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Winter Academic Term '02 Time Schedule for Physics.
What's New This Week in Physics.
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.
PHYSICS 105. Origin, and Fate of Life, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe.
Section 001 – Meets March 6 – April 17.
Instructor(s): Fred Adams (fca@umich.edu)
Prerequisites & Distribution: (1). (NS). (BS).
Mini/Short course
Credits: (1).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
This course will cover the birth, evolution, and death of astrophysical systems including planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe as a whole. Particular emphasis will be given to the longterm fate of these systems and their corresponding effects on life in the universe. Two lectures per week will be given. Students will read articles from selected books and journals and will be evaluated on both class participation and a final tenpage paper. This course has no prerequisites and will be presented with a minimum of mathematics.
PHYSICS 106. Everyday Physics.
Section 001, 002.
Prerequisites & Distribution: It is recommended that School of Education students take Phys. 420. (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.
PHYSICS 125. General Physics: Mechanics and Sound.
Section 001, 002.
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 Phys. 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 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 onehour evening examinations, class performance, and a final examination. Physics 127 should be taken concurrently.
It Is Strongly Recommended That Students Elect One Section of Physics 127 Lab Concurrently With Physics 125.
PHYSICS 126. General Physics: Electricity and Light.
Section 001, 002.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 125. Phys. 126 and 128 are normally elected concurrently. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Phys. 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 onehour evening examinations, class performance, and a final examination. Physics 128 should be taken concurrently.
PHYSICS 127. Mechanics and Sound Lab.
EXAM FOR ALL LABS WILL BE HELD THUR, APR 12, 68 PM.
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: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/iplabs/default.htm
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. Texts: Physics 127/141 Lab Manual (new edition); Chapman; Hayden – McNeil (Required).
Lab Notebook (Available in Supply Dept.) (Required).
PHYSICS 128. Electricity and Light Lab.
EXAM FOR ALL LABS WILL BE HELD THUR, APR 12, 68 PM.
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: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/iplabs/default.htm
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. Texts: Physics 128/241 Lab Manual (new edition); Chapman; Hayden – McNeil (Required).
Lab Notebook (Available in Supply Dept.) (Required).
PHYSICS 140. General Physics I.
Section 001, 002, 003.
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.
The topics in Physics 140 include: linear motion, vectors, projectile motion, relative velocity and acceleration, Newton's laws, particle
dynamics, work and energy, linear momentum, torque, angular momentum, gravitation, planetary motion, fluid statics and dynamics, simple
harmonic motion, waves and sound. Evaluation is based on performance on grades from homework, discussion section activities, three
evening hourly examinations (see Time Schedule for dates and times) and a final examination.
It Is Strongly Recommended That Students Elect One Section of Physics 141 Lab Concurrently With Physics 140.
Textbook: Young and Freedman, University Physics, Tenth edition, AddisonWesley, 2000
PHYSICS 141. Elementary Laboratory I.
EXAM FOR ALL LABS WILL BE HELD THUR, APR 12, 68 PM.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent election with Phys. 140, 160, or 145 is strongly recommended. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Phys. 127. (1). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required.
Credits: (1).
Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.
Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/iplabs/default.htm
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. Macintosh computers are used for data acquisition and analysis.
Texts: Physics 127/141 Lab Manual (new edition); Chapman; Hayden – McNeil (Required).
Lab Notebook (Available in Supply Dept.) (Required).
PHYSICS 240. General Physics II.
Section 001, 002.
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 Phys. 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 (see Time Schedule for dates and times) and a final examination.
Texts: Fundamentals of Physics – 5th edition; Halliday; Wiley (Required). Fundamentals of Physics Student Companion – 5th edition; Halliday; Wiley (Recommended). Fundamentals of Physics Student SOL Manual – 5th edition; Halliday; Wiley (Recommended).
PHYSICS 240. General Physics II.
Section 035, 036.
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 Phys. 126 or 260. (4). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
Credits: (4).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
Keller Plan SelfPaced, 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 241.
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, BioSavart Law, Ampere's Law, Faraday's Law of induction, and simple AC circuits.
Texts: Halliday, Resnick, and Walker, Fundamentals of Physics, 5th edition, part 3 (John Wiley & Sons, 1997). You might get by with the text from a year ago, Raymond A. Serway, Physics for Scientists and Engineers, volume 2, 3rd edition updated, but we don't have the problem solutions manual.
Hendel, Lewis, and Sands, Keller Physics 240 Unit Book, available from Dollar Bill Copying, 611 Church Street, $13.77. It's really essential that you read this. The treatment is not as systematic as a normal textbook, but it correlates directly with the unit tests, and expresses the point of view and philosophy at which they aim.
PHYSICS 241. Elementary Laboratory II.
EXAM FOR ALL LABS WILL BE HELD THUR, APR 12, 68 PM.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Concurrent election with Phys. 240 or 260 is strongly recommended. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Phys. 128. (1). (NS). (BS). Laboratory fee ($25) required.
Credits: (1).
Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.
Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/iplabs/default.htm
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. Texts: Physics 128/241 Lab Manual (new edition); Chapman; Hayden – McNeil (Required).
Lab Notebook (Available in Supply Dept.) (Required).
PHYSICS 260. Honors Physics II.
Section 001.
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).
Credits: (4).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
Physics 260 is a rigorous introduction to the theory of electromagnetic phenomena, involving a great deal of student participation. Topics include electric and magnetic fields and potentials, DC and AC circuits, inductance, and Maxwell's equations. Students should elect Physics 241 laboratory.
Text: Fundamentals of Physics – 5th edition; Halliday; Wiley (Required).
PHYSICS 288. Physics of Music.
Section 001 – Meets with Physics 489.001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Phys. 489. (3). (NS). (BS). (QR/1).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
The purpose of this course is to study the physical aspects of the phenomena that make up the practice and experience of music, as well as to get a glimpse into physics as a mental activity. No previous expertise in either physics or music is required. The main emphasis will be on lecture demonstrations with student participation where feasible. Topics to be covered include: the nature of sound; mechanics of vibration; musical tones and intervals; scales and temperaments; wave motion, interference, and diffraction; propagation of sound through pipes; physics of brass instruments; physics of woodwind instruments; physics of string instruments; physics of the piano; and highfidelity sound reproduction. A graduatecredit option (Physics 489) is available by supplementing the regular course with an appropriate independent project.
Text: The Acoustical Foundations of Music – 2nd edition; Backus; W.W. Norton & Co. (Required).
PHYSICS 290. Physics of the Body and Mind.
Section 001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 125 or 140 or 160, and prior or concurrent enrollment in 126 or 240 or 260. (3). (NS). (BS). (QR/2).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
This course is intended for students interested in the application of physics to biology, biochemistry, physiology, psychology, genetics, medicine, bioengineering, and related life sciences. It provides an introduction to topics in biomechanics, biophysics, and medical physics including biosensors (EKG, EMG,...) and medical imaging (Xrays, CT, PET, MRI, ultrasound,...). The lectures will include interactive demonstrations requiring student participation and related audiovisual/CAI material will be provided for takehome assignments. Selected visits to related UM research facilities (e.g., at UM Hospital) will also be arranged. Grading will be based on inclass participation, takehome assignments, a midterm exam, and a final exam.
Textbooks:
 Physics of the Body; Cameron; Med Physic (Required).
 Principles of Medical Imaging; Shung; Academic PR (Recommended).
 MRI; Brown & Semelka; Wiley (Recommended).
 Lecture Notes on Human Physiology; Bray, Kragg, Macknight & Mills; Blackwell Scientific (Recommended).
 Respiratory Physiology – 6th edition; West; William & Wilkins (Recommended).
 Cardiovascular Physiology; Dav, Mohrman/Heller; McGraw Hill (Recommended).
PHYSICS 333. Keller Tutor 140.
Section 001.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (13). (Excl). This is a graded course. (EXPERIENTIAL).
Credits: (13).
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 onetoone 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.
PHYSICS 334. Keller Tutor 240.
Section 001.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (13). (Excl). This is a graded course. (EXPERIENTIAL).
Credits: (13).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
Students work as tutors in Physics 240 Keller sections. See Physics 333.
PHYSICS 340. Waves, Heat, and Light.
Section 001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 240 or 260, and Math. 215. Concurrent election of Phys. 341 is strongly recommended. (3). (Excl). (BS).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
This course is the third in a threeterm introductory physics sequence, and is required of all physics concentrators. The topics covered in this course include thermodynamics, light and optics, and special relativity. The Wave equation is treated in detail. The class meets in lecture, with applications and demonstrations of the topics covered.
GOALS:
This course provides an introduction to Thermodynamics, Waves, Optics, and the Theory of Relativity. These topics, on the
borderline between classical and modern physics, are essential for understanding a large fraction of physical phenomena. In
addition to filling out your knowledge of classical physics topics that were not covered in earlier courses, you will be prepared
for further study of more modern topics, both for Physics 390 (Modern Physics) and for 400 level courses. The class will meet
as a lecture group.
LAB:
Those planning a physics major should also be enrolled in the lab course, Physics 341. The lab is also highly recommended for
anyone who would like a "handson" understanding of the major topics covered in Physics 340.
MATHEMATICS BACKGROUND:
Calculus is required for this course and the official prerequisite is Math 215. This requirement can be waived by the permission
of the instructor if you can demonstrate that you have the necessary background. The best way to know if you do is to see if
you can do the Math Review for Physics 340.
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.
Credits: (2).
Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
Physics 341 is a laboratory course intended to accompany Physics 340 and provide a perspective on physics as an experimental science. The experiments performed cover topics that include temperature measurement, black body radiation, optics, interference, diffraction, and the speed of light. Evaluation is based on participation and performance in the laboratory classes, and on written laboratory reports.
PHYSICS 390. Introduction to Modern Physics.
Section 001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 340 and Math. 216. (3). (Excl). (BS).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: wwwpersonal/~graithel/P390_01/home.html
This course is a quantitative introduction to modern physics and includes a review of special relativity, the relationship of particles and waves, the Schrödinger equation applied to barrier problems, atomic structure and the interpretation of quantum numbers, the exclusion principle and its applications, structure of solids. This course includes a survey of the topics and techniques in several subfields of physics, including Solid State, Atomic, Nuclear, Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology. The class will meet as a lecture group. Applications of the principles will be considered in the lecture section on a regular basis.
PHYSICS 401. Intermediate Mechanics.
Section 001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 126/128 or 240 (or 260)/241, and Math. 216. (3). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
This course is required for physics concentrators. It presents a systematic development of Newtonian mechanics beginning with single particle motion in one dimension and extending through multiparticle systems moving in three dimensions. The conservation laws of energy and linear and angular momentum are emphasized. Lagrangian mechanics is introduced, and Hamiltonian mechanics may be introduced as well. Physical systems treated in detail include the forced dampedoscillator, inverse square forced orbits, harmonic motion in two dimensions, coupled oscillations and rigid body motion in two and three dimensions. Mathematical topics given extensive treatment include vector algebra, elements of vector calculus, ordinary differential equations, plane and spherical polar coordinates and phasors and/or complex numbers. Grades are based on one or two exams and a twohour final.
PHYSICS 405. Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism.
Section 001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 126/128 or 240 (or 260)/241, and Math. 216. (3). (Excl). (BS).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
This course provides a rigorous introduction to electricity and magnetism, suitable for junioryear physics majors or engineering students. The subjects covered during the first part of the course will be, in the listed order, static electric fields in the vacuum, static electric fields in matter, and static magnetic fields in vacuum and matter. We will continue with a discussion of timedependent phenomena, including electromagnetic induction, that will lead us to the complete set of Maxwell's equations and some of their solutions. The prerequisites are Physics 126/128 or Physics 240/241, and Math 216. Physics 340 is recommended.
 Electrostatics
 lectrostatics
 Laplace Equation
 Laplace Equation: Solution methods
 Electric fields in matter
 Electric fields in matter. Magnetic fields of currents.
 Magnetostatics
 Maxwell's Equations
 Plane waves. Some properties.
 Waveguides and resonators
 Outlook: Potentials and gauges, radiation
Texts:
D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd Ed., (Prentice Hall, 1999). ISBN 013805326X
Supplementary: R. H. Hood, Classical Electromagnetism, HBC Publishers. The level of this book is a little below Griffiths, but it is sufficient for the course. The book uses SI units and contains a floppy disc.
Supplementary: J. D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, John Wiley & Sons. This book is on the level of a graduate course and uses Gaussian units.
Homework: Homework problems will be assigned once per week, and will be due one week from when they are assigned. The homework will be collected, and all or a part of it will be graded. The homework will contribute 30 percent towards the final course grade. Reading assignments, which are part of the homework, may complement the material covered in class.
Examinations: There will be two "midterm" examinations and a comprehensive final exam at the end of the course.
Course Grading: Your course grade will be based on the total number of points earned on the midterm examination, the final examination, and on the graded homework problems. The relative weighting is determined as follows:
Midterm Exams  weight 20% each 
Final Exam  weight 30% 
Homework  weight 30% 
PHYSICS 406. Statistical and Thermal Physics.
Section 001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 126/128 or 240 (or 260)/241, and Math. 216. (3). (Excl). (BS).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
An introduction to the thermal and other macroscopic properties of matter, their description in terms of classical thermodynamics, and their microscopic interpretation from the perspective of statistical mechanics. Techniques from classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and elementary quantum mechanics will be used. Frequent homework problem assignments, at least one hour exam, and a final examination will be given. Text: Statistical & Thermal Physics; Reif; McGraw – Hill (Required).
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 417 / CHEM 417. Dynamical Processes in Biophysics.
Section 001.
Instructor(s): JensChristian D Meiners (meiners@umich.edu)
Prerequisites & Distribution: Math. 216, and Phys. 340 or Chem. 463. (3). (Excl). (BS).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
Topics include diffusion in biology (electrical potentials across membranes, nerve action potentials, neuromuscular synapses, the physics of chemoreception, and reaction rate theory); optical techniques (visible and ultraviolet light absorption, fluorescence and phosphorescence); and random processes in biophysics (mathematics of random noise, membrane electrical fluctuations, quasielastic light scattering fluctuations, fluorescence fluctuations, and chaotic processes). This course is intended primarily for biophysics students, but it may be used as one of the two courses needed to satisfy requirement (4) of the physics concentration.
PHYSICS 420. Living with Physics for Elementary Teachers.
Section 001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Open only to elementary education concentrators. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Phys. 106. (3). (Excl).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
Physics 420 is a survey course designed for students planning a career in elementary education. It focuses on material to be used in the elementary classroom.
Text: Conceptual Physical Science – 2nd edition; Hewitt, Sucltocki, Hewitt; Addison, Wesley, Longman (Required).
PHYSICS 442. Advanced Laboratory II.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 390 and any 400level Physics course. (2). (Excl). (BS).
Credits: (2).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
This is an advanced laboratory course. A wide selection of individual experiments are offered. Students are required to select five experiments in consultation with the lab instruction. Experiments are to be selected from several different areas of physics.
Texts: Quantum Physics, etc.; Eisberg; Wiley (Highly Recommended) Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences; Bevington; McGraw – Hill (Highly Recommended)
PHYSICS 452. Methods of Theoretical Physics II.
Section 001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 451. (3). (Excl). (BS).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
Physics 451 and 452 constitute a twoterm sequence in mathematical methods of physics. Among various textbooks, G. Arfken, Mathematical Methods for Physicists, is often used; and in that case about 85% of the contents would be covered over two terms. This course is considered a necessary preparation for graduate school. Text: Mathematical Methods for Physicists – 4th edition; Arfken; Holt (Required). Introduction to Mathematical Physics – latest edition; Wong; Oxford (Recommended).
PHYSICS 453. Quantum Mechanics.
Section 001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 390. (3). (Excl). (BS).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
This course begins with an overview of the experimental and theoretical foundations for quantum mechanics. The theory is developed and applied to simple physical systems, with examples taken from atomic, molecular, condensed matter, nuclear, and particle physics. Topics include: basics of the Schrödinger equations and its solutions in rectangular and spherical coordinates; properties, uses, and interpretations of state functions; expectation values and physical observables; coherence, correlation, and interference. Other topics include spin, the exclusion principle, and some quantum statistical mechanics.
Text: Intro to Quantum Mechanics; Griffiths; Prentice – Hall (Required).
Supplementary: J.J Sakurai, Modern Quantum Mechanics (The Benjamin/Cummings Pub. Comp., 1985). This book is on the level of a beginning graduate course.
PHYSICS 457. Subatomic Physics.
Section 001.
Instructor(s): Frederick D Becchetti Jr (fdb@umich.edu)
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 453. (3). (Excl). (BS).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
Topics of study will include:
 quark model of nucleons and nuclear structure – binding energies, size and shape, angular momentum, parity, isopin, magnetic moments, electric quadrupole moments, statistical, shell and collective models for the nucleus
 nuclear and elementary particle decays, radioactivity, barrier penetration and alphaparticle decay, the weak interaction and betadecay, electromagnetic transitions in nuclei;
 strong interactions – basic properties of the nuclear force, nucleonnucleon scattering, the deuteron, nuclear reactions and reaction models
 nuclear radiation – interaction of charged particles, gammarays and neutrons with matter, nuclear radiation detectors.
 standard modelquarks, gluons, QED, QCD, Feynman diagrams
 bigbang nucleosynthesis, supernovae, neutron stars, gamma and Xray sources
The basic elements of quantum mechanics are used.
Text: Nuclear and Particle Physics; W.S.C. Williams; Oxford Press (Required).
PHYSICS 460. Quantum Mechanics II.
Section 001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 453. (3). (Excl). (BS).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
This course is a sequel to Physics 453, and continues to develop nonrelativistic quantum mechanics from the perspective of atomic physics. Topics covered: quantum mechanics of the hydrogen atom; solving Schrödinger's equation for a single electron atom; spectra of alkali atoms: the quantum defect; orbital and spin magnetism; Fine structure; atoms in magnetic fields; quantum mechanics of atoms in magnetic fields; the Bloch equations; a brief look at relativity in quantum mechanics; atoms in electric fields, and introduction to perturbation theory; atoms in timevarying electric fields; timedependent perturbation theory in a 2level system; spin and photon echos; field quantization – why excited states decay. A peek at quantum electrodynamics: mass renormalization and the Lamb shift; optical transitions; theory of lineshape; multielectron atoms; angular momentum coupling schemes; Xrays and inner shell spectroscopy; ground state configurations and terms; a peek at group theory; Hartree and Hartree Fock methods of calculating wave functions; nuclear spin and the hyperfine interaction; lasers; modern spectroscopy; chemical bonds.
Text: Intro to Quantum Mechanics; Griffiths; Prentice – Hall (Required).
PHYSICS 463. Introduction to Solid State Physics.
Section 001.
Instructor(s): Alberto G Rojo (rojoa@umich.edu)
Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 453. (3). (Excl). (BS).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
Main topics to be covered are: cohesion in solids; Free Electron Theory in Metals; Periodicity in Solids, Crystal Structure, Symmetry, Reciprocal Lattice, Diffraction Methods, Electrons in Periodic Structures; Band Theory of Solids and Fermi Surfaces; Phonons, Thermal Effects; Applications to Semiconductor Devices.
Students should have a background in thermodynamics, elementary statistical mechanics, plus a little quantum mechanics. There are three lectures per week, one of which may be a discussion period. Student evaluation is based on midterm and final exams; occasional short tests and weekly problem sets.
Text: Introductory Solid State Physics; Myers; Taylor & Francis, Ltd. (Required).
PHYSICS 465. Senior Seminar.
Section 001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to junior and senior physics concentrators. (2). (Excl). (BS). Meets the UpperLevel Writing Requirement.
Credits: (2).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
In this seminar students explore topics chosen on the basis of their importance and interest to physics and on the basis of student and faculty interest. Seminar members read in the research literature, write extensively, and contribute to discussions led by seminar members or visitors.
PHYSICS 489. Physics of Music.
Section 001 – Meets with Physics 288.001.
Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in Phys. 288. (3). (Excl). (BS). (QR/1). May not be included in a concentration plan in physics.
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
This course consists of Physics 288 plus a theoretical or experimental project which the student does independently.
Text: The Acoustical Foundations of Music – 2nd edition; Backus; W.W. Norton & Co. (Required).
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 the Winter Academic 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 is 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 satisfy that part of the Honors requirement. If work is not completed in Fall Term, the student would register for 499 in 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 satisfy the part of the Honors requirement.
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