Physics and Astronomy Instructional Labs and Studios

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Physics 105/114/115/117/118/119  - Mechanics/E&M Series

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  • Physics 114 – Physics for Life Sciences I
  • Physics 115 – Physics for Life Sciences II

Physics 128 – Modern Physics

Three credit hours. Prerequisite, Physics 117 (or Physics 105 by permission of instructor); corequisite, Physics 128L. Special relativity theory, black body radiation, photons and electrons; wave particle duality.Elements of atomic theory, nuclei and fundamental particles. Three lecture hours a week. Fall and spring. Iliadis, Wu, staff.


Physics 331 – Numerical Techniques in Physics

Four credit hours. Prerequisite, Physics 116; corequisite, Mathematics 233. Applications of calculus, vector analysis, differential equations, complex numbers, and computer programming are made to realistic physical systems. Three lecture and two computational laboratory hours a week. Spring. Tiesinga.

Physics 351/352 – Analog/Digital Electronics

Physics 351 – Electronics I

Four credit hours. Prerequisites, introductory physics and Mathematics 231, or permission of the instructor. DC and AC circuit analysis, PN junctions and diodes, single-transistor circuits, transducers. Analog devices. Extensive circuit building with testing, troubleshooting, and debugging. Fall. Karwowski, Washburn.

Physics 352 – Electronics II

Four credit hours. Prerequisite, Physics 351 or permission of the instructor. Introduction to digital circuits: gates, flip-flops, and counters. Computers and device interconnections, converters and data acquisition. Signal analysis and digital filters. Graphical (LabVIEW) programming and computer interfacing. Individual projects and practical applications. Spring. Karwowski.

Physics 481/482/Materials 148 – Advanced Materials Lab

Physics 481/482 – Advanced Laboratory I and II

Two credit hours each. Prerequisite, Physics 351 or 352 or permission. Selected experiments illustrating modern techniques such as the use of laser technology to study the interaction of electromagnetic fields and matter. Six laboratory hours a week.

Spring and fall. Tsui, Parikh.

Physics 491 – Materials Laboratory I

Two credit hours. Prerequisite, Physics 352. Pre- or corequisite, Applied Science 470. Structure determination
and measurement of the optical, electrical, and magnetic properties of solids.

Fall. Tsui, Parikh.

Astronomy 101 – Descriptive Astronomy

Three credit hours. No prerequisite. A study of the celestial sphere, time, earth, moon, artificial satellites, eclipses, sun, solar system, stars, the Milky Way, extragalactic systems, and cosmogony.

Fall and spring. Clemens, Rose, staff.