# Courses

Course credit hours are indicated in parenthesis following the course title. Click on the course title for more information.

- 101: Liberal Arts Physics (3)
- 103: Planetary and Solar System Astronomy (3) (NTSC 117)
- 104: Astronomy of Stars & Galaxies (3)
- 105: Observational Astronomy (3)
- 111: College Physics I (3)
- 112: College Physics II (3)
- 125: General Physics I (4)
- 126: General Physics II (4)
- 131: College Physics Laboratory I (1)
- 132: College Physics Laboratory II (1)
- 133: University Physics Laboratory I (1)
- 134: University Physics Laboratory II (1)
- 135: General Physics Laboratory I (1)
- 136: General Physics Laboratory II (1)
- 213: College Physics III (3)
- 235: Modern Physics (3)
- 237: Modern Physics Laboratory (1)
- 238: Intermediate Physics Laboratory (1)
- 266: Digital Electronics Laboratory (COMP 266) (3)
- 301: Mathematical Methods in Physics (3)
- 303: Electronics I (4)
- 304: Electronics II (4)
- 310: Optics (4)
- 314: Theoretical Mechanics I (3)
- 315: Theoretical Mechanics II (3)
- 328: Thermal Physics and Statistical Mechanics (3)
- 351: Electricity and Magnetism I (3)
- 352: Electricity and Magnetism II (3)
- 361: Quantum Mechanics (3)
- 366: Microcomputer Design and Interfacing (COMP 366) (3)
- 380-381: Special Topics (3)
- Argonne Lab Research (3)
- 398H-399H: Honors Tutorial (3)

## COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

101: Liberal Arts Physics (3)

Lecture and demonstration. A course for non-science majors that emphasizes the beauty, symmetry, and simplicity of physics through actual practice. Topics selected from classical and modern physics; contemporary issues of physics and technology are discussed. Prerequisites: High school algebra, high school geometry.

103: Planetary and Solar System Astronomy. (3) (NTSC 117)

Study of the sun, planets, satellites, asteroids, comets and other members of the solar system; investigation of the properties of individual solar system members and theories of formation of planets, satellites and the sun. Historical studies and results obtained from space probes. Prerequisites: High school algebra, high school geometry.

104: Astronomy of Stars & Galaxies (3)

Basic concepts about the birth, evolution and death of stars, the clustering of stars and galaxies, the expanding universe and cosmology. Topics include: the Big Bang model, red giants, white dwarfs, neutron stars, pulsars, quasars, black holes, and possible endings of the universe. Prerequisites: High school algebra, high school geometry.

105: Observational Astronomy (3)

The observational basis of astronomy with special emphasis on student projects which include both outdoor observations and indoor experiments. Projects may include the use of the college's midsize reflecting telescopes, as well as various spectroscopic and optics equipment. Prerequisite: PHYS 103 or PHYS 104

111: College Physics I (3)

Lecture and discussion. This course provides a comprehensive, non-calculus introduction to physics. Vectors, forces, Newtonian mechanics of translational, rotational, and oscillatory motion; heat. Prerequisites: College algebra or equivalent; trigonometry and geometry.

112: College Physics II (3)

Continuation of PHYS 111. Lecture and discussion. Electricity and magnetism, sound, optics, and selected topics from modern physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 111

125: General Physics I (4)

Lecture and discussion. Together with 126, this provides a comprehensive, calculus-based introduction to physics, designed for physics majors or minors or pre-engineers. Vectors, forces, Newtonian mechanics of translational, rotational, and oscillatory motion; heat. Prerequisite: MATH 161

126: General Physics II (4)

Continuation of PHYS 125. Lecture and discussion. Electricity and magnetism, sound, optics. Prerequisite: PHYS 125

131: College Physics Laboratory I (1)

One two-hour laboratory period per week. Complements PHYS 111. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 111

132: College Physics Laboratory II (1)

One two-hour laboratory period per week. Complements 112. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 112

**133.****University****Physics****Laboratory****I.**(1)

Prerequisite or corequisite: 113.

One two-hour laboratory period per week. Complements 113.

**134. University****Physics Laboratory II.** (1)

Prerequisite or corequisite: 114.

One two-hour laboratory period per week. Complements 114.

135: General Physics Laboratory I (1)

One two-hour laboratory period per week. Complements PHYS 125. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 125

136: General Physics Laboratory II (1)

One two-hour laboratory period per week. Complements PHYS 126. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 126

213: College Physics III. (3)

Continuation of PHYS 111, PHYS 112, or PHYS 113, PHSY 114. Lecture and discussion. Special relativity, quantum theory and nuclear physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 111, PHYS 112 or equivalent.

235: Modern Physics (3)

Lecture only. Special relativity, blackbody spectrum, photoelectric effect, Compton effect, Bohr atom, DeBroglie waves, Schroedinger equation and applications. Prerequisites: PHYS 126 or PHYS 114; MATH 263 (may be taken concurrently)

237: Modern Physics Laboratory (1)

One two-hour laboratory period per week. Complements 235. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 235

238: Intermediate Physics Laboratory (1)

One two-hour laboratory period per week. Follows 237. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 237

266: Digital Electronics Laboratory (COMP 266) (3)

Lecture and laboratory. Combinatorial logic devices, sequential logic components, including oscillators and timers, programmable logic devices and microprocessor architecture. Special emphasis on individual components of microprocessor systems. Individual projects constitute a significant part of the course. Prerequisite: PHYS 112 or equivalent.

301: Mathematical Methods in Physics (3)

Lecture and computer laboratory. Mathematical and computer methods in physics and engineering. Topics include vector calculus, functions of a complex variable, phasors, Fourier analysis, linear transformations, matrices, first and second order differential equations, special functions, numerical and symbolic computer applications. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 263

303: Electronics I (4)

Lecture and laboratory. Direct and alternating current circuit analysis, resonant circuits, junction diode circuits, transistor amplifiers, operational amplifiers, oscillators and multivibrators. Prerequisites: MATH 162; PHYS 114 or PHYS 126

304: Electronics II (4)

Lecture and laboratory. Regulator and controlled rectifier circuits, modulation and detection, power amplifiers, active-filters, phase-locked loop, lock-in amplifier, opto-electronic circuits.

310: Optics (4)

Lecture and laboratory. Electromagnetic nature of light, polarization, Fresnel relations, imaging, interference, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, selected topics from Fourier optics, lasers, and holography. Prerequisites: MATH 263 and PHYS 235

314: Theoretical Mechanics I (3)

Newtonian particle dynamics, oscillations, variational principle. Lagrange's and Hamilton's formalisms. Prerequisites: MATH 264 and PHYS 126

315: Theoretical Mechanics II (3)

Moving coordinates, rigid body dynamics, systems of oscillators, motion in a central force field, relativity. Prerequisite: PHYS 314

328: Thermal Physics and Statistical Mechanics (3)

Concepts of temperature and heat, equations of state, laws of thermodynamics and applications, fundamental principles and simple applications of statistical mechanics. Prerequisites: MATH 263 and PHYS 235

351: Electricity and Magnetism I (3)

Applications of vector calculus to electric fields and potentials. Solutions of Laplace's Equation. Electrostatics, magnetostatics, electromagnetic field energy. Maxwell's equations. Prerequisites: MATH 263, MATH 264, PHYS 126 and PHYS 301

352: Electricity and Magnetism II (3)

Electrodynamics, relativity, electromagnetic radiation. Prerequisite: PHYS 351

361: Quantum Mechanics (3)

Principles and mathematics of quantum mechanics, operators and representations, solutions to Schroedinger equation. Prerequisites: PHYS 314, PHYS 351 and linear algebra

366: Microcomputer Design and Interfacing (COMP 366) (3)

Lecture and laboratory. Microprocessor design; memory devices; interface languages; basic I/O; data acquisition, manipulation and transfer circuitry; support devices and computer interfaces. Individual projects constitute a significant part of the course. Prerequisite: PHYS 266 or MATH 362.

380-381: Special Topics (3)

Advanced studies of special interest for students of demonstrated ability. Prior arrangements to be made with department.

391: Research (1-3)

Research under the direction of a physics faculty member, usually related to the faculty members research interests or courses. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Permission of chairperson

Argonne Lab Research (3)

Study and research at the Argonne National Laboratory. Only those students who are accepted into the Argonne National Laboratory's summer student program (or similar program) in a course of study recommended for academic credit may apply. No tuition is charged. Prerequisites: Chairperson permission and acceptance into program.

398H-399H: Honors Tutorial (3)

Restricted to honors program students.