# Physics (PHYS)

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**PHYS 101**

**Liberal Arts Physics**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

No requirement for students with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry, Department of Environmental Science, Department of Physics, Bioinformatics, Forensic Science or Neuroscience. For non-science majors. Selected topics from classical and modern physics emphasizing beauty, symmetry, and simplicity. Contemporary issues of physics and society.

*Knowledge Area:*Tier 2 Scientific Knowledge

Understanding of interaction between theory and experiment, role of physics in society, science vs. nonscience; solve problems using algebra, geometry, vectors, and graphs; synthesize disparate physics topics

**Outcomes**

Understanding of interaction between theory and experiment, role of physics in society, science vs. nonscience; solve problems using algebra, geometry, vectors, and graphs; synthesize disparate physics topics**PHYS 102**

**Planetary and Stellar Astronomy**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

No requirement for students with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry, Department of Environmental Science, Department of Physics, Bioinformatics, Forensic Science or Neuroscience. This course covers the astronomy of the solar system and planetary science as well as the astronomy of stars and galaxies. This includes study of earth and comparative study of all the planets, as well as the birth, evolution, and death of stars, the clustering of stars and galaxies, the expanding universe and cosmology.

*Knowledge Area:*Tier 2 Scientific Knowledge

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental knowledge and concepts in astronomy, the qualitative and quantitative reasoning used, and how this science can be applied

**Outcomes**

Students will demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental knowledge and concepts in astronomy, the qualitative and quantitative reasoning used, and how this science can be applied**PHYS 106**

**Physics of Music**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

No requirement for students with a declared major or minor in the Department of Anthropology, Department of Biology, Department of Chemistry, Department of Environmental Science, Department of Physics, Bioinformatics, Forensic Science or Neuroscience. Language, structure, history and styles of music; motion, force, energy and waves applied to production of sound; physical properties of instruments and musical acoustics.

*Knowledge Area:*Tier 2 Scientific Knowledge

Knowledge of music fundamentals; understand how instruments function; apply physics concepts and experimentation to analyze the production of music and acoustics

**Outcomes**

Knowledge of music fundamentals; understand how instruments function; apply physics concepts and experimentation to analyze the production of music and acoustics**PHYS 111**

**College Physics I Lec / Dis**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

*Pre-requisites:*Math Placement Test or MATH 118

Non-calculus introduction to vectors, kinematics, Newtonian mechanics of translational, rotational, and oscillatory motion, energy and momentum conservation, and thermodynamics.

*Interdisciplinary Option:*Forensic Science

Understanding of analytical description of motion and application of conservation laws; develop scientific insight and proficiency in solving representative problems

**Outcomes**

Understanding of analytical description of motion and application of conservation laws; develop scientific insight and proficiency in solving representative problems**PHYS 111L**

**College Physics Laboratory I**

**(1 Credit Hour)**

Laboratories cover selected topics in introductory mechanics, including freefall, uniform circular motion, work-energy, collisions, rotational motion, and harmonic motion.

*Interdisciplinary Option:*Forensic Science

Experience and familiarity with basic measuring devices and simple mechanics equipment; Understand measurement errors and their propagation, plotting and interpretation of data, the connection between theory and experiment for selected topics in elementary mechanics

**Outcomes**

Experience and familiarity with basic measuring devices and simple mechanics equipment; Understand measurement errors and their propagation, plotting and interpretation of data, the connection between theory and experiment for selected topics in elementary mechanics**PHYS 112**

**College Physics II Lec/Disc**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

*Pre-requisites:*PHYS 111 or equivalent

*Interdisciplinary Option:*Forensic Science

*Course equivalencies:*PHYS112/PHYS112K/PHYS122

Understand and apply electromagnetism to 2- and 3-dimensional problems in physical and biological sciences

**Outcomes**

Understand and apply electromagnetism to 2- and 3-dimensional problems in physical and biological sciences**PHYS 112L**

**College Physics Lab II**

**(1 Credit Hour)**

*Pre- or co-requisites:*PHYS 112 or PHYS 112K; also prerequisite PHYS 111L; For ESBE, ESCE, and ESEE majors only: Prerequisite or corequisite of PHYS 112K

Laboratories cover selected topics in electrical circuits and optics, including DC circuits, resonance in AC circuits, ray optics, and prism and grating spectrometers.

*Interdisciplinary Option:*Forensic Science

Experience and familiarity with DC power supplies, digital multi-meters, function generators, oscilloscopes, mirrors, lenses, and spectrometers; Ability to correlate simple electronic schematic diagrams with actual circuits; Understand the connection between theory and experiment for selected topics in elementary electrical circuits and optics

**Outcomes**

Experience and familiarity with DC power supplies, digital multi-meters, function generators, oscilloscopes, mirrors, lenses, and spectrometers; Ability to correlate simple electronic schematic diagrams with actual circuits; Understand the connection between theory and experiment for selected topics in elementary electrical circuits and optics**PHYS 121**

**College Physics I Lec/Dis**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

Calculus based introduction to vectors, kinematics, Newtonian mechanics of translational, rotational, and oscillatory motion, energy and momentum conservation, and thermodynamics.

*Interdisciplinary Option:*Forensic Science

Understanding of analytical description of motion and application of conservation laws; develop scientific insight and proficiency in solving representative problems

**Outcomes**

Understanding of analytical description of motion and application of conservation laws; develop scientific insight and proficiency in solving representative problems**PHYS 122**

**College Physics II Lec/Dis**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

*Interdisciplinary Option:*Forensic Science

*Course equivalencies:*PHYS112/PHYS112K/PHYS122

Understand and apply electromagnetism to 2- and 3-dimensional problems in physical and biological sciences

**Outcomes**

Understand and apply electromagnetism to 2- and 3-dimensional problems in physical and biological sciences**PHYS 125**

**General Physics I Lec/Dis**

**(4 Credit Hours)**

This is a calculus-based introductory course that covers Mechanics and Thermodynamics. It is designed for physics majors or minors and dual-degree engineering students.

*Interdisciplinary Option:*Forensic Science

Understanding of vectors, forces, Newtonian mechanics related to translational, rotational, and oscillatory motion; thermodynamics

**Outcomes**

Understanding of vectors, forces, Newtonian mechanics related to translational, rotational, and oscillatory motion; thermodynamics**PHYS 125L**

**General Physics Laboratory I**

**(1 Credit Hour)**

*Co-requisites:*PHYS 125

Laboratories cover selected topics in introductory mechanics, including freefall, uniform circular motion, work-energy, collisions, rotational motion, and harmonic motion. Includes a freshmen project.

*Interdisciplinary Option:*Forensic Science

Experience and familiarity with basic measuring devices and simple mechanics equipment; Understand measurement errors and their propagation, plotting and interpretation of data, the connection between theory and experiment for selected topics in elementary mechanics

**Outcomes**

Experience and familiarity with basic measuring devices and simple mechanics equipment; Understand measurement errors and their propagation, plotting and interpretation of data, the connection between theory and experiment for selected topics in elementary mechanics**PHYS 126**

**General Physics II Lec/Dis**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

*Pre-requisites:*PHYS 125; Corequisites: PHYS 126F, PHYS 126L & MATH 162; Department Consent Required

A continuation of PHYS 125, covering Electricity and magnetism, sound, optics.

*Interdisciplinary Option:*Forensic Science

This course satisfies the Engaged Learning requirement.

Understanding of electrostatics, magnetostatics, time varying currents, resistive, capacitative and inductive elements, electromagnetic and sound waves, geometrical and wave optics, introductory special relativity

**Outcomes**

Understanding of electrostatics, magnetostatics, time varying currents, resistive, capacitative and inductive elements, electromagnetic and sound waves, geometrical and wave optics, introductory special relativity**PHYS 126F**

**Freshman Projects**

**(1 Credit Hour)**

*Pre-requisites:*PHYS 125; Department Consent Required

Under the guidance of a faculty member students carry out research in the area of mechanics, waves or thermodynamics. The project must involve submission of a proposal, building of a setup, carrying out related theoretical calculation followed by experimentation.

This course satisfies the Engaged Learning requirement.

Students should get a deeper understanding of the material covered in PHYS 125 (mechanics, waves and thermodynamics) and also learn about research methods employed by physicists

**Outcomes**

Students should get a deeper understanding of the material covered in PHYS 125 (mechanics, waves and thermodynamics) and also learn about research methods employed by physicists**PHYS 126L**

**General Physics Laboratory II**

**(1 Credit Hour)**

*Co-requisites:*PHYS 126

Laboratories cover selected topics in electrical circuits and optics, including DC circuits, resonance in AC circuits, ray optics, and prism and grating spectrometers. Includes a freshmen project.

*Interdisciplinary Option:*Forensic Science

Experience and familiarity with DC power supplies, digital multimeters, function generators, oscilloscopes, mirrors, lenses, and spectrometers; Ability to correlate simple electronic schematic diagrams with actual circuits; Understand the connection between theory and experiment for selected topics in elementary electrical circuits and optics

**Outcomes**

Experience and familiarity with DC power supplies, digital multimeters, function generators, oscilloscopes, mirrors, lenses, and spectrometers; Ability to correlate simple electronic schematic diagrams with actual circuits; Understand the connection between theory and experiment for selected topics in elementary electrical circuits and optics**PHYS 130**

**Introduction to Computational Physics**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

*Pre-requisites:*C- or better in PHYS 125; Restricted to PHYS, TPAM, and BPHY majors; Corequisite: PHYS 126

This is an introductory computational physics course. The course will cover basic computational skills using Python and common scientific Python packages. We will solve a set of programming exercises that enhances both the understanding of introductory physics (Newton's laws, work, energy, momentum) and physics problem solving skills.

Students should be able to write a Python program to perform numerical calculations in physics and gain computational skills that would be utilized in upper division physics coursework and research

**Outcomes**

Students should be able to write a Python program to perform numerical calculations in physics and gain computational skills that would be utilized in upper division physics coursework and research**PHYS 235**

**Modern Physics**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

This course covers the Special Theory of Relativity and Introductory Quantum Mechanics.

Understand the relative nature of space and time; the duality of waves and particles; the microscopic structure of matter and its macroscopic consequences

**Outcomes**

Understand the relative nature of space and time; the duality of waves and particles; the microscopic structure of matter and its macroscopic consequences**PHYS 235L**

**Modern Physics Laboratory**

**(1 Credit Hour)**

*Co-requisites:*PHYS 235

Modern physics experiments including electromagnetic waves (microwaves), interferometry, spectroscopy, electron and quantum physics, and solid-state physics.

Students will gain hands on experience and familiarity with experiments from early modern physics, the ability to use spreadsheets and symbolic algebraic software for problem solving and data interpretation, and experience documenting and reporting results including historical background searches

**Outcomes**

Students will gain hands on experience and familiarity with experiments from early modern physics, the ability to use spreadsheets and symbolic algebraic software for problem solving and data interpretation, and experience documenting and reporting results including historical background searches**PHYS 266**

**Digital Electronics Lab**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

Combinatorial and sequential logic devices, oscillators and timers, microprocessor components, CPU operation, computer architecture and digital/analog conversion.

*Course equivalencies:*X-PHYS266/COMP266

Students will gain a working knowledge of digital electronics design and its application to computers, an understanding of CPU design and operation and the ability to document and report experimental results

**Outcomes**

Students will gain a working knowledge of digital electronics design and its application to computers, an understanding of CPU design and operation and the ability to document and report experimental results**PHYS 301**

**Mathematical Methods in Physics**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

Lecture and computer laboratory; Mathematical and computer methods in physics and engineering; Topics include vector calculus, functions of a complex variable, phasors, Fourier analysis, linear transformations, matrices, first and second order differential equations, special functions, numerical and symbolic computer applications.

*Course equivalencies:*X-PHYS301/PHYS271/MATH355

**PHYS 303**

**Electronics I**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

Study of analog electronics, including direct and alternating circuit analysis, resonant circuits, diodes, transistors, amplifiers, operational amplifiers, noise, feedback and oscillators.

Students will understand and manipulate equations and concepts, and gain experience with electronics equipment, plotting and interpretation of data, synthesizing and writing laboratory results, and the formal verbal presentation of results

**Outcomes**

Students will understand and manipulate equations and concepts, and gain experience with electronics equipment, plotting and interpretation of data, synthesizing and writing laboratory results, and the formal verbal presentation of results**PHYS 303L**

**Electronics Laboratory**

**(1 Credit Hour)**

Students will learn to use various electronic components, instruments, techniques, and applications. This course complements PHYS 303, which is a co-requisite or a prerequisite.

Students should get a deeper understanding of the material covered in PHYS 303 (Analog and digital electronics) by experimentally verifying many of the concepts covered in that course; Students will also learn to recognize various components and develop confidence in using them

**Outcomes**

Students should get a deeper understanding of the material covered in PHYS 303 (Analog and digital electronics) by experimentally verifying many of the concepts covered in that course; Students will also learn to recognize various components and develop confidence in using them**PHYS 310**

**Optics**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

Electromagnetic nature of light, geometrical optics, polarization, Fresnel relations, interference, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, Fourier optics, lasers, and holography.

Students will gain knowledge of the principles of classical and modern optics, the roll of optics in the development of quantum mechanics and its applications to modern technology

**Outcomes**

Students will gain knowledge of the principles of classical and modern optics, the roll of optics in the development of quantum mechanics and its applications to modern technology**PHYS 310L**

**Optics Lab**

**(1 Credit Hour)**

Students will learn to use various optical components, instruments, techniques, and applications. This course complements PHYS 310, which is a co-requisite or a prerequisite.

Students should get a deeper understanding of the material covered in PHYS 310 (Geometrical and wave optics) by experimentally verifying many of the concepts covered in that course; Students will also learn to recognize various components and develop confidence in using them

**Outcomes**

Students should get a deeper understanding of the material covered in PHYS 310 (Geometrical and wave optics) by experimentally verifying many of the concepts covered in that course; Students will also learn to recognize various components and develop confidence in using them**PHYS 314**

**Theoretical Mechanics I**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

Newtonian particle dynamics, conservation theorems, oscillations, gravitation, generalized coordinates, Lagrange and Hamilton formalisms.

Students will gain understanding of analytical and numerical methods of mechanics, understanding of principles in dynamics, and experience in applying formalisms of Lagrange and Hamilton to mechanics in preparation for other areas of physics and engineering

**Outcomes**

Students will gain understanding of analytical and numerical methods of mechanics, understanding of principles in dynamics, and experience in applying formalisms of Lagrange and Hamilton to mechanics in preparation for other areas of physics and engineering**PHYS 315**

**Theoretical Mechanics II**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

*Pre-requisites:*PHYS 314

This course is a continuation of PHYS 314 and covers dynamics of system of particles, moving coordinates, rigid body dynamics, systems of oscillators, motion in a central force field, relativity.

Students will gain understanding of analytical and numerical methods of mechanics, and of the laws of dynamics and their applications

**Outcomes**

Students will gain understanding of analytical and numerical methods of mechanics, and of the laws of dynamics and their applications**PHYS 328**

**Thermal Physical & Statistical Mechanics**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

This course examines the fundamental concepts of temperature, entropy, and thermodynamic equilibrium, the first and second law, engines, the third law, and Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac, and Bose-Einstein statistics.

Students will learn to compare thermodynamical versus statistical characterizations of macroscopic systems with applications ranging from analyzing Fermi gases and black body radiation to information theory

**Outcomes**

Students will learn to compare thermodynamical versus statistical characterizations of macroscopic systems with applications ranging from analyzing Fermi gases and black body radiation to information theory**PHYS 338**

**Advanced Physics Laboratory**

**(2 Credit Hours)**

Lab course with advanced experiments in mechanics, biophysics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, solid state, and particle physics. Students will receive training in data analysis methods, data acquisition systems, signal processing, and 3D fabrication. Students will work in teams on a final independent project.

This course satisfies the Engaged Learning requirement.

Students will gain an understanding of experiment design, data analysis, and error estimation in the context of investigating physical principles and using different instrumentation

**Outcomes**

Students will gain an understanding of experiment design, data analysis, and error estimation in the context of investigating physical principles and using different instrumentation**PHYS 351**

**Electricity and Magnetism I**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

Electrostatics and magnetostatics in a vacuum as well as in linear media, and an introduction to electrodynamics.

Students will gain an understanding of mathematical methods of electrodynamics, of static electricity and magnetism including Coulomb's, Gauss', Ampere's, and Faraday's laws and their applications, and of solutions of Laplace's and Maxwell's equations

**Outcomes**

Students will gain an understanding of mathematical methods of electrodynamics, of static electricity and magnetism including Coulomb's, Gauss', Ampere's, and Faraday's laws and their applications, and of solutions of Laplace's and Maxwell's equations**PHYS 352**

**Electricity and Magnetism II**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

*Pre-requisites:*PHYS 351

Introduction to electrodynamics and the special theory of relativity.

Students will gain an understanding of electromagnetic field energy and momentum, Maxwell's equations and their applications including electromagnetic radiation and emission, involving retarded potentials and Lorentz covariance

**Outcomes**

Students will gain an understanding of electromagnetic field energy and momentum, Maxwell's equations and their applications including electromagnetic radiation and emission, involving retarded potentials and Lorentz covariance**PHYS 361**

**Quantum Mechanics I**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

Non-relativistic quantum mechanics.

Students will understand and use separation of variables, finite polynomials, and matrix algebra to solve the Schroedinger equation, explain microscopic structure of matter, and describe philosophical interpretations of quantum mechanics

**Outcomes**

Students will understand and use separation of variables, finite polynomials, and matrix algebra to solve the Schroedinger equation, explain microscopic structure of matter, and describe philosophical interpretations of quantum mechanics**PHYS 371**

**Biophysics**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

*Pre-requisites:*For Biology and Molecular Biology majors: BIOL 251, (PHYS 112 or 122), and (MATH 132 or 162); For all other majors: PHYS 235 and BIOL 101

An upper-level course in biological physics focused on a quantitative description of the physical processes driving molecular and cellular processes with an emphasis on experiment design and analysis.

Students will understand how to apply physical principles and probabilistic analysis toward the study of biological phenomena at molecular and cellular levels

**Outcomes**

Students will understand how to apply physical principles and probabilistic analysis toward the study of biological phenomena at molecular and cellular levels**PHYS 380**

**Special Topics in Physics**

**(1-3 Credit Hours)**

*Pre-requisites:*Instructor's permission

This variable (1-3) credit enrichment course introduces students to a topic not generally covered in other courses. This course can be repeated.

Students will understand the material of the course and develop an ability to apply the knowledge gained to other contexts

**Outcomes**

Students will understand the material of the course and develop an ability to apply the knowledge gained to other contexts**PHYS 381**

**Special Topics in Physics**

**(1-3 Credit Hours)**

*Pre-requisites:*Instructor's permission

This variable (1-3) credit enrichment course introduces students to a topic not generally covered in other courses. This course can be repeated.

Students understand the material of the course and develop an ability to apply the knowledge gained to other contexts

**Outcomes**

Students understand the material of the course and develop an ability to apply the knowledge gained to other contexts**PHYS 391**

**Research**

**(1-12 Credit Hours)**

*Co-requisites:*PHYS 126

Research in physics or an associated field. This is a variable credit course and can be repeated.

This course satisfies the Engaged Learning requirement.

*Course equivalencies:*PHYS391 / PHYS385 / PHYS386

Under the guidance of a faculty member, students study and understand research methods employed by physicists and gain a deeper understanding of a particular area of physics

**Outcomes**

Under the guidance of a faculty member, students study and understand research methods employed by physicists and gain a deeper understanding of a particular area of physics**PHYS 394**

**Argonne Lab Research**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

*Pre-requisites:*Chairperson's permission and acceptance by appropriate program

Study and research at the Argonne National Laboratory. Only those students who are accepted into the Argonne National Laboratory's student program (or similar programs elsewhere) are eligible. No tuition is charged.

Students will work with a research group at Argonne or other laboratory to understand research methods employed by physicists and get a deeper understanding of a particular area of physics

**Outcomes**

Students will work with a research group at Argonne or other laboratory to understand research methods employed by physicists and get a deeper understanding of a particular area of physics**PHYS 395**

**Argonne Lab Research**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

*Pre-requisites:*Chairperson's permission and acceptance by appropriate program

Study and research at the Argonne National Laboratory. Only those students who are accepted into the Argonne National Laboratory's student program (or similar programs elsewhere) are eligible. No tuition is charged.

Students will work with a research group at Argonne or other laboratory to understand research methods employed by physicists and get a deeper understanding of a particular area of physics

**Outcomes**

Students will work with a research group at Argonne or other laboratory to understand research methods employed by physicists and get a deeper understanding of a particular area of physics**PHYS 473**

**Energy and Sustainability**

**(4 Credit Hours)**

A course that investigates the role of energy in physical systems such as thermosphere and also various sources of energy.

Ability to apply laws of thermodynamics to physical systems and apply material to high school science class

**Outcomes**

Ability to apply laws of thermodynamics to physical systems and apply material to high school science class**PHYS 495**

**AP Physics Workshop**

**(3 Credit Hours)**

This graduate level course offers pedagogical content knowledge training for in-service high school teachers preparing to teach AP Physics.