Department of Physics and Astronomy The following have been approved as General Education courses in the domain of Natural Science: 1500, Conceptual Physics; 2607, Physical Science for Early & Middle Childhood Education; 2608, Sound. The following courses have been approved as substitutes in the domain of Natural Science. However, they are higher-level courses than the standard General Education courses; students should consult their advisors about taking them. They are: 1501 and 1501L, Fundamentals of Physics 1; 1502 and 1502L, Fundamentals of Physics 2; 2601 and 2601L, General Physics for Applied Medical Studies 1; 2602 and 2602L, General Physics for Applied Medical Studies 2; 2610 and 2610L, General Physics 1; 2611 and 2611L, General Physics 2. Lower-Division Courses 1500. Conceptual Physics. A conceptual treatment of selected theories and laws of classical and modern physics and their application to the understanding of natural phenomena. The evolution of these laws from hypotheses to functional relationships examined in a historical context. Not applicable to the major in Physics or to the combined major in Physics and Astronomy. 3 s.h. *1500L. Conceptual Physics Laboratory. Experimental work designed to supplement PHYS 1500. Two hours per week. Prereq. or concurrent: PHYS 1500. 1 s.h. 1501. Fundamentals of Physics 1. Topics include kinematics, forces, energy, momentum, rotational kinematics, torque, angular momentum, simple harmonic motion, and mechanical waves. Not recommended for Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering majors. Prereq.: MATH 1504 or equivalent high school algebra and trigonometry. 4 s.h. *1501L, *1502L. Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 1, 2. Experimental work designed to supplement the PHYS 1501, 1502 sequence. Two hours per week. Prereq. or concurrent: PHYS 1501 for 1501L, PHYS 1502 for 1502L. 1+1 s.h. 1502. Fundamentals of Physics 2. Study of electricity, magnetism, and light. Topics include electric charge, electric forces and fields, electric potential, capacitance and resistance in direct current circuits, basic circuit analysis, magnetic forces and fields, induced emf, inductance, reflections, refraction, geometric optics as applied to lenses and mirrors, interference, and diffraction. Prereq.: PHYS 1501 or equivalent. 3 s.h. 1506. Physics for Health Care. The basic laws of physics applied to various biological and physiological problems. Designed for majors in the allied health fields, e.g., Respiratory care. Not applicable to the major in Physics or to the combined major in Physics and Astronomy. 3 s.h. 1507. Energy and the Environment. Broad survey of the origin and distribution of the various forms of energy found in nature. Examination of the physical laws governing society's use of energy and environmental consequences resulting there from. Not applicable to the major in Physics or to the combined major in Physics and Astronomy. 3 s.h. 1520H. Perspectives in Physics. Introduction to past and recent ideas in physics with specific emphasis on their impact on historical and contemporary thought. The treatment, largely non-mathematical, is enhanced by selected readings suitable for the beginning honors student in any field. Not applicable to the major in Physics or to the combined major in Physics and Astronomy. Prereq.: Admission to the Honors Program or permission of instructor and Director of Honors. 3 s.h. 2601. General Physics for Applied Medical Studies 1. Description and analysis of motion including kinematics and dynamics of translation and rotation; analysis of equilibrium, energy, and momentum of objects; gravity; mechanical oscillations and waves. This course is designed primarily for students enrolled in the NEOUCOM-YSU program or in pre-medical curricula. Prereq.: MATH 1507 or equivalent high school trigonometry. Prereq. or concurrent: MATH 1570, 1585H, or 1572. 4 s.h. 2602. General Physics for Applied Medical Studies 2. Description and analysis of electrical and magnetic effects; geometric and physical optics and the wave nature of light; introduction to atomic physics, quantum mechanics, nuclear structure and radiation. Prereq.: PHYS 2601. 4 s.h. 2607. Physical Science for Early and Middle Childhood Education. A conceptual development of selected topics in physical science appropriate to the early and middle childhood curriculum. Emphasis on diverse hands-on classroom activities, and multiple approaches to communicating basic concepts in physical science. Representative topics include simple machines, light and sound, batteries and bulbs, physical properties of solids, liquids and gases. Prerequisite is MATH 1501 or at least level 3 on the Mathematics Placement Test and admission to COE upper-division status. 4 s.h. 2608. Sound. The physical principles accounting for the production, propagation, and perception of sound waves. The relevance of these principles to phenomena ranging from hearing to the operation of various musical instruments. Introduction to auditorium acoustics. This course is designed for Music majors. Not applicable to the Physics major or to the combined Astronomy and Physics major. 3 s.h. 2610. General Physics 1. A course in mechanics; the kinematics and dynamics of masses in translation and rotation; Newton's Laws; gravity; the conservation laws of energy and momentum; simple harmonic motion and introduction to wave motion and sound. Prereq.: High school physics or PHYS 1501. Prereq. or concurrent: MATH 1571. 4 s.h. *2610L/ *2611L. General Physics laboratory 1,2. Experimental work designed to supplement the PHYS 2610, 2611 sequence. Three hours per week. Prereq. or concurrent: PHYS 2610 or 2601 for 2610L, PHYS 2611 or 2602 for 2611L. 1+1 s.h. 2611. General Physics 2. Study of electric and magnetic fields and their effects; introduction to electric circuits; light as an electromagnetic wave; introduction to geometrical and physical optics. Prereq.: PHYS 2610. Prereq. or concurrent: MATH 1572. 4 s.h. Upper-Division Courses 3701, 3702. Intermediate Classical Mechanics 1, 2. Kinematics and dynamics of particles and rigid bodies in inertial and non-inertial reference systems. Linear and nonlinear oscillations and oscillating systems. Gravitational and central forces. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics. Prereq.: PHYS 2611. Prereq. or concurrent: MATH 3705. 3+3 s.h. 3704. Modern Physics. Special Theory of Relativity. Quantum phenomena related to electromagnetic radiation and material particles. The Bohr model of the hydrogen atom; the Schoedinger equation; the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. Selected topics in atomic and nuclear physics. Prereq.: PHYS 2611 and MATH 2673. 3 s.h. *3704L. Modern Physics Laboratory. Experimental work designed to supplement PHYS 3704. Three hours per week. Prereq. or concurrent: PHYS 3704. 1 s.h. 3705. Thermodynamics and Classical Statistical Mechanics. Principles and theorems of thermodynamics derived from the observable macroscopic properties related to temperature, heat, and the underlying statistical origins or thermodynamic processes. Includes the laws of thermodynamics, entropy, state functions, differential equations of state, Maxwell relations, and Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics. Prereq.: PHYS 2611 and MATH 2673. 3 s.h. *3705L. Thermodynamics and Classical Statistical Mechanics Laboratory. Experimental work designed to supplement PHYS 3705. Three hours per week. Prereq. or Concurrent: PHYS 3705. 1 s.h. 3722. Advanced Optics and Light. Sources and detection of light; intermediate geometrical and physical optics, including dispersion, scattering, absorption, polarization, coherence, interference, Fresnel and Fraunhoffer diffraction. Prereq.: PHYS 2611 and MATH 2673. 3 s.h . *3722L. Advanced Optics Laboratory. Experimental work designed to supplement PHYS 3722. Three hours per week. Prereq. or concurrent: PHYS 3722. 1 s.h. 3730. Electronic Instrumentation. Laboratory-based course in digital and analog electronics. Topics include AC and DC circuit theory; digital and analog electronics including filters, op amps, counters, digital integrated logic circuits, and A/D and D/A conversion; computer interfacing. Prereq.: PHYS 2611. 3 s.h. 3741, 3742. Electromagnetic Field Theory 1, 2. Intermediate theory of electric and magnetic fields. Topics include electric field, scalar potential, techniques for calculating scalar potential (method of images, Laplace's and Poisson's equations, multi-pole expansion, Green's Function approach), dielectrics and polarization, Maxwell's equations and their application to the propagation of electromagnetic waves including reflection, refraction, transmission, and absorption; guided waves, retarded potentials, radiating systems, special relativity. Prereq.: PHYS 2611 and MATH 3705. Must be taken in sequence. 3+3 s.h. 3750. Mathematical Physics. The mathematics techniques required in the study of classical, statistical, and quantum mechanics, and field theory. Prereq.: PHYS 2611 and MATH 3705. 3 s.h. 4805. Undergraduate Physics Research. Research conducted under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 s.h. Prereq.: PHYS 3702 and 3704. 3 s.h. 5810,5811. Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Statistical Mechanics 1, 2. The postulates of wave mechanics, Matrix mechanics, angular momentum coupling, scattering, perturbation theory, intrinsic spin, emission and absorption of radiation. Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics with applications in quantum theory. Prereq.: PHYS 3702 and 3704, MATH 3705. Must be taken in sequence. 3+3 s.h. 5823. Laser Physics and Photonics. Emission and absorption of radiation, including stimulated emission. Optical cavities and wave guides. Introduction to lasers. Modulation and detection of light. Applications of lasers to information processing and other technologies. Introduction to nonlinear optical and opto-electronic phenomena and nonlinear optical materials. Prereq.: PHYS 3722. 3 s.h. 5826. Nuclear Physics. General properties and behavior of the nucleus; nuclear models; nuclear reactions; radioactivity and decay processes; accelerators; current topics; elementary particles. Laboratory experiments. Prereq. PHYS 3704,3704L, and MATH 3705. 3 s.h. 5830. Condensed Matter Physics. Selected topics in condensed matter physics: mechanical, thermal, electrical, and magnetic properties of amorphous and crystalline materials; crystal structures. Prereq.: PHYS 3704. 3 s.h. 5835. Spectroscopy. Treatment of atomic, molecular, and nuclear structure based on the analysis of electromagnetic and other spectra. Prereq.: PHYS 3704. 3 s.h. *5835L. Spectroscopy Laboratory. Experimental work designed to supplement PHYS 5835. Three hours per week. Prereq. or concurrent: PHYS 5835. 1 s.h. 5850. Special Topics in Physics. The study of a standard topic at greater depth, of the development of a correlated background for areas of physical knowledge, or the physical and educational experimentation necessary to develop new physics courses. Prereq.: Senior standing in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or Education. May be repeated twice. 1-3 s.h. 5890. Physics and Astronomy for Educators. Intensive study of selected topics of current interest in Physics education. Not applicable to the major in Physics or the combined Astronomy and Physics major. Prereq.: Admission to upper-division status in the College of Education or to the Graduate School. May be repeated for different topics. 1-3 s.h.