Winter '99 Course Guide

Courses in Physics (Division 444)

Winter Term, 1999 (January 6-April 29, 1999)

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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.

Instructor(s): Jean Krisch

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

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Conceptual intro to how simple electromagnetic devices work. Class is discussion-based with supporting hands-on activities. Topics include circuits, magnets, meter and the eye. Grade determined be series of written assignments based on class activities.

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

Section 001 Meets March 9 April 20. Drop/Add deadline: March 22

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 long-term 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 ten-page paper. This course has no prerequisites and will be presented with a minimum of mathematics.

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Physics 106. Everyday Physics.

Instructor(s): Alberto Rojo

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

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/106/

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 class emphasizes concepts rather than mathematical models. Grades are based on homework and exams. Curiosity is the major prerequisite.

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Physics 106. Everyday Physics.

Instructor(s): Wolfgang Lorenzo (lorenzon@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/106/

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 class emphasizes concepts rather than mathematical models. Grades are based on homework and exams. Curiosity is the major prerequisite.

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Physics 106. Everyday Physics.

Instructor(s): Jens Zorn (jenszorn@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/106/

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 class emphasizes concepts rather than mathematical models. Grades are based on homework and exams. Curiosity is the major prerequisite.

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Physics 125. General Physics: Mechanics and Sound.

Section There Will Be Three Evening Hour Exams on Thurs., Feb. 5, Mar 12, Apr 2, 6-7:30 PM

Instructor(s): Timothy McKay (tamckay@umich.edu)

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: http://umaxp1.physics.lsa.umich.edu/~mckay/p125/p125home.htm

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.

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Physics 126. General Physics: Electricity and Light.

Section There Will Be Three Evening Hour Exams on Thurs., Feb 5, Mar 12 and Apr 2, 8-10 PM

Instructor(s): Myron Campbell (myron@umich.edu)

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).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://umwnt1.physics.lsa.umich.edu/physics126/

See Physics 125 for a general description of this introductory sequence of courses.\par 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 one-hour evening examinations, class performance, and a final examination. Physics 128 should be taken concurrently.

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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.

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/ip-labs/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.

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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.

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/ip-labs/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.

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Physics 140. General Physics I.

Section 001, 002, 003 There Will Be Three Evening Hour Exams on Thurs., Feb 5, Mar 12, and Apr 2, 6-7:30 PM

Instructor(s): Eric Myers (myers@umich.edu)

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).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://feynman.physics.lsa.umich.edu/~myers/140/

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 hourly 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
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).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Certain sections of Physics 140 are offered by the Keller Plan, a self-paced program without formal lectures. These sections are marked PSI in the Time Schedule. An information sheet describing the format of Keller Plan offerings is available in the Physics Student Services Office (2061 Randall Lab). Students who want to elect Physics 140 by the Keller Plan should read this information before registering.

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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.

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/ip-labs/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.

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Physics 160. Honors Physics I.

Instructor(s): J. Keith Riles (keithr@umich.edu)

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).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Physics 160 is a rigorous introduction to particle mechanics and the motion of extended objects. Particular topics include vectors, one- and two-dimensional motion, conservation of laws, linear and rotational dynamics, gravitation, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics. Students should also elect a Physics 141 laboratory.

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Physics 240. General Physics II.

Section 001, 002 There Will Be Three Evening Hour Exams on Thurs., Feb 5, Mar 12 and Apr 2, 8-9:30 PM

Instructor(s): Steve Dierker (dieker@umich.edu)

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).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://photon.physics.lsa.umich.edu/physics240/

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, Biot-Savart Law, Ampere's Law, Faraday's Law of induction, and simple AC circuits. There will be three evening hourly examinations (see Time Schedule for dates and times) and a final examination.

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Physics 240. General Physics II.

Section 035, 036 Keller Plan.
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).

Full QR

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/williams/phys240k/

Certain sections of Physics 240 are offered by the Keller Plan, a self-paced program without formal lectures. These sections are marked in the Time Schedule. An information sheet describing the format of Keller Plan offerings is available in the Physics Student Services Office (2061 Randall Lab). Students who want to elect Physics 240 by the Keller Plan should read this information before registering.

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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.

Credits: (1).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($25) required.

Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/ip-labs/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.

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Physics 260. Honors Physics II.

Instructor(s): Jianming Qian (qianj@umich.edu)

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).

Full QR

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.

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Physics 288. Physics of Music.

Section 001 Meets with Physics 489.001

Instructor(s): Daniel Axelrod (daxelrod@umich.edu)

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

Full QR

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 high-fidelity sound reproduction. A graduate-credit option (Physics 489) is available by supplementing the regular course with an appropriate independent project.

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Physics 333. Keller Tutor 140.

Instructor(s): Dennis Hegyi (dhegyyi@umich.edu)

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 140 Keller sections. One to three credits may be earned while providing tutoring on 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, and the appropriate application forms are available in the Physics Student Services Office, 2061 Randall Lab.

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Physics 334. Keller Tutor 240.

Instructor(s): Tom Dershem (dershem@umich.edu)

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.

Instructor(s): Walter Gray (waltgray@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www.lib.umich.edu/libhome/Reserves/W99/PHY340/

This course is the third in a three-term 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.

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Physics 341. Waves, Heat, and Light Lab.

Instructor(s): Carl Akerlof (akerlof@umich.edu)

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.

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Physics 390. Introduction to Modern Physics.

Instructor(s): Rudolf Thun (thun@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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, and Particle Physics. The class will meet as a lecture group. Applications of the principles will be considered in the lecture section on a regular basis.

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Physics 401. Intermediate Mechanics.

Instructor(s): Meigan Aronson (maronson@umich.edu)

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

Full QR

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 i may be introduced as well. Physical systems treated in detail include the forced damped-oscillator, 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 hourly exams and a two-hour final. (Schmidt)

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Physics 405. Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism.

Instructor(s): David Gerdes (gerdes@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://zeno.physics.lsa.umich.edu/405/

This is a second course on the classical theory of electromagnetism. Familiarity with Maxwell's equations at the level of 240 is assumed. Physics 340 is strongly recommended. The course elaborates on the theoretical content of the Maxwell theory as well as practical application. Topics: review of vector analysis; electrostatic boundary value problems; magnetostatics; dielectric and magnetic materials; Maxwell's equations and electrodynamics; the wave equation, electromagnetic waves in free space, waves in conducting and dielectric media; guided waves; electromagnetic radiation, sources of EM radiation.

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Physics 406. Statistical and Thermal Physics.

Instructor(s): Frederick Mackintosh (fcm@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~fcm/classes/406W99/

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.

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Physics 415. Special Problems for Undergraduates.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six 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, 2061 Randall Lab.

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Physics 420. Living with Physics for Elementary Teachers.

Instructor(s): Bradford Orr (orr@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Physics 420 is a survey course designed for concentrators in elementary education. It focuses on material to be used in the elementary classroom.

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Physics 442. Advanced Laboratory II.

Instructor(s): Roy Clarke (royc@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 390 and any 400-level 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 5 experiments in consultation with the lab instruction. Experiments are to be selected from several different areas of physics.

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Physics 442. Advanced Laboratory II.

Instructor(s): Timothy Chupp (chupp@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Phys. 390 and any 400-level 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 5 experiments in consultation with the lab instruction. Experiments are to be selected from several different areas of physics.

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Physics 453. Quantum Mechanics.

Instructor(s): Katherine Freese (ktfreese@umich.edu)

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.

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Physics 457. Subatomic Physics.

Instructor(s): Frederick Becchetti (fdb@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Topics of study will include: (1) nuclear structure binding energies, size and shape, angular momentum, parity, isopin, magnetic moments, electric quadrupole moments, statistical, shell and collective models for the nucleus; (2) nuclear decays, radioactivity, barrier penetration and alpha-particle decay, the weak interaction and beta-decay, electromagnetic transitions in nuclei; (3) nuclear interactions basic properties of the nuclear force, nucleon-nucleon scattering, the deuteron, nuclear reactions and reaction models; and (4) nuclear radiation interaction of charged particles, gamma-rays and neutrons with matter, nuclear radiation detectors. The basic elements of quantum mechanics are used.

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Physics 460. Quantum Mechanics II.

Instructor(s): Paul Berman (pberman@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pberman/qm99.html

This course is a sequel to Physics 453, and continues to develop non-relativistic 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 time-varying electric fields; time-dependent perturbation theory in a 2-level 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; multi-electron atoms; angular momentum coupling schemes; X-rays 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.

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Physics 463. Introduction to Solid State Physics.

Instructor(s): James Allen (jwallen@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.

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Physics 465. Senior Seminar.

Instructor(s): August Evrard (evrard@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: http://astro.physics.lsa.umich.edu/p465/

This course is intended to sharpen your skills at written and oral communication of scientific information. Students will be expected to give several oral presentations assisted by appropriate media. Writing projects of a variety of styles eg, review of a paper, review of a talk, technical scientific paper will be assigned.

Class meeting time will be very interactive, so attendance in class is imperative!. Also, because the class size is small and because students will share both written and oral contributions with each other, the class will be more intimate than the typical physics class. This may be intimidating at times (faults will be exposed for all to see), but this is a necessary part of the learning process. Better to be criticized here than in that important job interview!

Grading will be based on the combination of written and oral reports and your attendance in class.

There will be at least two field trips during the term, including a weekend in Chicago attending the Pritzker Symposium on the status of Inflationary Cosmology.

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Physics 489. Physics of Music.

Section 001 Meets with Physics 288.001

Instructor(s): Daniel Axelrod (daxelrod@umich.edu)

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). (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). (INDEPENDENT).

Credits: (2-3).

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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). (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). (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.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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