Spring 2018

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PHYS 110-01 Astronomy w/Lab
Instructor: Laura Watson
Course Description:
Introduction to the modern concepts of the physical nature of the astronomical universe. Cosmology and the structure and evolution of the stars and galaxies. A terminal laboratory course for non-science students. Three hours classroom, one two-hour laboratory a week. This course will not count toward major requirements in physics.
0900:TR   TOME 103
1330:T   TOME 105
PHYS 114-01 Climate Change and Renewable Energies
Instructor: Hans Pfister
Course Description:
An introduction to the physics of global climate change and a hands-on exposure to several types of renewable energy. The first third of this project-centered course introduces the basic physical principles of global climate change with a focus on radiative equilibrium, greenhouse effect, energy balance, and entropy. Since the energy sources of an energetically sustainable future will consist of renewable energies and possibly thermonuclear fusion energy, the remaining two thirds of the course is devoted to an exploration of wind turbines, solar concentrators, thermoelectric convertors, and photovoltaic systems. This course will not count toward major requirements in physics. Offered every two years.
1330:TR   TOME 101
PHYS 132-01 Introductory Physics
Instructor: Catrina Hamilton-Drager
Course Description:
An introduction to basic physics topics using the workshop method. This method combines inquiry-based cooperative learning with the comprehensive use of computer tools for data acquisition, data analysis and mathematical modeling. Topics in thermodynamics, electricity, electronics and magnetism are covered. Additional topics in chaos or nuclear radiation are introduced. Basic calculus concepts are used throughout the course. Recommended for physical science, mathematics, and pre-engineering students and for biology majors preparing for graduate study. Three two-hour sessions per week. (Students enrolled in Physics 132 who have completed Mathematics 170 are encouraged to continue their mathematics preparation while taking physics by enrolling in Mathematics 171.) Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 132 and 142. Prerequisite: 131 and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in MATH 170.
0930:MWF   TOME 101
PHYS 132-02 Introductory Physics
Instructor: Hans Pfister
Course Description:
An introduction to basic physics topics using the workshop method. This method combines inquiry-based cooperative learning with the comprehensive use of computer tools for data acquisition, data analysis and mathematical modeling. Topics in thermodynamics, electricity, electronics and magnetism are covered. Additional topics in chaos or nuclear radiation are introduced. Basic calculus concepts are used throughout the course. Recommended for physical science, mathematics, and pre-engineering students and for biology majors preparing for graduate study. Three two-hour sessions per week. (Students enrolled in Physics 132 who have completed Mathematics 170 are encouraged to continue their mathematics preparation while taking physics by enrolling in Mathematics 171.) Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 132 and 142. Prerequisite: 131 and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in MATH 170.
1330:MWF   TOME 101
PHYS 142-01 Physics for the Life Sciences
Instructor: Stephen Strickland
Course Description:
Introductory, non-calculus physics, principally for life science and pre-med students. Topics include acoustics, optics, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab per week. Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 132 and 142. Prerequisite: 141 or 131.
1330:R   TOME 105
1130:MWF   TOME 115
PHYS 142-02 Physics for the Life Sciences
Instructor: Stephen Strickland
Course Description:
Introductory, non-calculus physics, principally for life science and pre-med students. Topics include acoustics, optics, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab per week. Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 132 and 142. Prerequisite: 141 or 131.
1330:F   TOME 105
1130:MWF   TOME 115
PHYS 212-01 Introduction to Relativistic and Quantum Physics
Instructor: Lars English
Course Description:
Completion of both PHYS 211 and PHYS 212 fulfills the WID Requirement. A project-based course focusing on special relativity and quantum physics. Projects, such as the detection and measurement of ionizing radiation, relativistic mass increase, or the investigation of delayed choice experiments, are used to understand the concepts of the atom, nuclear structure, relativity, and quantum mechanics. Prerequisite: 132 or 142, and Math 171 or permission of instructor. NOTE: Completion of both 211 and 212 fulfills the WID graduation requirement.
1330:W   TOME 103
1030:TR   TOME 213
PHYS 282-01 Introduction to Theoretical Physics
Instructor: Robert Boyle
Course Description:
A rigorous survey of mathematical topics and techniques that are commonly used in theoretical physics. Topics include vector analysis, differential equations, power series, linear algebra, tensors, and vector calculus (gradient, divergence, curl, line integrals, and so on). The primary focus of this course is on solving problems as a means to improve students confidence and understanding of mathematics within the context of physical systems. Prerequisite: 211 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: MATH 171 or permission of the instructor.
1330:TF   TOME 103
PHYS 311-01 Dynamics & Chaos
Instructor: Laura Watson
Course Description:
An advanced treatment of classical mechanics using vector calculus and the calculus of variations, as well as an introduction to the analysis of chaotic systems. Topics will include: the dynamics of systems of particles and conservation laws; linear and nonlinear oscillators; iterative maps and the route to chaos; central force motion; rigid body motion; non-inertial reference frames and fictitious forces; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of dynamics. The course will also focus heavily on analytical and problem-solving techniques. Prerequisite: 211 and 282 or permission of the instructor.
0930:MWF   TOME 213
PHYS 361-01 Electrons in Materials
Instructor: Lars English
Course Description:
This course will examine the behavior of the electron when it finds itself in the confines of a crystal lattice. We look at the quantum states and energies available to electrons in periodic potentials, electronic band structure and occupation, and the resulting electronic properties of various classes of materials such as insulators, metals, and semiconductors. The course will also cover semiconductor devices and how they work from a fundamental perspective. Students are assumed to have taken Phys 132 and Phys 212, and therefore to have some familiarity with introductory quantum mechanics; some prior exposure to thermodynamics/statistical mechanics is helpful but not assumed. The course should be of particular interest to students interested in engineering, including (but not limited to) students on the physics-engineering or 3-2 engineering track.
1130:MWF   TOME 213
PHYS 492-01 Senior Research Seminar
Instructor: Robert Boyle
Course Description:
Integration of theory and experiment in the conduct of research in contemporary physics or astrophysics, normally conducted in groups. The course emphasizes collaborative research, investigative techniques, and oral and written communication, and culminates in a colloquium presentation and a paper. The two semester sequence (491 & 492 or 491 + Independent Research for candidates for honors in the major) are required for the major.
1500:W   TOME 213
PHYS 500-01 Mechanics of Continuous Media
Instructor: Stephen Strickland
Course Description:
 
PHYS 500-02 Python for Physics & Astronomy
Instructor: Catrina Hamilton-Drager
Course Description:
 
PHYS 550-01 Real-Time Analysis of Photometric Data from the Michael Britton Telescope
Instructor: Laura Watson
Course Description: