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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.
Co-Req:PHYS.1010L General Exp Physics; Anti-Req: Students only can receive credit for one of the following freshmen-level physics I lecture/lab courses: PHYS.1010/1010L; PHYS.1030/1030L, PHYS.1410/1410L; or PHYS.1610/1610L.
Experimental physics with topics correlated with the corequisite lecture course.
Co-Req: 95.101 Introductory Physics.
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.
Anti-Req: Students only can receive credit for one of the following freshmen-level physics I lecture/lab courses: PHYS.1010/1010L; PHYS.1030/1030L, PHYS.1410/1410L; or PHYS.1610/1610L.
Presents the first semester of a one-year course which surveys the field of experimental physics with topics correlated to the corequisite lecture course.
PreReq or Co-Req: 95.103 General Physics I.
Provides a continuation of PHYS.1030 Topics include electricity and magnetism, geometrical and physical optics, atoms, and nuclei.
Pre-req: PHYS 1030 General Physics I with a 'C-' or higher; or Spring 2020 grade of 'P', and Co-req: or Pre-req: PHYS 1040L Physics ll Lab; Anti-Req: PHYS.1040/1040L, PHYS.1440/1440L; or PHYS.1640/1640L.
Serves as a continuation of 96.103 with topics correlated with the corequisite lecture course.
Co-Req or Pre-Req: PHYS.1040 General Physics II.
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.
An introduction to the scientific methods of physics and the exploration of research opportunities for undergraduates.
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.
Co-Req: PHYS.1210 Lab for Exploring the Universe; Anti-Req: ENVI.1150 Astronomy.
Provides laboratory exercises to illustrate the basic principles and measurement techniques of astronomy. Quantitative techniques, properties of angles, modeling the earth-sun system, comparative planetology, the constellations, the inverse square law, blackbody radiation and spectra, the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, distances to the stars, the Andromeda galaxy, cosmology. 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.
Co-Req or Pre-Req: PHYS.1210 Exploring the Universe.
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.
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-Req: PHYS.2450 Technical Physics I with a 'C-' or higher.
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.
Co-Req: PHYS.1410L Physics I Lab. Anti-Req: Students only can receive credit for one of the following freshmen-level physics I lecture/lab courses: PHYS.1010/1010L; PHYS.1030/1030L, PHYS.1410/1410L; or PHYS.1610/1610L.
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.
Co-Req: PHYS 1410 Physics I.
Supplemental Instruction for Physics I - Navitas Students Only. Credits do not count toward degree requirements.
Continuation of 95.141,Physics I. 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.Optics including Wave Optics (interference, diffraction) and Ray Optics (reflection, refraction, dispersion, ray tracing).
Pre-Req: PHYS 1410 Physics I with a 'C-' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of `P¿, Pre/Co-Req: MATH 1320 Calculus II; and Pre/Co-Req: PHYS 1440L Physics II Lab; Anti-Req: PHYS.1040/1040L, PHYS.1440/1440L; or PHYS.1640/1640L.
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-Req: PHYS 1410L Physics I Lab with a 'C-' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of `P¿, and Co-Req: PHYS 1440 Physics II.
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.
Co-Reqs: MATH 1310 Calculus I and PHYS 1610L Honors Physics I Lab; Anti-Req: Students only can receive credit for one of the following freshmen-level physics I lecture/lab courses: PHYS.1010/1010L; PHYS.1030/1030L, PHYS.1410/1410L; or PHYS.1610/1610L.
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.
Co-Req: 95.161 Honors Physics I.
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-Req: PHYS 1610 Honors Physics I with a 'C-' or higher; or Spring 2020 grade of 'P', and Co-Req: MATH 1320 Calculus II and PHYS 1640L Honors Physics Lab II; Anti-Req: PHYS.1040/1040L, PHYS.1440/1440L; or PHYS.1640/1640L.
A continuation of 96.161 with experiments selected principally in optics, electricity and magnetism.
Co-Req: PHYS.1640 Honors Physics II.
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.
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.
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-Req: PHYS 1440 Physics II with a 'C-' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of 'P'.
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-Req or Co-Req: MATH 1320 Calculus II and PHYS 2450L Physics III Lab; Pre-Req: PHYS 1410 Physics I with a 'C-' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of 'P'.
Experiments are selected principally in properties of solids, vibrations, waves, heat, and thermodynamics.
Co-Req: PHYS.2450 Physical Properties of Matter.
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-Req: PHYS 1440 Physics II with a 'C-' or higher; Co-Req: PHYS 2690 Honors Physics III.
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.
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-Req: PHYS 1440 Physics II with a 'C-' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of 'P', Co-Req: PHYS 2610L The Physics of Materials & Dev or PHYS 2450L Physics III Lab.
"Space weather" is a multi-disciplinary field of science studying the conditions on the Sun and in the solar wind, magnetosphere, ionosphere, and thermosphere that can influence the performance and reliability of space-born and ground-based technological systems and can endanger human life or health. Space weather depends on the behavior of the Sun, the nature of Earth's magnetic field and atmosphere, and our location in the Solar system. In this course for science and engineering students, the phenomenology of the solar-terrestrial relationship is introduced and basic physics describing this interaction is explored.
Pre-req: PHYS.1440 Physics II, or PHYS.1640 Honors Physics II.
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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-req: PHYS 2690 Honors Physics III, MATH 2310 Calculus III, PHYS 2610L Physics of Materials and Devices, or PHYS 2450L Physics III Lab with a 'C-' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of 'P', and Co-req: PHYS 3040 Vibration and Sound Lab.
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.
Beginning with the history of exoplanet research, observational techniques (transits, radial velocity, microlensing, direct imaging), and observations of exoplanet atmospheres via transmission spectra, the course will survey this rapidly developing field and focus on its theoretical foundations, including planet formation and dynamics, planetary atmospheres, planet habitability and astrobiology, star-planet interaction, and space weather on exoplanets.
Pre-req: PHYS.1410 Physics I, and PHYS.1440 Physics II, and PHYS.2450 Physical properties of matter, or PHYS.2690 Honors Physics III.
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.
Properties of light, plane surfaces and prisms, thin and thick lenses, mirrors and stops, matrix methods applied to Gaussian (paraxial) optics, Lagrange-Helmholtz invariant, primary and chromatic aberrations, ray tracing and Abbe's sine condition, basic optical instruments including cameras, telescopes, and microscopes.
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.
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-req: MATH 2310 Calculus III and PHYS 1440 Physics II with a 'C-' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of 'P'.
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-Req: PHYS.3530/5530 Electromagnetism I with a 'C' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of' 'P'.
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-Req: MATH 2340 Differential Equations or MATH 2360 Eng Diff Equations with a 'C-' or higher; 4 semesters of calculus-based Physics with a 'C-' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of 'P'.
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-Req: PHYS.3810 Mathematical Physics I with a 'C-' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of 'P'.
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).
The course provides project-based practical experience in observational astronomy. Guided by faculty, students will make their own astronomical investigations using telescoped, cameras, and spectrographs. Participants will become trained and certified to use the university observatory. Observations may include stars, planets, galaxies, the sun, and phenomena of tropical interest. Skills will be developed in image processing, data visualization, controlling telescopes/instruments, obtaining data remotely, and communication of results to peers.
Pre-req: PHYS.1440 Physics II, or PHYS.1040 General Physics II, or PHYS.1640 Honors Physics II, or PHYS.1210 Exploring the Universe, or Permission of Instructor.
Some of the most significant experiments in the history of physics are revisited. Form measuring the universal gravity constant to observing the quantization of light and matter, this laboratory course challenges students' experimental skills and tests their understanding of fundamental concepts. Preparing high quality lab reports and presentations is emphasized.
Pre-req: PHYS.2610L The Physics of Materials & Devices, or PHYS.2450L Physics II lab, and PHYS.2620L Principles of Laboratory Automation with a grade of C- or better, or Spring 2020 grade of "P".
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-Req: PHYS.3930L Adv Exp Physics Lab I with a 'C-' or higher.
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 RADI.5010L for graduate credit)
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.
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-Req: PHYS 2100 Intro Modern Physics and PHYS 2610L The Physics of Materials & Dev or PHYS 2450L Physics III Lab
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).
Discussions on the role of the professional physicist in society.
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.
Senior status, and Community Health(BS).
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-req: MATH.2340 Differential Equations, and PHYS.1410 Physics I with a C- or better,or Spring 2020 grade of "P", or PHYS.1610 Honors Physics I with a C- or better, or Spring 2020 grade of "P".
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.
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-Req: PHYS.4350/5350 Intro Quantum Mechanics I with a 'C-' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of 'P'.
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.
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-Req: MATH 2340 Differential Equations or MATH 2360 Eng Differential Equations and PHYS 2100 Introductory Modern Physicswith a 'C-' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of 'P'.
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-Req: PHYS.4350 Intro Quantum Mechanics I with a 'C-' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of 'P'.
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-Reqs: MATH 2340 Differential Equations or MATH 2360 Eng Differential Equations and PHYS 3380 Optics & Waves with a 'C-' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of 'P'.
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.
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-Req: PHYS.3940L Advanced Physics Lab II with a 'C-' or higher.
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-Req: Senior Status.
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.
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-req: PHYS 3530 Electromagnetism I.
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-Req: 95.210 Introductory Modern Physics
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-Req: PHYS.2100 Introductory Modern Physics with a 'C-' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of 'P'.
A practical overview of advanced computational methods currently used in physics research using kinetic, fluid, and spectral approaches, as well as other practical applications that physics researchers may encounter, such as high-performance computing and grid construction. The course will focus on hands-on experience with coding the algorithms of finite differences, finite volume, finite elements, Monte Carlo, particle in cell, and spectral methods, and will provide the students with tools to develop and use scientific numerical models.
Pre-req: MATH.2310 Calculus III, and MATH.2340 Differential Equations, and MATH.3810 Math Physics I, and MECH.3610 Math Methods ME.
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-req: PHYS 4350 Intro Quantum Mechanics I, and PHYS 4210 Statistical Mechanics.
Introduction to plasma physics, focusing on the fundamental physics principles aimed at upper level undergraduate and graduate students in physics and engineering. Material covered in the course includes single particle motion in a magnetic field, particle drift, adiabatic invariants, kinetic theory moments, fluid approximation of plasma & magnetohydrodynamics, waves in plasma, shocks, resistivity, plasma instabilities, plasma kinetic theory, plasma applications, and computational plasma physics.
Pre-req: MATH.3210 Calculus III, and MATH.2340 Differential Equations, and PHYS.3530 Electromagnetism I, and EECE.3600 Engineering Electromagnetics I.
Crystal structures, x-ray diffraction, crystal binding, lattice vibrations, free electron and band models of metals. (offered as 95.572 for graduate credit).
Pre-Req: PHYS.4210 Statistical Thermodynamics and 95.310 Quantum Physics with a 'C-' or higher, or Spring 2020 grade of 'P'.
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)
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)
An introduction to scientific computing. Common numerical methods and algorithms are implemented using MATLAB. Basic elements of programming are introduced including variables, types, arrays, logical and arithmetical operators, loops, conditional statements, and functions. Vectors, matrices, and solvers of linear equations are presented in the first module. The second module focuses on data interpolation, root finding, numerical differentiation and integration, and solvers of ordinary and partial differential equations. The third module is on statistical data analysis, probability distributions, fitting, regression, maximum likelihood and error propagation relevant to experimental science. The course concludes with Monte-Carlo sampling methods. No prior experience with MATLAB is necessary.
Pre-req: MATH.3810 Mathematical Physics , or PHYS.3810 Mathematical Physics I.
Special problems in physics assigned to the individual student with emphasis on modern research methods and preparation of results for publication.
A continuation of 96.495 for a second semester.