Department of Physics
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400714
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4714
(434) 924-3781 Fax: (434) 924-4576
Overview Physics is concerned with the most basic principles
that underlie phenomena in the universe. Physicists search for elementary particles,
seek understanding of the behavior of collections of particles ranging from
quarks in nucleons and electrons in atoms to stars in galaxies, and of the nature
of space and time. On a more human scale, physicists explore the behavior of
matter and energy including devices of modern electronics, complex biological
molecules, the atmosphere, and forms of energy and its uses. The principles
of physics are the basis for much of engineering and technology. Studying physics
can prepare students to push back the boundaries of knowledge in this most fundamental
of the natural sciences; it can provide invaluable training in the concepts
and methods of science for application in many professional areas; it can develop
ones capacity for clear analytical thought that is crucial in many fields,
or it can simply increase ones knowledge and appreciation of the wonders
of the world around us.
The department has research programs in high energy and nuclear
physics, atomic and laser physics, condensed matter physics, biophysics, and
gravitational physics. It currently receives approximately $6 million each year
in research grants. The state-funded Institute for Nuclear and Particle Physics
includes a number of faculty members with research related to the electron accelerator
at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia.
This accelerator was originally conceived and successfully proposed by physics
department faculty members who are now affiliated with this institute.
Faculty The faculty seeks to offer an outstanding undergraduate
program, with opportunities for both majors and non-majors, in the context of
a vigorous research department. Students have the opportunity to take a wide
variety of courses with many different professors.
Among the many awards and honors the faculty has received in
recent years are four Outstanding Scientist in Virginia awards, an Outstanding
Faculty Awardthe states highest honor for teaching faculty, the
Davisson-Germer Prize of the American Physical Society for research in atomic
physics, a Packard Foundation fellowship, six Sloan fellowships and six Young
Investigator Awards (four from the National Science Foundation, two from the
Office of Naval Research). The faculty has also been recognized for its teaching.
One professor has received an award for innovations in continuing education,
four are authors of major textbooks in physics, three have earned University
Outstanding Teacher awards, and two have received the Pegram Award of the Southeastern
Section of the American Physical Society for excellence in teaching.
Students Physics majors make up a small but outstanding,
enthusiastic, and diverse group. Approximately thirty students graduate each
year with bachelors degrees in physics. Beginning in the first year, there
are special courses for physics majors. All of the courses are taught by faculty
members. The third and fourth-year classes are small, and students have much
interaction with the faculty. Physics majors participate in independent study
projects, working on a tutorial basis with faculty members and often working
with a research group. Since the department has extensive research activities,
there are many opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research on
the frontiers of physics.
The department has programs designed to serve students with
a wide variety of objectives. More than half of those graduating with bachelors
degrees in physics go on to graduate or professional school. Many graduates
have taken positions in industry or government immediately after graduating
with a bachelors degree. In addition to those who go to graduate school
in physics and physics-related fields, each year several go to professional
schools in medicine, education, business, or law. Others graduate with physics
as a concentration in a broad liberal arts program without a specific scientific
Special Resources Creating new knowledge is a primary
role of a university. This process involves undergraduates, graduate students,
and faculty working together at a research frontier and it can provide some
of the most stimulating and rewarding educational experiences. The extensive
research laboratories and computer facilities in the physics department provide
opportunities for students to participate in research in nuclear and particle
physics, atomic and laser physics, and condensed matter physics. In addition
to the facilities in the Jesse Beams Laboratory of Physics and the High Energy
Physics Building on the University Grounds, research groups from the department
have active programs at various particle accelerator facilities, including the
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News, Virginia; the
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in California; the Fermi Laboratory in Batavia,
Illinois; and several accelerators in Europe. Undergraduates are involved with
research groups through independent study projects, informal affiliations, and
working as research assistants during the academic year and in the summer.
One valued privilege for physics majors is having keys that
give them access at any time day or night to the departmental library and the
departmental computer laboratory as well as conference rooms in which they can
meet to work together.
Requirements for Major The Department of Physics offers
both Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. In addition,
there is an Astronomy/Physics B.A. offered jointly by the Astronomy and Physics
departments. The basic B.A. is designed for students interested in physics and
planning to enter other fields including medicine, education, business, and
law, and for liberal arts students seeking a strong background in physics. Students
planning graduate study in physics or physics-related areas should elect the
B.S., the B.A. with a Distinguished Major course sequence, or the Astronomy/Physics
B.A. Two special concentrations can be pursued by students in either the B.A.
or the B.S. programs: A Computational Physics Concentration (PHYS 553 &
554 Computational Physics I & II); An Optics Concentration (PHYS 531-533
Optics & Optics Laboratory and PHYS 532-534 Fundamentals of Photonics &
Photonics Laboratory). Students are urged to contact a physics undergraduate
advisor as early as possible to design a program to fit their specific needs.
There are several course sequences leading to the physics major.
For all of them it is highly desirable to complete MATH 131, 132 or equivalent
courses in calculus by the end of the first year. However, it is possible to
begin calculus in the second year and complete the requirements for the B.A.
Requirements for the B.A. in Physics There are two options
leading to the B.A. in physics, each having three components:
- Prerequisites - MATH 131, 132 and PHYS 151, 152
- MATH 231 and PHYS 221, 222, 251, 252
- Three courses chosen from PHYS 254 and/or 300-level physics courses
- Prerequisites - MATH 131, 132
- MATH 231 and PHYS 231, 232, 201L, 202L, 252
- Four courses chosen from PHYS 254 and/or 300-level physics courses
For either of the options, a year of chemistry may be substituted
for one of the 300-level physics courses in component (3). MATH 325 is not required
for the B.A. degree, however, it is a prerequisite for many of the courses at
300 level and above. Students choosing Option II who want more extensive preparation
in basic physics and those planning to take physics courses numbered 315 and
higher should replace PHYS 201L, 202L in component (2) with the higher level
laboratory sequence, PHYS 221, 222, to be taken after completing PHYS 231, 232.
It is also possible to enter the physics sequence through PHYS 142E. Students
wishing to use this route should consult one of the physics undergraduate advisors.
Bachelor of Arts with Distinguished Major Course Sequence
This sequence may be entered using components (1) and (2) of either option I
or II above. Component (3) is replaced by the following requirements: MATH 325,
PHYS 254, 317, 321, 331, 342, 355, 356, 393 and one 300-500-level physics elective.
Requirements for the B.S. in Physics The requirements
for the B.S. in Physics are the completion of the Distinguished Major course
sequence plus Math 521, 522 (or equivalent APMA courses) and PHYS 343. Except
for Echols scholars, the requirements for the B.S. in Physics include completion
of the standard College of Arts and Sciences competency and area requirements.
A minimum cumulative 2.000 GPA in all required courses must
be achieved for graduation as a physics major.
Distinguished Major Program The Distinguished Major
Program provides recognition of outstanding academic performance in a challenging
sequence of physics courses including an independent study project. Students
who complete the distinguished majors course sequence or the B.S. requirements
with final grade point averages exceeding 3.400, 3.600, or 3.800, are given
departmental recommendation to receive their degrees (B.A. or B.S.) with distinction,
high distinction, or highest distinction, respectively.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Astronomy-Physics
This program is offered jointly by the Astronomy and Physics departments and
prepares students for graduate study in astronomy, physics, computer science,
and related fields. The students take MATH 131, 132, 231, 325, 521, 522; PHYS
151, 152, 251, 252, 254, 221, 222, 321, 331, 342, 343, 355; and ASTR 211, 212,
313, 395, 498 (Senior Thesis), and six additional credits of 300-500 level astronomy
courses. Prospective astronomy-physics major are strongly urged to consult with
a physics undergraduate advisor during registration week of their first semester.
Students in this program have advisors in both departments.
Requirements for Minor A minor in physics can be earned
through one of the following course sequences: (1) PHYS 151, 152, 251, 252 and
either 221 or any 300-level physics course; (2) PHYS 231, 232, 201L, 202L, 252
and any 300-level physics course; (3) PHYS 142E and 142W, 241E and & 241W,
252 and any 300-level physics course.
Additional Information For more information, contact
Bascom Deaver, Chair of the Undergraduate Program Committee, Physics Department
Office, Jesse W. Beams Laboratory of Physics, P.O. Box 400714, Charlottesville,
VA 22904-4714, (434) 924-3781; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.phys.virginia.edu. A detailed
departmental brochure is available.
Overview of Courses in Introductory Physics
The Physics Department offers a wide range of courses and course
sequences in introductory physics available to students with no previous preparation
in physics. Some satisfy specific requirements for science, engineering and
premedical students, while others are intended primarily for liberal arts students.
They should be considered in the following three categories:
Courses for Non-Science Majors PHYS 101, 102, 105, 106,
109, 111, and 115 are intended primarily for students desiring an introduction
to some important topics in physics but whose primary interests are in areas
other than science. All of them satisfy the College science requirement and
all use only high school-level mathematics.
Introductory Physics without Calculus The two-semester
sequence PHYS 201, 202 provides a comprehensive introduction to physics requiring
only algebra and trigonometry. Taken together with the associated laboratory
courses PHYS 201L and 202L, they satisfy the requirements for medical and dental
schools. This sequence is not sufficient preparation for more advanced courses
in physics, except for PHYS 304.
Introductory Physics with Calculus There are three course
sequences that provide the basis for taking more advanced courses in physics
and for entering a physics major or minor:
PHYS 151, 152, 251, 252: Introductory Physics This four-semester
calculus-based sequence is designed to provide a broad background in introductory
physics for potential physics and other science majors. This sequence is particularly
appropriate for students ready to begin the study of physics during their first
semester. Calculus (MATH 131, 132) is taken concurrently with Physics 151, 152.
The associated laboratory courses, PHYS 221, 222 and MATH 231, 325P are normally
taken concurrently with PHYS 251, 252 during the second year.
PHYS 231, 232: Classical and Modern Physics This is
a two-semester, calculus-based introductory sequence for science majors. A year
of calculus (usually MATH 131, 132) is a prerequisite. These courses taken with
the laboratory courses, PHYS 201L, 202L satisfy the physics requirements of
medical and dental schools. They are normally taken in the second year. Students
desiring more extensive preparation in basic physics, and particularly those
planning to take physics courses numbered 315 and higher should replace PHYS
201L, 202L with the higher level laboratory sequence PHYS 221, 222 to be taken
after completing PHYS 231, 232.
PHYS 142E, 241E: General Physics This is a two-semester
calculus-based introductory sequence primarily for engineering students. One
semester of calculus is prerequisite for PHYS 142E, which is offered in the
spring semester; the second semester of calculus is usually taken concurrently
with PHYS 142E. These courses include workshops, PHYS 142W and 241W respectively,
that include experiments and group problem solving. Students completing the
PHYS 142E, 241E sequence who need an introduction to modern physics topics (relativity,
quantum physics, atomic structure, nuclear and elementary particle physics,
solid state physics and cosmology) should enroll in PHYS 252.
Students may offer for degree credit only one of PHYS 142E,
151, and 231; only one of PHYS 232, 241E and 251.
PHYS 101, 102 - (3) (Y)
Concepts of Physics
For non-science majors. Topics vary from year to
year. 101 covers classical physics, such as Newtons laws, science fiction,
weight room physics, and weather. 102 covers modern physics, such as relativity,
structure, quantum physics, and the atomic and hydrogen bombs. Premedical and
pre-dental students should take PHYS 201, 202 rather than 101, 102. They may
be taken in either order.
PHYS 105, 106 - (3) (Y)
How Things Work
For non-science majors. Introduces physics and science in everyday
life, considering objects from our daily environment and focusing on their principles
of operation, histories, and relationships to one another. 105 is concerned
primarily with mechanical and thermal objects, while 106 emphasizes objects
involving electromagnetism, light, special materials, and nuclear energy. They
may be taken in either order.
PHYS 109 - (3) (Y)
Galileo and Einstein
For non-science majors. Examines how new understandings of
the natural world develop, starting with the ancient world and emphasizing two
famous scientists as case studies. Galileo was the first to make subtle use
of experiment, while Einstein was the first to realize time is not absolute
and that mass can be converted to energy.
PHYS 111 - (3) (Y)
Energy on this World and Elsewhere
Prerequisite: Physics and math at high school level.
The subject of
energy will be considered from the perspective of a physicist. Students will
learn to use quantitative reasoning and the recognition
of simple physics restraints to examine issues related to energy that are of
relevance to society and the future evolution of our civilization.
PHYS 115 - (4) (Y)
Powerful Ideas in Physical Science
Covers several main ideas in physical science including matter,
sound, heat and energy, force and motion, electricity and magnetism, and light
and optics, using a hands-on conceptual learning approach. Students work in
cooperative learning groups throughout the course. The course includes experiments
and examples suitable for teachers of elementary students.
PHYS 121 - (3) (IR)
The Science of Sound and Music
Studies the basic physical concepts needed to understand sound.
Aspects of perception, the human voice, the measurement of sound, and the acoustics
of musical instruments are developed and illustrated.
PHYS 142E - (3) (Y)
Prerequisite: APMA 109 or MATH 131; corequisite:
First semester of introductory physics for engineers. Analyzes
classical mechanics, including vector algebra, particle kinematics and dynamics,
energy and momentum, conservation laws, rotational dynamics, oscillatory motion,
gravitation, thermodynamics, and kinetic theory of gases. Three lecture hours.
PHYS 142W - (1) (Y)
General Physics I Workshop
Corequisite: PHYS 142E.
A required two-hour workshop accompanying PHYS
142E, including laboratory and tutorial activities.
PHYS 151 - (4) (Y)
Introductory Physics I
Corequisite: MATH 131.
First semester of a four-semester sequence for
prospective physics and other science majors. Topics include kinematics and Newtons
laws with vector calculus; frames of reference; energy and momentum conservation;
rotational motion; special relativity. Three lecture hours, one problem hour.
PHYS 152 - (4) (Y)
Introductory Physics II
Prerequisite: PHYS 151; corequisite: MATH 132.
of a four-semester sequence for prospective physics and other science majors.
Topics include gravitation and Keplers
laws; harmonic motion; thermodynamics; wave motion; sound; optics. Three lecture
hours, one problem hour.
PHYS 201, 202 - (4) (Y, SS)
Principles of Physics I, II
A terminal course covering the principles of mechanics, heat,
electricity and magnetism, optics, atomic, solid state, nuclear, and particle
physics. A working knowledge of arithmetic, elementary algebra, and trigonometry
is essential. PHYS 201, 202 does not normally serve as prerequisite for the
courses numbered 315 and above. Students who plan to take more physics should
elect PHYS 151, 152, 251, 252, 221, 222 instead. PHYS 201, 202, in conjunction
with the laboratory, PHYS 201L, 202L, satisfies the physics requirement of medical
and dental schools. PHYS 201 is prerequisite for 202. Three lecture hours; two
hours of recitation and problem work.
PHYS 201L, 202L - (1.5) (Y, SS)
Basic Physics Laboratory I, II
Prerequisite: for 202L: 201L; corequisite: PHYS
201, 202 or 231, 232. Premedical and pre-dental students should elect this
course along with PHYS 201, 202; it is an option for others.
in the different branches of physics are
carried out and written up by the student. One three-hour exercise per week.
PHYS 221, 222 - (3) (Y)
Elementary Laboratory I, II
Prerequisite: PHYS 151, 152; corequisite: PHYS
251 and PHYS 252, respectively or prerequisite: PHYS 231, 232; corequisite:
PHYS 252 for PHYS 222.
Selected experiments in mechanics, heat, electricity
and magnetism, optics, and modern physics. One lecture hour and four laboratory
hours per week.
PHYS 231, 232 - (4) (Y)
Classical and Modern Physics I, II
Prerequisite: MATH 132 or instructor permission.
A two-semester introduction
to classical and modern physics for science majors. A calculus-based treatment
of the principles of mechanics,
electricity and magnetism, physical optics, elementary quantum theory, and
atomic and nuclear physics. This sequence can be used by prospective physics
and by other students planning to take physics courses numbered 300 and higher;
however, the four-semester sequence PHYS 151, 152, 251, 252 is recommended.
PHYS 231, 232 in conjunction with the laboratory, PHYS 201L, 202L satisfies
the requirements for the B.S. in Chemistry, and can be used in place of PHYS
201, 202, 201L, 202L to satisfy the requirements of medical and dental schools.
PHYS 231 is prerequisite for 232. Three lecture hours and one problem session
PHYS 241E - (3) (Y)
General Physics II
Prerequisite: PHYS 142E and APMA 111 or MATH 132.
Second semester of
introductory physics for engineers. Analyzes electrostatics, including conductors
and insulators; DC circuits; magnetic forces
and fields; magnetic effects of moving charges and currents; electromagnetic
induction; Maxwells equations; electromagnetic oscillations and waves.
Introduces geometrical and physical optics. Three lecture hours.
PHYS 242W - (1) (Y)
General Physics II Workshop
Corequisite: PHYS 241E.
A required two-hour workshop accompanying PHYS
241E, including laboratory and tutorial activities.
PHYS 251 - (4) (Y)
Introductory Physics III
Prerequisite: PHYS, 152, 231 or 142E; corequisite:
Third semester of a four-semester sequence for prospective
physics and other science majors. Topics include electrostatics, circuits,
electric and magnetic fields; electromagnetic waves. Three lecture hours, one
PHYS 252 - (4) (Y)
Introductory Physics IV
Prerequisite: PHYS 232, 251, or 241E; corequisite:
MATH 325P or instructor permission.
Fourth semester of a four-semester sequence
for prospective physics and other science majors. Review of relativity; Introduction
physics, atomic structure, nuclear and elementary particle physics, solid state
physics and cosmology. Three lecture hours, one problem hour.
PHYS 254 - (3) (Y)
Fundamentals of Scientific Computing
Prerequisite: One semester of calculus and one semester
of introductory physics (PHYS 151, 231, 142E or 201) or instructor permission.
of computers to solving basic problems in physical science. Introduction to programming,
use of external libraries, and implementation
of basic algorithms with focus on numerical methods, error analysis and data
fitting. No previous computer experience is required. One lecture and 2 two-hour
lab sessions each week.
PHYS 304 - (3) (IR)
Physics of the Human Body
Prerequisite: PHYS 201, MATH 122; corequisite:
PHYS 202 or instructor permission.
Application of basic physical principles
to functions of the human body; studies selected aspects of hearing, vision,
biomechanics, urinary system, and information handling.
PHYS 311, 312 - (4) (Y)
Widely Applied Physics I, II
Prerequisite: PHYS 151, 152, 251, 252 or PHYS 231, 232,
and MATH 131, 132, 231.
Applications of physical principles to a diverse set
of phenomena. Topics include materials science and engineering, computers and
nuclear physics and energy, astrophysics, aeronautics and space flight, communications
technology, meteorology, and medical physics and imaging. Emphasis on conceptual
issues, order of magnitude estimates, and dimensional analysis. PHYS 311 is
not a prerequisite for PHYS 312. Three lecture hours and a discussion session
PHYS 315 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisite: PHYS 222 or 201L.
Analogue and digital electronics for
scientific applications, including the use of transistors, FETs, operational
amplifiers, TTL, and CMOS integrated circuits. Six laboratory hours.
PHYS 317 - (3) (Y)
Intermediate Laboratory I
Prerequisite: PHYS 222 or instructor permission.
experiments drawn from the major fields of physics. Introduces precision apparatus,
experimental techniques, and methods
of evaluating experimental results. Outside report preparation is required.
Six laboratory hours.
PHYS 318 - (3) (Y)
Intermediate Laboratory II
Prerequisite: PHYS 222 or instructor permission.
to five experiments, selected in consultation with the instructor, emphasizing
modern aspects. Outside library research and
report preparation are required. Six laboratory hours.
PHYS 319 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Normally a single, semester-long
experiment chosen in consultation with the instructor.
PHYS 321 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisite: MATH 325 and PHYS 152 or 231 or instructor
Statics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies treated
with extensive use of vector calculus; includes the Lagrangian formulation
PHYS 331 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisite: PHYS 252 and MATH 325, or instructor permission.
temperature and the laws of thermodynamics; introductory treatments of kinetic
theory and statistical mechanics; and applications of
Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein, and Fermi-Dirac distributions.
PHYS 342 - (3) (Y)
Electricity and Magnetism I
Prerequisite: MATH 325 and PHYS 251 or 232 or instructor
Systematic treatment of electromagnetic phenomena with extensive
use of vector calculus, including Maxwells equations.
PHYS 343 - (3) (Y)
Electricity and Magnetism II
Prerequisite: PHYS 342.
Includes Maxwells equations; electromagnetic
waves and their interaction with matter; interference, diffraction, polarization;
PHYS 355 - (3) (Y)
Quantum Physics I
Prerequisite: MATH 325, PHYS 252; corequisite:
PHYS 321 or instructor permission.
Includes quantum phenomena and an introduction
to wave mechanics; the hydrogen atom and atomic spectra.
PHYS 356 - (3) (Y)
Quantum Physics II
Prerequisite: PHYS 355.
Continuation of PHYS 355. Intermediate quantum
mechanics including perturbation theory; application to systems of current interest.
PHYS 381, 382 - (3) (IR)
Topics in Physics-Related Research Areas
Applies the principles and techniques of physics to related
areas of physical or life sciences or technology with an emphasis on current
research problems. (PHYS 381 is not prerequisite to PHYS 382.)
PHYS 393 - (3) (S-SS)
Prerequisite: PHYS 342 and 355, or instructor permission.
majors in their final year of candidacy. A program of independent study carried
out under the supervision of a faculty member and
culminating in a written report or essay. May be taken more than once.
PHYS 519 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Practical electronics for scientists,
from resistors to microprocessors.
PHYS 521 - (3) (Y)
Studies the statics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies.
Discusses the methods of generalized coordinates, the Langrangian, Hamilton-Jacobi
equations, action-angle variables, and the relation to quantum theory.
PHYS 524 - (3) (SI)
Introduction to the Theory of General Relativity
Prerequisite: Advanced calculus through partial differentiation
and multiple integration; vector analysis in three dimensions.
relativity and coordinate transformations. Includes the principle of equivalence;
effects of gravitation on other systems
and fields; general tensor analysis in curved spaces and gravitational field
equations; Machs principle; tests of gravitational theories; Perihelion
precession, red shift, bending of light, gyroscopic precession, radar echo delay;
gravitational radiation; relativistic stellar structure and cosmography; and
a short survey of cosmological models.
PHYS 531 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisite: PHYS 232, 241E, 251, or an equivalent
college-level electromagnetism course.
Includes reflection and refraction at
interfaces, geometrical optics, interference phenomena, diffraction, Gaussian
optics, and polarization.
PHYS 532 - (3) (Y)
Fundamentals of Photonics
Prerequisite: PHYS 531 or instructor permission.
This course is designed
to provide an understanding of the physics that underlies technologies such as
lasers, optical time/frequency standards,
laser gyros, and optical telecommunication. Covers the basic physics of lasers
and laser beams, nonlinear optics, optical fibers, modulators and optical signal
processing, detectors and measurements systems, and optical networks.
PHYS 533 - (2) (Y)
Corequisite: PHYS 531 or instructor permission.
ray optics, aberrations, Hanbury Brown Twiss experiment, diffraction gratings
and atomic spectroscopy. Michelson interferometer
and coherence, diffraction, polarization and interference. One four-hour lab
PHYS 534 - (2) (Y)
Corequisite: PHYS 532 or instructor permission.
include lasers, laser beams, diode lasers, frequency modulation, acousto-optic
modulation, electrooptic modulation, and
second harmonic generation. One four-hour lab per week.
PHYS 547 - (3) (IR)
Introduction to Molecular Biophysics
Prerequisite: PHYS 331 or CHEM 361, PHYS 355 or CHEM
362, MATH 521, or instructor permission.
Quantitative introduction to the physics
of molecular structures and processes in living systems. Includes molecular structure
analysis by X-ray
(and neutron) diffraction; electronic configuration of atoms, groups, and small
molecules of critical importance in biology; physical methods of macromolecular
structure determination in solution and in the solid state; thermodynamic and
electronic factors underlying group interactions, proton dissociation, and charge
distribution in macromolecules; solvent-macromolecule interactions; action spectroscopy;
and rate processes in series and parallel.
PHYS 551, 552 - (3) (IR)
Special Topics in Classical and Modern Physics
Prerequisite: PHYS 342, or instructor permission.
Lectures on topics
of current interest in physics research and pedagogy. May be taken more than
PHYS 553 - (3) (Y)
Computational Physics I
Prerequisite: PHYS 254; pre- or corequisite:
PHYS 321 and PHYS 355, or instructor permission.
A review of computational methods
for differentiation, integration, interpolation, finding zeroes, extrema, etc.
proceeding to a concentration on
numerical solutions of differential equations, basic spectral analysis, numerical
methods for matrices and Monte Carlo simulation applied to problems in classical
and modern physics.
PHYS 554 - (3) (Y)
Computational Physics II
Prerequisite: PHYS 553, or instructor permission.
Advanced topics in
computational physics including numerical methods for partial differential equations,
Monte Carlo modeling, advanced methods
for linear systems, and special topics in computational physics.
PHYS 562 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Solid State Physics
Studies crystal structures, lattice vibrations and electronic
properties of insulators, metals, and semiconductors; and superconductivity.
PHYS 572 - (3) (Y)
Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics
Studies subatomic structure; basic constituents and their mutual
PHYS 577 - (3) (O)
Introduction to High Energy Physics
Prerequisite: MATH 231 and PHYS 355, or instructor permission.
the experimental basis of high energy principles. Topics include the behavior
of strong, electromagnetic, and weak forces and their symmetries;
electroweak standard model; interactions of particles; and present and planned
high energy accelerators.
PHYS 593 - (1-3) (S)
A program of independent study carried out under the supervision
of a faculty member, culminating in a written report, essay, or examination.
May be taken more than once.
Advanced graduate courses in the Department of Physics
described in the Graduate Record.