# Courses

*These courses are typically offered by the Physics Department. For a complete course listing and description of acronyms used below please refer to the CSU general catalog.*

**PHCC 110** 03(3-0-0). *Descriptive Physics*. F, S, SS. (Credit not allowed for both PH 110 and PH 121.) Conceptual aspects of physics applied to phenomena in everyday life and to problems in other fields of science.

**PHCC 111** 01(0-2-0). *Descriptive Physics Lab*. F, S, SS. (Prequisite PH 110 or concurrent registration.) Experiments dealing with basic physics concepts, including explorations of everyday phenomena.

**PHCC 121** 05(3-2-1).* General Physics I*. F, S, SS. (Corequisite M 125. Credit not allowed for both PH 121 and PH 110; or for both PH 121 and PH 141.) Concepts of force, torque, energy, momentum and work are used in covering topics of fluids, waves, sound, temperature and heat; biological, physical examples. (Noncalculus.)

**PHCC 122** 05(3-2-1). *General Physics II*. F, S. Prerequisite: PH 121. Credit not allowed for both PH 122 and PH 142. Electricity, including electrostatics and simple circuits; magnetism; optics; aspects of nuclear physics and radiation. Biological, physical examples. (Noncalculus.)

**PHCC 141** 05(3-2-1). *Physics for Scientists and Engineers I.* F, S, SS. (Prerequisite: M CC 126; M CC 155 or M CC 160. Students who have had high school physics may enroll in M CC 155 or M CC 160 concurrently. Credit not allowed for both PHCC 141 and PHCC 121. Forces, energy, momentum, angular momentum, oscillations, waves, heat, thermodynamics. (Calculus based.)

**PHCC 142** 05(3-2-1). *Physics for Scientists and Engineers II.* F, S, SS. (Prerequisite: PHCC 141, concurrent registration in M CC 161 or M CC 255. Credit not allowed for both PHCC 142 and PHCC 122.) Electricity and magnetism, circuits, light, optics. (Calculus based.)

**PH 245** 03(2-3-0). *Introduction to Electronics.* F. (Prerequisite: PHCC 142, M CC 161.) AC circuits, physical bases and applications of electronic devices.

**PH 293** 01(0-0-1). *Selected Topics in Physics.* F. Richness and variety of physical phenomena; physical worldview including appreciation for academic community.

**PH 298** Var [1-6]. *Introductory Research.* F, S, SS.

**PH 314** 04(4-0-0). *Introduction to Modern Physics.* S. (Prerequisite: PHCC 142, concurrent registration in M CC 261) Relativity; quantum mechanics; atomic structure; applications to solid-state, nuclear and elementary-particle physics.

**PH 315** 02(0-4-0). *Modern Physics Laboratory.* S. (Corequisite: PH 314.) Experiments in modern physics.

**PH 341** 04(4-0-0). *Mechanics.* F. (Prerequisite: PHCC 141, M 340.) Particle dynamics, translation and rotation of rigid bodies, moving coordinate systems, Lagrangian mechanics, matrix and tensor methods.

**PH 351** 04(4-0-0). *Electricity and Magnetism.* S. (Prerequisite: M 340, PHCC 142.) Electrostatics, magnetostatics, currents, time-dependent electric and magnetic fields, radiation.

**PH 353** 04(3-3-0). *Optics and Waves.* F. (Prerequisite: PHCC 142, M 261.) Geometrical optics; wave optics; interference, diffraction and polarization; quantum optics.

**PH 361** 03(3-0-0). *Physical Thermodynamics.* S. (Prerequisite: PHCC 142, M 261.) Laws of thermodynamics; thermodynamic potentials; applications to topics such as fluids, phase transitions, electrical and magnetic systems and binary mixtures.

**PH 384** Var [1-5]. *Supervised College Teaching.* F, S, SS. (Prerequisite: PHCC 121 or PHCC 141, written consent of department head. Maximum of 10 credits allowed in course.) Participation as a physics tutor.

* PH 425 02(0-4-0). Advanced Physics Laboratory. S. (Prerequisite: PH 315.)* Advanced experiments in electricity and magnetism, statistical physics and quantum mechanics.

**PH 451** 03(3-0-0). *Introductory Quantum Mechanics I.* F. (Prerequisite: PH 314, M 340.) Schrodinger’s theory of wave mechanics, potential wells, harmonic oscillators, wave packets, operators, angular momentum.

**PH 452** 03(3-0-0). *Introductory Quantum Mechanics II.* S. (Prerequisite: PH 451.) Approximation techniques, perturbation theory, identical particles and spin, structure and spectra of atoms and molecules, hydrogen atom.

**PH 462** 03(3-0-0). *Statistical Physics.* F. (Prerequisite: M 340, PH 314, PH 361.) Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac, and Bose-Einstein distribution functions; kinetic theory; applications to solids, metals, semiconductors and gases.

**PH 492** 01(0-0-1). *Seminar.* S. Preparation and presentation of seminars on selected modern topics.

**PH 495** Var [1-6]. *Independent Study.* F, S, SS.

**PH 521** 03(3-0-0). *Introduction to Lasers.* S. (Prerequisite: M 340, PH 314 or equivalent.) Stimulated emission, laser resonators, theory of laser oscillation, specific laser systems, applications.

**PH 522** 01(0-2-0). *Introductory Laser Laboratory*. S. (Corequisite: PH 521.) Experiments providing hands-on experiences with lasers

**PH 531** 03(3-0-0). *Introductory Solid State Physics.* S. (Prerequisite: PH 314 or equivalent; PH 361 or equivalent.) Crystal structures and bonding, electronic energy levels, vibrations, dielectric and magnetic properties, optical properties, quasiparticles, semiconductors, superconductivity.

**PH 541** 03(3-0-0). *Classical Physics.* S. (Prerequisite: PH 341, PH 351.) Linear and orbital motions, rotation, moment-of-inertia matrix, electrostatics, images, magnetostatics, induction, Maxwell’s equations.

**PH 551** 03(3-0-0). *Modern Physics.* F. (Prerequisite: PH 452; PH 462 or concurrent registration.) Wavefunctions, energy levels, harmonic oscillator, transmission and reflection, perturbation theory, thermodynamic potentials, partition function.

**PH 561** 03(3-0-0). *Particle Physics.* S. (Prerequisite: PH 314.) Particle interactions and detection techniques, quark model, scattering models, standard model of the electroweak interaction, physics of colliders.

**PH 571** 03(3-0-0). *Methods of Mathematical Physics I.* F. (Prerequisite: M 340.) Vector analysis, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, infinite series, method of Frobenius, complex variables, contour integration.

**PH 572** 03(3-0-0). *Methods of Mathematical Physic II.* S. (Prerequisite: PH 571.) Partial differential equations, Strum-Liouville theory, special functions, Green’s functions, Fourier series, Fourier and Laplace transforms.

**AACC 100** 03(3-0-0). *Introductory Astronomy.* F, S, SS. Descriptions of the various objects found in the heavens as well as the principles and techniques employed in investigations of these objects.

**AACC 101** 01(0-2-0). *Astronomy Laboratory.* F, S. (Prerequisite: AACC 100 or concurrent registration.) Observations of varous objects found in the heavens with 5-inch reflecting telescopes.

**AA 150** 03(2-3-0). *Observational Astronomy.* SS. Astronomical objects in the night and day sky; observation with 16-inch telescope.

**AA 301** 05(4-2-0). *Astrophysics I.* F. (Prerequisite: M CC 124; M CC 126; PHCC 110 or PHCC 121 or PHCC 141.) Celestial mechanics; earth-moon systems; planets and satellites; interplanetary medium; origin of the solar system.

**AA 302** 05(4-2-0).* Astrophysics II.* S. (Prerequisite: M CC 124; M CC 126; PHCC 110 or PHCC 121 or PHCC 141.) Properties of sun and stars, variable stars, binary- and multiple-star systems, star clusters, interstellar medium, stellar evolution.

**AA 303** 05(4-2-0). *Astrophysics III.* F. (Prerequisite: M CC 124; M CC 126; PHCC 110 or PHCC 121 or PHCC 141.) Properties of the Milky Way, galaxies, quasars and related objects; special and general relativity, cosmology.

**AA 495** Var [1-6]. *Independent Study in Astrophysics.* F, S, SS.