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|PHY 161||General Physics I||1||Mechanics, thermodynamics, wave motion, and sound. Lecture and laboratory. Partially satisfies the Natural World LADR. Prerequisite: Mat 112 or 121, or concurrent enrollment.|
|PHY 185||General Physics II||1||Electricity and magnetism, light, relativity. Lecture and labo- ratory. Prerequisites: Phy 161.|
|PHY 225||Modern Physics||1||Experimental and theoretical basis of modern concepts of atomic and nuclear structure and some of their applications. Prerequisite: 185|
|PHY 320||Thermal Physics||1||Temperature and heat, kinetic theory, the laws of thermody- namics with applications, phase space probability distribution and approach to equilibrium, equilibrium ensembles, and ideal quantum gases. Prerequisite: 185.|
|PHY 329||History of Physics||1||The evolution of ideas in physics, with philosophical perspec- tives, from Babylonians and pre-Socratics through Hellenistic years, to medieval times, to Newtonian and post-Newtonian physics and cosmology, to the scientific revolution of modern times. No prerequisites.|
|PHY 331||Classical Mechanics||1||Formal introduction to classical mechanics. Newton's laws, symmetry and conservation theorems, central motion, non-inertial reference frames, systems of particles, rigid-body motion, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations, scattering, and oscillations and waves. Prerequisite: 161.|
|PHY 332||Electricity and Magnetism||1||Electric and magnetic fields and their interactions with charges and currents. Topics include electrostatics, magnetostatics, electromagnetic properties of matter, Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves. Prerequisite: 185.|
|PHY 340||Optics||1||Theoretical and experimental study of the properties of light: wave mo- tion, propagation of light in media, geometrical optics, polarization, interference, diffraction, Fourier optics and coherence theory. Prerequisite:185.|
|PHY 341||Advanced Physics Laboratory||1||Experiments in upper-level physics topics requir- ing measurement using optical, mechanical and electrical devices; report writing including standard methodologies and techniques in data handling, analysis and display. Offered alternate years. Prerequisite: Phy 225.|
|PHY 408||Senior Thesis||0.5||A two-semester equivalent of 471. .50 unit each.|
|PHY 409||Senior Thesis||0.5||A two-semester equivalent of 471. .50 unit each.|
|PHY 420||Special Relativity||1||Space time and reference frames, Lorentz transformations, rela- tivistic effects, Minkowski space and 4-vectors, relativistic dynamics and collisions, relativity and electrodynamics, principle of equivalence. Prerequisite: 185.|
|PHY 432||Quantum Mechanics||1||Wave functions and the Schrodinger equation, 1-dimen- sional problems, uncertainty, angular momentum, central potentials and the Hydrogen atom, Dirac formalism, spin, approximation methods, several-electron atoms. Prerequisite: 331.|
|AST 111||Life in the Universe||1||An introduction to physical conditions and dynamics in the known universe as they permit or preclude life, examining the compatibility of presently ac- cepted cosmology and cosmogony with the dynamics and time scales of evolutionary change in living systems viewed as quantitatively circumscribable processes.|
|AST 165||Stars and the Universe||1||An in-depth introduction to the physical processes oc- curring in and causing the dynamical evolution of stars, to the dynamics of galaxies, and to physical processes and the evolution of a variety of cosmological models of the universe. Laboratory work emphasizes hands-on experiences including data collection and manipula- tion. Partially satisfies Natural World LADR.|
|AST 166||The Solar System||1||Explores current understanding of the solar system from its formation to possible final states. Study of the planetary system and the sky both as a system offering humans objective truths and as a battleground of competing human conceptions of the system of the world. Partially satisfies Natural World LADR.|
|AST 237||Intermediate Astronomy||1||Equilibrium structure of stars; dynamics and evolution of galaxies; origin, structure, and dynamics of the universe.|
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