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Course Schedule for PHYSICS - Fall 2014

Class No.

Course ID

Title

Credits

Type

Instructor(s)

Days:Times

Location

Permission Required

Dist

Qtr

1056

PHYS-101-01

Prin Physics I

1.25

LEC

Palandage,Chaminda K.

MWF: 10:00AM-10:50AM

TBA

NAT

Enrollment limited to 36

An introduction to the fundamental ideas of physics. Beginning with kinematics—the quantitative description of motion—the course covers the Newtonian mechanics of point masses, Newton’s theory of universal gravitation, the work-energy principle, and the conservation of energy and momentum. Three lecture periods and one laboratory period per week. A student taking Physics 101 cannot earn credit for Physics 131.

1057

PHYS-101-20

Prin Physics I

1.25

LAB

Palandage,Chaminda K.

T: 1:30PM-4:10PM

TBA

NAT

Enrollment limited to 18

An introduction to the fundamental ideas of physics. Beginning with kinematics—the quantitative description of motion—the course covers the Newtonian mechanics of point masses, Newton’s theory of universal gravitation, the work-energy principle, and the conservation of energy and momentum. Three lecture periods and one laboratory period per week. A student taking Physics 101 cannot earn credit for Physics 131.

1058

PHYS-101-21

Prin Physics I

1.25

LAB

Palandage,Chaminda K.

R: 1:30PM-4:10PM

TBA

NAT

Enrollment limited to 18

An introduction to the fundamental ideas of physics. Beginning with kinematics—the quantitative description of motion—the course covers the Newtonian mechanics of point masses, Newton’s theory of universal gravitation, the work-energy principle, and the conservation of energy and momentum. Three lecture periods and one laboratory period per week. A student taking Physics 101 cannot earn credit for Physics 131.

3404

PHYS-141-01

Physics I - Mechanics

1.25

LEC

Walden,Barbara

MWF: 10:00AM-11:50AM

TBA

NAT

Enrollment limited to 38

Prerequisite: C- or better in Math 131, or concurrent enrollment. Students may not earn credit for both PHYS 101 and PHYS 141.

NOTE: 20 seats are reserved for First-Year students.

This course is the first part of a three-term calculus-based introduction to physics for students intending to major in physics or one of the physical sciences. It is taught in an interactive studio format, which emphasizes collaborative problem solving, hands-on experimentation, and data analysis. This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of the language and the analytical tools of Newtonian mechanics. Topics include kinematics, forces, conservation laws, work and energy, momentum, gravity, and rigid-body motion. Time permitting, the course will conclude with the study of the first two laws of thermodynamics and their application to the prototypical thermodynamics system, the ideal gas. Three two-hour class meetings per week. The laboratory is integrated into the course.

3405

PHYS-141-02

Physics I - Mechanics

1.25

LEC

Barwick,Brett

MWF: 1:15PM-3:05PM

TBA

NAT

Enrollment limited to 38

Prerequisite: C- or better in Math 131, or concurrent enrollment. Students may not earn credit for both PHYS 101 and PHYS 141.

NOTE: 20 seats are reserved for First-Year students.

This course is the first part of a three-term calculus-based introduction to physics for students intending to major in physics or one of the physical sciences. It is taught in an interactive studio format, which emphasizes collaborative problem solving, hands-on experimentation, and data analysis. This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of the language and the analytical tools of Newtonian mechanics. Topics include kinematics, forces, conservation laws, work and energy, momentum, gravity, and rigid-body motion. Time permitting, the course will conclude with the study of the first two laws of thermodynamics and their application to the prototypical thermodynamics system, the ideal gas. Three two-hour class meetings per week. The laboratory is integrated into the course.

2268

PHYS-232-01

Phys III:Optics & Modern Phys

1.25

LEC

Silverman,Mark P.

MWF: 11:00AM-11:50AM

TBA

NAT

Enrollment limited to 16

Prerequisite: C- or better in Physics 231L and either Mathematics 132 or 142, with concurrent registration in Mathematics 231 strongly recommended.

Concluding the three-term calculus-based introductory physics sequence, this course begins with the study of interference and diffraction, which provide compelling evidence for the wave nature of light. We then turn to geometrical optics to understand the properties of lenses, mirrors, and optical instruments. The remainder of the course is devoted to the treatment of phenomena at the atomic and subatomic levels using the ideas of quantum physics. From the introduction of the photon, the Bohr atom, and de Broglie’s matter waves, we proceed to the unified description provided by Schrodinger’s wave mechanics. This is used to understand basic properties of atoms, beginning with hydrogen, and to describe the interaction between electromagnetic radiation and matter. As time permits, the course will include a brief introduction to the theory of special relativity and to nuclear physics. Three class meetings and one laboratory per week.

2269

PHYS-232-20

Phys III:Optics & Modern Phys

1.25

LAB

Silverman,Mark P.

W: 1:15PM-3:55PM

TBA

NAT

Enrollment limited to 16

Prerequisite: C- or better in Physics 231L and either Mathematics 132 or 142, with concurrent registration in Mathematics 231 strongly recommended.

Concluding the three-term calculus-based introductory physics sequence, this course begins with the study of interference and diffraction, which provide compelling evidence for the wave nature of light. We then turn to geometrical optics to understand the properties of lenses, mirrors, and optical instruments. The remainder of the course is devoted to the treatment of phenomena at the atomic and subatomic levels using the ideas of quantum physics. From the introduction of the photon, the Bohr atom, and de Broglie’s matter waves, we proceed to the unified description provided by Schrodinger’s wave mechanics. This is used to understand basic properties of atoms, beginning with hydrogen, and to describe the interaction between electromagnetic radiation and matter. As time permits, the course will include a brief introduction to the theory of special relativity and to nuclear physics. Three class meetings and one laboratory per week.

3136

PHYS-304-01

Statistical & Thermal Physics

1.00

LEC

Silverman,Mark P.

MWF: 12:00PM-12:50PM

TBA

NAT

Enrollment limited to 15

Prerequisite: C- or better in Physics 232L.

This course provides an intermediate-level presentation of basic principles of statistical physics with applications to scientific inference, stochastic phenomena, and thermodynamics. Classical thermodynamics describes the equilibrium properties and phase transformations of macroscopic physical systems in terms of relations independent of any atomic model of matter. Statistical physics, by contrast, provides a fundamental theoretical foundation for the thermodynamic relations in terms of the specific statistical laws obeyed by the elementary particles of matter and general considerations of probability theory. Together, thermodynamics and statistical physics provide the tools for studying the behavior of aggregates of particles far too numerous to be analyzed by solving directly the equations of motion of either classical or quantum mechanics. Among the concepts, systems, and processes to be discussed are heat, work, temperature, pressure, energy, entropy, chemical potential, chemical equilibria, gases, liquids, solids, solutions, neutron stars, and fluctuation phenomena (not necessarily in that order and subject to time constratints).

3137

PHYS-315-01

Contemporary Optics

1.00

LEC

Branning,David

MWF: 9:00AM-9:50AM

TBA

NAT

Enrollment limited to 15

Prerequisite: C- or better in Physics 231L and 232L

A survey of current techniques and applications for classical and nonclassical light. Topics may include Fourier optics, nonlinear optics, statistical optics, holography, polarization, interferometry, quantum cryptography, optoelectronics, and ultrafast optics.

2188

PHYS-399-01

Independent Study

1.00 - 2.00

IND

TBA

TBA

TBA

Y

Enrollment limited to 20

Submission of the special form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.

2152

PHYS-405-01

Senior Exercise

0.50

IND

TBA

TBA

TBA

Y

Enrollment limited to 20

This course is open only to senior Physics majors.

This exercise is intended to familiarize the student with a problem of current interest in physics, and to develop his or her ability to gather and interpret the information relevant to the problem. During the fall semester each senior student will meet with an assigned faculty adviser to plan an essay or research project to be completed during the year. Topics may involve any aspects of physics, including its various applications. While students may write on original research they have undertaken, they are not required to do so. This exercise is required for the physics major.

2331

PHYS-490-01

Research Assistantship

0.50 - 1.00

IND

TBA

TBA

TBA

Y

Enrollment limited to 20

Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment.