Physics & Applied Physics

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95.141SI Supplemental Instruction for Physics I - Navitas Only Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 38492
Status Active

Supplemental Instruction for Physics I - Navitas Students Only.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 96.141 Physics I Lab.

95.101 Introductory Physics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8523
Status Active

A survey course for students majoring in sound recording technology. Topics covered include:one and two dimensional motion, Newton's Laws of dynamics, statics, circular motion, work and energy, linear and angular momentum, electrostatics, electric and potential fields, magnetic fields, vibrations, waves, sound, Faraday's Law and AC circuits.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 96.101 General Exp Physics.

95.103 General Physics I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8524
Status Active

Serves as the first semester of a one-year course which surveys the field of physics at a non-calculus level. Topics include force and motion, vectors, gravity, energy and momentum, heat and thermodynamics, and oscillations, waves and sound. Although the course emphasizes conceptual understanding, a functional knowledge of algebra and geometry is essential.

95.104 General Physics II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8525
Status Active

Provides a continuation of 95.103. Topics include electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, atoms, and nuclei.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 95.103 General Physics I with a 'C-' or better; and Co-req: or Pre-req: 96.104 Physics ll Lab.

95.111 Undeclared Science Seminar Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 8526
Status Active

Discussions will be conducted on a wide range of topics in the sciences to familiarize the student with the programs, procedures, research and educational opportunities at the University.

95.112 Freshman Physics Seminar Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 8527
Status Active

An introduction to the scientific methods of physics and the exploration of research opportunities for undergraduates.

95.121 Exploring the Universe Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8528
Status Active

Addresses topics that include: Planet Earth, its structure, plate tectonics, greenhouse effect, ozone layer, craters and dinosaurs; our satellite Moon;other planets; our star Sun and its energy source; other stars, the HR diagram and stellar evolution, white dwarfs, neutron stars, supernovae, black holes; our galaxy, the Milky Way, its structure; other galaxies; the universe, its structures and expansion; evolution of galaxies, quasars, cosmology, the Big Bang and Unification of the forces of nature. Satisfies Gen Ed science requirements for non-science majors. Does not satisfy science requirements for Science majors but may be used as a free elective by Science majors.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 96.121 Lab for Exploring the Universe.

95.141 Physics I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8529
Status Active

First semester of a two-semester sequence for science and engineering majors. Mehcanics including vectors, kinematics in one and two dimensions, Newton's laws of dynamics, work and energy, energy conservation, linear momentum conservation, rotational kinematics and dynamics, Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation, oscillatory motion and mechanical waves.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 96.141 Physics I Lab.

95.144 Physics II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8531
Status Active

Continuation of 95.141. Optics including interference, and diffraction. Electricity and magnetism including Coulomb's Law, electric field, Gauss' Law, electric potential, Ohm's law, DC circuits with resistors, magnetic field, Ampere's Law, Faraday's Law, inductance, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves. Modern physics including deBroglie waves, uncertainty principle, photoelectric effect, hydrogen atom and the stability of the Bohr orbits, and atomic spectrum of hydrogen.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.141 Physics I with a 'C-' or better; Co-Req: 92.132 Calculus II; and Pre/Co-Req: 96.144 Physics II Lab.

95.161 Honors Physics I Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 8535
Status Active

Introductory mechanics at a more challenging level and the first semester of a sequence for physics majors. Mechanics of particles in one dimension, kinematics, forces, dynamics; particles in two and three dimensions, vectors, curvilinear and oscillatory motion; conservation principles, work, energy, linear momentum, collisions; rotational mechanics, angular momentum, torque and static equilibrium; gravitation and planetary orbits; wave motion, transverse and longitudinal, standing waves.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Reqs: 92.131 Calculus I and 96.161 Honors Physics I Lab.

95.164 Honors Physics II Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 8537
Status Active

Geometrical optics, reflection, refraction, flat and curved mirrors, thin lenses; physical optics, interference and diffraction; electrostatics, charge, electric forces, fields and flux, electric potential, capacitance and field energy; electric charge in motion, currents, DC and RC circuits; magnetic fields, forces on moving charges, magnetic field of an electric current, electromagnetic induction, inductance, changing currents, AC circuits; electromagnetic radiation; the limits of classical electromagnetic theory.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.161 Honors Physics I with a 'C-' or better; Co-Req: 92.132 Calculus II and 96.164 Honors Physics Lab II.

95.204 Introduction to Radiological Sciences Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8542
Status Active

This course is designed to introduce students to the working practices encountered in health physics. This is accomplished through field trips to local facilities that use radioactive materials, laboratory exercises, and class discussions. This class exposes the student to basic health physics procedures, vocabulary, and equipment.

95.210 Introductory Modern Physics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8544
Status Active

Special theory of relativity, experimental basis of quantum theory, structure of the atom, wave properties of matter, quantum theory, hydrogen atom, atomic nucleus, nuclear interactions and applications, and semiconductors.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.144 Physics II with a 'C-' or better.

95.245 Physical Properties of Matter Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8546
Status Active

Fluid statics, dynamics of fluids, properties of solids, advanced topics in waves and vibrations, temperature and heat flow, kinetic theory of gases, thermodynamics, and the limits of classical physics.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req or Co-Req: 92.132 Calculus II and 96.245 Physics III Lab; Pre-Req: 95.141 Physics I with a 'C-' or better.

95.269 Honors Physics III Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 8547
Status Active

Statics and dynamics of fluids, pressure, viscosity, Archimedes and Bernoulli principles, mechanical properties of solids, stress and strain, shear, electric and magnetic properties of materials, para- dia- and ferromagnetism, electro-mechanical and magneto-mechanical effects,hysteresis, advanced topics in waves and vibrations, damping, resonance in mechanical and AC oscillators, thermodynamics, Maxwell's velocity distribution, blackbody radiation, and the limits of classical physics, introduction to special relativity.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.144 Physics II with a 'C-' or better; Co-Req: 96.261 The Physics of Materials & Dev or 96.245 Physics III Lab.

95.300 Introduction to Radiological Sciences Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36770
Status Active

This course is designed to introduce students to the working practices encountered in the health physics and medical physics profession. This is accomplished through field trips to local facilities that use radioactive materials, use and calibations of radiological instrumentation, laboratory exercies, and class discussions. This class exposes the student to basic health and medical physics procedures, vocabulary, and equipment.

95.304 Vibration and Sound Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37507
Status Active

The course serves to integrate the various sub-topics of physics that undergraduate majors have experienced by exploring the physical processes of vibrations of lumped and continuous electrical mechanical and acoustic systems: the damped harmonic oscillator in electrical and mechanical form, the flexible string in tension and the coaxial cable with differing end conditions, vibrations of bars, membranes and plates, plane waves of sound, standing waves, radiation and scattering. Throughout reference is made to analogous process in the quantum mechanical domain. Closely coordinated with the recitations is the co-requisite laboratory course,k which provides concrete experience with the phenomena discussed in the recitations.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 95.269 Honors Physics III, 92.231 Calculus III, 96.261 Physics of Materials and Devices, or 96.245 Physics III Lab with a 'C-' or better; and Co-req: 96.304 Vibration and Sound Lab.

95.308 Physics with Computers I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8549
Status Active

95.316 Science and Technology in an Impoverished World Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37509
Status Active

Intended for junior-level science and engineering majors, this is a one-semester 3-credit course focused of the impact of science and technology in poverty stricken regions of the world. Students will be challenged to consider the implementation of past and present technologies for solving resource shortages, evaluate and strengths and limitations of these solutions while developing alternatives to address future barriers to positive change. Encouraged to work toward these issues, students will; 10 Pursue and evaluate topics in science and technology through the skills of inquiry, research, critical thinking and problem solving. 2) Demonstrate the knowledge for quantitative and qualitative analysis of problems in science and technology. #0 Analyze and interpret issues in interdisciplinary areas of science and engineering developing a level of comfort with solving unfamiliar problems using acquired knowledge and skills.

95.338 Optics and Waves Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8557
Status Active

Wave nature of light, mathematics of wave motion, electromagnetic theory of light propagation, reflection and refraction, Fresnel coefficients, polarization, interference, Young's experiment, fringe visibility and coherence, various interferometers, Newton's ring and applications, Fraunhofer diffraction by single and multiple apertures and diffraction gratings.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.144 Physics II with a 'C-' or better.

95.353 Electromagnetism I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1216
Status Active

The theory of electromagnetic fields using vector analysis: electrostatic fields and potentials in vacuum, conductors, and dielectric media, magnetic effects of steady currents in nonmagnetic media, magnetic induction and time varying currents and fields. (offered as 95.553 for graduate credit)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 92.231 Calculus III and 95.144 Physics II with a 'C-' or better.

95.354 Electromagnetism II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1215
Status Active

Magnetic materials, electric multipoles, solutions to Laplace's equation, boundary conditions, image charge problems, Maxwell's equations; propagation of electromagnetic waves in vacuum, conductors and dielectrics; reflection and refraction of electromagnetic waves; radiation from dipoles and antennas. (offered as 95.554 for graduate credit).

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.553 Electromagnetism I with a 'C' or better.

95.373 Advanced Theory of Solids Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8559
Status Active

95.381 Mathematical Physics I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36219
Status Active

Intended for students having completed 2 full years of physics and math, this course is designed to develop competency in the applied mathematical skills required of junior and senior level physics majors. Covering topics involving infinite series, power series, complex numbers, and linear algebra along with vector and Fourier analysis, students will be trained with the rigor required to solve a wide range of applications in the physical sciences.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Eng Diff Equations with a 'C-' or better; 4 semesters of calculus-based Physics with a 'C-' or better.

95.382 Mathematical Physics II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36220
Status Active

Expanding on the skills mastered in 95.381 Mathematical Physics I, this course is designed to continue developing competency in the applied mathematics required of junior and senior level physics majors. Intended for students having completed at least 2 years of physics and math, topics covered will involve ordinary, differential equations, calculus of variations, tensor analysis, special functions, series solutions of differential equations, partial differential equations, and complex variables as well as probability and statistics. Students will be trained with the rigor required to solve a wide range of applications in the physical sciences.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.381 Mathematical Physics I with a 'C-' or better.

95.383 Astronomy and Astrophysics I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8560
Status Active

This course is designed for an interdisciplinary general undergraduate (upperclassmen) audience. Fundamentals of astronomy and astromechanics, introductory survey of astrophysics and the solar system (i.e. planetary astronomy).

95.385 MCNP for Radiological Sciences Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36151
Status Active

This course provides the theory and application of the Monte Carlo N-Patricle (MCNP) radiation transport computer code to radioogical sciences and protection, with emphasis on radiation dosimetry and shielding, and criticality problems (offered as 98.585 for graduate credit)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.210 Introductory Modern Physics with a 'C-' or better.

95.401 Radiation Safety and Control I Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 8562
Status Active

Introduction to radiation protection, including radiation sources, radiation dose and dose measurement, radiation exposure, radiation protection techniques, monitoring methods and instruments, contamination control and waste storage, facility design, hazards analysis, and applied health physics techniques for the safe handling and control of radioactive material including laboratory. (offered as 98.501 for graduate credit)

95.402 Radiation Safety and Control II Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 8563
Status Active

A laboratory course giving students experience with equipment and practices of current use in the radiation protection field, and extension of 98.401 giving some of the practical aspects of radiation safety and control. (offered as 98.502 for graduate credit)

95.411 Physics Perspectives Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 8565
Status Active

Discussions on the role of the professional physicist in society.

95.413 Mechanics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1221
Status Active

Newton�s laws of motion. Momentum and angular momentum. Energy. Oscillations. Variational principles. Central forces and planetary motion. Non-inertial systems of reference. Rotations of rigid bodies, tensors of inertia. Normal modes of oscillation.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.553 Electromagnetism I with a 'C' or better.

95.417 Space Science Mission Design Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38608
Status Active

This one-semester, 3-credit course intended for junior level science and engineering majors, is centered around the conceptual design of a spaceflight mission. In this project-based and team-based class, students will apply their science and technical knowledge to develop a spacecraft and mission concept tailored to answer a specific science question. Students will perform quantitative trade studies consistent with real-life constraints such as cost, schedule, manufacturability, team-expertise, operational environment, mission lifetime, etc. Students will 1) learn the fundamentals of key subsystems involved in a space flight mission and 2) apply their skills of inquiry, research, critical thinking to design a complete space science mission to solve a real-world problem while working within a multidisciplinary team.

95.421 Statistical Thermodynamics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1220
Status Active

An integrated study of the thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, review of the experimental foundations and historical development of classical thermodynamics; probability and statistical methods of studying macroscopic systems; atomic basis of the laws of thermodynamics and microscopic definitions of thermodynamics quantities using the method of ensembles; entropy and related quantities; TdS equations, Maxwell relations, equation of state, and applications: canonical and grand canonical ensembles; phase transitions; quantum statistics; application to radiation, magnetism, specific heats. (offered as 95.521 for graduate credit)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.435 Intro Quantum Mechanics I with a 'C-' or better.

95.424 Environmental Health Physics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37592
Status Active

Natural and man-made sources of environmental radioactivity and radiation; environmental transport in air, water, and soil; exposure pathways; environmental standards and regulations; environmental monitoring and surveys (MARSSIM); contaminated site characterization, and site remediation; environmental radiological impact of industry, accidents, and natural and man-made disasters.

95.435 Introductory Quantum Mechanics I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1219
Status Active

De Broglie waves, the Schroedinger equation, wave functions, wave packets, Heisenberguncertainty principle, expectation values, particle in a box, the simple harmonic oscillator, free particles, step barrier, barrier penetration, square well potential, time independent perturbation theory. (offered as 95.535 for graduate credit)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Eng Differential Equations and 95.210 Introductory Modern Physicswith a 'C-' or better.

95.436 Introductory Quantum Mechanics II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8567
Status Active

The three dimensional Schroedinger equation, the deuteron nucleus, angular momentum, spin, the hydrogen atom, spin-orbit interaction, Zeeman effect, Pauli exclusion principle, atomic structure, multi-electron atoms, the Fermi gas, X-rays. (offered as 95.536 for graduate credit)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.435 Intro Quantum Mechanics I with a 'C-' or better.

95.439 Electro-Optics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1218
Status Active

Optical properties of materials, including dispersion, absorption, reflection and refraction at the boundary of two media. Crystal optics and induced birefringence and optical activity. Polarization states and Jones matrices. Applications to electro-optic devices. Experiments and projects involving the study of optical sources and detectors , spectroscopy, polarization, birefringence, pockels' effect, optical fibers, and optical communication. (offered as 95.539 for graduate credit)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Eng Differential Equations and 95.338 Optics & Waves with a 'C-' or better.

95.440 Image Processing Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 8568
Status Active

Basic physics of television and other imaging systems: representation and manipulation of images in digital form; Fourier analysis and filtering of images: detection of image features such as edges and regions; pattern recognition; three-dimensional visual perception in man and machine; examples of image processing tasks from such areas as medicine, industrial inspection and robotics; laboratory exercises with an image processing system utilizing and Octec 2000 image analyzer and a Data General Nova 4/C Computer. Ability to program a computer is required. (offered as 95.540 for graduate credit)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 92.234 Differential Equations or 92.236 Eng Differential Equations and 95.338 Optics & Waves with a 'C-' or better.

95.441 Radiochemistry Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8569
Status Active

This course stresses analytical techniques applicable to identification and quantification of radionuclides in various sample types. Considerable time will be spent on review of general chemistry and inorganic analytical chemistry. The theories and applications of various separation techniques including precipitation, solvent extraction, ion exchange chromatography, and electrodeposition will be discussed with emphasis on separation of radioactive species. Additional material to be covered includes instrumental techniques for analysis of radioactive species, radiotracer and isotope dilution techniques, neutron activation analysis, and sample preparation.

95.447 Laser Physics and Applications Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1217
Status Active

Spontaneous and stimulated emission line broadening processing, rate equations, laser oscillation condition, spectral output of lasers. Gaussian beam propagation and resonator design parameters. Key features of ultraviolet through far infrared laser systems. Application to spectroscopy, radar, welding. (offered as 95.547 for graduate credit)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.310 Quantum Physics with a 'C-' or better.

95.453 Health Physics Capstone Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 35837
Status Active

This course will provide the B.S. candidate in Physics (Radiological Health Physics option) with an undergraduate capstone experience through basic independent research, including critical thinking, problem solving, report writing, and presentation skills.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: Senior Status.

95.454 Physics Capstone Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30755
Status Active

This course will provide the graduating physics major with a capstone experience through an exposure to the rudiments of independent research; incorporating critical thinking, problem-solving, report-writing, and presentation skills learnt in the course of the undergraduate curriculum. Prerequisite: Senior Status.

95.456 Radiative Processes in Astrophysics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38579
Status Active

Our knowledge of the universe beyond the Solar System is derived almost entirely from our interpretation of the radiation we receive from the universe; Our knowledge of the Earth's upper atmosphere and the atmospheres of other solar system objects is heavily dependent on observations of electromagnetic radiation. To understand the atmospheres of Earth and other planets, stars, galaxies and the universe, we need to understand the processes which produce electromagnetic radiation, and how radiation interacts with matter and propagates through space. This course describes the basic processes which create and alter such electromagnetic radiation before it's detected here in the Solar System. The course will consist of a combination of lectures, problem sets and class discussion sessions. The lectures will be expanded from the material in the text and will include additional material on the astrophysical and planetary context of radiative processes, drawn primarily from the following list of references. The discussion sessions will often be based on recent problem sets - regular participation of students in class discussions is expected.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 95.353 Electromagnetism I.

95.461 Nuclear Physics I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1214
Status Active

Nuclear properties including size, mass, binding energy, electromagnetic moments, parity and statistics; nuclear shell model, collective structure, deformed shell model, radioactive decay law and the Bateman equations, radioactive dating, counting statistics, energy resolution, coincidence measurements and time resolution, lifetime measurements; nuclear barrier pentetration; angular momentum, Coulomb barrier, alpha decay and systematics, fission. (offered as 95.561 for graduate credit).

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.210 Introductory Modern Physics

95.462 Radiation Biology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8573
Status Active

Effects of ionizing radiation on cellular, molecular and organ systems levels of biological organization; Study of x-rays, gamma rays, accelerator beams, and neutrons in interaction with living systems; Cohesive treatment of radiation biophysics with applications in health physics and radiation oncology. (offered as 98.562 for graduate credit)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.210 Introductory Modern Physics with a 'C-' or better.

95.464 Particle Astrophysics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 38580
Status Active

Review of Special Relativity and a brief introduction to general relativity. Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics. Fundamental particles, Quarks, Leptons and Gauge Bosons. Conservation rules and symmetries. Parity Conservation and intrinsic parity of particles. Parity violation in weak interactions. Charge conjugation invariance and its violation in weak interactions. Gauge transformations and local gauge invariance in quantum field theories. Gauge invariance in electroweak theory. The Higgs mechanism of spontaneous symmetry breaking. Higgs Boson. Comparison of electroweak theory with experiment. Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology. The expanding universe. The Hubble Constant. Olber�s paradox. The Friedman equation. The age of the universe. Cosmic microwave radiation. Radiation and Matter Eras. Primordial nucleosynthesis. Baryogenesis and the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe. Development and structure in the early universe. Horizon and Flatness Problems. Quantum fluctuations and Inflation. Particle physics in the stars. Stellar evolution. Hydrogen burning and the pp cycle in the sun. Helium burning and the production of carbon and oxygen. Production of heavy elements. Electron degeneracy pressure and the white dwarf stars. Neutron stars and Pulsars. Solar neutrinos, neutrino oscillations.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 95.435 Intro Quantum Mechanics I, and 95.421 Statistical Mechanics.

95.465 Physics of Radiation Oncology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 36152
Status Active

This course provides the theory and application of the physical concepts that pertain to radiation oncology, with emphasis on radiation treatment planning for linear accelerators and brachytherapy sources, photon and electron dose assessment,a nd recent experimental treatment modalities. (offered as 98.565 for graduate credit)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req or Co-Req: 95.401 or 98.501 Rad Safety & Control I.

95.472 Solid State Physics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1213
Status Active

Crystal structures, x-ray diffraction, crystal binding, lattice vibrations, free electron and band models of metals. (offered as 95.572 for graduate credit).

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.421 Statistical Thermodynamics and 95.310 Quantum Physics with a 'C-' or better.

95.477 Solid State Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1212
Status Active

This course is an introduction to solid state electronic and optoelectronic devices for undergraduate science students (i.e. biology, chemistry, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, etc.) graduate students just entering a scientific endeavor which utilizes solid state devices, and practical engineers and scientists whose understanding of modern electronics and optoelectronics needs updating. The course is organized to bring students with a background in sophomore physics to a level of understanding which will allow them to read much of the current literature on new devices and applications. The course will cover fundamental crystal properties, atoms and electrons, energy bands and charge carriers, excess carriers, junctions and p-n junction diodes (includes photodiodes and light-emitting diodes). Three or four practical demonstrations will also be performed with the analysis of the generated data assigned as homework. (offered as 95.577 for graduate credit)

95.478 Intergrated Optics: Wave Guides and Lasers Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 1211
Status Active

This course is a continuation of 95.477 and serves as an introduction to solid state electronic and optoelectronic devices. The course will cover bipolar junction transistors, field effect transistors, integrated circuits, lasers, switching devices, and negative conductance microwave devices. Three or four practical demonstrations will also be performed with the analysis of the generated data assigned as homework. (offered as 95.548 for graduate credit)

95.481 Mathematical Methods of Radiological Sciences Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8574
Status Active

An applied course emphasizing the mathematical skills used in radiological sciences/health physics fields, including special techniques used in radiation physics, radiation dosimetry, and radiation shielding. Computer applications will be emphasized. (offered as 98.581 for graduate credit)

95.482 Numerical Methods of Radiological Sciences Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8575
Status Active

Advanced mathematical treatment of topics covered in 98.481 with extensive application of computer techniques to problem solutions applicable to Radiological Sciences and Protection. (offered as 98.582 for graduate credit)

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.481 Math Methods of Rad Sci with a 'C-' or better.

96.101 Introductory Experimental Physics Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 8666
Status Active

Experimental physics with topics correlated with the corequisite lecture course.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 95.101 Introductory Physics.

96.103 General Physics I Lab Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 8667
Status Active

Presents the first semester of a one-year course which surveys the field of experimental physics with topics correlated to the corequisite lecture course.

Pre/Co-Requisites: PreReq or Co-Req: 95.103 General Physics I.

96.104 General Physics II Lab Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 8668
Status Active

Serves as a continuation of 96.103 with topics correlated with the corequisite lecture course.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req or Pre-Req: 95.104 General Physics II.

96.105 Sounds of Music Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 35598
Status Active

Examines the physical process that makes musical sounds from acoustic instruments. Hands-on laboratory experiences explore how the vibrations of strings, air columns, membranes, plate and bars are transformed into musical sounds, how these propagate and are transformed by the listening space, and how these are received by ears and perceived by the brain. In addition harmonic series, the mean-tempered scale, the use of decibels, sonic interference and diffraction are explained.

96.141 Physics I Lab Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 8671
Status Active

Serves as an introductory course on methods and techniques of experimentation in physics with experiments in mechanics selected to support the concepts of the corequisite lecture course.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 95.141 Physics I.

96.144 Physics II Lab Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 8673
Status Active

Serves as a continuation of 96.141 with experiments in optics, electricity and magnetism, and modern physics to support the concepts of the corequisite lecture course.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 96.141 Physics I Lab with a 'C-' or better; Co-Req: 95.144 Physics II.

96.161 Honors Physics I Laboratory Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 8678
Status Active

An introductory laboratory course at the honors level on the methods and techniques of experimental physics. Lectures on measurement uncertainties and error analysis are included and experiments are selected principally in mechanics.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 95.161 Honors Physics I.

96.164 Honors Physics Lab II Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 8679
Status Active

A continuation of 96.161 with experiments selected principally in optics, electricity and magnetism.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 95.164 Honors Physics II.

96.201 Health Physics Internship I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8681
Status Active

Applied work experience as a health physics technician at a government laboratory or a radiation facility of some industry, hospital, or education and research institution.

96.245 Physics III Lab Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 8683
Status Active

Experiments are selected principally in properties of solids, vibrations, waves, heat, and thermodynamics.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Co-Req: 95.245 Physical Properties of Matter.

96.261 The Physics of Materials and Devices Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 32070
Status Active

Investigating the phenomenology of materials involve sensing devices in which electrical signals must be evaluated Observing physical phenomena with an electrical sensing device enables one to calibrate the dynamics of the electrical signal associated with the changes in the physical phenomenology oberved with that device. Applications in these laboratory-based measurement techniques include the Wheatstone bridge, current/voltage device characterization, the operational amplifier as an active filter, stress & strain, Newton's law of cooling, Stefan/Boltzman's law and the ideal gas law.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.144 Physics II with a 'C-' or higher; Co-Req: 95.269 Honors Physics III.

96.262 Principles in Laboratory Automation Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8687
Status Active

This is an introduction to the principles of automating today's research laboratory. A foundation of the Labview-based software and hardware tools required to conduct computer-controlled experiments will be presented, demonstrated and then used to acquire, display and analyze data on some typical physical phenomena. Students will be fully involved in designing the control and acquisition software as well as setting up the experimental hardware. Applications of the automated acquisition environment include AC characterization of RC and LRC circuits, the use of thermistors and thermocouples along with acquiring the temperature dependent resistivity of high Tc super conductors.

96.301 Health Physics Internship II Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8691
Status Active

96.302 Health Physics nternship II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8692
Status Active

96.304 Vibration and Sound Lab Credits: 1

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 1
Course ID 37506
Status Active

A series of four directed four-hour experiments and one student directed experiment all of which are coordinated with Vibration and Sound 95.304. Emphasis is on non-intrusive measurement techniques; choosing,k evaluating and applying appropriate transducers and structuring data processing and display in measurements of transfer functions. Impedances and modal structures for the system studied analytically in the companion course.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 95.269 Honors Physics III, 92.231 Calculus III, 96.261 Physics of Materials and Devices, or 96.245 Physics II Lab with 'C-' or higher; Co-req: 95.304 Vibration and Sound.

96.393 Advanced Experimental Physics Laboratory I Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 8699
Status Active

96.394 Advanced Physics Lab II Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 8700
Status Active

A continuation of 96.393 with experiments selected mainly from condensed matter and nuclear physics. Opportunities for independent work by permission of the instructor.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 96.393 Adv Exp Physics Lab I with a 'C-' or higher.

96.401 Radiation Safety And Control I Credits: 0

Course Details
Min Credits 0
Max Credits 0
Course ID 8701
Status Active

96.402 Radiation Safety and Control II Credits: 3-4

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 4
Course ID 8802
Status Active

This course provides a continuation of the theoretical and practical aspects of radiation protection provided in Radiation Safety and Control I (98.501). Topics include the statistical analyses and data reduction techniques that are used to analyze radiation measurements pertaining to the field of radiation protection. Laboratory sessions on alpha and gamma radiation measurements and air sampling will reinforce class lectures. Students also will experience applied radiation protection and dose assessment through a contamination control exercise that involves the use of protective clothing and respiratory protection.

96.406 Nuclear Instrumentation Credits: 4

Course Details
Min Credits 4
Max Credits 4
Course ID 36046
Status Active

This course provides the operating principles and applications of nuclear radiation detection systems, including detector theory, electronic signal processing, and measurement and data reduction techniques. The systems covered include gas-filled detectors (ion chambers, proportional counters, and Geiger-Mueller counters), inorganic and organic scintillators, and high-purity germanium detectors, for the detection of alpha, beta, gamma, and neuron radiation. This course also covers hypothesis testing, detection limits, and detector dead time (offered as 98.506 for graduate credit).

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.210 Intro Modern Physics and 96.261 The Physics of Materials & Dev or 96.245 Physics III Lab

96.409 Nuclear Instrumentation Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37351
Status Active

This course provides the operating principles and applications of nuclear radiation detection systems, including detector theory, electronic signal processing, and measurement and data reduction techniques. The systems covered include gas-filled detectors (ion chambers, proportional counters, and Geiger_Mueller counters), inorganic and organic scintillators, and high-purity germanium detectors, for the detection of alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron radiation. This course also covers hypothesis testing, detection limits,and detector dead time, This course is adapted for Nuclear Engineering and Medical Physics majors. (offered as 98.509 for graduate credit).

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 95.210 Intro Modern Physics and 96.261 The Physics of Materials & Dev or 96.245 Physics III Lab

96.411 Senior Research In Radiological Sciences Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8703
Status Active

A research problem related to the field of radiation protection is investigated by the student under the direction of faculty and staff of the Nuclear Center. The student will present a seminar on this research project. Areas of research may include radiation shielding, radiation detection andmeasurement, radiation survey and monitoring, radiation biology, radiation chemistry, radiobiology, radiochemistry, radioecology, natural radioactivity, fallout, analyses and measurement of radioactivity and radiation levels associated with the operation of reactors and accelerators, and radioactive aerosols.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Senior status, and Community Health(BS).

96.445 Characterization of Materials Credits: 2

Course Details
Min Credits 2
Max Credits 2
Course ID 35486
Status Active

A one-semester course designed to teach the student several of the important techniques for characterizing the structural, optical, and electronic properties of materials. Experiments will include x-ray diffractometry, hardness measurements, elipsometry, visible and near infrared spectroscopy, far infrared spectroscopy, and raman spectroscopy.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 96.394 Advanced Physics Lab II with a 'C-' or higher.

96.453 Optics Project Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8710
Status Active

96.467 Automation Techniques Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30830
Status Active

Students explore the techniques and sensor technologies of automating measurement acquisition and analysis in a research laboratory. The Labview-based software and hardware tools required to conduct computer-controlled experiments will be presented, demonstrated and then used to acquire, display and analyze data for a number sensors. Students will be expected to master the design of control and acquisition software as well as setting up the experimental hardware. Applications of the automated acquisition environment include AC characterization of operational amplifiers and active filters as well as the RC time characteristics of photoconductors and thermocouples. Advanced projects individualized to the student's field of interest are required.

96.495 Special Research Problems I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8713
Status Active

Special problems in physics assigned to the individual student with emphasis on modern research methods and preparation of results for publication.

96.496 Special Research Problems II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8714
Status Active

A continuation of 96.495 for a second semester.

96.497 Senior Thesis in Physics Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8715
Status Active

99.101 Radiation and Life Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8906
Status Active

This course will provide students with an understanding of the nature, sources, uses, and biological effects of natural and man-made radiations. Radiations discussed include non-ionizing radiations such as ultraviolet and microwave as well as the ionizing radiations produced by radon in homes and radio nuclides released from nuclear power plants. Students will have a better understanding of the risks and benefits of radiation in the modern world. Satisfies Gen Ed science requirements for non-science majors. Does not satisfy science requirements for Science majors but may be used as a free elective by Science majors.

99.131 Technical Physics I Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8909
Status Active

Presents material in both the class and laboratory format. Topics include: vectors; one- and two- dimensional motion; Newton's laws of motion; translational and rotational equilibrium; work and energy; linear momentum; and circular motion and gravitation. Two additional Friday night classes are required.

99.132 Technical Physics II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8910
Status Active

Covers material in both the class and laboratory format. Rotational dynamics; mechanical vibrations and waves; sound; solids and fluids; thermal physics; heat and law of thermodynamics will be discussed. One session per week. Two additional Friday night classes are required.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 99.131 Technical Physics I with a 'C-' or higher.

99.133 Technical Physics III Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 8911
Status Active

Presents material in both the class and laboratory format. Reflection, refraction, mirrors, lenses, wave optics, optical instruments, Coulomb's law, magnetic force, quantum physics, atomic physics and nuclear physics will each be addressed. One session per week. Two additional Friday night classes are required.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 99.132 Technical Physics II with a 'C-' or higher.