Spring 2022

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
ASTR 109-01 Mysteries of the Solar System
Instructor: Windsor Morgan
Course Description:
This course explores questions that are as old as humanity; you will step into the shoes of ancient astronomers to ponder the workings of the night sky and Solar System. Why do the stars move the way they do? Why do some bright objects wander the night sky? Can we know what these objects are and where they came from? We will develop practical and critical thinking skills that are crucial to the art of discovery, focusing on the historical use of naked eye and telescopic observations, as well as the use of present day space probes and the electromagnetic spectrum. Our journey will take us to the planets and some fascinating moons. Three hours classroom, one two-hour laboratory a week. This course counts toward the astronomy minor.
09:30 AM-10:20 AM, MWF
TOME 115
01:30 PM-03:20 PM, W
TOME 105
ASTR 306-01 Intermediate Astrophysics: Galaxies
Instructor: Windsor Morgan
Course Description:
Cross-listed with PHYS 306-01. This course covers in greater detail one area of astrophysics. The areas include stellar atmospheres and stellar magnetic fields, nuclear reactions, energy generation and nucleosynthesis in stars; the structure and content of galaxies; practical investigation and analysis of astrophysical phenomena using spectroscopy and the 24-inch Britton telescope, the programming language Python, and other data reduction tools; the structure and evolution of planetary surfaces and atmospheres.
11:30 AM-12:20 PM, MWF
TOME 213
Courses Offered in PHYS
Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PHYS 132-01 Introductory Physics
Instructor: Brett Pearson
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.
09:30 AM-11:20 AM, MWF
TOME 101
PHYS 132-02 Introductory Physics
Instructor: Krsna Dev
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.
01:30 PM-03:20 PM, MWF
TOME 101
PHYS 142-01 Physics for the Life Sciences
Instructor: Krsna Dev, Robert Boyle
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.
01:30 PM-04:30 PM, T
TOME 105
11:30 AM-12:20 PM, MWF
TOME 115
PHYS 142-02 Physics for the Life Sciences
Instructor: Krsna Dev, Robert Boyle
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.
11:30 AM-12:20 PM, MWF
TOME 115
01:30 PM-04:30 PM, R
TOME 105
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.
01:30 PM-04:30 PM, R
TOME 103
10:30 AM-11:20 AM, MWF
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.
01:30 PM-04:00 PM, TF
TOME 103
PHYS 306-01 Intermediate Astrophysics: Galaxies
Instructor: Windsor Morgan
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ASTR 306-01.
11:30 AM-12:20 PM, MWF
TOME 213
PHYS 331-01 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Instructor: Lars English
Course Description:
The basic laws of thermodynamics are derived from principles of statistical mechanics. Thus, the laws governing our macroscopic world are seen as fundamentally statistical in nature. Familiar quantities, like temperature and pressure, will be re-discovered, and new ones, like entropy and free energy, will be developed and applied to real-world problems in engineering, condensed-matter physics, and chemistry. We will conclude with an examination of phase transitions and quantum statistics. Prerequisite: 211 and 212 and 282. Offered every two years.
10:30 AM-11:45 AM, TR
TOME 213
PHYS 412-01 Advanced Electrodynamics and Plasmas
Instructor: Hans Pfister
Course Description:
A continuation of the topics covered in Physics 312 with an emphasis on electromagnetic waves in air, in conductors, and in space plasmas. Possible projects include the reflection and transmission of electromagnetic waves at an interface, waveguides, plasma waves in space, electromagnetic radiation from antennas, and the equilibrium and stability of plasmas. Prerequisite: 312 or permission of instructor. Offered only occasionally.
09:00 AM-10:15 AM, TR
TOME 103
PHYS 492-01 Advanced Laboratory Capstone II
Instructor: Hans Pfister
Course Description:
In this capstone experience, students will work in groups to study several advanced physics topics in detail. Potential topics include muon decay, microwave diffraction, the speed of light, pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance, and the Hall effect. The course emphasizes collaborative research, investigative techniques, oral and written communication.Prerequisite: Physics major senior status. The physics major requires either the two-semester sequence of 491 & 492 OR two semesters of PHYS 550.
01:30 PM-02:45 PM, MR
TOME 213
PHYS 550-01 Building a Light Curve for RRc Lyrae variable GM Ori
Instructor: Robert Boyle
Course Description:

PHYS 550-02 Design & Assembly of PCB Electronic Self-Oscillators
Instructor: Lars English
Course Description:

PHYS 550-03 Synchronization Patterns of Nonlinear Oscillator Networks
Instructor: Lars English
Course Description: