An introduction to the ideas and techniques used in the study of motion. Application to a wide variety of physical systems ranging from air molecules to footballs to black holes. Mostly descriptive using photographic techniques, films, and demonstrations. No laboratory. An introduction to the ideas and techniques used in the study of waves. Applications to a wide variety of physical systems ranging from sound, music, light, and color to atoms, nuclei, and elementary particles. Mostly descriptive, using photography , films, and demonstrations. No laboratory. An introduction to the properties of light, whether interpreted as rays, waves, or photons. Discussion of the basic ideas of geometric and wave optics, with application to the analysis of photography, color, vision, and modern physics. Emphasis is on factors which permit the artist and observer to understand and more fully control the design and interpretation of images of all kinds. Demonstrations, experiments, and video and computer simulations to analyze signals received by the eyes or instruments. Course is primarily designed for students interested in the visual arts, but is open to anyone. Minimal mathematics.
After a description of local space which includes the universe of galaxies, red shift, and the big bang will be discussed. White dwarF S, red giants, pulsars, black holes, and quasars will be covered. The treatment will be mostly descriptive, utilizing slides, NASA films, and several trips to our planetarium. No laboratory. This course will take the students on a journey through the universe using scientific principles encompassing classical physics and the basic principles of quantum mechanics to describe planetary motion and how we understand and measure the phenome na in our universe. Our planet earth, plate tectonic theory, the rock and hydrological cycles will be investigated to understand the geological development of our planet. The processes occurring throughout the solar system will be described on a molecular level where atomic theory, nuclear chemistry and structure and bonding become critical in analyzing the universe on a "microscopic" level.
Elementary principles of wave motion and discussion and analysis of musical sounds from a large variety of sources including live voices, instruments, oscillators, synthesizers, and recording media of all sorts. Factors which permit the performer and listener to understand and more fully control musical sounds. Demonstrations and video to relate the signals received by the ears to visual and technical analysis. For music students, but useful to anyone interested in communications. Open to all students. Minimal mathematics.
Principles and applications of Newtonian mechanics, gravitation, fluids, waves, and heat. Intended primarily for engineering technology students. Engineering students should take Physics C087 instead. Lecture, laboratory, and recitation.
Optics, electricity and magnetism, waves, and atoms. Intended primarily for engineering technology students. Engineering students should take Physics C088 instead. Lecture, laboratory, and recitation.
Recommended for, but not restricted to, architecture students and those preparing to enter the College of Allied Health Professions. Not intended as preparation for advanced courses in physics. Selected topics from mechanics. Lecture, laboratory, and recitation.
Recommended for, but not restricted to, architecture students and those preparing to enter the College of Allied Health Professions. Not intended as preparation for advanced courses in physics. Heat, light, electricity, and magnetism, and modern physics. Lecture, laboratory, and recitation. Open to freshmen and other students in pre-professional programs, including pre-dental and pre-medical programs. Preprofessional students who are biology majors should take Physics 0121 instead. Not intended as a preparation for advanced courses in physics. Physics of motion, gravitation, and heat. Lecture, laboratory, and recitation.
Normally follows Physics C085. Open to freshmen and others in preprofessional programs, including pre-dental and pre-medical programs. Pre-professional students who are biology majors should take Physics 0122 instead. Optics, electricity and magnetism, waves, and atoms. Lecture, laboratory, and recitation.
Primarily for physics, chemistry, engineering, geology, and mathematics majors, but open to others. Elementary vector algebra, one-dimensional motion, particle dynamics, work and energy, conservation of energy, conservation of linear momentum, collisions, rotational kinematics and dynamics, conservation of angular momentum, oscillations, waves, and gravitation. Lecture, laboratory, and recitation.
Primarily for physics, chemistry, engineering, geology, and mathematics majors, but open to others. Temperature, heat and the first law of thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, entropy and the second law of thermodynamics, electrical charges, the electric field, Gauss's law, electrostatic potential, capacitors and dielectrics, current, resistance, the magnetic field, Ampere's law, Faraday's law, inductance, geometrical optics, and interference and diffraction of light. Lecture, laboratory, and recitation. Honors section of Physics C053.
Honors section of Physics C087, C088. May be repeated. Honors section of Physics C056.
Newtonian mechanics, gravitation, energy conservation, and thermodynamics. Biological applications discussed where appropriate. Lecture, laboratory, and recitation.
Primarily for biology majors but open to others. Students are expected to have completed a year of college level biology, chemistry, or geology. Optics, electricity and magnetism, atomic, molecular, and nuclear physics. Biological applications discussed where appropriate. Lecture, laboratory, and recitation.
An overview of computer systems, hardware, and software. Designing, writing, debugging, and testing programs using realistic scientific problems. Programming with style and structure. Displaying results in graphical form. Numerical techniques, data analysis, simulation, Fourier transforms. Use of available software packages. Practical experience in laboratory data acquisition and control of experiments. Laboratory. Nature and propagation of light, reflection and refraction, lenses, optical instruments, polarization, interference, diffraction, modern optics. Lecture and laboratory.
Infinite series, determinants and matrices, ordinary differential equations,
vector analysis, curvilinear coordinate systems, Fourier series, properties
of Legendre and Bessel functions, partial differential equations. 3
hr. lecture, 2 hr. lab. Laboratory portion of course provides training
in use of Mathematica, an integrated environment for technical computing,
to solve problems in mathematical physics.
Infinite series, determinants and matrices, ordinary differential equations,
vector analysis, curvilinear coordinate systems, Fourier series, properties
of Legendre and Bessel functions, partial differential equations. 3
hr. lecture, 2 hr. lab. Laboratory portion of course provides training
in use of Mathematica, an integrated environment for technical computing,
to solve problems in mathematical physics.
One of the most challenging dilemmas facing us today is the nuclear arms race.
This course provides background information necessary for us to join
the debate. The physics and effects of nuclear weapons, the history
of Soviet American relations, efforts at arms control, varied views
on national security, and the philosophical and moral questions involved.
Students view films, read, analyze the facts, assumptions, and arguments
of opposing positions, and formulate their own opinions through discussion,
debate, and by keeping a journal.
Electrostatics, magnetostatics, microscopic interpretation of polarization P and magnetization M, electrostatic and magnetostatic energy, Faraday's law, self and mutual inductance, magnetic circuits; integral and differential forms of Gauss, Ampere, and Faraday laws; AC circuits; introduction to the displacement current and Maxwell's equations. Laboratory investigation on DC and AC circuits, bridge circuits, sources of emf, Hall effect, and operational amplifier circuits. Special relativity, kinetic theory, blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, X-rays, Compton effect, Rutherford scattering, etc. Wave mechanics.
Laboratory investigations on the properties of electrons and photons, atomic structure, and nuclear structure and decay. Undergraduate independent study in physics. May be repeated for credit.
Newton's laws of motion, one-dimensional motion, second order differential equations, harmonic oscillators (damped, forced), vector analysis, conservation laws, three-dimensional motion, central forces, motion in electromagnetic fields, collisions, center-of-mass transformations, two-body problem, numerical/computer solutions, coupled oscillators. Rigid body rotation, statics, elasticity, fluid equilibrium, gravitation. Moving coordinate systems, three-body problems, partial differential equations, wave propagation (strings, membranes, fluids), boundary value problems, normal modes, fluid equations of motion, viscosity; virtual work, Lagrange's equations, Hamilton's equations; angular momentum of a rigid body, inertia tensor, Euler's equations, Euler angles, tops and gyroscopes, small vibrations. Solutions to the equations of Poisson and Laplace; multipole expansions; electrostatic and magnetostatic energy, forces, and torques; Maxwell's equations; the wave equation; radiation fields, Poynting's Theorem, microwave and optical waveguides.
An intermediate laboratory course with an introduction to data analysis and error estimation. Students independently perform two or three experiments, with suitable reports. (Capstone W course) Basic circuit ideas, Thevenin/Norton theorems, input/output impedance, diodes, transistors, feedback, operational amplifiers, elements of digital electronics, transducers for physical measurements.
First, second, and third laws, thermodynamic potentials, kinetic theory, and applications to simple systems. The basic ideas of statistical mechanics.
Science fiction as a genre; its purposes and styles. The existence of intelligent life in the universe. Communication with other civilizations; problems and probabilities. Interplanetary and interstellar travel. Time travel. Analysis of devices and themes common in science fiction, such as faster-than-light travel. The parallel development of science and science fiction and recent changes and new directions. May be repeated.
Dual nature of light and matter, de Broglie waves, Schrodinger equation, one-dimensional systems, Hermitian operators, eigenfuctions and eigenvalues. Spin and isospin. Two- and three-dimensional systems. Approximation methods. Theory of scattering.
Elementary theory of the solid state. Survey of mechanical, thermal, optical,
electrical, and magnetic properties of solids.
Atomic, molecular, and nuclear structure; interaction of ionizing radiation
with matter; applications; introduction to sub-nuclear particles. Credit will be given either semester or both.
Special problems in the field of theoretical physics. Primarily for undergraduate students in conjunction with graduate courses. |