- Numbers in parentheses (...) indicate credit hours earned for the course or each semester of the course.
- Items in square brackets [...] after the course title indicate General Education requirements and/or IAI (Illinois Articulation Initiative) requirements fulfilled by the course.

**PHYS 111 (3) Concepts of Physics** [Intro NSM; IAI No. P1 900] — Introduction to our understanding of the universe and how it is achieved. Includes selections from: Motion, energy, heat, fluids, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, atoms.

*Prerequisites:* A grade of C or better is required in all prerequisites. One year of high school algebra or AD 095 or equivalent, and one year of high school geometry or 23:00 10/03/28 or equivalent.

**PHYS 112 (1) Conceptual Physics Laboratory** [Dist NSM] — Weekly introductory laboratory dealing with mechanics, heat, electricity, sound and light. Emphasis placed on measurements and data analysis.

*Prerequisite:* Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 111.

**PHYS 115 (3) Energy and the Environment** [Dist NSM; IAI No. P1 901] — Problems and prospects of meeting national and worldwide energy demands. Scientific background, role, and environmental impact of fossil fuel, nuclear, solar, geothermal, and other technologies.

*Prerequisites:* A grade of C or better is required in all prerequisites. One year of high school algebra or AD 095 or equivalent, and one year of high school geometry or AD 085 or equivalent.

**PHYS 116 (3) Music and Acoustics** [Dist NSM; IAI No. P1 901] — Vibrations; nature and propagation of sound waves; musical pitch and intervals; tone quality, analysis, and synthesis; instruments; speech; ears and hearing; psychological aspects; other topics.

*Prerequisites:* A grade of C or better is required in all prerequisites. One year of high school algebra or AD 095 or equivalent, and one year of high school geometry or AD 085 or equivalent.

**PHYS 117 (3) Light and Color** [Dist NSM; IAI No. P1 901] — Nature of light; ray and wave phenomena; optical devices; the eye; color theory; lasers and holography; applications to art, photography, and other visual media.

*Prerequisites:* A grade of C or better is required in all prerequisites. One year of high school algebra or AD 095 or equivalent, and one year of high school geometry or AD 085 or equivalent.

**PHYS 118 (3) Astronomy** [Dist NSM; IAI No. P1 906] — Introduction to astronomical observation; seasons; light; telescopes; orbits; solar system; stellar structure, evolution and classification; galaxies and cosmology. Includes in-class activities and supplemental night viewing sessions.

*Prerequisites:* A grade of C or better is required in all prerequisites. One year of high school algebra or AD 095 or equivalent, and one year of high school geometry or AD 085 or equivalent.

**PHYS 131 (4) College Physics I** [INSM, BPS] — This course is the first semester of a two-semester sequence designed to meet premedical and biological science requirements. Topics include mechanics, fluids, energy, heat, and gravitation.

*Prerequisites:* MATH 125, 150, 152, or 250 with D or better.

*Co-requisite:* PHYS 131L.

**PHYS 131L (1) College Physics I Laboratory: Mechanics and Heat** [INSM, BPS, EL] — This course is a laboratory for College Physics I. Topics include physical measurements, data analysis, lab reporting and error analysis.

*Co-requisite:* PHYS 131.

**PHYS 132 (4) College Physics II** [DNSM, BPS] — This course is the second semester of a two-semester sequence designed to meet premedical and biological science requirements. Topics include waves and sound, electrostatics, circuits, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and modern physics theory.

*Prerequisites:* MATH 125, 150, 152, or 250 with D or better.

*Co-requisite:* PHYS 132L.

**PHYS 132L (1) College Physics II Laboratory: Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics** [DNSM, BPS, EL] — A lab consisting of experiments designed to complement PHYS 132: Physical measurements, data analysis, presentation, and error analysis.

*Co-requisite:* PHYS 132.

**PHYS 151 (4) University Physics I** [Intro NSM; IAI No. P2 900] — Calculus-based course designed to meet needs of engineering and science students: Kinematics; dynamics; planar motion; work and energy; momentum; rotational motion; gravitation; fluids.

*Prerequisites:* A grade of C or better is required in all prerequisites. MATH 152 or concurrent enrollment; concurrent enrollment in PHYS 151L.

**PHYS 151L (1) University Physics I Laboratory** [IAI No. P2 900L] — Physics measurements; data analysis and presentation; error analysis: Velocity; acceleration; force and moments; work and kinetic energy; fluids.

*Prerequisite:* Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 151.

**PHYS 152 (4) University Physics II** [Intro NSM; IAI No. P2 900] — Calculus-based course designed to meet needs of engineering and science students: Bulk properties of matter; oscillations and waves; electric charge; electric fields; Gauss' law; potentials; circuits; magnetic fields; electromagnetic waves.

*Prerequisites:* A grade of C or better is required in all prerequisites. PHYS 151; concurrent enrollment in PHYS 152L.

**PHYS 152L (1) University Physics II Laboratory** [IAI No. P2 900L] — Physics measurements; data analysis and presentation; error analysis: Thermal and bulk properties of matter; simple harmonic motion and waves; electromagnetism; simple circuits; optics.

*Prerequisite:* Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 152.

**PHYS 201 (4) University Physics III** [Dist NSM] — Electromagnetic waves. Physical optics: interference, diffraction. Introductory special relativity. Laws of thermodynamics; Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution; equipartition theorem; black-body radiation. Photon nature of light. Bohr atom; matter waves.

*Prerequisites:* A grade of C or better in PHYS 151 and PHYS 152.

**PHYS 201L (1) University Physics III Laboratory** [Dist NSM] — Laboratories covering select topics from Electromagnetic waves, physical optics, introductory special relativity, thermodynamic laws, and introductory quantum physics.

*Prerequisite:* Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 201.

**PHYS 208 (3) Space Physics** [Dist NSM] — Mechanics of orbital and sub-orbital flight. Physical, chemical and geological characteristics of solar system objects determined by exploration and remote sensing.

*Prerequisites:* A grade of C or better in PHYS 131A and MATH 150.

**PHYS 218 (3) Theory and Applications of Electronic Measurements** [Dist NSM] — Principles of modern electronic measurements and computer interfacing techniques. Transistor circuits; digital electronics; op-amps; sensors; digital/analog and analog/digital conversions; computer-aided data acquisition. Includes weekly two-hour laboratory. [More information]

*Prerequisite:* A grade of C or better in either PHYS 131B or PHYS 152.

**PHYS 251 (4) Waves** [Dist NSM] — Oscillations; linear approximations. Normal Modes; Fourier analysis. Standing waves; traveling waves; reflection; transmission; sound; electromagnetic waves. Wave packets; bandwidth theorem. Introduction to Fourier Transforms applications.

*Prerequisite:* A grade of C or better in either PHYS 131B or PHYS 152; concurrent enrollment in MATH 250.

**PHYS 304 (4) Modern Physics** [Dist NSM] — History of Quantum Physics. Matter waves; uncertainty principle; Schroedinger solutions for confined particles; hydrogen atom. Atomic, nuclear and solid-state physics. Applications include lasers and semiconductors.

*Prerequisites:* A grade of C or better in PHYS 201, PHYS 201L, and PHYS 251; MATH 250.

**PHYS 314 (2) Modern Data Acquisition and Analysis** — Students will learn the state of the art methods of data acquisition and analysis using *LabVIEW* graphical programming.

*Prerequisite:* A grade of C or better in PHYS 201, PHYS 201L, and PHYS 251.

**PHYS 320 (3) Special Relativity** [Dist NSM] — Michaelson-Morley experiment; Lorentz transformation; relativistic notions of space and time; relativistic kinematics and dynamics; relativistic view of electricity and magnetism.

*Prerequisite:* A grade of C or better in PHYS 201, PHYS 201L, and PHYS 251; MATH 250.

**PHYS 321 (4) Introduction to Classical Mechanics** [Dist NSM] — Newtonian mechanics in Cartesian and non-Cartesian coordinate systems. Conservative fields; conservation laws. Forced oscillations; resonance. Introduction to Lagrangian mechanics. Noninertial reference frames. Central Forces; orbital dynamics.

*Prerequisites:* A grade of C or better in PHYS 201, PHYS 201L, and PHYS 251; MATH 250.

**PHYS 323 (4) Statistical Mechanics ** [Dist NSM] — Laws of Thermodynamics; equipartition theorem; free energy; Maxwell relations; entropy; Boltzman statistics; Bose-Einstein statistics; Fermi-Dirac Statistics; Ising model; information theory.

*Prerequisites:* A grade of C or better in PHYS 201, PHYS 201L, and PHYS 251; MATH 305.

**PHYS 375 (1) Seminar** — Selected topics in theories and applications. May be repeated to a maximum of 3 hours provided that no topic is repeated. Pass / No Credit only.

*Prerequisite:* Consent of instructor.

**PHYS 390 (3) Junior Physics Honors** [Dist NSM] — Directed by student’s Physics Honors Program adviser in independent study format on topics chosen jointly by student and adviser.

*Prerequisites:* PHYS 302, 308, admission to the Physics Honors Program.

**PHYS 397 (2) Junior Experimental Project** — Individual experimental investigation of a topic to be agreed upon with an instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 hours.

*Prerequisite:* Consent of Instructor.

**PHYS 398 (2) Junior Theoretical Project** — Individual theoretical investigation of a topic to be agreed upon with an instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 hours.

*Prerequisite:* Consent of Instructor.

**PHYS 405A,B (3,3) Introduction to Electromagnetic Field Theory** [Dist NSM] — Vector treatment of the theory. (A) Electrostatics in vacuum and in matter; steady currents. (B) Magnetism; magnetic materials; electromagnetic radiation.

*Prerequisites:* (A) A grade of C or better in either PHYS 321 or PHYS 323. (B) A grade of C or better in PHYS 405A.

**PHYS 410 (3) Optics** [Dist NSM] — Nature of light; photometric quantities; geometrical optics; interference and diffraction; polarization; introduction to lasers; optical properties of materials. May include laboratory component.

*Prerequisites:* A grade of C or better in PHYS 201, PHYS 201L, and PHYS 251, and MATH 305.

**PHYS 415A,B (3,3) Wave Mechanics and Atomic Physics** [Dist NSM] — (A) Foundations of quantum mechanics: Wave functions; expectation values; operators; Schroedinger equation; simple applications including step potentials and harmonic oscillator; perturbation theory. (B) Topics pertinent to atomic and molecular systems: Angular momentum; hydrogen atom; electron spin; atomic transitions and spectra; exclusion principle; multielectron atoms; molecular structure.

*Prerequisites:* (A) PHYS 302; MATH 305. (B) PHYS 415A.

*Note:* PHYS 416 is currently being taught in lieu of this course.

**PHYS 416 (4) Principles of Quantum Mechanics** — Wave functions, packets, probabilities, operators, uncertainty relations. Schroedinger equation, square wells, harmonic oscillator, barrier penetration, angular momentum, hydrogen atom, spin, exclusion principle, multielectron atoms, molecules.

*Prerequisites:* A grade of C or better in the following: PHYS 304; PHYS 321 or PHYS 323; MATH 321 or MATH 355.

**PHYS 419 (4) Introduction to Theoretical Physics** [Dist NSM] — Mathematical techniques: Vectors; tensors; matrices; differential equations; special functions; boundary value problems; other selected topics.

*Prerequisites:* PHYS 302; MATH 305.

**PHYS 430 (3) Introduction to Physics and Astronomy Education Research** — An introduction to the questions, methodology, data analysis and results of physics and astronomy education research. Will explore interdisciplinary topics as needed.

*Prerequisites:* A grade of C or better in PHYS 201, PHYS 201L, and PHYS 251.

**PHYS 431 (3) Instructional Strategies for Particle and Rigid Body Motion** — Pedagogical innovations, assessments, and inquiry-based activities will be developed for particle and rigid-body motion. Addresses Illinois Professional Teaching Physics-Designation Standard #2.

*Prerequisites:* PHYS 211A and CI 200 or certified K-12 teacher, or physics graduate status.

**PHYS 432 (3) Instructional Strategies for Physical Waves and Thermodynamics** — Pedagogical innovations, assessments and inquiry-based activities will be developed for physical waves and thermodynamics. Addresses Illinois Professional Teaching Physics-Designation Standard #3 and #4.

*Prerequisites:* PHYS 303 and CI 200, or certified K-12 teacher, or physics graduate status.

**PHYS 433 (3) Instructional Strategies for Electricity and Magnetism** — Pedagogical innovations, assessments and inquiry-based activities will be developed for particle and rigid body motion. Addresses Illinois Professional Teaching Physics-Designation Standard #2.

*Prerequisites:* PHYS 211B and CI 200, or certified K-12 teacher, or physics graduate status.

**PHYS 434 (3) Instructional Strategies for Astronomy** — Pedagogical innovations, assessments, and inquiry-based activities will be developed for astronomy. Addresses Illinois Professional Teaching Earth and Space Science Standards #3 and #4.

*Prerequisites:* PHYS 356 and CI 200 or certified K-12 teacher, or physics graduate status.

**PHYS 438 (1) Physics and Astronomy Education Research Seminar** — Seminar discussing current issues in physics and astronomy education research. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 hours provided no topic is repeated.

**PHYS 450 (3) Solid-State Physics** [Dist NSM] — Crystal structures and binding; lattice vibrations; electronic states; band theory of solids; semiconductors; optical properties of solids; other selected topics.

*Prerequisite:* PHYS 323 and concurrent enrollment in PHYS 415, with a grade of C or better in each.

**PHYS 480 (2 to 3) Selected Topics in Physics** — Classroom instruction in a topic of special interest not covered in other courses. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours provided that no topic is repeated.

*Prerequisite:* Consent of the instructor.

**PHYS 490 (3) Senior Physics Honors** [Dist NSM] — Directed by student's Physics Honors Program adviser in independent study format on topics chosen jointly by student and adviser. *Not for graduate credit.*

*Prerequisites:* PHYS 390, PHYS 405A.

**PHYS 494 (3) Methods of Teaching Physics in Secondary Schools** — Current teaching and resource materials. Ways to teach different topics in physics, problem-solving techniques, and societal issues. Preparing for laboratory activities. Safety concerns. *Not for Physics majors or graduate credit.*

**PHYS 495 (3) Physics Honors Thesis** — Research project directed by student's adviser results to be written up in the thesis form and presented at a departmental seminar. *Not for graduate credit.*

*Prerequisites:* PHYS 390, PHYS 405A, PHYS 415A.

**PHYS 497 (2 to 3) Senior Experimental Project** — Individual experimental investigation of topic to be agreed upon with instructor. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.

*Prerequisite:* PHYS 308.

**PHYS 498 (2 to 3) Senior Theoretical Project** — Individual investigation of topic to be agreed upon with instructor, using mathematical techniques and often involving systematic library research and computer use. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.

*Prerequisite:* PHYS 308.

**PHYS 499A,B (3,2) Senior Assignment** — Directed study toward completing the senior assignment. (A) Includes a written proposal, data acquisition, and an oral presentation. (B) Includes data acquisition and analysis, written report, poster presentation, and oral presentation. PHYS 499B may be repeated to a maximum total of 4 hours.

*Prerequisite:* (A) 30 credit hours of physics courses and consent of instructor. (B) Credit for PHYS 499A and consent of instructor.

**PHYS 501 (3) Advanced Electronic Instrumentation** — Operation principles for analog and digital oscilloscopes, lock-in amplifiers, gated integrators, spectrum analyzers. Computer programming for data acquisition. Advanced computer interfacing.

*Prerequisite:* Graduate standing in Physics or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 502 (3) Vacuum Techniques and Materials Characterization Methods** — Vacuum system behavior and components; microscopy; electron beam instruments; diffraction and scattering; electron emission spectroscopies; ion scattering techniques; mass spectroscopy.

*Prerequisite:* Graduate standing in Physics or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 503 (3) Experimental Methods in Optical Spectroscopy** — Maxwell’s equations at interfaces; optical properties; transition probabilities and selection rules in quantum systems; vibrational spectra; sources; detectors; spectrometers; interferometers; absorption; emission; excitation; reflectance spectra.

*Prerequisite:* Graduate standing in Physics or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 504 (3) Applications of Fiber Optics** — Optical fiber characteristics; fiber preparation; single and multimode fibers; sources; coupling; communication systems; multiplexing techniques; fiber-optic sensors.

*Prerequisite:* Graduate status or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 506 (3) Experimental Methods in Optics** — Experimental techniques in optics and optical spectroscopy including absorption, fluorescence, and index of refraction spectroscopy; measurements of nonlinear optical properties of materials using several techniques.

*Prerequisite:* PHYS 410 or PHYS 514.

**PHYS 511 (3) Computational Methods in Classical Physics** — Computational approach to problems in classical physics: Linear and non-linear systems; many-particle systems; normal modes; waves; numerical methods; percolation; fractals; chaos.

*Prerequisite:* Graduate standing in Physics or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 512 (3) Computational Electrodynamics** — Computational approach to problems in electrodynamics: Fundamentals; multipoles; Laplace equation; time-varying fields; electromagnetic waves; reflection; refraction; waveguides; electromagnetic radiation, antennas, and electrons.

*Prerequisites:* PHYS 405 or consent of instructor; PHYS 511.

**PHYS 513 (3) Computational Quantum Mechanics** — Computational approach to problems in quantum mechanics: Orthogonality; superposition; expectation values; square wells; time evolution; spectroscopy; atomic properties; many-electron atoms; scattering; band structure; and lasers.

*Prerequisites:* PHYS 415 or consent of instructor; PHYS 511.

**PHYS 514 (3) Photonics I** — Ray and wave optics; Gaussian beams; Fourier optics; diffraction; imaging; holography; electromagnetic waves in dielectric media; polarization; and crystal optics.

*Prerequisite:* PHYS 410 or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 515 (3) Photonics II** — Concepts governing applications of current interest in photonics including waveguides and fiber optics, electro-optics and acousto-optics, photonic switching, and computing.

*Prerequisite:* PHYS 514 or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 516 (2 or 3) Independent Study** — Supervised study in an area selected according to needs of the student. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours provided no topic is repeated.

*Prerequisite:* Consent of instructor.

**PHYS 517 (3) Principles of Lasers** — Population inversion; rate equations; laser resonators; Q-switching; mode locking; gas lasers; solid state lasers; semiconductor lasers; dye lasers; laser applications in communications, medicine, and holography.

*Prerequisite:* PHYS 514 or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 518 (3) Nonlinear Optics** — Maxwell’s equations in nonlinear media; second-order nonlinearities; second-harmonic generation; parametric processes; third-order nonlinearities; Kerr-type nonlinearities; Raman amplification; two-photon absorption; nonlinear crystals.

*Prerequisites:* PHYS 512 and PHYS 513 or consent of instructor.

**PHYS 520 (2 to 4) Graduate Physics Project** — Individual investigation of a topic to be agreed upon with the instructor. May be experimental or theoretical. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours provided no topic is repeated.

*Prerequisite:* Consent of instructor.

**PHYS 575 (1) Colloquium** — Participation in departmental colloquia; student presentation on topic of current interest. May be repeated to a maximum of 2 hours provided no topic is repeated.

*Prerequisite:* Consent of instructor.

**PHYS 580 (2 to 4) Selected Topics in Physics** — Classroom instruction in a topic of special interest not covered in other graduate courses. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours provided no topic is repeated.

*Prerequisite:* Consent of instructor.

**PHYS 594 (3) Physics Teaching Methods for Secondary Schools** — Current teaching and resource materials. Ways to teach different topics in physics, problem-solving techniques, and societal issues. Preparing for laboratory activities. Safety concerns.

**PHYS 598 (1 to 6) Advanced Research Project in Physics** — Advanced research project in physics. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.

*Prerequisite:* Consent of instructor.

**PHYS 599 (1 to 6) Thesis** — Thesis research in physics. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours.

*Prerequisite:* Consent of instructor.

**PHYS 206A,B (5,5) College Physics** [(A) Intro NSM; (B) Dist NSM] — Replaced by PHYS 131, PHYS 131L, PHYS 132, and PHYS 132L.

**PHYS 131A,B (5,5) College Physics** [(A) Intro NSM; (B) Dist NSM] — Replaced by PHYS 131, PHYS 131L, PHYS 132, and PHYS 132L.

**PHYS 211A,B (4,4) University Physics** [(A) Intro NSM; IAI No. P2 900; (B) Dist NSM] — Replaced by PHYS 151, PHYS 152, and part of PHYS 201.

**PHYS 212A,B (1,1) University Physics Laboratory** [IAI No. P2 900L] — Replaced by PHYS 151L and PHYS 152L.

**PHYS 301 (3) Waves** [Dist NSM] — Replaced by PHYS 251.

**PHYS 302 (4) Modern Physics** [Dist NSM] — Replaced by parts of PHYS 201 and PHYS 304.

**PHYS 303 (3) Thermal Physics** [Dist NSM] — Replaced by parts of PHYS 151 and PHYS 201.

**PHYS 308 (4) Introduction to Classical Mechanics** [Dist NSM] — Replaced by PHYS 321.

**PHYS 312 (3) Intermediate Physics Laboratory** — Replaced by PHYS 201L and PHYS 314.

**PHYS 318 (3) Theory and Applications of Electronic Measurements** [Dist NSM] — Replaced by PHYS 218.

**PHYS 350 (3) Energy and the Environment** [Dist NSM, IAI No. P1 901] — Replaced by PHYS 115.

**PHYS 351 (3) Music and Acoustics** [Dist NSM, IAI No. P1 901] — Replaced by PHYS 116.

**PHYS 352 (3) Physics of Modern Sound Reproduction** [Dist NSM, IAI No. P1 901L] — Eliminated, but some topics may be covered in PHYS 116.

**PHYS 355 (3) Light and Color** [Dist NSM, IAI No. P1 901] — Replaced by PHYS 117.

**PHYS 356 (3) Astronomy** [Dist NSM, IAI No. P1 906] — Replaced by PHYS 118.

**PHYS 366 (3) Space Physics** [Dist NSM] — Replaced by PHYS 208.

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Written by: Edward Ackad (eackad@siue.edu)

Modified: Feb 14, 2014