Spring 2012 Courses

081. Physics of the Environment
Mark Battle M 1:30 - 2:25, W 1:30 - 2:25, F 1:30 - 2:25
An introduction to the physics of environmental issues, including past climates, anthropogenic climate change, ozone destruction, and energy production and efficiency.
103. Introductory Physics I
Roberto Salgado M 8:30 - 9:25, W 8:30 - 9:25, F 8:30 - 9:25
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
Thomas Baumgarte M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25
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.
104. Introductory Physics II
Stephen Naculich M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
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.
162. Stars and Glaxies
Karen Topp M 11:30 - 12:25, W 11:30 - 12:25, F 11:30 - 12:25
A quantitative introduction to astronomy, with emphasis on stars, stellar dynamics, and the structures they form, from binary stars to galaxies. Topics include the night sky, stellar structure and evolution, white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes, quasars, and the expansion of the universe. Several nighttime observing sessions are required. Intended for both science majors and non-majors who are secure in their mathematical skills. A working familiarity with algebra, trigonometry, geometry, and calculus is expected. Does not satisfy pre-med or other science departments’ requirements for a second course in physics.
224. Quantum Physics and Relativity
Stephen Naculich M 11:30 - 12:25, W 11:30 - 12:25, F 11:30 - 12:25
An introduction to two cornerstones of twentieth-century physics, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. The introduction to wave mechanics includes solutions to the time-independent Schrödinger equation in one and three dimensions with applications. Topics in relativity include the Galilean and Einsteinian principles of relativity, the “paradoxes” of special relativity, Lorentz transformations, space-time invariants, and the relativistic dynamics of particles. Not open to students who have credit for or are concurrently taking Physics 275, 310, or 375.
229. Statistical Physics
Mark Battle M 9:30 - 10:25, W 9:30 - 10:25, F 9:30 - 10:25
Develops a framework capable of predicting the properties of systems with many particles. This framework, combined with simple atomic and molecular models, leads to an understanding of such concepts as entropy, temperature, and chemical potential. Some probability theory is developed as a mathematical tool.
235. Engineering Physics
Roberto Salgado M 10:30 - 11:25, W 10:30 - 11:25, F 10:30 - 11:25
Examines the physics of materials from an engineering viewpoint, with attention to the concepts of stress, strain, shear, torsion, bending moments, deformation of materials, and other applications of physics to real materials, with an emphasis on their structural properties. Also covers recent advances, such as applying these physics concepts to ultra-small materials in nano-machines. Intended for physics majors and architecture students with an interest in civil or mechanical engineering or applied materials science.
251. Physics of Solids
Dale Syphers T 10:00 - 11:25, TH 10:00 - 11:25
Solid state physics describes the microscopic origin of the thermal, mechanical, electrical and magnetic properties of solids. Examines trends in the behavior of materials and evaluates the success of classical and semi-classical solid state models in explaining these trends and in predicting material properties. Applications include solid state lasers, semiconductor devices, and superconductivity. Intended for physics, chemistry, or earth and oceanographic science majors with an interest in materials physics or electrical engineering.
301. Methods of Experimental Physics
Dale Syphers T 1:00 - 3:55, TH 1:00 - 3:55
320. Electromagnetic Theory
Thomas Baumgarte M 1:30 - 2:25, W 1:30 - 2:25, F 1:30 - 2:25
First the Maxwell relations are presented as a natural extension of basic experimental laws; then emphasis is given to the radiation and transmission of electromagnetic waves.