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Spring 2017

PHYS 114-01

Modern Astronomy II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: NEILL 226
  • Instructor: John Cannon

Notes: This survey course is a two-semester sequence (PHYS 113 in the fall semester and PHYS 114 in the spring semester). These courses will cover various topics of interest in astronomy, including: Planets (both within the Solar System and the exploding field of extrasolar planets); the birth life, and death of stars; exotic remnant objects (e.g., white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes); galaxies (including our own Milky Way and external systems); cosmology and the fate of the universe; the "unseen 95%": dark matter and dark energy; astrobiology and the question of life in the universe. The dramatic change between stellar and galactic physical scales will mark the boundary between the material in the courses. These courses are ideal for students who are curious about the nature of the universe and their place within it.

PHYS 130-01

Science of Renewable Energy

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 150
  • Instructor: James Doyle

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 130-01*

Cross-listed with Environmental Studies 130. This is a course on the current status of the most promising alternative and renewable energy options from a primarily scientific and technological perspective. Current methods of electricity generation and transportation energy sources will be briefly reviewed (fossil fuels, nuclear fission, and hydroelectric), including discussion of their limitations and environmental consequences. The focus of the course will be on understanding the scientific basis of alternative and renewable energy sources, and their promise and technological challenges for wide scale implementation. Biofuels, wind, photovoltaics, concentrated solar power, hydrogen, nuclear fusion, and geothermal will be considered in depth.

PHYS 227-01

Principles of Physics II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 150
  • Instructor: Sean Bartz

Notes: A study of electric charge and currents, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and geometrical and physical optics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 222 and Physics 227. Every semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 227-L1

Principles of Physics II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 09:10 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 152
  • Instructor: Brian Adams

Notes: A study of electric charge and currents, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and geometrical and physical optics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 222 and Physics 227. Every semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 227-L2

Principles of Physics II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: OLRI 152
  • Instructor: Brian Adams

Notes: A study of electric charge and currents, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and geometrical and physical optics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 222 and Physics 227. Every semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 227-L3

Principles of Physics II Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-04:20 pm
  • Room: OLRI 152
  • Instructor: Brian Adams

Notes: A study of electric charge and currents, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and geometrical and physical optics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 222 and Physics 227. Every semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 227-L4

Principles of Physics II Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 09:10 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 152
  • Instructor: Brian Adams

Notes: A study of electric charge and currents, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and geometrical and physical optics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 222 and Physics 227. Every semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 348-01

Laboratory Instrumentation

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: OLRI 170
  • Instructor: James Doyle

Notes: This course is an introduction to laboratory methods that are useful in experimental physics and other laboratory-based disciplines, with an emphasis on computer interfacing techniques. Topics will include basic analog electronics, fundamental instrumentation such as analog-digital converters and digital oscilloscopes, and computer interfacing using LabView. Student will design and construct several significant computer interfacing projects throughout the semester. Since this course provides the foundation for advanced experimental work and research, students should take this course in their sophomore or junior year. (4 credits)

PHYS 348-L2

Laboratory Instrumentation Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 154
  • Instructor: James Doyle

Notes: This course is an introduction to laboratory methods that are useful in experimental physics and other laboratory-based disciplines, with an emphasis on computer interfacing techniques. Topics will include basic analog electronics, fundamental instrumentation such as analog-digital converters and digital oscilloscopes, and computer interfacing using LabView. Student will design and construct several significant computer interfacing projects throughout the semester. Since this course provides the foundation for advanced experimental work and research, students should take this course in their sophomore or junior year. (4 credits)

PHYS 444-01

Electromagnetic Radiation

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 170
  • Instructor: James Heyman

Notes: This course extends the treatment of Physics 443 to the electromagnetic properties of matter, especially the solid state, and the properties of electromagnetic waves and radiation. The treatment of electromagnetism within the special theory of relativity is also covered. Three lecture and one one-hour laboratory per week. Alternate years. (4 credits)


PHYS 444-L1

Electromagnetic Radiation Lab

  • Days: F
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 154
  • Instructor: James Heyman

Notes: This course extends the treatment of Physics 443 to the electromagnetic properties of matter, especially the solid state, and the properties of electromagnetic waves and radiation. The treatment of electromagnetism within the special theory of relativity is also covered. Three lecture and one one-hour laboratory per week. Alternate years. (4 credits)


PHYS 460-01

Astrophysics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: NEILL 226
  • Instructor: John Cannon

Notes: This course covers advanced topics in astrophysics. It includes spectroscopy of stars, the interaction of light and matter in stellar atmospheres and interstellar medium, nucleosynthesis and the interior of stars, the structure of the Milky Way galaxy and the evidence for dark matter, properties and the formation of different types of galaxies, large-scale structure of the Universe, and observational tests of cosmology. Three hours per week. (4 credits)

PHYS 461-01

Mechanics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 150
  • Instructor: Tonnis ter Veldhuis

Notes: The fundamental principles of classical mechanics are discussed and applied to problems of contemporary interest. Topics include: charged particle motion in electromagnetic fields, oscillations and resonance, central force motion including the Kepler problem and Rutherford scattering, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of classical dynamics, symmetry and conservation laws, non-inertial reference frames, rigid body dynamics and applications, and an introduction to non-linear dynamics. Three lectures, problem discussions, and one one-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


PHYS 461-L1

Mechanics Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: James Heyman

Notes: The fundamental principles of classical mechanics are discussed and applied to problems of contemporary interest. Topics include: charged particle motion in electromagnetic fields, oscillations and resonance, central force motion including the Kepler problem and Rutherford scattering, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of classical dynamics, symmetry and conservation laws, non-inertial reference frames, rigid body dynamics and applications, and an introduction to non-linear dynamics. Three lectures, problem discussions, and one one-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


PHYS 468-01

Statistical Mechanics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: OLRI 170
  • Instructor: Sean Bartz

Notes: This course explores the equilibrium and kinetic properties of many-particle systems such as gases, liquids, and solids. The fundamental notions of entropy, temperature, and the Boltzmann relation are rigorously derived from statistical mechanics, and are used to develop other thermodynamic ideas such as chemical potential and free energy. The theory is applied to classical and quantum systems, including photon gases (black-body radiation), Bose-Einstein condensation, fermion systems such as metals and neutron stars, classical ideal gases, vibrations in solids (phonons), chemical reactions, semiconductors, and transport phenomena. Three lectures per week. Spring semester. (4 credits)

PHYS 489-01

Physics Seminar

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 150
  • Instructor: James Heyman

Notes: *1 credit course*


PHYS 494-01

Research in Astrophysics

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:00 am
  • Room: OLRI 404
  • Instructor: John Cannon

Notes: *Permission of instructor required* Selected topics in astrophysics research.

Fall 2017

PHYS 111-01

Contemporary Concepts

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: OLRI 150
  • Instructor: Sung Kyu Kim

Notes: This course is specifically designed for the liberal arts student who desires an essentially non-mathematical, yet wholly faithful, acquaintance with the fundamental concepts of contemporary physics. Topics include special relativity, curved space-time and black holes, the Big Bang universe, light, quantum theory, and elementary particles. These are presented so as to demonstrate the power of "pure thought" and scientific creativity at its best. The underlying assumption of the course is that physics approached as a way of thinking can be vitally relevant and challenging to students of all intellectual persuasions. Three lectures per week in fall and spring. (4 credits)


PHYS 194-01

Nano Science

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: OLRI 101
  • Instructor: James Heyman

Notes: *First Year Course only* Nanoscience is concerned with the control of matter on the atomic and molecular scale. This interdisciplinary field sits at the convergence of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Materials Science and Electrical Engineering. Our course will introduce science at the nanometer length scale, the fabrication of nano-scale systems and some of their technological applications. This quantitative course will use mathematics at the introductory calculus level, and high-school physics and calculus are recommended. Assignments will include readings, problem sets, short papers and a research paper.

Class meets MWF, 2:20 pm - 3:20 pm in Olin Rice 101

Writing designation: WA

Living arrangements: Single gender rooms, co-ed floor.


PHYS 226-01

Principles of Physics I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 150
  • Instructor: Sean Bartz

Notes: A study of motion, including Newton's Law of Motion, conservation of energy and momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, oscillations, waves in elastic media and thermal properties of matter. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 221 and Physics 226. Fall semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 226-02

Principles of Physics I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 150
  • Instructor: Sean Bartz

Notes: A study of motion, including Newton's Law of Motion, conservation of energy and momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, oscillations, waves in elastic media and thermal properties of matter. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 221 and Physics 226. Fall semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 226-L1

Principles of Physics I Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-04:20 pm
  • Room: OLRI 152
  • Instructor: Brian Adams

Notes: A study of motion, including Newton's Law of Motion, conservation of energy and momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, oscillations, waves in elastic media and thermal properties of matter. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 221 and Physics 226. Fall semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 226-L2

Principles of Physics I Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-09:00 pm
  • Room: OLRI 152
  • Instructor: Brian Adams

Notes: A study of motion, including Newton's Law of Motion, conservation of energy and momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, oscillations, waves in elastic media and thermal properties of matter. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 221 and Physics 226. Fall semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 226-L3

Principles of Physics I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 09:10 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 152
  • Instructor: Brian Adams

Notes: A study of motion, including Newton's Law of Motion, conservation of energy and momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, oscillations, waves in elastic media and thermal properties of matter. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 221 and Physics 226. Fall semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 226-L4

Principles of Physics I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: OLRI 152
  • Instructor: Brian Adams

Notes: A study of motion, including Newton's Law of Motion, conservation of energy and momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, oscillations, waves in elastic media and thermal properties of matter. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 221 and Physics 226. Fall semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 227-01

Principles of Physics II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 101
  • Instructor: Tonnis ter Veldhuis

Notes: A study of electric charge and currents, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and geometrical and physical optics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 222 and Physics 227. Every semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 227-L1

Principles of Physics II Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 09:10 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 152
  • Instructor: Brian Adams

Notes: A study of electric charge and currents, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and geometrical and physical optics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 222 and Physics 227. Every semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 227-L2

Principles of Physics II Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: OLRI 152
  • Instructor: Brian Adams

Notes: A study of electric charge and currents, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and geometrical and physical optics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 222 and Physics 227. Every semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 331-01

Modern Physics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: OLRI 150
  • Instructor: James Heyman

Notes: This course provides an introductory treatment of the exciting foundations of modern microscopic physics, including special relativity, quantum theory, atomic structure, nuclear structure and elementary particles. The primary goal of the course is to build the solid theoretical foundation in microscopic physics necessary for advanced studies in nearly all science disciplines. In addition to the theoretical treatment of the topics there will be laboratory exercises, which recreate the spirit and excitement of the pioneering experiments. Three lectures, one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


PHYS 331-L1

Modern Physics Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 154
  • Instructor: James Heyman

Notes: This course provides an introductory treatment of the exciting foundations of modern microscopic physics, including special relativity, quantum theory, atomic structure, nuclear structure and elementary particles. The primary goal of the course is to build the solid theoretical foundation in microscopic physics necessary for advanced studies in nearly all science disciplines. In addition to the theoretical treatment of the topics there will be laboratory exercises, which recreate the spirit and excitement of the pioneering experiments. Three lectures, one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


PHYS 331-L2

Modern Physics Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 154
  • Instructor: James Heyman

Notes: This course provides an introductory treatment of the exciting foundations of modern microscopic physics, including special relativity, quantum theory, atomic structure, nuclear structure and elementary particles. The primary goal of the course is to build the solid theoretical foundation in microscopic physics necessary for advanced studies in nearly all science disciplines. In addition to the theoretical treatment of the topics there will be laboratory exercises, which recreate the spirit and excitement of the pioneering experiments. Three lectures, one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


PHYS 331-L3

Modern Physics Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:00 am
  • Room: OLRI 154
  • Instructor: James Heyman

Notes: This course provides an introductory treatment of the exciting foundations of modern microscopic physics, including special relativity, quantum theory, atomic structure, nuclear structure and elementary particles. The primary goal of the course is to build the solid theoretical foundation in microscopic physics necessary for advanced studies in nearly all science disciplines. In addition to the theoretical treatment of the topics there will be laboratory exercises, which recreate the spirit and excitement of the pioneering experiments. Three lectures, one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


PHYS 340-01

Digital Electronics

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 150
  • Instructor: James Doyle

Notes: *Cross-listed with COMP 340-01*

A survey of fundamental ideas and methods used in the design and construction of digital electronic circuits such as computers. Emphasis will be on applying the theoretical aspects of digital design to the actual construction of circuits in the laboratory. Topics to be covered include basic circuit theory, transistor physics, logic families (TTL, CMOS), Boolean logic principles, combinatorial design techniques, sequential logic techniques, memory circuits and timing, and applications to microprocessor and computer design. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


PHYS 340-L1

Digital Electronics Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 147
  • Instructor: James Doyle

Notes: *Cross-listed with COMP 340-L1*

A survey of fundamental ideas and methods used in the design and construction of digital electronic circuits such as computers. Emphasis will be on applying the theoretical aspects of digital design to the actual construction of circuits in the laboratory. Topics to be covered include basic circuit theory, transistor physics, logic families (TTL, CMOS), Boolean logic principles, combinatorial design techniques, sequential logic techniques, memory circuits and timing, and applications to microprocessor and computer design. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


PHYS 340-L2

Digital Electronics Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 147
  • Instructor: James Doyle

Notes: A survey of fundamental ideas and methods used in the design and construction of digital electronic circuits such as computers. Emphasis will be on applying the theoretical aspects of digital design to the actual construction of circuits in the laboratory. Topics to be covered include basic circuit theory, transistor physics, logic families (TTL, CMOS), Boolean logic principles, combinatorial design techniques, sequential logic techniques, memory circuits and timing, and applications to microprocessor and computer design. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


PHYS 394-01

Biophysics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: OLRI 150
  • Instructor: James Doyle

Notes: In this course we will apply the basic ideas of statistical mechanics and transport theory to select biological processes, in order to understand the nature of non-equilibrium processes in living things. Topics include entropy and free energy, entropic forces, diffusion, active transport, and cooperativity with applications to protein folding, macromolecule and membrane self-assembly, structural and mechanical properties of macromolecules, kinetics of molecular machines, voltage gated ion channels, and the propagation of nerve impulses. A basic theme is how highly organized structures and processes circumvent or even exploit the relentless drive to disorder (entropy). The emphasis will be on the construction of simplified but quantitative models based on the fundamental principles that attempt to capture the essence of these phenomena. Prerequisite: Physics 227 or equivalent.

PHYS 443-01

Electromagnetic Theory

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: OLRI 170
  • Instructor: Sean Bartz

Notes: This course treats the interactions between electrical charges in free space by developing the concepts of potential, electric and magnetic fields, and electromagnetic induction. Maxwell's equations are developed and used to derive the properties of plane electromagnetic waves in free space. Special emphasis is placed on boundary value problems and other useful mathematical techniques.Three lectures and one one-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


PHYS 443-L1

Electromagnetic Theory Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 143
  • Instructor: James Doyle

Notes: This course treats the interactions between electrical charges in free space by developing the concepts of potential, electric and magnetic fields, and electromagnetic induction. Maxwell's equations are developed and used to derive the properties of plane electromagnetic waves in free space. Special emphasis is placed on boundary value problems and other useful mathematical techniques.Three lectures and one one-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


PHYS 481-01

Quantum Mechanics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: OLRI 170
  • Instructor: Tonnis ter Veldhuis

Notes: The course rigorously covers many fundamental concepts of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, including the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and Pauli exclusion principle, single- and multi-particle stationary states in one, two and three dimensions, and quantized angular momentum and spin. Schrodinger equation solutions for atomic and nuclear systems are studied, using differential equation, matrix and perturbation techniques. A familiarity with linear algebra is also helpful. Three lectures and one one-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


PHYS 481-L1

Quantum Mechanics Lab

  • Days: F
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 143
  • Instructor: Tonnis ter Veldhuis

Notes: The course rigorously covers many fundamental concepts of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, including the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and Pauli exclusion principle, single- and multi-particle stationary states in one, two and three dimensions, and quantized angular momentum and spin. Schrodinger equation solutions for atomic and nuclear systems are studied, using differential equation, matrix and perturbation techniques. A familiarity with linear algebra is also helpful. Three lectures and one one-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


Spring 2018

PHYS 113-01

Modern Astronomy I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: John Cannon

Notes: This course discusses topics of current interest in astronomy and the physical concepts that lead to our understanding of the Universe. There are three main sections: the Solar System, Celestial Light and Stars, and Galaxies and the Universe. Lectures include the formation of the sun and planets, properties of stars and stellar remnants (like black holes and supernovae), characteristics of our Milky Way and other galaxies, and the formation and fate of the Universe. Basic algebra and trigonometry are recommended. (4 credits)


PHYS 130-01

Science of Renewable Energy

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: James Doyle

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 130-01*

Cross-listed with Environmental Studies 130. This is a course on the current status of the most promising alternative and renewable energy options from a primarily scientific and technological perspective. Current methods of electricity generation and transportation energy sources will be briefly reviewed (fossil fuels, nuclear fission, and hydroelectric), including discussion of their limitations and environmental consequences. The focus of the course will be on understanding the scientific basis of alternative and renewable energy sources, and their promise and technological challenges for wide scale implementation. Biofuels, wind, photovoltaics, concentrated solar power, hydrogen, nuclear fusion, and geothermal will be considered in depth.

PHYS 194-01

General Audience Course

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Tonnis ter Veldhuis

Notes:

PHYS 227-01

Principles of Physics II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: A study of electric charge and currents, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and geometrical and physical optics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 222 and Physics 227. Every semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 227-L1

Principles of Physics II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 09:10 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Brian Adams

Notes: A study of electric charge and currents, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and geometrical and physical optics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 222 and Physics 227. Every semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 227-L2

Principles of Physics II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Brian Adams

Notes: A study of electric charge and currents, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and geometrical and physical optics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 222 and Physics 227. Every semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 227-L3

Principles of Physics II Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 09:10 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Brian Adams

Notes: A study of electric charge and currents, electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and geometrical and physical optics. Three lectures and one two-hour laboratory per week. Students cannot receive credit for both Physics 222 and Physics 227. Every semester. (4 credits)


PHYS 348-01

Laboratory Instrumentation

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: James Doyle

Notes: This course is an introduction to laboratory methods that are useful in experimental physics and other laboratory-based disciplines, with an emphasis on computer interfacing techniques. Topics will include basic analog electronics, fundamental instrumentation such as analog-digital converters and digital oscilloscopes, and computer interfacing using LabView. Student will design and construct several significant computer interfacing projects throughout the semester. Since this course provides the foundation for advanced experimental work and research, students should take this course in their sophomore or junior year. (4 credits)

PHYS 348-L1

Laboratory Instrumentation Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: James Doyle

Notes: This course is an introduction to laboratory methods that are useful in experimental physics and other laboratory-based disciplines, with an emphasis on computer interfacing techniques. Topics will include basic analog electronics, fundamental instrumentation such as analog-digital converters and digital oscilloscopes, and computer interfacing using LabView. Student will design and construct several significant computer interfacing projects throughout the semester. Since this course provides the foundation for advanced experimental work and research, students should take this course in their sophomore or junior year. (4 credits)

PHYS 440-01

Observational Astronomy

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: John Cannon

Notes: This is an upper-level course for physics and astronomy majors that covers techniques of astronomical data acquisition and analysis. The class is divided roughly equally between optical and radio techniques. Students complete observational projects using both the Macalester Observatory and national telescope facilities. Lectures are supplemented by a required 3-hour analysis session that meets once per week. Every other year; required for the astronomy emphasis. (4 credits)

PHYS 440-L1

Observational Astronomy Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: John Cannon

Notes: This is an upper-level course for physics and astronomy majors that covers techniques of astronomical data acquisition and analysis. The class is divided roughly equally between optical and radio techniques. Students complete observational projects using both the Macalester Observatory and national telescope facilities. Lectures are supplemented by a required 3-hour analysis session that meets once per week. Every other year; required for the astronomy emphasis. (4 credits)

PHYS 440-L2

Observational Astronomy Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: John Cannon

Notes: This is an upper-level course for physics and astronomy majors that covers techniques of astronomical data acquisition and analysis. The class is divided roughly equally between optical and radio techniques. Students complete observational projects using both the Macalester Observatory and national telescope facilities. Lectures are supplemented by a required 3-hour analysis session that meets once per week. Every other year; required for the astronomy emphasis. (4 credits)

PHYS 461-01

Mechanics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: The fundamental principles of classical mechanics are discussed and applied to problems of contemporary interest. Topics include: charged particle motion in electromagnetic fields, oscillations and resonance, central force motion including the Kepler problem and Rutherford scattering, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of classical dynamics, symmetry and conservation laws, non-inertial reference frames, rigid body dynamics and applications, and an introduction to non-linear dynamics. Three lectures, problem discussions, and one one-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


PHYS 461-L1

Mechanics Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: James Heyman

Notes: The fundamental principles of classical mechanics are discussed and applied to problems of contemporary interest. Topics include: charged particle motion in electromagnetic fields, oscillations and resonance, central force motion including the Kepler problem and Rutherford scattering, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of classical dynamics, symmetry and conservation laws, non-inertial reference frames, rigid body dynamics and applications, and an introduction to non-linear dynamics. Three lectures, problem discussions, and one one-hour laboratory per week. (4 credits)


PHYS 468-01

Statistical Mechanics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: James Heyman

Notes: This course explores the equilibrium and kinetic properties of many-particle systems such as gases, liquids, and solids. The fundamental notions of entropy, temperature, and the Boltzmann relation are rigorously derived from statistical mechanics, and are used to develop other thermodynamic ideas such as chemical potential and free energy. The theory is applied to classical and quantum systems, including photon gases (black-body radiation), Bose-Einstein condensation, fermion systems such as metals and neutron stars, classical ideal gases, vibrations in solids (phonons), chemical reactions, semiconductors, and transport phenomena. Three lectures per week. Spring semester. (4 credits)

PHYS 489-01

Physics Seminar

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: James Heyman

Notes: 1 credit course*

PHYS 494-01

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Tonnis ter Veldhuis

Notes:

PHYS 494-L1

Adv Quantum Mechanics Lab

  • Days: F
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: James Heyman

Notes: