### Physics Courses

PHYS 101 (3 Credits) Fall, Spring

Introduction to Space Science (3+0) n

An exploration of the discoveries of the space age for the general student.
Topics include solar-terrestrial relations, the earth's upper atmosphere and
magnetosphere (including the aurora), stratosphere, troposphere, and space
communications, with emphasis on fundamental physical processes. (Prerequisite:
High school algebra.)

PHYS 102X (4 Credits) Spring

Energy and Society (3+3) n

Exploring the concept of energy as defined by the laws of physics.
Investigating the sources, conversion, distribution and ultimate dispersion of
energy, as well as the consequences of its use in the development and
maintenance of modern society. Designed for non-science majors. Laboratory fee:
$20.00. (Prerequisite: Minimum two years of high school algebra.)

PHYS 103X (4 Credits) Fall

College Physics (3+3) n

Classical physics including vectors, kinematics, Newton's Laws, momentum,
work, energy, rotational motion, oscillations, waves, gravity, fluids, heat,
temperature, Laws of Thermodynamics, and kinetic theory. For mathematics,
science and liberal arts majors. Laboratory fee: $20.00 (Prerequisites: High
school algebra, trigonometry and geometry or instructor permission.)

PHYS 104X (4 Credits) Spring

College Physics (3+3) n

Coulomb's Law, electrical potential, capacitance, Kirchoff's Laws, magnetic
fields, Faraday's Law, electromagnetic waves, physical and geometrical optics,
waves and particles, atomic and nuclear physics. For mathematics, science and
liberal arts majors. Laboratory fee: $20.00. (Prerequisite: PHYS 103X or
instructor permission.)

PHYS 113 (1 Credit)Fall

Concepts of Physics (1+0)

Review of experimental and theoretical studies of fundamental interactions
of nature leading to major advances in human knowledge. Application of these
discoveries to modern technologies, such as solid state electronics, lasers,
holography, nuclear fusion, medical diagnostics, remote sensing, etc.

PHYS 163 (1 Credit) As Demand Warrants

The Dynamic Aurora Borealis (1+0) n

An introductory course on what aurora are, why they occur, how we have
learned what we know about the aurora and what effect they have had on humans in
the past and the present. (Prerequisite: High school science interest.)

PHYS 211X (4 Credits) Fall, Spring

General Physics (3+3) n

Vectors, kinematics, Newton's Laws, momentum, work, energy, rotational
motion, oscillations, waves, gravity, and fluids. For engineering, mathematics
and physical science majors. Laboratory fee: $20.00. (Prerequisites:
Concurrent enrollment in MATH 201X and one year of high school physics, or
instructor permission.)

PHYS 212X (4 Credits) Fall, Spring

General Physics (3+3) n

Heat, temperature, Laws of Thermodynamics, Coulomb's Law, electrical
potential, capacitance, Kirchoff's Laws, Biot-Sarvart Law, Faraday's Law, and
electromagnetic waves. For engineering, mathematics and physical science
majors. Laboratory fee: $20.00. (Prerequisite: MATH 201; PHYS 211X or ES 208 or
concurrent enrollment in ES 210 or instructor permission.)

PHYS 213X (4 Credits)Spring

Elementary Modern Physics (3+3) n

Geometrical and physical optics: elementary-level modern physics including
special relativity, atomic physics, nuclear physics, solid-state physics,
elementary particles, simple transport theory, kinetic theory, and concepts of
wave mechanics. Laboratory fee: $20.00. (Prerequisites: PHYS 211X or 212X or
permission of instructor.)

PHYS 275X (4 Credits)Fall

Introduction to Astronomy (3+3) n

The exploration of the universe is one of the most natural of all human
drives; people of all eras have sought to determine their basic relationships
with the rest of the universe. Examination of the science of astronomy and its
social consequences, with an emphasis on the interrelationships between
astronomy and other sciences, and on the inseparable nature of our view of the
cosmos and our view of ourselves. Designed for non-science majors. Laboratory
fee: $20.00. (Prerequisite: Minimum two years of high school algebra or
permission of instructor.)

PHYS 276 (3 Credits) Spring

Astronomy (3+0) n

Science elective for the general student. Stellar astronomy, physical
properties and distribution of stars, interstellar matter, evolution of stars,
galactic structure, and cosmology. Evening demonstrations. (Prerequisites: PHYS
275 or permission of instructor.)

PHYS 311 (4 Credits) Fall

Mechanics (4+0) n

PHYS 312 (4 Credits) Spring

Mechanics (4+0) n

Newtonian mechanics, motion of systems of particles, rigid body statics and
dynamics, moving and accelerated coordinate systems, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian
mechanics, continuum mechanics, theory of small vibrations, tensor analysis,
rigid body rotations, special theory of relativity. (Prerequisites: PHYS 211X
and at least concurrent enrollment in MATH 302; PHYS 311 for 312, or permission
of instructor.)

PHYS 313 (4 Credits) Fall

Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics (4+0) n

Thermodynamic systems, equations of state, the laws of thermodynamics,
changes of phase, thermodynamics of reactions, kinetic theory, and introduction
to statistical mechanics. (Prerequisite: PHYS 212X or permission of
instructor.)

PHYS 331 (3 Credits) Fall

Electricity and Magnetism (3+0) n

PHYS 332 (3 Credits) Spring

Electrostatics, dielectrics, magnetostatics, magnetic materials, and
electromagnetism. Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, radiation,
physical optics, and selected topics from electronics. (Prerequisites: PHYS
212X and MATH 202 or permission of instructor.)

PHYS 381W,O (3 Credits) Fall

Physics Laboratory (1+6) n

PHYS 382W (3 Credits) Spring

Laboratory experiments in classical and modern physics. (Prerequisite: PHYS
213, PHYS 381 for 382, or permission of instructor.)

PHYS 411 (4 Credits) Fall

Modern Physics (4+0) n

PHYS 412 (4 Credits) Spring

Modern Physics (4+0) n

Relativity, elementary particles, quantum theory, atomic and molecular
physics, x-rays, and nuclear physics. (Prerequisites: PHYS 213, MATH 302 and
MATH 314, PHYS 411 for 412, or permission of instructor.)

PHYS 445 (4 Credits) Spring

Solid State Physics and Physical Electronics (4+0) n

Theory of matter in the solid state and the interaction of matter with
particles and waves. (Prerequisites: MATH 302, 314 and PHYS 411 or permission
of the instructor.)

PHYS 462 (4 Credits) Fall

Geometrical and Physical Optics (3+3) n

Geometrical optics, interference and diffraction theory, nonlinear optics,
Fourier optics, and coherent wave theory. (Prerequisites: MATH 302, 314 and PHYS
331 or permission of instructor.)

PHYS 611 (3 Credits) Fall

Mathematical Physics (3+0)

(Same as MATH 611-612)

PHYS 612 (3 Credits) Spring

Advanced consideration of such topics as transform methods, asymptotic
methods, Green's function, Sturm-Liouville Theory, conformal mapping, and
calculus of variations with applications to problems arising in physics.
(Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and Math 422; PHYS 611, or the
equivalent, for PHYS 612.)

PHYS 621 (3 Credits)Alternate Fall

Classical Mechanics (3+0)

Lagrange's equations, two-body problem, rigid body motion, special
relativity, canonical equations, transformation theory, and Hamilton-Jacobi
method. (Admission by arrangement.)

PHYS 622 (3 Credits) Alternate Spring

Statistical Mechanics (3+0)

Classical and quantum statistics of independent particles, ensemble theory,
and applications. (Admission by arrangement.)

PHYS 626 (3 Credits) Alternate Fall

Fundamentals of Plasma Physics (3+0)

Single charge particle motion in the electromagnetic fields, plasma kinetic
theory, Vlasov equations for collisionless plasmas, magnetohydrodynamic
equations, linear plasma waves and instabilities, nonlinear plasma waves and
instabilities. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing.)

PHYS 627 (3 Credits) Alternate Spring

Advanced Plasma Physics (3+0)

Vlasov description of small amplitude waves in magnetized plasmas, advanced
particle orbit theory, fluctuation and incoherent scattering theory, plasma
discontinuities and collisionless shocks, weak turbulent theory, statistical
theory of turbulence. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing.)

PHYS 628 (3 Credits) Alternate Spring

Digital Time Series Analysis (3+0)

The use of methods of time series analysis, including correlation,
convolution, filtering, and multivariate techniques. Material is of general
application to disciplines that obtain multiparameter date suites as part of
their research, such as seismology, oceanography, meteorology, geomagnetism,
and space physics. Lectures will develop basic techniques and guide the student
in designing working algorithms. The student will apply algorithms to various
data suites from geophysics, using the Geophysical Institute's VAX 11/780
computer. (Prerequisites: MATH 401 and 402, familiarity with FORTRAN or consent
of instructor.)

PHYS 629 (3 Credits) Alternate Fall

Methods of Numerical Simulation in Fluids and Plasma (3+0)

The fundamentals of computer simulation including time and spatial
differencing and stability theory applied to partial differential equations
describing convective and diffusive transport in fluids. The second part of the
course will be separated into two tracks: one specializing in ocean and
atmospheric dynamics and the other in the plasma state of matter.
(Prerequisites: MATH 310, 421, 422 or equivalent; baccalaureate degree in
physics, engineering or mathematics or equivalent; for plasma physics track:
baccalaureate degree in physics including PHYS 311, 312, 331, 332 or
equivalent; experience with FORTRAN.)

PHYS 631 (3 Credits) Alternate Fall

Electromagnetic Theory (3+0)

PHYS 632 (3 Credits) Alternate Spring

Electromagnetic Theory (3+0)

Electrostatics, magnetostatics, Maxwell's equations, and potentials. Lorentz
equations, field energy, gauge conditions, retarded potentials, waves,
radiation, tensor formulations, and non-Maxwellian electrodynamics. (Permission
of instructor and PHYS 631, or the equivalent, for PHYS 632. )

PHYS 640 (3 Credits) Alternate Spring

Auroral Physics (3+0)

Physics of auroral phenomena: precipitation and transport of energetic
particles, production of auroral optical emissions and x-rays, auroral electric
fields and currents, beam plasma interactions in the ionosphere, ionospheric
perturbations, geomagnetic perturbations. Principles of ground rocket and
satellite-based auroral measurements including: imaging radar and radio
spectroscopic and electromagnetic techniques. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing
or permission of the instructor. )

PHYS 645 (3 Credits) Alternate Fall

Fundamentals of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (3+0)

An introduction to the mechanics of fluid systems, the fundamental processes
and Navier-Stokes' equations in rotating and stratified fluids, boundary layer
phenomena, turbulent flows and mixing, wave motions and applications.
(Prerequisite: Graduate standing.)

PHYS 650 (3 Credits) Alternate Fall

Aeronomy (3+0)

The physical and chemical processes that govern the response of planetary
atmospheres to solar radiation and energetic particles; neutral gas and ionic
composition, energy balance, dynamical response of the thermosphere, mesosphere
and stratosphere, spectroscopic emissions, electrodynamic processes and
ionospheric currents, gravity waves and noctilucent clouds. (Prerequisite:
Graduate standing or permission of instructor.)

PHYS 651 (3 Credits) Alternate Fall

Quantum Mechanics (3+0)

PHYS 652 (3 Credits) Alternate Spring

Quantum Mechanics (3+0)

Schrodinger's equations, operator formalism, correspondence principle,
central force problems, perturbation theory, quantum statistical mechanics, and
applications of quantum mechanics to collision problems, radiation, and
spectroscopy. (Permission of instructor and PHYS 651, or the equivalent, for
PHYS 652.)

PHYS 660 (3 Credits) Alternate Spring

Radiative Transfer (3+0)

The interaction of radiation with matter. The physical processes related to
scattering, absorption and emission of radiation in an optical medium as well as
the formulation and mathematical solution of radiative energy transport
including multiple scattering in layered media. Demonstrations of how to use the
theory in remote sensing applications and earth radiation budget studies
(climate). (Prerequisites: Graduate standing in physical sciences or permission
of the instructor.)

PHYS 672 (3 Credits) Alternate Fall

Magnetospheric Physics (3+0)

Mass, momentum and energy transfer in the solar wind-magnetosphere -
ionosphere interaction, electrodynamics of the magnetosphere - ionosphere
coupling, auroral acceleration process, auroral kilometric radiation,
geomagnetic pulsations, magnetospheric substorm phenomena and theories,
generation mechanism of field-aligned currents, structures and instabilities at
the magnetopause. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing.)

PHYS 673 (3 Credits) Alternate Spring

Space Physics (3+0)

Sun spot formation, solar flare theories, solar wind, planetary bowshocks
and interplanetary shocks, cosmic rays, pulsar, magnetic field reconnection
concepts and theories, dynamo theories. (Prerequisite: Graduate standing.)