Winter '00 Course Guide

Courses in Physics (Division 444)

Winter Term, 2000 (January 5 April 26, 2000)

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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.

Note: If the Waitlist code on a Physics course is WL:5, then both sign on the waitlist through Touch-tone Registration and contact the department office.


Physics 102. The Physical Universe: motors, magnets & magnifiers.

Section 001 Not Open to Students Who Have Completed Physics 126 or 240.

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Physics 126 or 240. (1). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($10) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The class is discussion-based, with supporting hands-on activities. Among the topics considered are motors, magnets, and the eye. The course will function by providing the student with their own module or kit containing materials for some hands on activities. After some initial discussion of the concepts, the class will do an activity that illustrates the concept and then discuss further applications of the idea. The activities are all very simple. Some of them are putting together devices such as an electroscope, a motor, an electromagnet, and a spyglass/telescope. The devices, once built, belong to the student. The grade will be determined by a series of written assignments based on the class activities.

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Physics 105. Origin, and Fate of Life, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe.

Section 001 Meets the Last Seven Weeks of Term. Feb 22 April 13.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (NS). (BS).

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Physics 106. Everyday Physics.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines everyday phenomena and current technology in terms of physical concepts and laws. The subjects examined are wide ranging, and the discussion focuses on discovering common underlying themes. Examples of topics covered include: lasers, tornadoes, rainbows, computers, and satellites. This course emphasizes concepts rather than mathematical models. Grades are based on homework and exams. Curiosity is the major prerequisite.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 5, sign on the waitlist through Touch-Tone Registrationand contact the department office

Physics 125. General Physics: Mechanics and Sound.

Section It Is Strongly Recommended That Students Elect One Section of Physics 127 Lab Concurrently With Physics 125. Will Be Three Evening Exams On Thurs., Feb 4, Mar 11, Apr 8, 6-7:30 pm

Prerequisites & Distribution: Two and one-half 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).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Physics 125 and 126 constitute a two-term 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 and 126 are not available by the Keller plan. 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 one-hour evening examinations, class performance, and a final examination. Physics 127 should be taken concurrently.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 5, sign on the waitlist through Touch-Tone Registrationand contact the department office

Physics 126. General Physics: Electricity and Light.

Section It Is Strongly Recommended That Students Elect One Section of Physics 128 Lab Concurrently With Physics 126. There Will Be Three Evening Exams On Thurs., Feb 4, Mar 11, and Apr 8, 8-10:00 P.M.

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).

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Physics 127. Mechanics and Sound Lab.

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.

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Physics 128. Electricity and Light Lab.

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.

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Physics 140. General Physics I.

Section It Is Strongly Recommended That Students Elect One Section of Physics 141 Lab Concurrently With Physics 140. There Will Be Three Evening Exams On Thurs., Feb 4, Mar 11, And Apr 8, 6-7:30 P.M.

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).

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Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Physics 140, 240, and 340 constitute a three-term 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 on three evening examinations (see Time Schedule for dates and times) and a final examination.

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Physics 140. General Physics I.

Section 035, 036 Keller Plan, Self-Paced, Individualized Instruction. No Formal Lectures With These Sections. Important That Students Pick Up Information In 2464 Randall Lab Before Registering For These Sections. Students are encouraged to Elect One Section of Physics 141.

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).

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Physics 141. Elementary Laboratory I.

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.

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Physics 160. Honors Physics I.

Section 001 Physics 160 Is Designed For Honors Students, Physics Majors, and Other Qualified Science Or Engineering Majors. Students must Elect One Section of Physics 141. Students Are Expected To Know Calculus and Have a Background In High School Physics.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Math. 115. Students should elect Phys. 141 concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Phys. 125, 140, or 145. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).

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Physics 240. General Physics II.

Section There Will Be Three Evening Exams On Thurs., Feb 4, Mar 11 and Apr 8, 8-9:30 pm

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).

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Physics 240. General Physics II.

Section 035, 036 Keller Plan Self-Paced, Individualized Instruction. No Formal Lectures With These Sections. Important That Students Pick Up Information In 2464 Randall Before Registering For These Sections. Students must also Elect One Section of Physics 241.

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).

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Physics 241. Elementary Laboratory II.

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.

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Physics 260. Honors Physics II.

Section 001 Physics 260 Is Designed For Honors Students, Physics Majors and Other Qualified Science Or Engineering Majors. Students must Elect One Section of Physics 241. Students Are Expected To Know Calculus and Have a Background In High School Physics.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 140, 145, or 160; and Math. 116. Students should elect Phys. 241 concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Phys. 240. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).

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Physics 288. Physics of Music.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Physics 489. (3). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).

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Physics 290. Physics of the Body and Mind.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 125 or 140, and prior or concurrent enrollment in 126 or 240. (3). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).

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Physics 333. Keller Tutor 140.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). This is a graded course. (EXPERIENTIAL).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students in this course serve as tutors for Physics 140 Keller sections. One to three credits may be earned while providing tutoring on a one-to-one basis under the supervision of the faculty member. Tutors are expected to spend three clock hours per week for each credit earned. Registration requires instructor approval; application forms are available in the Physics Office of Student Services, 2464 Randall Lab.

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Physics 334. Keller Tutor 240.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). This is a graded course. (EXPERIENTIAL).

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students work as tutors in Physics 240 Keller sections. See Physics 333.

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Physics 340. Waves, Heat, and Light.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 240 or 260, and Math. 215. Concurrent election of Phys. 341 is strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). (BS).

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Physics 341. Waves, Heat, and Light Lab.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 240 or 260. Concurrent election of Phys. 340 is strongly recommended. (2). (Excl). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required.

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Physics 390. Introduction to Modern Physics.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 340 and Math. 216. (3). (Excl). (BS).

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Physics 401. Intermediate Mechanics.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 126/128 or 240/241, and Math. 216. (3). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1).

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Physics 405. Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 126/128 or 240/241, and Math. 216. (3). (Excl). (BS).

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Physics 406. Statistical and Thermal Physics.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 126/128 or 240/241, and Math. 216. (3). (Excl). (BS).

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Physics 415. Special Problems for Undergraduates.

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

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Physics 417/Chem. 417. Dynamical Processes in Biophysics.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Math. 216, and Phys. 340 or Chem. 463. (3). (Excl). (BS).

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Physics 420. Living with Physics for Elementary Teachers.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent registration in Phys. 421. Open only to elementary education concentrators. (3). (Excl).

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Physics 442. Advanced Laboratory II.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 390 and any 400-level Physics course. (2). (Excl). (BS).

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Physics 452. Methods of Theoretical Physics.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 451. (3). (Excl). (BS).

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Physics 453. Quantum Mechanics.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 390. (3). (Excl). (BS).

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Physics 457. Subatomic Physics.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 453. (3). (Excl). (BS).

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Physics 460. Quantum Mechanics II.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 453. (3). (Excl). (BS).

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Physics 463. Introduction to Solid State Physics.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 453. (3). (Excl). (BS).

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Physics 465. Senior Seminar.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to junior and senior physics concentrators. (2). (Excl). (BS). Meets the Junior-Senior writing requirement.

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Physics 489. Physics of Music.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Physics 288. (3). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1). May not be included in a concentration plan in physics.

Full QR

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Physics 288.001.

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Physics 496. Senior Thesis, I.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).

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

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Physics 497. Senior Thesis, II.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).

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.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of departmental concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).

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.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of physics concentration advisor. (2-3). (Excl). (BS). (INDEPENDENT).

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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