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Courses in Physics

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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.


PHYSICS 125. General Physics: Mechanics and Sound.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two and one-half years of high school mathematics, including trigonometry. PHYSICS 125 and 127 are normally elected concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 140, 145, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1). May not be repeated for credit.

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 126. General Physics: Electricity and Light.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 125. PHYSICS 126 and 128 are normally elected concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 240 or 260. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1). May not be repeated for credit.

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 127. Mechanics and Sound Lab.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent election with PHYSICS 125 is strongly recommended. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 141. (1). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 128. Electricity and Light Lab.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent election with PHYSICS 126 is strongly recommended. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 241. (1). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 140. General Physics I.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: MATH 115. PHYSICS 140 and 141 are normally elected concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 125, 145, or 160. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1). May not be repeated for credit.

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 141. Elementary Laboratory I.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent election with PHYSICS 140, 160, or 145 is strongly recommended. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 127. (1). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 240. General Physics II.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: PHYSICS 140, 145 or 160; and MATH 116. PHYSICS 240 and 241 are normally elected concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 126 or 260. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1). May not be repeated for credit.

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 241. Elementary Laboratory II.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent election with PHYSICS 240 or 260 is strongly recommended. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in PHYSICS 128. (1). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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PHYSICS 496. Senior Thesis, I.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term (PHYSICS 497), the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Credits: (2-3).

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 the Winter Academic Term, student would register for 497 in the Winter Term.

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PHYSICS 497. Senior Thesis, II.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2-3).

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 is given upon completion of the research.

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PHYSICS 498. Introduction to Research for Honors Students.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term (PHYSICS 499), the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Credits: (2-3).

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 satisfy that part of the Honors requirement. If work is not completed in Fall Term, the student would register for 499 in Winter Term.

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PHYSICS 499. Introduction to Research for Honors Students.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of physics concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2-3).

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 satisfy the part of the Honors requirement.

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PHYSICS 415. Special Problems for Undergraduates.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (1-6).

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

PHYSICS 496. Senior Thesis, I.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term (PHYSICS 497), the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Credits: (2-3).

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 the Winter Academic Term, student would register for 497 in the Winter Term.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

PHYSICS 497. Senior Thesis, II.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2-3).

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 is given upon completion of the research.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

PHYSICS 498. Introduction to Research for Honors Students.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term (PHYSICS 499), the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Credits: (2-3).

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 satisfy that part of the Honors requirement. If work is not completed in Fall Term, the student would register for 499 in Winter Term.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

PHYSICS 499. Introduction to Research for Honors Students.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of physics concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2-3).

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 satisfy the part of the Honors requirement.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department


Summer Half-Term Courses

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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.


PHYSICS 415. Special Problems for Undergraduates.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (1-6).

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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

PHYSICS 496. Senior Thesis, I.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term (PHYSICS 497), the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Credits: (2-3).

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 the Winter Academic Term, student would register for 497 in the Winter Term.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

PHYSICS 497. Senior Thesis, II.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2-3).

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 is given upon completion of the research.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

PHYSICS 498. Introduction to Research for Honors Students.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term (PHYSICS 499), the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

Credits: (2-3).

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 satisfy that part of the Honors requirement. If work is not completed in Fall Term, the student would register for 499 in Winter Term.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department

PHYSICS 499. Introduction to Research for Honors Students.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of physics concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2-3).

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 satisfy the part of the Honors requirement.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, Permission of Department


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