# Physics (PHYS)

## Courses

**PHYS 100. Physics in the Modern World. 5 Units.**

Prerequisites: completion of the general education requirement in mathematics, category B1

(GE=B3)

Examination of physics and its contemporary use, including topics of: mechanics, electricity, optics, sound, heat and radioactivity. This course is intended for students with little background in science. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required.

**PHYS 121. Basic Concepts of Physics I. 5 Units.**

Prerequisites: MATH 192 or 211, with a grade of C- or better

(GE=B3)

First course of a three-course sequence surveying the basic concepts of physics, primarily for students entering fields relating to the biological sciences. This course will cover the basic principles of mechanics. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required.

**PHYS 122. Basic Concepts of Physics II. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 121

Continuation of PHYS 121. Topics include electricity, electric circuits and magnetism. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required.

**PHYS 123. Basic Concepts of Physics III. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 122

Continuation of PHYS 122. Topics include optics, waves and modern physics. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required.

**PHYS 150. Introductory Electronics. 5 Units.**

Prerequisites: a knowledge of trigonometry and exponential functions

Introduces electronics for the sciences and engineering. Assumes no experience in electronics and can be taken prior to introductory physics. Focus is on analog electronics: practical circuits, passive and active circuit elements, signal conditioning, test and measurement skills, and a brief introduction to digital electronics. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required.

**PHYS 221. General Physics I. 5 Units.**

Prerequisites: MATH 211

Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 212

(GE=B3)

First course of a five-course sequence in introductory physics for scientists and engineers. This sequence is intended for students with a strong background in mathematics and the sciences. Mechanics. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required.

**PHYS 222. General Physics II. 5 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 221 and MATH 212. Recommended: MATH 213

Second course in a five-course sequence in introductory physics for scientists and engineers. Electromagnetism. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required.

**PHYS 223. General Physics III. 5 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 222

Third course of a five-course sequence in introductory physics for scientists and engineers. Waves and optics. Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required.

**PHYS 224. General Physics IV. 3 Units.**

Prerequisite/Corequisite: PHYS 223 or consent of instructor

Fourth course of a five-course sequence in introductory physics for scientists and engineers. An introduction to special relativity, kinetic theory and thermodynamics. Three hours lecture.

**PHYS 225. General Physics V. 3 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 224 or consent of instructor

Fifth course of a five-course sequence in introductory physics for scientists and engineers. An introduction to the photon theory of electromagnetic radiation, atomic physics, nuclear physics, elementary particle physics, and quantum mechanics. Three hours lecture.

**PHYS 295A. Special Projects in Physics. 1 Unit.**

Prerequisites: consent of instructor

Individual investigation, research, study or survey of selected problems. May be repeated for credit.

**PHYS 295B. Special Projects in Physics. 2 Units.**

Prerequisites: consent of instructor

Individual investigation, research, study or survey of selected problems. May be repeated for credit.

**PHYS 303. Astronomy for Educators. 3 Units.**

An introductory course in the modern description of our planetary system, stars, galaxies, and models of the universe followed by basic principles and ideas in space science. Three hours lecture.

**PHYS 304. Physics in the Classroom. 2 Units.**

Prerequisites: one college level course in chemistry or earth science

Basic concepts of physics as related to the elementary and middle school classroom. Concepts include mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics, and modern physics. One hour lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required.

**PHYS 305. Demonstration Laboratory in Physics. 1 Unit.**

Prerequisite/Corequisite: PHYS 304

A demonstration laboratory exploring the basic principles of physics through individual student demonstration. Three hours laboratory. Materials fee required.

**PHYS 306. Classical Mechanics I. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 225 and one of the following: MATH 373, PHYS 373 with a grade of C or better in each course

A continuing study of dynamics with an introduction to advanced formulations. Four hours lecture.

**PHYS 307. Classical Mechanics II. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 306 with a grade of "C" or better

A continuation of PHYS 306 with emphasis in Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation in classical mechanics. Four hours lecture. Formerly PHYS 406.

**PHYS 313. Electrodynamics I. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 225 and 373 with a grade of "C" or better in each course

Derivation and applications of Maxwell's equations. Four hours lecture.

**PHYS 314. Electrodynamics II. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 313 with a grade of "C" or better

A continuation of PHYS 313 with advanced applications of Maxwell' equations and electromagnetic waves. Four hours lecture. Formerly PHYS 414.

**PHYS 315. Introduction to Modern Optics. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 313 with a grade of "C" or better

An introduction to geometrical optics, physical optics and lasers. Four hours lecture.

**PHYS 318. Materials Science and Engineering. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: CHEM 215, PHYS 224 and PHYS 373

Fundamental materials science concepts with applications. Topics include structural, electrical and thermal properties of materials, phase diagrams, interfaces, and electronic band structure. Four hours lecture.

**PHYS 324. Statistical and Thermal Physics. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: MATH 252 and PHYS 225 with a grade of "C" or better in each course

Basics of equilibrium thermodynamics including statistical description of physical systems, entropy and temperature, classical and quantum statistical ensembles, thermodynamics, and selected applications. Four hours lecture. Formerly PHYS 424.

**PHYS 350. Data Acquisition and Control. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: CSE 201, PHYS 150 and PHYS 222

An introduction to computer-based data acquisition, control and analysis. Topics include instrument control, graphical programming, algorithm development, feedback control algorithms, and computer-based data analysis. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required.

**PHYS 352. Advanced Electronics. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 350 and PHYS 373 with a grade of "C" or better in each course

Advanced analog electronics techniques for science and engineering. Topics include computer-aided circuit design, high frequency techniques, modular circuit design, and computer-experiment interfacing. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee required.

**PHYS 370. Introduction to Astrophysics. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 225 and 373 with a grade of "C" or better in each course

Basic principles of stellar structure and evolution, galactic structure, extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. Four hours lecture.

**PHYS 373. Mathematical Methods of Physics I. 4 Units.**

Prerequisite/Corequisite: MATH 331

Vector calculus, Fourier analysis, and ordinary differential equations. Emphasis on techniques applicable to the problems of physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 222 and MATH 252 and.

**PHYS 398. Junior Assessment. 1 Unit.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 306 and PHY 313 with a grade of "C" or better

Students will review the foundational subjects in physics (primarily classical mechanics, electrodynamics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, special relativity, and quantum mechanics) at the intermediate level and apply that knowledge to problem-solving. Graded credit/no credit.

**PHYS 421. Quantum Mechanics I. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: MATH 331, PHYS 225 and PHYS 306 with a grade of "C" or better in each course

Introduction to quantum mechanics. Topics include the origins of quantum theory, angular momentum, the Dirac formalism, 2-level systems and the harmonic oscillator. Four hours lecture. Formerly PHYS 322.

**PHYS 422. Quantum Mechanics II. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 306, PHYS 314, and PHYS 421 with a grade of "C" or better in each course

Continued study of the principles of quantum mechanics introduced in PHYS 421. Topics include the axiomatic formulation of quantum mechanics, spin and orbital angular momentum, the Schroedinger equation in three dimensions, approximation methods, and scattering.

**PHYS 430. Advanced Physics Laboratory. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 313 with a grade of "C" or better. Recommended: PHYS 421

Selected advanced experiments appropriate to a students previous preparation. May be repeated for credit. Two hours lecture and six hours laboratory. Materials fee required.

**PHYS 450. Solid State Physics. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 318, 421, and 473 with grades of "C" or better

A lecture course exploring selected topics in condensed matter physics. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Four hours lecture.

**PHYS 461. Introduction to Nuclear Physics. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 306 and 422 with a grade of "C" or better in each course

Basic concepts of nuclear structure and reactions, including accelerators and detectors, the nucleon-nucleon force, basic nuclear properties, the shell model, radioactivity, heavy ion reactions and quarks. Four hours lecture.

**PHYS 463. Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 306 and 422 with a grade of "C" or better in each course

A survey of elementary particle physics, including accelerators, relativistic kinematics, conservation laws, quarks, the standard model, and quantum field theories. Four hours lecture.

**PHYS 473. Mathematical Methods of Physics II. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 373. MATH 331 and PHYS 225 are strongly recommended

A continuation of MATH/PHYS 373. Topics covered include functions of a complex variable and partial differential equations.

**PHYS 480A. Topics in Classical Physics: Mechanics. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 307 with a grade of "C" or better

Further treatment of topics in physics introduced in previous courses.

**PHYS 480B. Topics in Classical Physics: Electrodynamics. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: PHYS 314 with a grade of "C" or better

Further treatment of topics in physics introduced in previous courses.

**PHYS 485A. Topics in Contemporary Physics. 1 Unit.**

A lecture course on a current topic or on new developments in physics. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

**PHYS 485B. Topics in Contemporary Physics. 2 Units.**

A lecture course on a current topic or on new developments in physics. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

**PHYS 485C. Topics in Contemporary Physics. 3 Units.**

A lecture course on a current topic or on new developments in physics. May be repeated for credit as topics change.

**PHYS 485D. Topics in Contemporary Physics. 4 Units.**

**PHYS 573. Mathematical Methods of Physics III. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: MATH 331, and MATH 473 or PHYS 473

A continuation of MATH/PHYS 473 with emphasis on advanced topics relevant to physics.

**PHYS 585B. Internship in Physics. 2 Units.**

Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department

Supervised work and study in physics in private or public setting. May be repeated for up to six units of credit. Graded credit/no credit.

**PHYS 585C. Internship in Physics. 3 Units.**

Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department

Supervised work and study in physics in private or public setting. May be repeated for up to six units of credit. Graded credit/no credit.

**PHYS 585D. Internship in Physics. 4 Units.**

Prerequisites: consent of instructor and department

Supervised work and study in physics in private or public setting. May be repeated for up to six units of credit. Graded credit/no credit.

**PHYS 590. Physics Seminar. 1 Unit.**

Prerequisites: senior standing and consent of department

Provides a vehicle for assessing the subject matter competency of physics graduates. May be repeated for credit. A total of two units may be applied towards the major requirements for graduation. Lecture only.

**PHYS 595A. Independent Study. 1 Unit.**

Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken

Research in physics conducted under the direction of a faculty member. A total of six units in PHYS 595 may be applied toward graduation.

**PHYS 595B. Independent Study. 2 Units.**

Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken

Research in physics conducted under the direction of a faculty member. A total of six units in PHYS 595 may be applied toward graduation.

**PHYS 595C. Independent Study. 3 Units.**

Prerequisites: a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0, consent of instructor and departmental approval of a written proposal of a project submitted on a standard application filed in advance of the quarter in which the course is to be taken

Research in physics conducted under the direction of a faculty member. A total of six units in PHYS 595 may be applied toward graduation.

**PHYS 595D. Independent Study. 4 Units.**

Research in physics conducted under the direction of a faculty member. A total of six units in PHYS 595 may be applied toward graduation.

**PHYS 595E. Independent Study. 5 Units.**

Research in physics conducted under the direction of a faculty member. A total of six units in PHYS 595 may be applied toward graduation.

**PHYS 595F. Independent Study. 6 Units.**

Research in physics conducted under the direction of a faculty member. A total of six units in PHYS 595 may be applied toward graduation.

**PHYS 999. Comprehensive Examination. 0 Units.**

Prerequisites: advancement to candidacy, approval of department, completion of course work in the masters program, and in good academic standing

An assessment of the students ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter.