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Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 001 (GN) The Science of Physics (3) Historical development and significance of major concepts, with emphasis on the nature of physics and its role in modern life. (For students in non-mathematical fields.)
Effective: Fall 2004
 

PHYS 010 (GN) Physics Behind the Headlines (3) Select topics in modern physics with emphasis on understanding science related articles in the news (For students in non-mathematical fields.)
Effective: Summer 2013
 

PHYS 097 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Spring 1994
 

PHYS 114 (SCIED 114) Sound and Light for Educators (4) Waves, sound, and light concepts highlighted by evidence-based explanations and scientific discourse in preparation for K-6 science teaching.
Effective: Spring 2016
 

PHYS 150 (GN) Technical Physics I (3) Elementary treatment of topics in mechanics, heat, wave motion, and sound leading toward an understanding of technical applications.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: 1 1/2 units of algebra. Prerequisite or concurrent:MATH 021 orMATH 081  

PHYS 150L (GN) Technical Physics I (3) Elementary treatment of topics in mechanics, heat, wave motion, and sound leading toward an understanding of technical applications.
Effective: Summer 1994
 

PHYS 150P (GN) Technical Physics I (3) Elementary treatment of topics in mechanics, heat, wave motion, and sound leading toward an understanding of technical applications.
Effective: Summer 1994
 

PHYS 151 (GN) Technical Physics II (3) Elementary treatment of topics in electricity, light, and modern physics leading toward an understanding of technical applications.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: PHYS 150  

PHYS 151L (GN) Technical Physics II (3) Elementary treatment of topics in electricity, light, and modern physics leading toward an understanding of technical applications.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: PHYS 150  

PHYS 151P Technical Physics II (3) Elementary treatment of topics in electricity, light, and modern physics leading toward an understanding of technical applications.
Effective: Fall 2001
Prerequisite: PHYS 150  

PHYS 197 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Spring 2007
 

PHYS 199 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

PHYS 211 (GN) General Physics: Mechanics (4) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of mechanics: motion, force, Newton's laws, energy, collisions, and rotation.
Effective: Fall 1999
  Concurrent: MATH 140

PHYS 211H (GN) General Physics: Mechanics (4) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of mechanics: motion, force, Newton's laws, energy, collisions, rotation, and oscillations.
Effective: Spring 2012
  Concurrent: MATH 140

PHYS 211L (GN) General Physics: Mechanics (0-4) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of mechanics: motion, force, Newton's laws, energy, collisions, and rotation. NOTE: UP offers for 0 credits; Altoona offers for 4 credits.
Effective: Fall 2000
  Concurrent: MATH 140

PHYS 211P General Physics: Mechanics (0) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of mechanics: motion, force, Newton's laws, energy, collisions, and rotation.
Effective: Spring 1999
  Concurrent: MATH 140

PHYS 211R (GN) General Physics: Mechanics (4) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of mechanics: motion, force, Newton's laws, energy, collisions, and rotation.
Effective: Spring 1999
  Concurrent: MATH 140

PHYS 212 (GN) General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (4) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism.
Effective: Fall 1999
Prerequisite: MATH 140, PHYS 211   Concurrent: MATH 141

PHYS 212H (GN) General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (4) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: MATH 140, PHYS 211   Concurrent: MATH 141

PHYS 212L (GN) General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (0-4) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism. NOTE: UP offers for 0 credits; Altoona offers for 4 credits.
Effective: Fall 2000
Prerequisite: MATH 140, PHYS 211   Concurrent: MATH 141

PHYS 212P General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (0) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism.
Effective: Spring 1999
Prerequisite: MATH 140, PHYS 211   Concurrent: MATH 141

PHYS 212R (GN) General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism (4) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of electricity and magnetism.
Effective: Spring 2000
Prerequisite: MATH 140, PHYS 211   Concurrent: MATH 141

PHYS 213 (GN) General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics (2) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of fluids and sound, heat, kinetic theory, and entropy.
Effective: Fall 1999
Prerequisite: MATH 140, PHYS 211   Concurrent: MATH 141

PHYS 213L (GN) General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics (0) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of fluids and sound, heat, kinetic theory, and entropy.
Effective: Fall 1999
Prerequisite: MATH 140, PHYS 211   Concurrent: MATH 141

PHYS 213R (GN) General Physics: Fluids and Thermal Physics (2) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of fluids and sound, heat, kinetic theory, and entropy.
Effective: Fall 1999
Prerequisite: MATH 140, PHYS 211   Concurrent: MATH 141

PHYS 214 (GN) General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics (2) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of wave motion, geometrical optics, interference phenomena, photons, wave mechanics, and the structure of matter.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: MATH 141, PHYS 211 andPHYS 212  

PHYS 214L (GN) General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics (0) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of wave motion, geometrical optics, interference phenomena, photons, wave mechanics, and the structure of matter.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: MATH 141, PHYS 211 andPHYS 212  

PHYS 214R (GN) General Physics: Wave Motion and Quantum Physics (2) Calculus-based study of the basic concepts of wave motion, geometrical optics, interference phenomena, photons, wave mechanics, and the structure of matter.
Effective: Spring 2004
Prerequisite: MATH 141, PHYS 211 andPHYS 212  

PHYS 230 Introduction to Relativity (3) Introduction to special and general relativity including space-time diagrams and relativistic kinematics, length contraction, time dilation, equivalence principles, curved space and cosmology.
Effective: Summer 2006
Prerequisite: PHYS 212, MATH 141 . Prerequisite or concurrent:MATH 220, MATH 230 orMATH 231  

PHYS 237 Introduction to Modern Physics (3) Relativity and quantum theory applied to selected topics in atomic, molecular, solid state, and nuclear physics.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 212   Concurrent: PHYS 214

PHYS 237H Introduction to Modern Physics (3) Relativity and quantum theory applied to selected topics in atomic, molecular, solid state, and nuclear physics.
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: PHYS 212   Concurrent: PHYS 214

PHYS 250 (GN) Introductory Physics I (4) Selected topics in mechanics, heat, and sound.
Effective: Fall 2002
Prerequisite: MATH 022, MATH 026 ; orMATH 040 ; orMATH 041 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination  

PHYS 250L (GN) Introductory Physics I (0-4) Selected topics in mechanics, heat, and sound.
Effective: Spring 2010
Prerequisite: MATH 022, MATH 026 ; orMATH 040 ; orMATH 041 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination  

PHYS 250P (GN) Introductory Physics I (0) Selected topics in mechanics, heat, and sound.
Effective: Fall 2002
Prerequisite: MATH 022, MATH 026 ; orMATH 040 ; orMATH 041 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination  

PHYS 250R (GN) Introductory Physics I (4) Selected topics in mechanics, heat, and sound.
Effective: Fall 2002
Prerequisite: MATH 022, MATH 026 ; orMATH 040 ; orMATH 041 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination  

PHYS 251 (GN) Introductory Physics II (4) Selected topics in light, electricity, and magnetism.
Effective: Fall 2002
Prerequisite: PHYS 250  

PHYS 251L (GN) Introductory Physics II (0-4) Selected topics in light, electricity, and magnetism.
Effective: Fall 2010
Prerequisite: PHYS 250  

PHYS 251P (GN) Introductory Physics II (0) Selected topics in light, electricity, and magnetism.
Effective: Fall 2002
Prerequisite: PHYS 250  

PHYS 251R (GN) Introductory Physics II (4) Selected topics in light, electricity, and magnetism.
Effective: Fall 2002
Prerequisite: PHYS 250  

PHYS 296 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

PHYS 297 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

PHYS 397 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Spring 2007
 

PHYS 399 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

PHYS 400 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism (3-4) Electrostatics and magnetostatics in vacuum; electrical and magnetic properties of matter; electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations, conservation laws, electromagnetic waves and radiation.
Effective: Fall 2014
Prerequisite: PHYS 212, PHYS 213 andPHYS 214;MATH 250 orMATH 251;MATH 231 orMATH 230  

PHYS 402 Electronics for Scientists (4) Circuit and network theory; active devices; amplifiers; introduction to digital electronics; noise theory.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: MATH 250 orMATH 251;PHYS 212, PHYS 213 andPHYS 214  

PHYS 406 Subatomic Physics (3) Introductory treatment of elementary particles, fundamental strong and electroweak interactions, nuclear structure, accelerators, particle detection, nuclear astrophysics.
Effective: Spring 1995
Prerequisite: PHYS 410  

PHYS 410 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I (3-4) Basic postulates; Schrodinger wave equation; stationary states; variational method; scattering in one dimension; orbital angular momentum; hydrogen atom; numerical methods.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: MATH 250 orMATH 251;MATH 230 orMATH 231;PHYS 237  

PHYS 411 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II (3) General theory of angular momentum; approximation methods; scattering theory; radiation theory; applications to atomic, molecular, condensed matter, nuclear and particle physics.
Effective: Spring 1994
Prerequisite: PHYS 410  

PHYS 412 Solid State Physics I (3) Crystal symmetry, x-ray structure analysis, lattice vibrations, thermal properties, free electron transport theory, elementary one-electron quantum theory of solids.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: MATH 230 orMATH 231   Concurrent: PHYS 410

PHYS 413 Solid State Physics II (3) Quantum theory of electronic and optical properties of solids, semiconductors, dielectrics, magnetic properties, crystal imperfections, low- temperature effects, and superconductivity.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: PHYS 412  

PHYS 414 Solid State Physics (3) Crystal structure; reciprocal lattice; X-ray diffraction; lattice vibrations; thermal properties; free electron gas model; energy bands; semiconductors; magnetism.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: MATH 230, PHYS 237  

PHYS 419 (MATH 419) Theoretical Mechanics (3) Principles of Newtonian, Lagrangian, and Hamiltonian mechanics of particles with applications to vibrations, rotations, orbital motion, and collisions.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: MATH 230 orMATH 231;MATH 250 orMATH 251;PHYS 212, PHYS 213 andPHYS 214  

PHYS 420 Thermal Physics (3) Basic postulates of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, microscopic quantum states and macroscopic parameters; partition functions; Maxwell- Boltzmann and quantum statistics.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: MATH 230 orMATH 231;MATH 250 orMATH 251;PHYS 237  

PHYS 421W Research Methods in Physics (3) Methodology focusing on the theory of measurement and experiment design.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 237  

PHYS 444 Topics in Contemporary Physics (2) Modern research topics and career opportunities in physics; employment, graduate education, and tailoring the physics curriculum to meet career goals.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 237 and 3 credits of physics at the 400 level  

PHYS 446 The Year in Physics: A Seminar on the Latest Research (1) Discussion recent research in physics.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 211  

PHYS 457 Experimental Physics (1-3) Selected experiments in various fields of physics.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214 andPHYS 237  

PHYS 457W Experimental Physics (3) Selected experiments in various fields in physics.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214 andPHYS 237  

PHYS 458 Intermediate Optics (4) Geometrical and physical optics: theory of lens systems, aberrations, apertures, interference, diffraction, polarization.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214;MATH 250 orMATH 251;MATH 230 orMATH 231  

PHYS 461 (MATH 461) Theoretical Mechanics (3) Continuation of Math.(Phys.) 419. Theoretical treatment of dynamics of a rigid body, theory of elasticity, aggregates of particles, wave motion, mechanics of fluids.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: MATH 419  

PHYS 462 Applications of Physics in Medicine (3) Applications of physics in human physiology and in instrumentation for medical diagnosis and treatment.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: PHYS 211, PHYS 212, PHYS 213 andPHYS 214 ; orPHYS 250, PHYS 251  

PHYS 472 Elements of Nuclear Physics and its Applications to Medical Imaging and Treatments (3) Introduction to the theory of nuclei, interactions with fast particles, and applications to medical imaging and radiation oncology.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: PHYS 211, PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214 andPHYS 237  

PHYS 479 (MATH 479) Special and General Relativity (3) Mathematical description, physical concepts, and experimental tests of special and general relativity.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 237, PHYS 400, PHYS 419;MATH 250 orMATH 251;MATH 230 orMATH 231  

PHYS 494 Physics Research Project (1-12) Investigation of an original research problem, including a literature search. Preparation of a formal thesis is optional.
Effective: Spring 2007
 

PHYS 494H Physics Research Project (1-12) Investigation of an original research problem, including a literature search. Preparation of a formal thesis is optional.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

PHYS 495 Internship (1-18) Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor  

PHYS 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

PHYS 496H Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Spring 2012
 

PHYS 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

PHYS 499 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

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