Fall 2012 Courses

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093. Introduction to Physical Reasoning
Dale Syphers T 2:30 - 3:55, TH 2:30 - 3:55 Searles-313
Climate science. Quantum Physics. Bioengineering. Rocket science. Who can understand it? Anyone with high school mathematics (geometry and algebra) can start. Getting started in physics requires an ability to mathematically describe real world objects and experiences. Prepares students for additional work in physical science and engineering by focused practice in quantitative description, interpretation, and calculation. Includes hands-on measurements, some introductory computer programming, and many questions about the physics all around us. Registration for this course is by placement only. To ensure proper placement, students must have taken the physics placement examination prior to registering for Physics 93.
103. Introductory Physics I
Madeleine Msall M 8:30 - 9:25, W 8:30 - 9:25, F 8:30 - 9:25 Searles-315
An introduction to the conservation laws, forces, and interactions that govern the dynamics of particles and systems. Shows how a small set of fundamental principles and interactions allow us to model a wide variety of physical situations, using both classical and modern concepts. A prime goal of the course is to have the participants learn to actively connect the concepts with the modeling process. Three hours of laboratory work per week. To ensure proper placement, students are expected to have taken the physics placement examination prior to registering for Physics 103.
103. Introductory Physics I
Yuk Tung Liu M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25 Searles-315
An introduction to the conservation laws, forces, and interactions that govern the dynamics of particles and systems. Shows how a small set of fundamental principles and interactions allow us to model a wide variety of physical situations, using both classical and modern concepts. A prime goal of the course is to have the participants learn to actively connect the concepts with the modeling process. Three hours of laboratory work per week. To ensure proper placement, students are expected to have taken the physics placement examination prior to registering for Physics 103.
104. Introductory Physics II
Stephen Naculich M 11:30 - 12:25, W 11:30 - 12:25, F 11:30 - 12:25 Searles-315
An introduction to the interactions of matter and radiation. Topics include the classical and quantum physics of electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with matter, quantum properties of atoms, and atomic and nuclear spectra. Three hours of laboratory work per week will include an introduction to the use of electronic instrumentation.
223. Electric Fields and Circuits
Mark Battle M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25 Searles-313
The basic phenomena of the electromagnetic interaction are introduced. The basic relations are then specialized for a more detailed study of linear circuit theory. Laboratory work stresses the fundamentals of electronic instrumentation and measurement with basic circuit components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, and transistors. Three hours of laboratory work per week.
250. Acoustics
Madeleine Msall M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25 Searles-313
An introduction to the motion and propagation of sound waves. Covers selected topics related to normal modes of sound waves in enclosed spaces, noise, acoustical measurements, the ear and hearing, phase relationships between sound waves, and many others, providing a technical understanding of our aural experiences.
262. Astrophysics
Yuk Tung Liu M 2:30 - 3:55, W 2:30 - 3:55 Searles-313
A quantitative discussion that introduces the principal topics of astrophysics, including stellar structure and evolution, planetary physics, and cosmology.
285. Topics in Contemporary Physics
Mark Battle M 11:30 - 12:55, W 11:30 - 12:55 Adams-114
Seminar exploring recent results from research in all fields of physics. Focuses on discussion of papers in the scientific literature. Grading is Credit/D/Fail. One-half credit.
300. Methods of Theoretical Physics
Stephen Naculich T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25 Searles-313
Mathematics is the language of physics. Similar mathematical techniques occur in different areas of physics. A physical situation may first be expressed in mathematical terms, usually in the form of a differential or integral equation. After the formal mathematical solution is obtained, the physical conditions determine the physically viable result. Examples are drawn from heat flow, gravitational fields, and electrostatic fields.
310. Quantum Mechanics
Dale Syphers M 1:30 - 2:25, W 1:30 - 2:25, F 1:30 - 2:25 Searles-313
A mathematically rigorous development of quantum mechanics, emphasizing the vector space structure of the theory through the use of Dirac bracket notation. Linear algebra will be developed as needed.