 or 2101, 2102*.
Fundamentals of classical physics and some concepts of modern physics; calculus
and vector analysis introduced and used in development of subject matter.

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****1208, 1209
General Physics Laboratory for Physics Majors (1,1) F,S** *Prereq. for 1208:
credit or registration in PHYS 1201. Prereq. for 1209: credit or registration in
PHYS 1202. 3 hrs. lab. Credit will not be given for these courses and PHYS 2108,
2109*. Laboratory to accompany PHYS 1201, 1202.

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****2001, 2002
General Physics (3,3)** *Prereq. for PHYS 2001: MATH 1022 or 1023; Prereq.
for PHYS 2002: PHYS 2001. 3 hrs. lecture/demonstration. Credit will not be given
for these courses and PHYS 1201, 1202 or 2101, 2102*. Mechanics, heat, sound,
light, electricity, and magnetism; topics in modern physics.

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****2101
General Physics for Technical Students (3)** *Prereq.: PHYS 1100 or
placement by examination; credit or registration in MATH 1552. Credit will not
be given for both this course and PHYS 1201, 2001*. Mechanics, wave motion,
thermodynamics, and kinetic theory.

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****2102
General Physics for Technical Students (3)** *Prereq.: PHYS 2101 and MATH
1552. Credit will not be given for both this course and PHYS 1202, 2002*.
Electricity, magnetism, physical optics, and topics from modern physics.

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****2108
Introductory Physics Laboratory (1)** *Prereq.: credit or registration in
PHYS 2001 or 2101. 3 hrs. lab. Credit will not be given for both this course and
PHYS 1208*. Laboratory to accompany PHYS 2001 or 2101.

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****2109
General Physics Laboratory (1)** *Prereq.: PHYS 2108 and credit or
registration in PHYS 2002 or 2102. 3 hrs. lab. Credit will not be given for both
this course and PHYS 1209*. Laboratory to accompany PHYS 2002 and 2102;
electricity, magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, and other topics in
modern physics.

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****2111 Elementary Mathematical Physics (3) F** *Prereq.: PHYS 1202 or 2102;
and credit in MATH 1552*. Mathematical methods of physics; vector calculus,
complex variables, Fourier series, matrices and determinants, differential
equations with application to selected problems in physics.

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****2203 Introductory Modern Physics (3) F** *Prereq.: PHYS 1202 or 2102*.
Elementary modern physics; special relativity, wave/particle duality, quantum
mechanics, hydrogen atom, many-electron atoms, nuclear structure, elementary
particles, solid state, astrophysics, and cosmology.

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****2207 Introductory Modern Physics Laboratory (1) F** *Coreq.: PHYS 2203.
Required for physics majors*. Laboratory to accompany PHYS 2203.

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****2221 Introduction to Mechanics (3) ***Prereq.: PHYS 1202 or 2102 and MATH
2057*. Basic concepts of mechanics with emphasis on corresponding
mathematical techniques.

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****2231 Electricity and Magnetism (3) S** *Prereq.: PHYS 2221 or CHEM 4581
and credit or registration in MATH 2065 or 2090. *Electricity and magnetism;
static and quasistatic electromagnetic fields in vacua and in dielectric and
magnetic media.

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****2401
Introduction to Concepts in Physics (3) V** *Prereq.: MATH 1020/1021 or an
ACT math score of at least 25. Primarily for students in liberal arts and
education*. Historical evolution and underlying philosophy of principles of
physics; provides appreciation of physics; does not develop technical skill.

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****2411 Computational Science I (3)** *Prereq.: PHYS 2221; or PHYS 1202 or
2102 and MATH 2057; or CHEM 4581 and credit or registration in MATH 2065. 2 hrs.
lecture; 2 hrs. lab*. Introduction to symbolic manipulation and numerical
techniques used to analyze or simulate a broad range of physical systems.

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****2995 Research Internship (1)** *Prereq.: consent of instructor and
department chair. May be repeated for credit*. Individual reading and
theoretical and/or experimental research on introductory problems in physics.

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****4098 Instrumentation Electronics for Scientists (3) S** *Prereq.: PHYS
1202 and 1209; or PHYS 2102 and 2109. 2 hrs. lecture; 3 hrs. lab*. Basic
electronic technology and circuits used in scientific instrumentation; circuit
analysis, discrete components, operational amplifiers, and digital electronics.

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****4112 Intermediate Mathematical Physics (3) V** *Prereq.: PHYS 2221 or
CHEM 4581; and credit or registration in MATH 2065 or 2090*. Mathematical
methods of physics, with application to selected problems.

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****4123 Intermediate Mechanics (3)** *Prereq.: PHYS 2221 and MATH 2057*.
Lagrangian mechanics; central force motion; rigid body dynamics; small
oscillations.

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****4125 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3) V** *Prereq.: PHYS 2221
and credit or registration in MATH 2065 or 2090; or CHEM 4581 and credit or
registration in MATH 2065 or 2090*. Basic physical concepts and methods
appropriate for description of systems involving many particles; unified view
point of thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and kinetic theory.

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****4132 Electromagnetism and Electromagnetic Waves (3) F** *Prereq.: PHYS
2231*. *Continuation of PHYS 2231*. Emphasis on electromagnetic waves
and radiation.

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****4135 Modern Optics (3) V** *Prereq.: PHYS 2221 and MATH 2065 or 2090; or
CHEM 4581 and MATH 2065 or 2090*. Review of geometrical optics and optical
instruments, scalar diffraction theory, spatial filtering and holography,
Gaussian beam optics, optical resonators, lasers, and optical properties of
materials.

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****4136 Modern Optics Laboratory (3) V** *Prereq.: PHYS 4135. 1 hr. lecture;
5 hrs. lab*. Techniques in modern optics, including interferometers,
electrooptic and magnetooptic devices, fiber optics, spatial filtering,
holography, and spectroscopy.

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****4141, 4142 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (3,3) F,S** *Prereq.: PHYS
2221 and credit or registration in MATH 2065 or 2090; or CHEM 4581 and credit or
registration in MATH 2065 or 2090; PHYS 4141 is prerequisite for 4142*.
Elementary principles of quantum mechanics, including Schrodinger equation,
one-dimensional problems, harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, perturbation
theory, matrix mechanics, and spin.

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****4198 Advanced Modern Physics Laboratory (3) S** *Prereq.: PHYS 2209 or
4055 or 4141. 1 hr. lecture; 6 hrs. lab/computations*. Electricity and
magnetism, optics, and atomic, nuclear, and solid-state physics.

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****4201, 4202 Survey of Contemporary Physics (3,3) F,S** *Prereq.: PHYS 4142
or equivalent*. Current research in physics: relativity, atomic physics,
solid-state physics, nuclear physics, elementary particles, astrophysics.

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****4251 Atomic Physics (3) V** *Prereq.: PHYS 4142 and credit or
registration in 4132*. Modern theory of atomic structure, radiations, and
processes.

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****4261 Introduction to Solid-State Physics (3) V** *Prereq.: PHYS 2203 or
4141 or CHEM 4492*. Properties of the crystalline state and the
free-electron; band theories of metals, insulators, and semiconductors.

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****4271 Nuclear Physics (3) V** *Prereq.: PHYS 2203 or 4141*. Nuclear
properties, abundance and stability of nuclei, nuclear instrumentation, particle
accelerators and detectors, and nuclear reactions.

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****4399 Research in Experimental Physics (3) F** *Prereq.: PHYS 4198 or
consent of instructor and department chair*. Individual research project
conducted and reported under supervision of individually selected faculty
member.

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****4412 Computational Science II (3)** *Prereq.: PHYS 2411 or equivalent.
Continuation of PHYS 2411*. Advanced techniques for numerical computations in
the physical sciences.

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****4991 Special Problems in Physics (1-3)** *Prereq.: thorough knowledge of
the fundamentals of physics and mathematics, demonstrated ability in science,
and consent of instructor and department chair. May be taken for a max. of 6
sem. hrs. credit*. Individual reading and theoretical and/or experimental
work on advanced problems in physics.

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****6111 Mathematical Physics for Teachers (3) Su only-V** *Prereq.: PHYS
2002 or 2102. Not for degree credit for physics majors*. Mathematical
structure of physics.

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****6121 Classical Physics for Teachers (3) Su only-V** *Prereq.: PHYS 2002
or 2102. For high school and junior college teachers; part of the M.N.S. degree
program*. Application of conservation principles to development of classical
physics.

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****6141 Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, and Nuclei for Teachers (3)
Su only-V** *Prereq.: PHYS 2002 or 2102. For high school and junior college
teachers; part of the M.N.S. degree program*. Origins of quantum theory;
application to atoms, molecules, solids, and nuclei.

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****6191 Research Participation for Teachers (3) Su only-V** *Prereq.: PHYS
2002 or 2102. May be taken for a max. of 9 hrs. of credit*.

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****6198 Laboratory Methods for Teachers (3) Su only-V** *Prereq.: PHYS 2002
or 2102. 1 hr. lecture; 6 hrs. lab. For high school and junior college teachers;
part of the M.N.S. degree program. May be taken for a max. of 9 hrs. of credit*.
Analysis of laboratory experiments in current high school physics curricula;
selected experiments in modern physics.

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****6991 Seminar in Current Developments in Physics Curriculum Materials (1-3) Su
only-V** *Prereq.: PHYS 2002 or 2102. For high school and junior college
teachers; part of the M.N.S. degree program. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem.
hrs. credit*.

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****7211, 7212 Mathematical Methods of Theoretical Physics (3,3) F,S** *Prereq.:
PHYS 4112 or equivalent. PHYS 7211 is prerequisite for 7212*. Advanced topics
in mathematical methods of theoretical physics; mathematical foundations of
quantum mechanics.

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****7221 Classical Mechanics (3) Su** Study of particle mechanics and rigid
body mechanics using the methods of Lagrange's equations, Hamilton's equations,
canonical transformations, and Hamilton-Jacobi theory.

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****7223 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3) V** Mechanics of inviscid and
Newtonian viscous fluids; elasticity of solids.

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****7225 Statistical Mechanics (3) Su** Principles of classical and quantum
statistics, with application to special problems.

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****7231, 7232 Classical Electrodynamics (3,3) F,S** *PHYS 7231 is
prerequisite for 7232*. Problems in electrostatics and magnetostatics;
Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, wave guides, and antennas;
relativistic electrodynamics and radiation from moving charges.

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****7241, 7242 Quantum Mechanics (3,3) F,S** *Prereq.: PHYS 4142 or
equivalent. PHYS 7241 is prerequisite for 7242*. Basic concepts of
nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, operators and matrices, intrinsic and orbital
angular momenta, perturbation theory, atomic structure, second quantization, and
scattering theory.

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****7336 General Relativity (3) V** General tensor analysis; postulates of
general relativity, field equations, equations of motion, interior and exterior
Schwarzchild solutions; cosmology.

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****7343 Advanced Quantum Mechanics (3) V** *Prereq.: PHYS 7242*. The
Lorentz group, relativistic wave equations, introduction to quantum field
theory.

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****7353, 7354 Atomic and Optical Physics I, II (3,3) V** *Prereq.: PHYS
7242; PHYS 7353 is prerequisite for 7354*. Applications of quantum mechanics
to atomic systems and their interaction with radiation; spectral levels,
photoabsorption and collisions with charged particles.

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****7360 Low-Temperature Physics (3) V** Properties of matter at temperatures
near absolute zero; methods of producing low temperatures; superfluidity of
liquid helium, superconductivity, magnetic effects, and adiabatic
demagnetization.

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****7363, 7364 Condensed Matter Physics (3,3) V** *Prereq.: PHYS 7225 and
7242. PHYS 7363 is prerequisite for 7364*. Application of quantum mechanics
and statistical mechanics to condensed matter; lattice vibrations, energy bands
in crystals, transport properties, collective excitations, ferromagnetism and
superconductivity; theory of Fermi and Bose quantum fluids, phase transitions,
and critical phenomena.

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****7373, 7374 Nuclear Physics (3,3) V** *Prereq.: PHYS 4271 and 7241. PHYS
7373 is prerequisite for 7374*. Applications of quantum mechanics to the
two-nucleon system, to a system of many nucleons, and to nuclear reactions, with
comparisons between theory and experimental results.

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****7383, 7384 High Energy Particle Physics (3,3) V** *Prereq.: PHYS 7231 and
7242*. Strong electromagnetic and weak interactions of hadrons and leptons,
including symmetries and selection rules; quantum chromodynamics and electroweak
theory; accelerator and nonaccelerator experiments including cosmic rays and
high energy astrophysics.

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****7398 Graduate Laboratory (3) S,Su** *1 hr. lecture; 6 hrs. lab*.
Practical experience in modern experimental physics laboratory techniques.

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****7411, 7412 Computational Physics (3,3)** *Prereq.: PHYS 7211. PHYS 7411
is prerequisite for PHYS 7412*. Basic numerical techniques for solution of
mathematical equations, including coupled linear algebraic and differential
equations, and numerical simulation techniques; emphasis on application to
physical problems.

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****7463, 7464 Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics (3,3) F,S** *Prereq.:
PHYS 7242. PHYS 7463 is prerequisite for PHYS 7464*. Density functional
theory of electronic structure, mean field, and renormalization group theory of
phase transitions; linear response theory; quantum transport, Landau theory of
Fermi liquids; systems of strongly interacting electrons, superconductivity.

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****7537 Radiation Transport Theory I (3) F** *Prereq.: NS 7527 or NS 7530 or
equivalent. Same as NS 7537.*

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****7538 Radiation Transport Theory II (3) S** *Prereq.: NS 7527 or NS 7530
or equivalent. Same as NS 7538.*

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****7741, 7742 Stellar Astrophysics (3,3) F,S** *PHYS 7741 is prerequisite
for PHYS 7742. See ASTR 7741, 7742*.

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****7745 Advanced Quantum Theory of Particles and Fields (3) V** *May be
taken for a max. of 9 hrs. of credit*.

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****7751, 7752 Galactic Astrophysics (3,3) F,S** *PHYS 7751 is prerequisite
for PHYS 7752. See ASTR 7751, 7752*.

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****7777 Seminar in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1-6) V** *May be taken for a
max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit. See ASTR 7777*.

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****7783 Topics in Astronomy and Astrophysics (3) V** *May be taken for a
max. of 6 hrs. of credit when topics vary*. *See ASTR 7783*.

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****7857 Graduate Student Seminar (1)** *Pass-fail grading. May be repeated
for credit*. Introduction to research areas in the department; training for
presentation of scientific talks; preparation of research proposals.

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****7893 Many-Body Theory (3) V** *Prereq.: PHYS 7242. Pass-fail grading. May
be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit*. Diagrammatic techniques, thermal
Green's functions, transport theory, Fermi liquids, collective excitations,
phase transitions.

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****7895 Selected Topics in Advanced Physics (3) V** *May be repeated for
credit. Pass-fail grading*.

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****7896 Current Developments (3) V** *May be repeated for credit. Pass-fail
grading*.

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****8000 Thesis Research (1-12 per sem.)** *"S"/"U"
grading*.

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