PHYS - Physics

Ray Von Wandruszka, Interim Dept. Chair, Dept. of Physics; (311 Engineering/Physics Bldg. 83844-0903; phone 208/885-6380; physics@uidaho.edu)

Credit Limitations:  PHYS 100 carries no credit after PHYS 111 or PHYS 211; PHYS 111 carries no credit after PHYS 211; PHYS 112 carries no credit after PHYS 212.

PHYS 100 Fundamentals of Physics

Phys 100 Fundamentals of Physics (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

For students in nontechnical fields. Conceptual study of laws of nature and their application, including mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, light, and modern physics. Three lec per wk. (Fall only)

PHYS 100L Fundamentals of Physics Lab

Phys 100L Fundamentals of Physics Lab (1 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

For students in nontechnical fields. Conceptual study of laws of nature and their application, including mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, light, and modern physics. One 2-hr lab per wk. (Spring only)

PHYS 103 General Astronomy

Phys 103 General Astronomy (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Descriptive and physical astronomy; development of astronomical thought; properties and evolution of the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the universe. (Fall only)

PHYS 104 Astronomy Lab

Phys 104 Astronomy Lab (1 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Naked eye, telescopic, and photographic observations of constellations, stars, and planets. One 2-hr lab per wk. (Fall only)

Prereq or Coreq: Phys 103

PHYS 111 General Physics I

Phys 111 General Physics I (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Kinematics, forces and dynamics, conservation laws, thermodynamics, waves. Three lec and one recitation per wk.

Prereq: Math 143

PHYS 111L General Physics I Lab

Phys 111L General Physics I Lab (1 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Kinematics, forces and dynamics, conservation laws, thermodynamics, waves. One 2-hr lab per wk.

Prereq: Math 143

Coreq: Phys 111

PHYS 112 General Physics II

Phys 112 General Physics II (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. Three lec and one recitation per wk. (Spring only)

Prereq: Phys 111/111L

PHYS 112L General Physics II Lab

Phys 112L General Physics II Lab (1 cr)

Electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics. One 2-hr lab per wk.

Prereq: Phys 111/111L

Coreq: Phys 112

PHYS 200 Physics Seminar

Phys 200 (s) Physics Seminar (1 cr )

Introductory-level discussion of topics in modern physics; introduction to physics research topics and scientific information search techniques; written and/or oral reports of a pertinent topic in current physics. (Fall only)

PHYS 203 Workshop

Phys 203 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

PHYS 204 Special Topics

Phys 204 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

PHYS 211 Engineering Physics I

Phys 211 Engineering Physics I (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Kinematics and dynamics, Newton's laws, work and energy, rotational dynamics, linear and angular momentum, collisions, static equilibrium, oscillations, gravity and central forces. Three lec and one recitation per wk.

Prereq or Coreq: Math 170

PHYS 211L Laboratory Physics I

Phys 211L Laboratory Physics I (1 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Kinematics and dynamics, Newton's laws, work and energy, rotational dynamics, linear and angular momentum, collisions, static equilibrium, oscillations, gravity, central forces, and thermodynamics. One 2-hr lab per wk.

Coreq: Phys 211

PHYS 212 Engineering Physics II

Phys 212 Engineering Physics II (3 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Electric fields and potentials, magnetic fields, capacitance and inductance, DC and AC circuits, electromagnetic waves. Three lec and one recitation per wk.

Prereq: Phys 211/211L

Prereq or Coreq: Math 175

PHYS 212L Laboratory Physics II

Phys 212L Laboratory Physics II (1 cr)

Gen Ed: Natural and Applied Sciences

Electric fields and potentials, magnetic fields, capacitance and inductance, DC and AC circuits, electromagnetic waves, mechanical waves, and geometric optics. One 2-hr lab per wk.

Coreq: Phys 212

PHYS 213 Engineering Physics III

Phys 213 Engineering Physics III (3 cr)

Fluid dynamics, waves in elastic media, sound waves, temperature, heat and thermodynamics, kinetic theory, geometric and physical optics. Three lec and one recitation per wk. (Spring only)

Prereq: Phys 211/211L

Prereq or coreq: Math 175

PHYS 299 Directed Study

Phys 299 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

PHYS 305 Modern Physics

Phys 305 Modern Physics (3 cr)

Quantum and relativity theories with applications to atomic, solid state, nuclear, and elementary particle physics. (Spring only)

Prereq: Phys 212/212L

Coreq: Math 275 and Phys 213

PHYS 321 Analytical Mechanics

Phys 321 Analytical Mechanics (3 cr)

Review of single-particle kinematics and dynamics; linear oscillations; Lagrangian dynamics; orbital dynamics; motion in non-inertial systems; space rotation of rigid bodies.

Prereq: Phys 212/212L and Math 275

Coreq: Math 310

PHYS 322 Analytical Mechanics

Phys 322 Analytical Mechanics (3 cr)

Advanced topics in theoretical mechanics which may include: coupled linear oscillators; transition to a continuous system (vibrating string); Hamiltonian dynamics; non-linear dynamics.

Prereq: Phys 321

PHYS 333 Statistical Thermodynamics

Phys 333 Statistical Thermodynamics (3 cr)

Same as Chem 495. Classical thermodynamics, entropy, thermodynamic potentials, kinetic theory, classical and quantum statistical mechanics, ensembles, partition functions, introduction to phase transitions.

Prereq: Chem 306 or Phys 305 or equivalent

PHYS 341 Electromagnetic Fields I

Phys 341 Electromagnetic Fields I (3 cr)

This course is designed to provide undergraduate physics majors advanced instruction in electrostatics. The specific areas which will be covered are electric fields, electric potentials, work and energy in electrostatics, the technique of using the concept of image charges to solve for the electric field and electric potential of complex charge distributions, Laplace's and Poisson's equations, electric dipoles, polarization and polarizable materials, and the electric dipole approximation

Prereq: Phys 212 and Math 275

PHYS 342 Electromagnetic Fields II

Phys 342 Electromagnetic Fields II (3 cr)

This course is designed to provide undergraduate physics majors advanced instruction in electrodynamics and magnetism. The specific areas that will be covered are magnetostatics, magnetic fields in matter, the vector potential, electrodynamics, the complete set of Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves, waveguides, electric and magnetic dipole radiation, retarded and advanced potentials, and radiation arising from accelerated charges and charge distributions

Prereq: Phys 341

PHYS 351 Introductory Quantum Mechanics I

Phys 351 Introductory Quantum Mechanics I (3 cr)

One-dimensional theory; free particle, bound states, potential barriers, harmonic oscillator, matrix methods, and Dirac notation; interpretations of quantum theory.

Prereq: Phys 305, 371

Coreq: Math 330

PHYS 371 Mathematical Physics

Phys 371 Mathematical Physics (3 cr)

Same as Math 371. Mathematical techniques needed in upper-division physics courses, including vector analysis, matrices, Sturm-Liouville problems, special functions, partial differential equations, complex variables.

Prereq: Phys 212/212L and Math 275

PHYS 400 Seminar

Phys 400 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

PHYS 403 Workshop

Phys 403 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

PHYS 404 Special Topics

Phys 404 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

PHYS 407 Communicating Science

PHYS 407 Communicating Science (1 cr)

Gen Ed: Senior Experience
Writing scientific abstracts, manuscripts, and grant proposals; peer review; presenting concepts to scientists in oral and poster form; communicating to non-scientists.
Prereq Junior or Senior Standing

PHYS 411 Physical Instrumentation I

Phys 411 Advanced Physics Lab (4 cr)

Research skills, group dynamics, scientific literature research/drafting, automation and design techniques to prepare students for post-graduate life in a physics laboratory setting. 1-hr distributed lecture time and 3-hr effective lab time per week. Some weeks require scheduling machine utilization time outside of standard class hours per student

Prereq: Phys 305 or Permission

PHYS 425 Relativity

Phys J425/J525 Relativity (3 cr)

Introduction to the Special and General Theories of Relativity. Principle of relativity, Poincare and Lorentz transformations and their consequences. Four-dimensional formulation of relativistic mechanics and electromagnetism. Principle of equivalence and the geometric theory of gravitation. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

Prereq for 425: Phys 305 and Senior standing

Prereq for 525: Admission to physics graduate program or Permission

PHYS 428 Numerical Methods

Phys J428/J528 Numerical Methods (3 cr)

Phys 428 same as Engr 428 and Math 428. Systems of equations, root finding, error analysis, numerical solution to differential equations, interpolation and data fitting, numerical integration, related topics and applications. Additional projects and/or assignments required for graduate credit in Phys 528.

Prereq: Math 310

PHYS 438 Biological Physics

PHYS J438/J538 Biological Physics (3 cr)
Physics principles applied to biological systems including organisms, cells, and biomolecules. Techniques for studying biological systems and phenomena. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.
Prereq for Phys 438: Phys 212 or Phys 213; Junior or Senior Standing
Prereq for Phys 538:Graduate Standing or Permission

PHYS 443 Optics

Phys J443/J543 Optics (3 cr)

Geometrical optics, wave optics and physical optics with emphasis on modern instrumentation and methods of measurement. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

Prereq for Phys 443: Phys 342

Prereq for Phys 543: Admission to Physics Graduate program or Permission

PHYS 444 Quantum Optics

Phys J444/J544 Quantum Optics (3 cr)

Introduction to the physics of lasers, laser spectroscopy, non-linear optical effects, and the interaction of radiation and matter. Additional projects/assignments reqd for grad cr.

Prereq for Phys 444: Phys 212/212L, Math 175, and Sr standing or Permission

Prereq for Phys 544: Admission to Physics Grad program or Permission

PHYS 464 Materials Physics and Engineering

Phys J464/J564 Materials Physics and Engineering (3 cr)

See MSE J464/J564.

PHYS 465 Nuclear and Particle Physics

Phys J465/J565 Particle and Nuclear Physics (3 cr)

Particle production and detection, properties and classification of particles, the quark model of hadrons, symmetries and conservation laws, interactions, grand unification, the strong interaction and nuclear forces, models for nuclear structure and reactions. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq for 465: Phys 305

Prereq for 565: Admission to physics graduate program or Permission

PHYS 484 Astrophysics

Phys J484/J584 Astrophysics (3 cr)

Celestial mechanics; planets and planetary systems; structure and evolution of stars and star systems; special and general relativity; cosmology. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Phys 484 is a cooperative course available to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq for Phys 484: Phys 305 or Math 275; or Permission

Prereq for Phys 584: Admission to physics graduate program or Permission

PHYS 490 Research

Phys 490 Research (1-6 cr, max 6)

Undergraduate research or thesis.

Prereq: Permission of Instructor

PHYS 492 Senior Research

PHYS 492 Senior Research (1 cr)

Undergraduate research in one of the department focus areas. Scientific communication through one presentation to the scientific community and one written report.

Prereq: Junior or Senior Standing; or Permission of Instructor

PHYS 498 Internship

Phys 498 (s) Internship (cr arr)

PHYS 499 Directed Study

Phys 499 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

PHYS 500 Master's Research and Thesis

Phys 500 Master's Research and Thesis (cr arr)

PHYS 501 Seminar

Phys 501 (s) Seminar (cr arr)

Graded P/F.

Prereq: Permission

PHYS 502 Directed Study

Phys 502 (s) Directed Study (cr arr)

PHYS 503 Workshop

Phys 503 (s) Workshop (cr arr)

PHYS 504 Special Topics

Phys 504 (s) Special Topics (cr arr)

PHYS 521 Advanced Mechanics

Phys 521 Advanced Mechanics (3 cr)

Classical mechanics; Lagrange's and Hamilton's principles, two-body problem, rigid body motion, special relativity, canonical transformation, Hamilton-Jacobi theory, small oscillations, and Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations for continuous systems and fields. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Phys 322

PHYS 525 Relativity

Phys 525 Relativity (3 cr)

See Phys J425/J525.

PHYS 528 Computational Physics

Phys 528 Numerical Methods (3 cr)

See Phys J428/J528.

PHYS 533 Statistical Mechanics

Phys 533 Statistical Mechanics (3 cr)

Ensembles, partition functions, classical and quantum statistics renormalization group, criticality, scaling, interacting systems, simulation. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Phys 333

PHYS 538 Biological Physics

Phys J438/J538 Biological Physics (3 cr)
See Phys J438/J538

PHYS 541 Electromagnetic Theory I

Phys 541 Electromagnetic Theory I (3 cr)

Analytical tools and techniques describing electromagnetic phenomena, particularly Maxwell's equations, electrostatic and magnetostatic systems, including currents and their interactions and boundary value problems. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Phys 342.

PHYS 542 Electromagnetic TheoryII

Phys 542 Electromagnetic Theory II (3 cr)

Further examinations of the analytical tools and techniques that describe electromagnetic phenomena, particularly electrodynamics, the general theory of emission, propagation and absorption of electromagnetic waves, and the relativistic formulation of electrodynamics. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Phys 541

PHYS 543 Optics

Phys J443/J543 Optics (3 cr)

Geometrical optics, wave optics and physical optics with emphasis on modern instrumentation and methods of measurement. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit.

Prereq for Phys 443: Phys 342

Prereq for Phys 543: Admission to Physics Graduate program or Permission

PHYS 544 Quantum Optics

Phys 544 Quantum Optics (3 cr)

See Phys J444/J544.

PHYS 550 Quantum Mechanics I

Phys 550 Quantum Mechanics I (3 cr)

Fundamental concepts, base kets and matrix representation, position and momentum space; Schroedinger and Heisenberg picture, Schroedinger's wave equation and solutions; theory of angular momentum. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Phys 351

PHYS 551 Quantum Mechanics II

Phys 551 Quantum Mechanics II (3 cr)

Theory of angular momentum continued; symmetries in quantum mechanics; approximation methods, time-dependent and time-independent perturbation theory, applications to atomic systems; radiation theory, theory of scattering. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Phys 550

PHYS 564 Materials Physics and Engineering

Phys 564 Materials Physics and Engineering (3 cr)

See MSE J464/J564.

PHYS 565 Particle and Nuclear Physics

Phys 565 Particle and Nuclear Physics (3 cr)

See Phys J465/J565.

PHYS 571 Mathematical Methods of Physics

Phys 571 Mathematical Methods of Physics (3 cr)

Methods and problems. Cooperative: open to WSU degree-seeking students.

Prereq: Phys 322 or Permission

PHYS 584 Astrophysics

Phys 584 Astrophysics (3 cr)

See Phys J484/J584

PHYS 598 Internship

Phys 598 (s) Internship (cr arr)

PHYS 599 Research

Phys 599 (s) Research (cr arr)

PHYS 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation

Phys 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation (cr arr)