# Physics

**PHYS 100 Descriptive Physics (3)
**Lecture, 3 hours. A descriptive survey of the important principles of
physics. Not

recommended for B.S. students. Satisfies GE, category B1 or B3 (Physical Sciences).

Prerequisite for chemistry, physics, or mathematics majors : Physics and

Astronomy Department approval.

**PHYS 102 Descriptive Physics Laboratory (1)
**Laboratory, 3 hours. Experimental demonstrations, exercises, and field trips
illustrating

the methods by which physicists have learned what they claim to know

about the world. Instruction is at the PHYS 100 level. Satisfies GE, category B1 or

B3 (Physical Sciences) and GE laboratory requirements. Prerequisite: previous or

concurrent enrollment in PHYS 100 or ASTR 100, or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 114 Introduction to Physics I (4)
**Lecture, 4 hours. The first of three basic sequential courses in physics for
science

and mathematics majors. Introduction to vectors; classical mechanics, including

particle dynamics and fluid mechanics; simple harmonic motion; thermodynamics

and kinetics. Satisfies GE, category B1 or B3 (Physical Sciences). Prerequisite:

MATH 161.

**PHYS 116 Introductory Laboratory Experience (1)
**Laboratory, 3 hours. Demonstrations and participatory experiments are used
to

increase the student’s familiarity with gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear

forces in nature. Applications include biological, geophysical, medical, and

environmental phenomena. Satisfies GE, category B1 or B3 (Physical Sciences)

and GE laboratory requirements. Prerequisite: previous or concurrent enrollment

in PHYS 114.

**PHYS 209A General Physics Laboratory (1)
**Laboratory, 3 hours. Laboratory experiments to accompany PHYS 210A and

develop the student’s ability to perform measurements of physical phenomena

and to increase appreciation of the sense of the physical universe gained through

experimentation. 209A satisfies GE, category B1 or B3 (Physical Sciences) and GE

laboratory requirements. Prerequisites: high school algebra, trigonometry , and a

high school physical science and previous or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 210A

**PHYS 209B General Physics Laboratory (1)
**Laboratory, 3 hours. Laboratory experiments to accompany PHYS 210B and

develop the student’s ability to perform measurements of physical phenomena and

to increase appreciation of the sense of the physical universe gained through experimentation.

Prerequisites: 209A and previous or concurrent enrollment in 210B.

**PHYS 210A General Physics (3)
**Lecture, 3 hours. A basic course in physics for students majoring in
biology, geology,

or preprofessional programs. Fundamentals of kinematics, Newton’s laws,

work, momentum, harmonic motion, and an introduction to fluids and concepts of

temperature. Registration by mathematics majors requires Physics and Astronomy

Department approval. 210A satisfies GE, category B1 or B3 (Physical Sciences)

requirement. Prerequisites: high school algebra and trigonometry or MATH 107.

CAN PHYS SEQ A.

**PHYS 210B General Physics (3)
**Lecture, 3 hours. A basic course in physics for students majoring in
biology,

geology, or preprofessional programs. Topics include electric charges, potentials,

fields and currents, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, and optics. Registration

by mathematics majors requires Physics and Astronomy Department approval.

Prerequisites: 210A. CAN PHYS SEQ A.

**PHYS 214 Introduction to Physics II (4)
**Lecture, 4 hours. The continuation of PHYS 114. Electrostatics, quasistatic
fields

and currents, and magnetostatics; electromagnetic induction; waves; physical and

geometric optics. Prerequisites: PHYS 114; previous or concurrent enrollment in

MATH 211.

**PHYS 216 Introductory Laboratory (1)
**Laboratory, 3 hours. Selected experiments to increase the student’s working

physical knowledge of the natural world. Prerequisites: PHYS 114 and 116. Concurrent

enrollment in PHYS 214 is strongly recommended.

**PHYS 300 Physics of Music (3)
**Lecture, 3 hours. Introduction to physical principles encountered in the
study of

music; applicable laws of mechanics and acoustics; harmonic analysis; musical

scales; sound production in musical instruments; elements of electronic music.

Satisfies GE, category B3 (Specific Emphasis in Natural Sciences). Prerequisite:

one course in physical science or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 313 Electronics (3)
**Lecture, 3 hours. A comprehensive review of DC and AC circuit theory,
applications

of diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers , and electronic test instruments;

electronic transducers; waveform generators; noise; logic gates and Boolean

algebra; number systems and codes ; combinational logic circuits; and applications

of circuit simulation programs. Cross listed as CHEM 313. Concurrent enrollment

in PHYS 313L/CHEM 313L is mandatory. Prerequisites: MATH 107, PHYS 210B or

214; or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 313L Electronics Laboratory (1)
**Laboratory, 3 hours. Laboratory to accompany PHYS 313. Experiments in this
lab

are designed to address the major topics of PHYS 313 lecture course. Students

will experiment with physical and simulated circuits. Cross listed as CHEM 313L.

Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 313/CHEM 313 is mandatory. Prerequisites: MATH

107, PHYS 209B or 216; or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 314 Introduction to Physics III (4)
**Lecture, 4 hours. The continuation of PHYS 214. Special relativity;
elementary

quantum mechanics; the Bohr atom and deBroglie waves; the Schrödinger wave

equation with applications to simple one-dimensional problems and to atomic

structure; elementary nuclear physics; introduction to equilibrium statistical

mechanics; the partition function, Boltzmann statistics. Prerequisites: PHYS 214;

previous or concurrent enrollment in MATH 261.

**PHYS 320 Analytical Mechanics (3)
**Lecture, 3 hours. This course is an exploration into the principles of
Newtonian,

Lagrangian, and Hamiltonian mechanics. It also includes a treatment of noninertial

reference frames, rigid body rotation, central force problems, and the dynamics of

a system of particles. Prerequisites: PHYS 114 and previous or concurrent enrollment

in PHYS 325.

**PHYS 325 Introduction To Mathematical Physics (3)
**Lecture, 3 hours. This course examines advanced mathematical methods and

serves as a foundation for future courses. Topics include coordinate systems and

vectors, vector calculus, series expansions, differential equations , orthonomal

functions, solutions of systems of linear equations, matrices and tensors, complex

numbers, eigenvalues and eigenfunctions, Fourier series and Fourier integrals, and

use of mathematical symbolic processing software. Prerequisites: PHYS 214 and

MATH 261 or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 340 Light and Optics (3)
**Lecture, 3 hours. An examination of the properties of light from geometric
and

physical optics perspectives. Topics include ray optics, refraction, diffraction, coherence,

interference, and polarization. The course will present Fermat’s principle,

Huygens’ principle and Fourier optics. Prerequisite: PHYS 314 or 325.

**PHYS 342 Light and Color (3)**

Lecture, 3 hours. A descriptive, nonmathematical, but analytical treatment of the

physical properties of light , the camera, telescope, microscope and laser; holography,

mirages, rainbows and the blue sky; colors in flowers, gems and pigments;

and human and animal vision and visual perception. Satisfies GE, category B3

(Specific Emphasis in Natural Sciences). Prerequisite: any physical science course

or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 366 Intermediate Experimental Physics (3)
**Lecture 2 hours; laboratory 3 hours. An introduction to contemporary
techniques

and problems in physics. Selected topics in lasers and photonics, materials science

(including high-magnetic field measurements and surface analysis using

scanning electron and atomic force microscopy), X-ray analysis, applied nuclear

physics, and adaptive optics. Prerequisites: PHYS 314 and 216, or consent of

instructor.

**PHYS 381 Computer Applications for Scientists (2)
**Lecture, 1 hour; laboratory, 3 hours. A survey of problem solving techniques

including computer modeling and simulation for the physical sciences. The student

is introduced to high-level programming languages such as C++ and various

mathematical tools such as Excel, Mathematica, and MatLab. Topics include modern

programming techniques, use of graphics and mathematical function libraries,

linear least squares data fitting techniques, numerical solution of algebraic, and

differential equations and error analysis. Prerequisites: PHYS 114 and MATH 211.

**PHYS 395 Community Involvement Program (1-2)
**CIP involves students in basic community problems related to physics and

astronomy—performing such tasks as tutoring, reading to the blind, service to

local, county and state agencies, and service as teacher aides to elementary

schools. Students receive 1-2 units, depending on the specific task performed. Not

more than 4 CIP units will be applicable to the physics major requirements. May

be taken by petition only.

**PHYS 396 Selected Topics in Physics (1-4)
**A course of lectures on a single topic or set of related topics not
ordinarily covered

in the physics curriculum. The course may be repeated for credit with a different

topic. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

**PHYS 430 Electricity and Magnetism (3)
**Lecture, 3 hours. An investigation into the fundamentals of electromagnetic

theory and its applications. Topics include vector analysis, electrostatics, method

of images, magnetostatics, electric currents, electromagnetic induction, electric

and magnetic fields in matter, Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves, and

potentials and fields. Prerequisites: PHYS 214 and previous or concurrent enrollment

in PHYS 325.

**PHYS 445 Photonics (3)
**Lecture, 3 hours. A practical examination of Gaussian beams; guided-wave
optics;

fiber optics; optical resonators; resonant cavities; laser oscillation and amplification;

laser excitation; optical pumping; solid state, gas, dye, chemical, excimer,

and free electron lasers; semiconductor lasers; laser spectroscopy; fiber optic

communication; photomultiplier and semiconductor radiation detectors including

photoconductors, and junction photodiodes; p-i-n diodes, avalanche photodiodes;

and detector noise. Prerequisite: PHYS 314 or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 450 Statistical Physics (2)
**Lecture, 2 hours. An introduction to statistical methods. Topics include
ideal gas,

heat capacities, entropy, enthalpy, the laws of thermodynamics: Boltzmann, Bose

and Fermi statistics; and applications such as engines and refrigerators. Prerequisite:

PHYS 314.

**PHYS 460 Quantum Physics (3)
**Lecture, 3 hours. This course examines the Schrödinger equation and its
solution

for free particles, potential wells, harmonic oscillators, central potentials, and the

hydrogen atom. Other topics may include Hilbert space; Hermitian operators; Dirac

notation; angular momentum and spin; scattering; wave function symmetry; and

elementary perturbation theory. Prerequisites: PHYS 314 and 325.

**PHYS 466 Advanced Experimental Physics (3)
**Lecture 2 hours; laboratory 3 hours. Advanced topics in lasers and
photonics,

materials science (including high-magnetic field measurements and surface

analysis using scanning electron and atomic force microscopy), X-ray analysis,

applied nuclear physics, and adaptive optics. Prerequisites: PHYS 314 and 216, or

consent of instructor.

**PHYS 475 Physics of Semiconductor Devices (3)
**Lecture, 3 hours. A detailed study of semiconductors and their applications.
Topics

include semiconductor materials, crystal structure and growth; energy bands and

charge carriers, conductivity and mobility; metal-semiconductor and p-n junctions;

p-n junction diodes, bipolar junction transistors, field-effect transistors, CCDs,

photonic devices, and integrated circuits. Conductivity and contact resistance

measurements; I-V and C-V characteristics of diodes; and characterization of

transistors. Prerequisite: PHYS 314 or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 492 Instructional Design Project (2)
**A directed project to develop at least one laboratory experiment and/or
classroom

activity that teaches basic concepts in undergraduate physics. Both written and

oral presentations (including a demonstration of the experiment or activity) will be

required. Prerequisite: Physics 214 and 216 or Physics 210B and 209B.

**PHYS 493 Senior Design Project (2)
**A directed project to develop either a working prototype or a detailed
conceptual

design for an operational laboratory device. Both written and oral presentations

(including a demonstration) will be required. Prerequisites: PHYS 313L. Application

form required prior to enrollment.

**PHYS 494 Physics Seminar (1)
**A series of lectures on topics of interest in physics, astronomy, and
related fields.

May be repeated for credit up to 3 units maximum. Prerequisite: consent of

instructor.

**PHYS 495 Special Studies (1-4)
**The Physics and Astronomy Department encourages independent study and
considers

it to be an educational undertaking. Students wishing to enroll for special

studies are required to submit proposals to their supervising faculty members that

outline their projects and exhibit concrete plans for their successful completion.

**PHYS 497 Undergraduate Research in Physics (2)
**Supervised research in an area of physics that is currently under
investigation by

one or more members of the Physics and Astronomy Department’s faculty. This

course may be repeated for up to 6 units of credit. Both written and oral presentations

will be required. Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of instructor.

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