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PHYS 400 - Freshman Seminar
Credits:
1.00
An informal reading and discussion course to introduce
students to the general culture of physics, including
career possibilities, historical and philosophical aspects
of physics, current research at UNH and elsewhere, and
physics in the news. Topics vary based on interests of the
class. Students in their first year as physics majors
(either as freshmen or transfers) are strongly encouraged
to take this class. May be repeated once for a total of 2
credits. Cr/F.
PHYS 401 - Introduction to Physics I
Credits:
4.00
Broad survey of classical and modern physics. Designed to
enable students to appreciate the role of physics in
today's society and technology. Emphasizes the fundamental
laws of nature on which all science is based, with some
examples of interest to biologists. Knowledge of high
school algebra, geometry, and trigonometry essential. Lab.
PHYS 402 - Introduction to Physics II
Credits:
4.00
Broad survey of classical and modern physics. Designed to
enable students to appreciate the role of physics in
today's society and technology. Emphasizes the fundamental
laws of nature on which all science is based, with some
examples of interest to biologists. Knowledge of high
school algebra, geometry, and trigonometry essential.
Prereq: PHYS 401 or the equivalent. Special fee. Lab.
PHYS 405 - Intro to Modern Astronomy
Credits:
4.00
Starting with a survey of the night sky and the daily
motions of the stars and planets, this course surveys our
current understanding of the Universe. It traces the
development of the tools of the modern astronomer and how
those tools have led to out theories of the solar system,
the life cycle of stars, the formation of elements, the
formation of galaxies and the evolution of the universe.
Students explore in depth an astronomical topic of their
choice through a term paper. The course includes direct
experience with astronomical techniques and concepts
through the use of the UNH Observatory and Small Radio
Telescope, and a visit to a planetarium. Recommended for
liberal arts and beginning science students. Knowledge of
high school algebra is assumed. Note that this is the same
course as PHYS 406, except for the substitution of a term
paper instead of a lab. Cannot be taken for credit if
credit received for PHYS 406. Special fee.
PHYS 406 - Introduction to Modern Astronomy
Credits:
4.00
Descriptive coverage of contemporary astronomical and
astrophysical techniques with a review of current
knowledge and theories concerning the solar system,
galaxies, and the universe. Recommended for liberal arts
and beginning science students. Knowledge of high school
algebra is assumed. Note that this is the same course as
PHYS 405, except for the substitution of a lab instead of a
term paper. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received
for PHYS 405. Lab.
PHYS 406H - Introduction to Modern Astronomy/Honors
Credits:
4.00
Descriptive coverage of contemporary astronomical and
astrophysical techniques with a review of current
knowledge and theories concerning the solar system,
galaxies, and the universe. Recommended for liberal arts
and beginning science students. Knowledge of high school
algebra is assumed. Note that this is the same course as
PHYS 405, except for the substitution of a lab instead of a
term paper. Cannot be taken for credit if credit received
for PHYS 405. Special fee. Lab. Permission required.
PHYS 407 - General Physics I
Credits:
4.00
Introductory course emphasizing motion, forces, energy,
momentum, rotation, and oscillations. Recommended for the
student specializing in science and engineering. This
version is the traditional format with three lectures, one
recitation (problem solving section), and one lab each
week. Students in this version must also register for a
particular recitation and lab. Prereq: thorough knowledge
of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; May not receive
credit for both PHYS 401 and 407. Pre- or Coreq: MATH 425.
Special fee. Lab.
PHYS 407H - Honors/General Physics I
Credits:
4.00
Introductory course emphasizing motion, forces, energy,
momentum, rotation, and oscillations. Recommended for the
student specializing in science and engineering. The honors
version covers the same material as the traditional lecture
course, but with three two-hour classes per week,most of
which is spent working on activities in groups (rather than
lecture). Students in the Honors section must be
co-enrolled in MATH 425H so that strong connections can be
made between math and physics. 407H students work in groups
in every class meeting. Students in this version do not
regiister foe a recitation or lab, since these activities
are integrated into the regular class meetings. Prereq:
thorough knowledge of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry;
May not receive credit for both PHYS 401 and 407. Pre- or
Coreq: MATH 425. Special fee. Lab.
Co-requisites:
MATH 425H
PHYS 407S - General Physics I Studio
Credits:
4.00
Introductory course emphasizing motion, forces, engery,
momentum, rotation, and oscillations. Recommended for the
student specializing in science and engineering. The Studio
version covers the same material as the traditional lecture
course, but with three two-hour classes per week, most of
which is spent working on activities in groups (rather than
lecture). Students in this version do not register for a
recitation or lab since these activities are integrated
into the regular class meetings. Prereq: thorough knowledge
of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. May not receive
credit for both PHYS 401 and PHYS 407. Pre- or coreq: MATH
425. Special fee. Lab.
PHYS 408 - General Physics II
Credits:
4.00
Introductory course emphasizing waves, sound, heat,
electricity and magnetism. Recommended for students
specializing in science and engineering. This version is
the traditional format with three lectures, one recitation
(problem solving section), and one lab each week. Students
in this version must also register for a particular
recitation and lab. Prereq: PHYS 407. May not receive
credit for both PHYS 402 and 408. Pre- or Coreq: MATH 426.
Special fee. Lab.
PHYS 408H - Honors/General Physics II
Credits:
4.00
Introductory course emphasizing waves, sound, heat,
electricity and magnetism. Recommended for students
specializing in science and engineering. The honors version
covers the same material as the traditional lecture course,
but with three two-hour classes per week, most of which is
spent working on activities in groups (rather than
lecture). Students in the Honors section must be
co-enrolled in MATH 426H so that strong connections can be
made between math and physics. 408H students work in groups
in every class meeting. Students in this version do not
register for a recitation or lab, since these activities
are integrated into the regular class meetings. Prereq:
PHYS 407H, MATH 425H. May not receive credit for both PHYS
402 and 408. Special fee. Lab.
Co-requisites:
MATH 426H
PHYS 408S - General Physics II Studio
Credits:
4.00
Introductory course emphasizing waves, sound, heat,
electricity and magnetism. Recommended for students
specializing in science and engineering. The Studio version
covers the same materials as the traditional lecture
course, but with three two-hour classes per week, most of
which is spent working on activities in groups (rather than
lecture). Students in this version do noy register for a
recitation or lab since these activities are integrated
into the regular class meetings. Prereq: PHYS 407. May not
receive credit for both PHYS 402 and 408. Pre- or coreq:
MATH 426. Special fee. Lab.
PHYS 409 - Investigating Physics
Credits:
4.00
Elementary physics course where students develop a
conceptual understanding of topics such as the solar
system, phases of the moon, seasons, electrical circuits,
electromagnets, light and color, sound and simple machines.
The course is based on hands-on-activities, small groups,
and discussions. This course is intended for students with
little or no previous experience in physics who do not
intend to take any other physics course. Cannot be taken
for credit if credit received for PHYS 401, 402, 407 or
408. Not open to Physics majors.
Co-requisites:
PHYS 444 - Myths and Misconceptions about Nuclear Science
Credits:
4.00
The discoveries of nuclear physics have spawned the
nuclear power plant and bomb, but also many far reaching,
though less recognized applications of nuclear science in
medicine, research, and our everyday lives. This course
examines the underlying physics of nuclear science, the
resulting technological applications and dangers, and some
of the implications for public policy. In the process, we
dispel many of the popular myths and misconceptions that
surround nuclear science and radiation in the public's mind
and the media. You may be surprised! Topics are wide
ranging and inherently interdisciplinary. They include
nuclear stability and radioactivity, natural sources of
radioactivity, the effects of radiation on living things,
particularly people, nuclear medicine, nuclear science in
fields such as biology, archeology, geology and
engineering, nuclear chain reactions, nuclear reactors and
energy, nuclear accidents, radioactive waste, nuclear
weapons and proliferation, nuclear energy in stars, and the
origin of the elements. Be prepared to actively participate.
PHYS 501 - Peer-Led Team Learning in Physics
Credits:
2.00
This course provides students with their initial experience
as a peer instruction leader. In this course peer leaders
will deepen their knowledge of introductory physics, be
introduced to pedagogical theories, and meet weekly with
students in introductory physics to facilitate their
learning. Pedagogical topics covered include questioning
techniques, learning theory, copperative learning, student
epistemologies, and the nature of science. Students in this
course are asked to reflect on their work as peer leaders
through the lens of the required readings. Prereq: PHYS
401/402 or PHYS 407/408. Permission required. Cr/F.
PHYS 502 - Advanced Peer-Led Team Leadership in Physics
Credits:
1.00
This course provides students with their second experience
as a peer instruction leader. In this course peer leaders
read more deeply about issues in teaching and learning
science in general, and physics in particular. Topics
include naive conceptions in physics, cooperative learning
strategies, theories of cognition, and classroom
assessment. Prereq: PHYS 501. Permission required. Cr/F.
PHYS 505 - General Physics III
Credits:
3.00
Electromagnetic waves, geometrical and physical optics,
relativity, atomic physics, elementary quantum mechanics,
molecular physics, and nuclear physics. Prereq: PHYS 408.
PHYS 506 - General Physics III Laboratory
Credits:
1.00
Structured laboratory experience in optics and modern
physics. Coreq: PHYS 505. Special fee. Lab.
Co-requisites:
PHYS 505
PHYS 508 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Credits:
4.00
Classical and statistical approach to thermodynamics,
kinetic theory. Pre- or Coreq: PHYS 505. MATH 525 or MATH
527.
Co-requisites:
PHYS 605 - Experimental Physics I
Credits:
5.00
Circuit design with passive and active elements including
transistors and operational amplifiers; electrical
measurements for experimental physics; digital electronics,
microprocessors, and interfacing techniques. Prereq: PHYS
408. MATH 525 or 527. Lab. Special fee.
PHYS 615 - Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I
Credits:
4.00
Analytical treatment of classical mechanics covering the
dynamics of particles and rigid bodies at an intermediate
level. Advanced mathematical analysis (complex numbers,
differential equations, Fourier series, multiple integrals)
are reviewed or introduced as needed to analyze physical
situations. Prereq: PHYS 407. Pre- or Coreq: MATH 527.
PHYS 616 - Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II
Credits:
4.00
Analytical treatment of classical mechanics covering the
dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, at an intermediate
level. Advanced mathematical analysis (complex numbers,
differential equations, Fourier series, multiple integrals)
are reviewed or introduced as needed to analyze physical
situations. Prereq: PHYS 615.
PHYS 701 - Quantum Mechanics I
Credits:
4.00
Non-relativistic Schroedinger equation, the hydrogen atom,
applications to atomic and nuclear structure. Prereq: PHYS
505, 615, 616.
PHYS 702 - Quantum Mechanics II
Credits:
4.00
Non-relativistic Schroedinger equation, the hydrogen atom,
applications to atomic and nuclear structure. Prereq: PHYS
505, 615, 616.
PHYS 703 - Electricity and Magnetism I
Credits:
4.00
Foundation of electromagnetic theory; electrostatics,
dielectric theory, electromagnetism, magnetic properties
of matter, alternating currents, Maxwell's field theory.
Prereq: PHYS 408, 615, 616.
PHYS 704 - Electricity and Magnetism II
Credits:
4.00
Foundation of electromagnetic theory; electrostatics,
dielectric theory, electromagnetism, magnetic properties
of matter, alternating currents, Maxwell's field theory.
Prereq: PHYS 408, 615, 616.
PHYS 705 - Experimental Physics II
Credits:
4.00
Modern physics experiments and special project problems
assigned to individual students. Prereq: PHYS 605; senior
standing in physics. Lab. Writing intensive.
PHYS 708 - Optics
Credits:
4.00
Geometrical optics, electromagnetic theory of light,
interference, diffraction, polarization, related phenomena
and nonlinear optics. Prereq: PHYS 505, 615, 616. Lab.
PHYS 710 - Modern Astrophysics
Credits:
4.00
Reviews the sun, stars, Milky Way, external galaxies, and
expansion of the universe. Recent discoveries of radio
galaxies, quasi-stellar objects, cosmic black-body
radiation, x rays, and gamma rays precede a discussion of
Newtonian and general relativistic cosmological models,
steady-state/big-bang theories, and matter-antimatter
models. Prereq: PHYS 505, 615, 616.
PHYS 712 - Space Plasma Physics
Credits:
4.00
Introduces space plasma physics, including solar physics,
heliospheric physics, magnetospheric physics, and
ionospheric physics. An overview of the basic phenomena and
processes (e.g., particle acceleration and transport, shock
formation, magnetic structures and reconnection, wave
propagation, wave-particle interactions, instabilities),
theoretical techniques (e.g., single-particle orbits,
kinetic and fluid descriptions), and experimental
techniques. (Alternate years only.)
PHYS 718 - Condensed Matter Physics
Credits:
4.00
Theory and experiment underlying the behavior of solids.
Transport theory, surface studies, and the interaction of
radiation and matter. Operation of semiconducting and
superconducting devices and lasers. Prereq: PHYS 508.
Co-requisites:
PHYS 701
PHYS 720 - Nuclear Physics
Credits:
4.00
Nuclear phenomenology, reactions, models, radiation,
interaction of radiation with matter; accelerators;
properties and interactions of elementary particles;
symmetries and symmetry breaking; standard model. Prereq:
PHYS 702, 704.
PHYS 764 - General Relativity and Cosmology
Credits:
4.00
Review of special relativity, and the motivation for
considering gravity in terms of curvature of space time.
Introduction to Riemannian geometry, general relativity and
Einstein's equations. Application of general relativity in
the study of black holes, gravitational waves, cosmology,
as well as recent results on inflation and quantum gravity.
(Alternate years only.)
PHYS 791 - Special Topics
Credits:
4.00
Any selected topics not covered sufficiently in a general
course may be studied. May be repeated to a maximum of 8
credits.
PHYS 795 - Independent Study
Credits:
1.00 to 8.00
Individual project under direction of a faculty adviser.
Prereq: department permission.
PHYS 799 - Thesis
Credits:
4.00
Students work under the direction of a faculty sponsor to
plan and carry out independent research resulting in a
written thesis. Required for honors-in-major. Restricted to
seniors. Prereq: permission; Physics majors only. May be
repeated to 8 credits. Writing intensive.