Physics (PHY)

PHY 211   Physics I   4 Units

This introductory course will emphasize classical mechanics, wave motion, and thermodynamics. Lab time is included in the schedule. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: Consent of division chair.

PHY 212   Physics II   4 Units

As a continuation of PHY 211, this course will emphasize electricity, magnetism, light, optics, and modern physics. Lab time is included in the schedule. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: PHY 211.

PHY 221   Calculus-based Physics I   4 Units

This course will study Newtonian mechanics: vectors and scalars, kinematics and dynamics of translational and rotational motion, Newton's laws, speed, velocity, acceleration, force, torque, work, energy, linear and angular momentum, wave and harmonic motion, gravitation, friction, conservation of energy and momentum, thermodynamics. A lab fee is required. Pre-requisite: MTH 271 (concurrent enrollment allowed) or consent of instructor.

PHY 222   Calculus-based Physics II   4 Units

As a continuation of PHY 221, this course will cover thermodynamics, Maxwell's equations of electricity and magnetism, current, voltage, resistance, inductance, reactance, power, optics and optical systems, interference, diffraction, polarization, dispersion, and coherence. Lab time is included in the schedule. A lab fee is required. Prerequisites: PHY 221; MTH 272 (concurrent enrollment allowed) or consent of instructor.

PHY 231   Astronomy I   4 Units

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to planetary astronomy with a brief exposure to stellar astronomy including the solar system, sun, planets, moons, asteroids, comets, meteors, meteorites, stars, galaxies, origins of the universe, telescopes, spectra, and space exploration.

PHY 232   Astronomy II   4 Units

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to stellar astronomy and cosmology including star and galaxy formation, origins of the universe, black holes, dark matter, and dark energy. Lab time is included in the schedule.

PHY 311   Modern Physics   4 Units

This course will provide a rigorous introduction to the relationship between relativity, quantum mechanics, molecular, atomic, and nuclear physics, and cosmology. Lab time is included in the schedule. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: PHY 221 or consent of instructor.

PHY 315   Electronics I: Analog Electronics   3 Units

This hands-on course will focus on the design, fabrication, and testing of analog electronic circuits, circuit components, and devices with special emphasis on the use of electronic test equipment. Lab time is included in the schedule. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: PHY 221 or consent of instructor.

PHY 316   Electronics II: Digital Electronics   3 Units

This hands-on course will focus on the design, fabrication, and testing of digital electronic circuits, circuit components, and devices with special emphasis on programming and computer control of digital circuits and devices. Lab time is included in the schedule. A lab fee is required. Prerequisites: PHY 221 and PHY 315 or consent of instructor.

PHY 325   Scientific Equipment Design and Fabrication   3 Units

This hands-on course will focus on the design of scientific equipment, the use of scientific glassblowing, and machine shop tools, particularly the lathe and the knee-type mill, to fabricate, repair, and modify scientific equipment; also included will be a comprehensive introduction to vacuum technology. Lab time is included in the schedule. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: PHY 221 or consent of instructor.

PHY 340   Optics   4 Units

This course will cover classical and quantum descriptions of electromagnetic radiation, lenses, mirrors, polarizers, dispersion, refraction, diffraction, scattering, image formation, optical systems, aberrations, optical sources and detectors, spectroscopy, and matrix and Fourier transform methods in optics. Lab time is included in the schedule. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: PHY 221 or consent of instructor.

PHY 350   Mechanics and Lab   4 Units

This course will cover advanced formulations of Newton's laws of motion, conservation laws, Hamilton's and Lagrange's equations, least action principle, conservative and dissipative systems, domain of applicability, and limitations of classical mechanics. Lab time is included in the schedule. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: PHY 221 or consent of instructor.

PHY 405   Math and Computational Physics   3 Units

This course will provide a rigorous introduction to the mathematical and computational methods that underlie physics including multivariable calculus, differential equations, matrix methods, expansions in complete sets of orthonormal functions, complex variables, eigenvalue/eigenvector problems, and variational methods. Prerequisites: PHY 221 and MTH 373 or consent of the instructor.

PHY 410   Electrodynamics   3 Units

This course will focus on electrical charge, Coulomb's law, electric fields associated with stationary charge distributions, moving charges, currents, magnetic fields, Lorentz force law, Faraday's law of induction, Maxwell's equations, generation, propagation, polarization, and detection of electromagnetic radiation, and basic antenna theory. Prerequisites: PHY 405 and MTH 373 or consent of instructor.

PHY 420   Quantum Mechanics   3 Units

This course will address key concepts and methods in quantum physics with special emphasis on setting up, solving, and approximating solutions of the Schrodinger equation by perturbational or variational methods, and describing spectroscopy in terms of transitions between quantum states. Prerequisites: PHY 405 and MTH 373 or consent of instructor.

PHY 425   Thermodynamics   3 Units

This course will address key concepts in thermodynamics including the 0th, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd laws, Maxwell’s equations of thermodynamics, heat capacities, state functions, heat, work, heat engines, thermodynamic cycles, and an introduction to statistical thermodynamics. Prerequisite: PHY 221 or consent of instructor.

PHY 435   Solid State Physics and Chemistry   3 Units

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamental concepts of the structure, bonding, and chemical/physical properties of solid systems: metals, semiconductors, superconductors, insulators, and glasses. Prerequisites: PHY 221 and CHE 222 or consent of the instructor.

PHY 445   Advanced Topics in Physics   3 Units

This course will provide an in-depth exposure to an advanced physics topic or set of related physics topics in an upper-division class setting in areas not covered by the regular curricular offerings in physics. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing in physics and consent of instructor.

PHY 455   Relativity and Cosmology   3 Units

This course will provide a rigorous introduction to special and general relativity and the applications of relativity in both its special and general forms to problems in cosmology. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing in physics and consent of instructor.

PHY 465   Advanced Astronomy   4 Units

This course will focus on cutting-edge problems in stellar, galactic, and extra-galactic astronomy with an emphasis on techniques for experimental measurements in astronomical photometry and spectroscopy. Lab time is included in the schedule. A lab fee is required. Prerequisites: PHY 221 and either PHY 231 or PHY 232 or consent of instructor.

PHY 475   Medical Imaging Physics   4 Units

This course will provide an in-depth theoretical and experimental elucidation of the physics of various modern medical imaging technologies including X-rays, ultrasound, CAT scans, and MRI. Lab time is included in the schedule. A lab fee is required. Prerequisites: PHY 221 and CHE 222 or consent of instructor.

PHY 496   Research in Physics   0.5-2 Units

As a hands-on introduction to physics research, this course will emphasize research process, skills, and methods including laboratory and library research, peer-reviewed physics abstracts and journals, electronic chemical databases, professional journal manuscript style guides, and statistical analysis used in writing research manuscripts and making research presentations. Lab time is included in the schedule. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: SCI 495.