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2000 level courses

Note:  ALL 2000-level courses have University Physics I & II and Calculus I & II (or equivalent background) as prerequisites.

Mechanics (PHY 2010).  4 credits.   This course presents a rigorous treatment of classical mechanics at a level beyond the general physics survey.  Topics include: Newtonian mechanics, oscillations and resonance, conservative forces and potential energy, central forces, non-inertial frames of references, rigid body motion; an introduction to Lagrange's formulation of mechanics, coupled oscillators, normal modes, special relativity, and relativistic kinematics. 

Electromagnetism (PHY 2021). 4 credits. This course presents a rigorous treatment of classical electromagnetism at the level beyond the general physics survey.  Topics include: Electrostatics and magnetostatics, Laplace's equation and boundary-value problems, electro-magnetic waves, multipole expansions, dielectric and magnetic materials, Faraday's Law, AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, Lorentz covariance, special relativity.   

Quantum Physics (PHY 2030). 4 credits. This introduction to quantum physics includes the following topics: the basic principles of the quantum theory, the time-independent and time-dependent Schrodinger equations, eigenvalue equations, the theory of measurement, uncertainty principle, energy levels in potential wells, reflection and transmission by potential barriers, the harmonic oscillator, the hydrogen atom, and other applications to atomic, molecular, and nuclear physics. 

Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics (PHY 2040).  4 credits. This course covers the formal treatment of thermodynamics and statistical physics beyond the introductory level in the general physics survey.  Topics include: Thermodynamics, kinetic theory, methods of statistical mechanics, energy and entropy, Boltzmann, Fermi, and Bose distributions, ideal and real gases, blackbody radiation, chemical equilibrium, phase transition, ferromagnetism.  Note:  Quantum Physics is a prerequisite for this course and must be taken first.

Experimental Physics (PHY 2028).  3 credits. This is a laboratory course that concentrates on hands-on experimental measurements, data analysis methods, and report writing skills.  Normally 6 experiments in various aspects of modern physics (e.g. atomic, nuclear, or particle physics) are completed during a semester.  Student lab groups work independently, but have regular meetings with the instructor.