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Physics Course Descriptions
PHYS 1100 The Fun of Physics (1
semester hour) An introductory course in physics in the modern world.
Focuses on the work of a physicist. What does a physicist do? What are
some of the exciting topics on which physicists are working today? The
faculty discusses their favorite concepts and the opportunities for
student participation in research. Must be taken on a Credit/No Credit
basis only. (10) Y
PHYS 1101 (PHYS 1101) College Physics Laboratory I
(1 semester hour) A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 1301. Cannot
be used to satisfy degree requirements for majors in the School of
Engineering and Computer Science. Corequisite: PHYS 1301 or PHYS 3341.
(03) Y
PHYS 1102 (PHYS 1102) College Physics Laboratory II
(1 semester hour) A laboratory course to accompany PHYS 1302. Cannot
be used to satisfy degree requirements for majors in the School of
Engineering and Computer Science. Corequisite: PHYS 1302 or PHYS 3342.
(03) Y
PHYS 1301 (PHYS 1301) College Physics I (3 semester
hours) Algebra and trigonometry based basic physics. Topics include
mechanics, heat and thermodynamics. Cannot be used to satisfy degree
requirements for majors in the School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Check with your program advisor. Prerequisite: MATH 1314. (30) Y
PHYS 1302 (PHYS 1302) College Physics II (3
semester hours) Continuation of PHYS 1301. Topics include electricity
and magnetism and optics. Cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements
for majors in the School of Engineering and Computer Science. Check
with your program advisor. Prerequisite: PHYS 1301. (30) Y
PHYS 2125 (PHYS 2125) Physics Laboratory I (1
semester hour) Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 2325. Personal
computer based data presentation and curve fitting. Basic measurement
concepts such as experimental uncertainty, mean, standard deviation,
standard error, and error propagation will be covered. Corequisite:
PHYS 2325 or PHYS 2421. (03) Y
PHYS 2126 (PHYS 2126) Physics Laboratory II
(1 semester hour) Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 2326. Experiments
investigate Coulomb’s Law, electric fields, Ohm’s and
Kirchoff’s
laws, RC circuits, magnetic forces between conductors, motors and transformers.
Corequisite: PHYS 2326 or PHYS 2422. (03) Y
PHYS 2127 Engineering Electromagnetics Laboratory
(1 semester hour) Laboratory exercises designed to provide handson
experiences that will reinforce the concepts presented in PHYS 2327.
Weekly laboratory assignments will also provide an introduction to the
correct use of basic laboratory test and measurement equipment, including
power supplied, multimeters, oscilloscopes, and signal generators. Corequisite:
PHYS 2327. (03)Y
PHYS 2303 Contemporary Physics (3
semester hours) Topics include the fundamentals of geometric optics,
interference, diffraction, special relativity, structure of the atom,
nuclear physics, radioactivity and elementary particles. (30) Y
PHYS 2325 (PHYS 2325) Mechanics (3 semester
hours) Calculus based. Basic physics including a study of space and
time, kinematics, forces, energy and momentum, conservation laws, rotational
motion, torques, and harmonic oscillation.. Two lectures and one recitation
session per week. Prerequisite: MATH 2417. Corequisite: PHYS 2125. (30)
Y
PHYS 2326 (PHYS 2326) Electromagnetism and Waves
(3 semester hours) Continuation of PHYS 2325. Topics include electrostatics
and electromagnetics, electric field and potential, electric currents,
magnetic fields, laws of Coulomb, Ampere, and Faraday, Maxwell’s
theory of wave propagation. Two lectures and one recitation session
per week. Prerequisites: PHYS 2325 and MATH 2419. Corequisite: PHYS
2126. (30) Y
PHYS 2327 Engineering Electromagnetics
(3 semester hours) An introduction to electromagnetism with emphasis
on engineering applications, including the relationship between Maxwell's
equations and the rules of AC and DC planar circuit analysis. Application
of Maxwell's equations to passive circuit elements, RL, RC, and RLC
circuits, and propagation effects relevant to signal transmission in
free space and on integrated circuit boards. Prerequisites: PHYS 2325
and MATH 2419. Corequisite: PHYS 2127. (30) Y
PHYS 2421 Honors Physics I  Mechanics and
Heat (4 semester hours) This class is a more rigorous version
of PHYS 2325 with additional topics in thermal physics. Derivations
are more general and rely more heavily on calculus and use of vectors.
More challenging problems and applications. Two lectures plus a required
recitation session per week. Prerequisite: PHYS 2127. Corequisite: PHSY
2125. (40) Y
PHYS 2422 Honors Physics II  Electromagnetism
and Waves (4 semester hours) Calculusbased physics. This class
is a more rigorous version of PHYS 2326. Derivations are more general
and rely more heavily on multidimensional calculus concepts such as
divergence, gradient, curl, and the theorems of Green, Stokes and Gauss.
More challenging problems and applications. Two lectures plus a required
recitation session per week. Prerequisites: PHYS 2325 or PHYS 2421,
and MATH 2419. Corequisites: MATH 2451 and PHYS 2126 or PHYS 2127. (40)
Y
PHYS 3125 Electronics Laboratory
(1 semester hour) Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 3325. Students
will learn to use common laboratory equipment to diagnose and troubleshoot
breadboard circuits they build in lab. The lab exercises are closely
tied to the topics covered weekly in PHYS 3325 lectures. Corequisite:
PHYS 3325. (03) Y
PHYS 3311 Theoretical Physics (3
semester hours) Review of: Complex numbers, vector spaces, linear operators,
and vector integral systems. Study of Fourier series; product solutions
of PDEs; and special functions. Corequisite: Differential Equations
(MATH 2420 or equivalent). Prerequisites: Multivariable Calculus with
Applications (MATH 2451 or equivalent), and PHYS 2326 or PHYS 2327
or PHYS 2422. (30) Y
PHYS 3312 Classical Mechanics (3
semester hours) Newton’s laws; collisions; two body problems and
trajectories; Lagrangian formulation; rotational dynamics and the inertia
tensor; rotating coordinate systems; gravitation. Prerequisite: PHYS
3311 or equivalent. (30) Y
PHYS 3324 Scientific Computing (3
semester hours) Introduction to modern programming languages like C++
and Fortran. Applications of programming for scientific analysis, manipulation,
and graphical display. (30) R
PHYS 3325 Electronics (3 semester
hours) Topics include direct and alternating current circuits, diodes
and transistors, feedback, passive and active filters, simple amplifiers,
and combinatorial and sequential digital electronics. Prerequisite:
PHYS 2326, PHYS 2327 or PHYS 2422. Corequisite: PHYS 3125. (30) Y
PHYS 3330 Numerical Methods in Physics and
Computational Techniques (3 semester hours) The course covers
concepts and computational techniques in numerical methods for solving
physics problems. Topics typically include probability, statistics,
data analysis, fits, numerical solutions, and interpretation of the
experimental data. Prerequisite: CS 1337 or equivalent experience with
a computer programming language. (30) Y
PHYS 3341 Physics for Bio Science I
(3 semester hours) Calculus based. Basic physics for prehealth science
students. Topics include mechanics, heat and thermodynamics. Some
discussions on biological applications. Two lectures and one recitation
session per week. Prerequisite: MATH 2417. Must register for College
Physics Laboratory I (PHYS 1101). (30) Y
PHYS 3342 Physics for Bio Science II
(3 semester hours) Continuation of PHYS 3341. Topics include electricity,
magnetism and optics. Some discussions on biological applications.
Two lectures and one recitation session per week. Prerequisites: PHYS
3341 and MATH 2419. Must register for College Physics Laboratory II
(PHYS 1102). (30) Y
PHYS 3352 Modern Physics I (3 semester
hours) Wave particle duality, atomic structure, one and three dimensional
elementary quantum mechanics, and energy levels of single and multi
electron atoms. Fine structure splitting and momentum coupling. Prerequisite
PHYS 2303; corequisite: PHYS 3311. (30) Y
PHYS 3380 Astronomy (3 semester
hours) An essentially descriptive course outlining the current views
of the universe and the sources of data supporting those views. The
solar system and its origin, stars, galaxies, pulsars, quasars, black
holes, nebulae and the evolution of the universe. Opportunity to use
a U.T. Dallas telescope is provided. Prerequisite: PHYS 2326 or PHYS
2327 or PHYS 2422. (30) Y
PHYS 3416 Electricity and Magnetism
(4 semester hours) Coulomb’s and Gauss’s laws; potentials,
methods for solving electric field distributions near conductors; potentials
due to clusters of charges; polarization of dielectric materials; electric
displacement. Magnetic fields in a vacuum and in matter; time varying
electric and magnetic fields; Maxwell’s equations; electromagnetic
waves. Prerequisite: PHYS 3311 or equivalent. (40) Y
PHYS 4301 Quantum Mechanics I (3
semester hours) Fundamental concepts: the Stern Gerlach experiment;
the Dirac formalism; kets; bras and operators; base kets and matrix
representations. Measurements, observables and the uncertainty relations.
Position, momentum, and translation. Wave functions in position and
momentum space. Time evolution and Schrödinger’s equation,
Heisenberg picture. Applications include simple harmonic oscillator
and the Hydrogenatom. Prerequisites: PHYS 3311 and PHYS 3352 and either
MATH 2333 or MATH 2418. (30) Y
PHYS 4302 Quantum Mechanics II (3
semester hours) Fermions and bosons, perturbation theory, WKB approximation,
scattering. Prerequisite: PHYS 4301. (30) T
PHYS 4311 Thermodynamics and Statistical
Mechanics (3 semester hours) Study of the elements of thermodynamics,
kinetic theory, and statistical mechanics; the concepts of temperature,
entropy, phase transitions, transport phenomena, partition functions,
statistical ensembles; the Maxwell Boltzmann, Fermi Dirac, and Bose
Einstein distributions; and the equipartition theorem. Applications
of the theories will be considered. Prerequisites: PHYS 2325, PHYS 2326,
and PHYS 3311. (30) Y
PHYS 4324 Computer Interfacing and Data Acquisition
(3 semester hours) Hardware and software techniques to utilize computers
in data acquisition and control of physics experiments. Operation of
digital input and output devices, analog to digital converters, digital
to analog converters, and intercomputer communication. Handson operation
of several devices. (30) T
PHYS 4328 Optics (3 semester hours)
Topics include electromagnetic waves and radiation, the interaction
of light and matter, geometric optics, polarization, interference, and
diffraction. Prerequisite: PHYS 3416. (30) Y
PHYS 4352 Modern Physics II (3 semester
hours) Topics in this advanced continuation of PHYS 3352 include the
application of quantum mechanics and statistical physics to laser, molecular,
and solid state devices; Nuclear structure (models and forces) and subnuclear
particles will also be discussed. Prerequisite: PHYS 3352. (30) Y
PHYS 4371 Solid State Physics (3
semester hours) This course provides a basic but detailed picture of
important concepts in solid state physics. Material covered includes
crystal structure, xray crystallography, reciprocal space, lattice
vibrations, thermal properties of solids, free electron gas, Bloch functions,
metals, insulators and semiconductors. The course concludes with a description
of basic semiconductor devices. Prerequisite: PHYS 3352 and PHYS 3416.
(30) Y
PHYS 4373 Physical Measurements Laboratory (3 semester hours) Thermodynamics and physical properties of
matter, vacuum technology, gas phase kinetics, spectroscopy, basic operations
in electronics, literature skills, and use of computers. Prerequisites:
PHYS 3352 and 3416. (0 6) Y
PHYS 4381 Space Science (3 semester
hours) A survey of the structure and dynamics of the atmospheres of
planets, including ionospheres and magnetospheres, as influenced by
the sun’s radiation and the solar wind. Topics include aurora
and airglow, photochemistry and atmospheric electricity. Prerequisite:
PHYS 2322, or PHYS 2326, or equivalent. (30) T
PHYS 4383 Plasma Physics (3 semester
hours) Plasmas are the 4th state of matter, in which some or all of
the neutral particles in a gas are ionized. A working knowledge of plasma
physics is important in nuclear physics, semiconductor processing, space
science, astronomy, and many other areas. This course will examine the
fundamental treatment of plasmas as embodied in the fluid equations,
magnetohydrodynamics, and simple kinetic theory. Specific topics include
plasma waves and instabilities, diffusion, guiding center motion and
drifts, currents in plasmas, and particle collisions. Prerequisite:
PHYS 3311. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 3416. (30) R
PHYS 4390 Senior Research and Advanced
Writing (3 semester hours) Individual instruction course designed
to develop skills for research and clear, precise and accurate scientific
writing. Research may be either scientific experimentation or critical
analysis of scientific literature. Topics will vary from section to
section depending upon the interests of the student, but will be selected
from a specific area of physics. (30) S
PHYS 4399 Senior Honors in Physics
(3 semester hours) For students conducting independent research for
honors theses or projects. Must be done under faculty supervision. (30)
S
PHYS 4V07 Senior Projects Laboratory
(16 semester hours) Intended as an introduction to research, this course
involves independent reading and/or laboratory work on advanced topics
or experiments. Topics may vary. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (0[16]) R
PHYS 4V10 Special Topics in Physics
(19 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester.
May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: consent
of instructor. ([19]0) S

