Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 503     Electricity & Magnetism     3 Credit Hours

The study of electrostatics, magnetostatics, and electrodynamics using Maxwell's equations. The course focuses on the development of Maxwell's equations from observation and experiment and on the application of these equations to electromagnetic phenomena. Additional reading assignments and/or projects will distinguish this course from its undergraduate version PHYS 403. Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS 403 and PHYS 503. (W)

Prerequisite(s): (MATH 205 or MATH 215) and PHYS 151

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

PHYS 553     Quantum Mechanics     3 Credit Hours

A course in non-relative quantum mechanics emphasizing the basic postulates of quantum theory, the concepts of eigenstates and eigenvalues, and the role and use of operators and communication relations in the development of the subject. Application of the Schrodinger and Heisenberg formalisms to the solution of single-particle systems subject to a variety of potential functions, including simple step/barrier potentials, the harmonic oscillator potential and the Coulomb potential, will be made. Additional reading assignments and/or projects distinguish this course from its undergraduate version PHYS 453. Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS 453 and PHYS 553.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 216 and PHYS 305

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

PHYS 590     Topics in Physics     1 to 4 Credit Hours

Topics in Physics. (OC).

Restriction(s):
Can enroll if Class is Graduate

PHYS 590A     Topics in Physics     1 Credit Hour

TOPIC TITLE: Force and Motion Elementary school teachers will develop definitions of position, velocity, and acceleration that are consistent with the scientific usage of these terms, interpret graphs of position, velocity, and acceleration versus time, develop a definition of force that can be applied to objects both at rest and moving, and relate the net force to the change in motion of the object. Participants will experience motion themselves and see it displayed on a computer in real time. Methods of teaching conceptual change will be modeled.

 
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An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally