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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. (1-0) Y
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. (0-3) Y
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. (0-3) Y
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. (3-0) Y
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. (3-0) Y
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. (0-3) Y
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. (0-3) Y
PHYS 2303 Contemporary Physics (3 semester hours) Topics include the fundamentals of geometric optics, basic relativity and preliminary quantum concepts. (3-0) Y
PHYS 2325 Mechanics and Heat (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. (3-0) Y
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. (3-0) Y
PHYS 3125 Electronics Laboratory (1 semester hour) Laboratory course to accompany PHYS 3325. Students will be required to purchase a breadboard and battery to power simple circuits they design, build, and demonstrate. Corequisite: PHYS 3325. (0-3) Y
PHYS 3311 Theoretical Physics (3 semester hours) Review of Complex numbers, Vvector spaces, linear operators, and eigenvectorsvector integral systems.; ordinary differential equations and eigenfunctions; complex functions and contour integration; Study of Fourier series; product solutions of PDEs; and special functionsintegral transforms. Corequisite: Differential Equations (MATH 2420 or equivalent). Prerequisites: Differential Equations (MATH 2420 or equivalent), Multivariable Calculus with Applications (MATH 2451 or equivalent), and PHYS 2326. (3-0) Y
PHYS 3312 Classical Mechanics (3 semester hours) Newton’s laws and conservation of momentum; collisions; two body problems and trajectories; rotating coordinate systems; Lagrangian formulation; rotational dynamics and the inertia tensor; rotating coordinate systems; gravitation. Prerequisite: PHYS 3311 or equivalent. (3-0) 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. (3-0)
PHYS 3325 Electronics (3 semester hours) Direct and alternating current circuits; characteristics of semiconductor devices, typical electronic circuits, power supplies, amplifiers, oscillators; feedback transients and pulse circuits. Prerequisite: PHYS 2326. Corequisite: PHYS 3125. (3-0) 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. (3-0) Y
PHYS 3341 Physics for Bio Science I (3 semester hours) Calculus based. Basic physics for pre-health science students. Topics include space and time, kinematics, forces, energy and momentum, conservation laws, rotation, thermodynamics, and kinetic theory. Focus is on biological applications. Two lectures and one recitation session per week. Prerequisite: MATH 2417. Must register for Physics Laboratory I (PHYS 2125). (3-0) Y
PHYS 3342 Physics for Bio Science II (3 semester hours) Continuation of PHYS 3341. Topics include electrostatics and electromagnetics, electric field and potential, electric currents, magnetic fields, laws of CoulombGauss, Ampere, and Faraday; Maxwell’s theory of propagation. Focus isSome discussions on biological applications. Two lectures and one recitation session per week. Prerequisites: PHYS 3341 and MATH 2419. Must register for Physics Laboratory II (PHYS 2126). (3-0) 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 momentaum coupling. Prerequisite PHYS 2303; co-requisite: PHYS 3311. (3-0) 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. (3-0) 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; two dimensional representations of the electric field on a computer; graphing the electric field; electrostatics; potential theory; field energy; fields of moving charges and electric currents; the magnetic field; electromagnetic induction; Kirchhoff’s laws and computer analysis of RLC circuits including resonance; Maxwell’s equations; electromagnetic plane waves; guided waves; dielectrics, magnetic media. Prerequisite: PHYS 3311 or equivalent. (3-0) 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 H atom. Prerequisites: PHYS 3311, PHYS 3312, and PHYS 3352 or equivalent. (3-0) Y
PHYS 4302 Quantum Mechanics II (3 semester hours) An extension of Quantum Mechanics I including relativistic topics. Prerequisite: PHYS 4301. (3-0) 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, partialpartition functions, statistical ensembles; the Maxwell Boltzmann, Fermi Dirac, and Bose Einstein distributions; and the equipartition theorem. Applications of the theories will be considered will include the thermodynamic description of chemical and phase equilibria, magnetism, superconductivity, and superfluidity. Prerequisites: PHYS 2325, PHYS 2326, and PHYS 3311. (3-0) 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. Hands-on operation of several devices. (3-0) 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. (3-0) 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 concepts to an understanding of the operation of laser and solid state devices; to elucidating molecular and solid state structure; to an appreciation of nuclear structure, models and forces; and to explaining low temperature phenomena. Introductory discussion of subnuclear particles, their properties and interactions. Prerequisite: PHYS 3352. (3-0) 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, x-ray 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. (3-0) Y
PHYS 4372 Solid State Devices (3 semester hours) This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of solid state devices. Topics covered include semiconductor homojunctions and heterojunctions, low dimensional physics, hot electron systems, semiconductor lasers, field effect and heterojunction transistors, microwave diodes, and infrared and solar devices. Prerequisite: PHYS 4371. (3-0) T
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. (3-0) 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, magneto-hydrodynamics, 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. (3-0) R
PHYS 4384 Astrophotography (3 semester hours + 1 lab) Finding and photographing the moon, stars, meteors, and planets with a telescope. Theoretical and practical aspects of telescope optics, mounting, and star tracking. Developing film and digital manipulation of images. Students supply 35mm SLR film, film, and printing supplies. Prerequisites: PHYS 1302 or 2303 or 2325. No prior observational astronomy experience required. (3-0) R
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. (3-0) S
PHYS 4V07 Senior Projects Laboratory (1-36 semester hours) Intended as an introduction to research, this course involves independent reading and/or laboratory work on advanced topics or experiments. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. ([1-36]-0) R
PHYS 4V10 Special Topics in Physics (1-9 semester hours) Subject matter will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit (9 hours maximum). Prerequisite: consent of instructor. ([1-9]-0) S


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