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. (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.