Courses in Physics (Division 444)
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Spring HalfTerm Courses
Take me to the Spring HalfTerm '00 Time Schedule for Physics.
To see what has been added or changed in Physics this week go to What's New This Week.
The Physics Department discourages students from changing midstream from
Physics 140 to Physics 125 or from Physics 240 to Physics 126, so it is
important that students choose the first course of a physics sequence with
care. Prospective engineers, physicists, and chemists should elect Physics
140/240 rather than Physics 125/126 because concentration programs in these
areas require the Physics 140/240 sequence. In the case of some departmental
concentration programs (e.g., biology) or in special individual
circumstances, students can elect or are encouraged to elect the Physics
125/126 sequence. Some advisors will advise all students who have had calculus
to elect Physics 140/240. Physics 140/240 can be elected by all students
who have had calculus, but it should be elected only by students who enjoy
solving difficult problems and who think that they will be good at it.
Note: If the Waitlist code on a Physics course
is WL:5, then both sign on the waitlist through Touchtone Registration
and contact the department office.
Section 101 – It is Strongly Recommended that Students Elect One Section of Physics 127 Lab Concurrently With Physics 125. There will be three evening examinations
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Two and onehalf years of high school mathematics, including trigonometry. Phys. 125 and 127 are normally elected concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 140, 145, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
Credits: (4).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
Physics 125 and 126 constitute a twoterm sequence offered primarily for students concentrating in the natural sciences, architecture, pharmacy, or natural resources; and for preprofessional students preparing for medicine, dentistry, or related health sciences. Physics 125 and 126 are an appropriate sequence for any student wanting a quantitative introduction to the basic principles of physics but without the mathematical sophistication of Physics 140 and 240. Strong emphasis is placed on problem solving, and skills in elementary algebra and trigonometry are assumed. While a high school level background in physics is not assumed, it is helpful.
Physics 125 covers classical mechanics (laws of motion, force, energy and power) and mechanical wave motion (including sound waves). The final course grade is based on three evening examinations, class performance and a final examination. Physics 127 should be taken concurrently.
Physics 126. General Physics: Electricity and Light.
Section 101 – It is Strongly Recommended that Students elect one section of Physics 128 Lab concurrently with Physics 126. There will be three evening examinations
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 125. Phys. 126 and 128 are normally elected concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 240 or 260. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
Credits: (4).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
See Physics 125 for a general description of this introductory sequence of courses.
Physics 126 is a continuation of Physics 125; it covers electricity and magnetism, the nature of light, and briefly introduces atomic and nuclear phenomena. The final course grade is based on three examinations, class performance, and a final examination. Physics 128 should be taken concurrently.
Physics 127. Mechanics and Sound Lab.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent election with Phys. 125 is strongly recommended. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Phys. 141. (1). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required.
Credits: (1).
Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
Physics 127 is a laboratory course intended to accompany Physics 125 and provide a perspective on physics as an experimental science. Macintosh computers are used for data acquisition and analysis. Evaluation is based on participation and performance in the laboratory classes, and on written laboratory reports and quizzes.
Physics 128. Electricity and Light Lab.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent election with Phys. 126 is strongly recommended. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Phys. 241. (1). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required.
Credits: (1).
Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
Physics 128 is a laboratory course intended to accompany Physics 126 and provide a perspective on physics as an experimental science. Evaluation is based on participation and performance in the laboratory classes, and on written laboratory reports and quizzes.
Physics 140. General Physics I.
Section 101 – It Is Strongly Recommended That Students Elect One Section of Physics 141 Lab Concurrently With Physics 140. There will be three Evening Examinations
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Math. 115. Phys. 140 and 141 are normally elected concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Phys. 125, 145, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
Credits: (4).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
Physics 140, 240, and 340 constitute a threeterm sequence which examines concepts in physics fundamental to the physical sciences and engineering. This introductory sequence uses calculus, and, while it is possible to elect Physics 140 and Mathematics 115 concurrently, some students will find it more helpful to have started one of the regular mathematics sequences before electing Physics 140. The introductory sequence is primarily designed to develop a skill: the skill to solve simple problems by means of mathematics. Developing this skill requires daily practice and a sense for the meaning of statements and formulas, as well as awareness of when one understands a statement, proof, or problem solution and when one does not. Thus one learns to know what one knows in a disciplined way.
Covers topics from classical mechanics including vectors, motion in one dimension, circular motion, projectile motion, relative velocity and acceleration, Newton's laws, particle dynamics, work and energy, linear momentum, torque, angular momentum of a particle, simple harmonic motion, gravitation, planetary motion, pressure and density of fluids, and Archimedes' principle. Evaluation is based on performance and three evening examinations and a final examination.
Physics 141. Elementary Laboratory I.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent election with Phys. 140 or 145 is strongly recommended. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 127. (1). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required.
Credits: (1).
Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
Physics 141 is a laboratory course intended to accompany Physics 140 and provide a perspective on physics as an experimental science. Evaluation is based on participation and performance in the laboratory classes, and on written laboratory reports and quizzes. Mackintosh computers are used for data acquisition and analysis.
Physics 240. General Physics II.
Section 101 – There Will Be Three Evening Examinations.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 140, 145 or 160; and Math. 116. Phys. 240 and 241 are normally elected concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 126 or 260. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
Credits: (4).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
See Physics 140 for a general description of the introductory physics sequence.
The topics covered in Physics 240 include classical electromagnetism: charge, Coulomb's Law, electric fields, Gauss' Law, electric potential, capacitors and dielectrics, current and resistance, electromotive force and circuits, magnetic fields, BiotSavart Law, Ampere's Law, Faraday's Law of induction, and simple AC circuits. There will be three evening examinations.
Physics 241. Elementary Laboratory II.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent election with Phys. 240 is strongly recommended. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 128. (1). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required.
Credits: (1).
Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
Physics 241 is a laboratory course intended to accompany Physics 240 and provide a perspective on physics as an experimental science. Evaluation is based on participation and performance in the laboratory classes, and on written laboratory reports and quizzes.
Physics 415. Special Problems for Undergraduates.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (16). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
Credits: (16).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
This course emphasizes experimental or theoretical research under the supervision of a faculty member. Generally a small facet of a large research undertaking is investigated in detail. This is an independent study course, and instructor permission is required. The appropriate form is available in the Physics Student Services Office, 2464 Randall Lab.
Physics 455. Electronic Devices and Circuits.
Section 004.
Instructor(s): Jay Chapman
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 240 and 241. (3). (Excl). (BS).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
An introduction to DC and AC circuits; equivalence theorems; introduction to diodes, bipolar transistors (BJT), field effect transistors (JFET, MOSFET, IGFET); transistor amplifiers (frequency and pulse response via circuit simulation with SPICE); transistors as switches; integrated circuits (operational amplifiers and logic gates); Computer based circuit testing.
Physics 496. Senior Thesis, I.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (23). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).
Credits: (23).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
Students get introductory experience and research work with faculty, the results of which could provide the basis for a senior thesis project. If work is not completed in Fall Term, student would register for 497 in the Winter Term.
Physics 497. Senior Thesis, II.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (23). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).
Credits: (23).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
A continuation of Physics 496. Students who do not complete their thesis research in Physics 496, may continue to 497. If continuing, a grade of Y is given for Physics 496 and a final senior thesis grade given upon completion of the research.
Physics 498. Introduction to Research for Honors Students.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (23). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).
Credits: (23).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
Honors students get introductory experience with research work with faculty, the results of which could provide the basis for a thesis used to fulfill that part of the Honors requirement. If work is not completed in Fall Term, the student would register for 499 in the Winter Term.
Physics 499. Introduction to Research for Honors Students.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of physics concentration advisor. (23). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).
Credits: (23).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
Honors students get introductory experience with research work with faculty, the results of which could provide the basis for a thesis used to fulfill that part of the Honors requirement.
Spring/Summer Term Courses
Take me to the Spring/Summer Term '00 Time Schedule for Physics.
To see what has been added or changed in Physics this week go to What's New This Week.
Physics 415. Special Problems for Undergraduates.
Section 001.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (16). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
Credits: (16).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
This course emphasizes experimental or theoretical research under the supervision of a faculty member. Generally a small facet of a large research undertaking is investigated in detail. This is an independent study course, and instructor permission is required. The appropriate form is available in the Physics Student Services Office, 2061 Randall Lab.
Physics 496. Senior Thesis, I.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (23). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).
Credits: (23).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
Students get introductory experience and research work with faculty, the results of which could provide the basis for a senior thesis project. If work is not completed in this term, student would register for 497 in the next term.
Physics 497. Senior Thesis, II.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (23). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).
Credits: (23).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
A continuation of Physics 496. Students who do not complete their thesis research in Physics 496, may continue to 497. If continuing, a grade of Y is given for Physics 496 and a final senior thesis grade given upon completion of the research.
Physics 498. Introduction to Research for Honors Students.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (23). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).
Credits: (23).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
Honors students get introductory experience with research work with faculty, the results of which could provide the basis for a thesis used to fulfill that part of the Honors requirement. If work is not completed in this term, the student would register for 499 in the next term.
Physics 499. Introduction to Research for Honors Students.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of physics concentration advisor. (23). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).
Credits: (23).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
Honors students get introductory experience with research work with faculty, the results of which could provide the basis for a thesis used to fulfill that part of the Honors requirement.
Summer HalfTerm Courses
Take me to the Summer HalfTerm '00 Time Schedule for Physics.
To see what has been added or changed in Physics this week go to What's New This Week.
Physics 415. Special Problems for Undergraduates.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (16). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.
Credits: (16).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
This course emphasizes experimental or theoretical research under the supervision of a faculty member. Generally a small facet of a large research undertaking is investigated in detail. This is an independent study course, and instructor permission is required. The appropriate form is available in the Physics Student Services Office, 2061 Randall Lab.
Physics 496. Senior Thesis, I.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (23). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).
Credits: (23).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
Students get introductory experience and research work with faculty, the results of which could provide the basis for a senior thesis project. If work is not completed in this term, student would register for 497 in the next term.
Physics 497. Senior Thesis, II.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (23). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).
Credits: (23).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
A continuation of Physics 496. Students who do not complete their thesis research in Physics 496, may continue to 497. If continuing, a grade of Y is given for Physics 496 and a final senior thesis grade given upon completion of the research.
Physics 498. Introduction to Research for Honors Students.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (23). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).
Credits: (23).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
Honors students get introductory experience with research work with faculty, the results of which could provide the basis for a thesis used to fulfill that part of the Honors requirement. If work is not completed in this term, the student would register for 499 in the next term.
Physics 499. Introduction to Research for Honors Students.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of physics concentration advisor. (23). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).
Credits: (23).
Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.
Honors students get introductory experience with research work with faculty, the results of which could provide the basis for a thesis used to fulfill that part of the Honors requirement.
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