16090 |
PHYS 116 Acoustics |
Matthew Deady |
T Th 8:30 am-9:50 am |
HEG 102 |
SCI |
This laboratory
course gives an introduction to the phenomena of acoustics, particularly aspects
that are important in the production and perception of music. The physics of
sound is covered in depth, and characteristics of acoustic and electronic
instruments are discussed. Mathematical and laboratory techniques are
introduced as needed. No specific science or mathematics background beyond
algebra is assumed. Class size: 36
LAB OPTIONS:
16091 |
PHYS 116 LBA Acoustics Lab |
Matthew Deady |
F 8:30 am-9:50 am |
HEG 107 |
SCI |
Class size: 12
16092 |
PHYS 116 LBB Acoustics Lab |
Matthew Deady |
F 10:10 am-11:30 am |
HEG 107 |
SCI |
Class size: 12
16093 |
PHYS 116 LBC Acoustics Lab |
Matthew Deady |
F 1:30 pm-2:50 pm |
HEG 107 |
SCI |
Class size: 12
16094 |
PHYS 120 Global Energy |
Paul Cadden-Zimansky |
T Th 10:10 am-11:30 am LAB: Th 3:00 pm-5:00 pm |
HEG 201 HEG 107 |
SCI |
Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies A laboratory-based physics
class designed to introduce non-science majors to the different types of energy
(mechanical, thermal, electromagnetic, chemical, nuclear); the methods by which
modern societies produce, transmit, and convert between these types; how
different demand sectors (electricity, heating, transportation) shape our
energy production infrastructure; the promises of future energy technology and
the insurmountable physical constraints on them; and the environmental and
economic costs associated with different types of energy production. The bulk
of the course will be an examination of each of the major contemporary means of
energy production (fossil fuels, nuclear, hydropower) and the emerging
alternative means (wind, solar, biofuels).
The course will seek to emphasize some of the subtleties behind energy
production usually glossed over in popular discussion, and will rely heavily on
developing students' abilities to perform 'back-of-the-envelope' calculations
to estimate quantities of interest on a global scale.
Class size: 16
16095 |
PHYS 142 A Introduction to Physics II |
Eleni-Alexandra Kontou |
M
W F 8:30 am-9:50 am |
HEG 102 |
SCI |
Part II of a
calculus-based survey which will focus on electricity and magnetism, light,
electromagnetic radiation, and optics. The course stresses ideas - the unifying
principles and characteristic models of physics. Labs develop the critical
ability to elicit understanding of our physical world. Prerequisites: Physics 141, Mathematics 141. Class
size: 18
LAB OPTIONS:
16097 |
PHYS 142 LBA Intro to Physics II Lab |
Matthew Deady |
M
1:00 pm-3:00 pm |
HEG 107 |
SCI |
Class size: 12
16098 |
PHYS 142 LBB Intro to Physics II Lab |
Eleni-Alexandra Kontou |
T 3:10 pm-5:10 pm |
HEG 107 |
SCI |
Class size: 12
16099 |
PHYS 142 LBC Intro to Physics II Lab |
Eleni-Alexandra Kontou |
T 1:00 pm-3:00 pm |
HEG 107 |
SCI |
Class size: 12
16100 |
PHYS 210 Introduction to Electronics |
Matthew Deady |
T Th 3:00 pm-5:00 pm |
ROSE 108 |
SCI |
This course is a
survey of analog electronics ending with a brief introduction to digital
electronics. Beginning with Kirchhoff's Laws, voltage dividers and filters, we
will proceed to power supplies, amplifiers, oscillators, operational
amplifiers, timers, and IC's. We will employ semiconductor diodes,
bipolar and field-effect transistors, and IC's. We will leave time at the
end to explore Boolean algebra and some basic digital electronic functions,
ending with construction of a pared down bus-architecture prototype. The
course consists of equal parts lecture and lab. Corequisites: at least one
physics course and one math course numbered above 140. Enrollment by permission
of the instructor. Class size: 16
16101 |
PHYS 222 Mathematical Methods II |
Harold Haggard |
M
W 12:00 pm-1:00 pm |
HEG 106 |
MATC |
(2 credits) This
is the second part of a two-part course series that introduces mathematical
topics and techniques that are commonly encountered in the physical sciences,
including complex numbers and analytic functions, Fourier series and orthogonal
functions, standard types of partial differential equations, and special
functions. Prerequisites: MATH 141 and 142, or the equivalent. Recommended: PHYS 221, Mathematical
Methods of Physics I. Class size: 16
16102 |
PHYS 314 Thermal Physics |
Paul Cadden-Zimansky |
M
W F 10:10 am-11:30 am |
HEG 201 |
MATC |
This course studies
the thermal behavior of physical systems, employing thermodynamics,
kinetic theory, and statistical mechanics. Thermodynamical topics include
equations of state, energy and entropy, and the first and second laws of
thermodynamics. Both classical and quantum statistical mechanics
are covered, including distribution functions, partition functions, and
the quantum statistics of Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein systems.
Applications include atoms, molecules, gases, liquids, solids, and phase
transitions. Prerequisites: Physics 141-142, Mathematics 141-142. Class
size: 16
16103 |
PHYS 321 Quantum Mechanics |
Eleni-Alexandra Kontou |
M
W F 3:10 pm-4:30 pm |
HEG 106 |
MATC |
Introduces the Hilbert
space formalism of quantum mechanics and uses it to examine simple quantum
systems including objects in potential wells, hydrogen atom electronic states,
and the quantum harmonic oscillator.
Additional material includes perturbation theory, quantized angular
momentum, and particle scattering.
Prerequisites: Physics 241, Mathematics 213. Class
size: 16
16104 |
PHYS 327 General Relativity |
Harold Haggard |
M
W F 1:30 pm-2:30 pm |
HEG 201 |
MATC |
This course provides
an introduction to Einstein's theory of gravity. Beginning with a discussion of
special relativity, this course teaches the mathematics of differential
geometry in order to describe the formulation of gravity as the curvature of
space and time. Experimental verifications of the theory, such as the
variability of the rate of the flow of time with height and the bending of
starlight will be discussed. Applications covered in the course might include
calibration of the Global Positioning System (GPS), black holes, cosmology, or
gravitational waves. Prerequisites: One of PHYS 241, PHYS 303, MATH 241; or
permission of course instructor. Class size: 12