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PHY 311 Optics

Course Description: A lecture and laboratory course in geometrical, physical and quantum optics. Topics will include refraction, reflection and absorption of light; interference; diffraction, polarization and scattering of light; compton scattering, optical spectra and resonance.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall - Even years.

4 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 112 Minimum Grade of D

PHY 320 Biophysics

Course Description: This course provides a link between physics and biology which is not currently present in the courses offered. This course will provide the basis to build a minor in Health Physics which is a subject of high demand in the health professions and will serve as an additional elective for Biology majors.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring.

3 credits

PHY 321 Biomedical Physics

Course Description:This is a one semester course providing instruction in medical physics. The aim of this course is to relate some of the concepts in physics to living systems. The concepts of physics will be applied to the human body and the applications of physics to biology and medicine will be explored. The syllabus covers topics of basic measurement and analysis techniques such as CT scan, endoscopy, MRI and fMRI imaging.

Course Rotation: FALL;NY

3 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 111 Minimum Grade of D and PHY 112 Minimum Grade of D and MAT 131 Minimum Grade of D and BIO 101 Minimum Grade of D and BIO 102 Minimum Grade of D

PHY 335 Quantum Mechanics

Prerequisite: PHY 213 and PHY 235 or permission of Department.

Course Description: The course will review the Bohr theory of the hydrogen atom, introduce the Schroedinger equation and apply it to the atomic systems. The methods of quantum mechanics will be demonstrated in one dimensional potentials and hydrogen-like systems. The interpretation of the mathematical formalism in terms of physical observables will be emphasized. The time-dependent Schroedinger equation and the Heisenberg matrix methods will be introduced.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall - Odd years.

4 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 213 Minimum Grade of D and PHY 235 Minimum Grade of D

PHY 352 Thermal Physics

Prerequisite: PHY 215 or Permission of Department Chair.

Course Description: The course presents entropy in classical thermodynamic systems undergoing thermal, mechanical, and chemical interactions. Engines and refrigerators are reviewed. Boltzmann and quantum statistical distributions are introduced and applied to ideal gasses, electron energies in solids, and black body radiation.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring - Odd years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 215 Minimum Grade of D

PHY 363 Materials Science

Prerequisite: PHY 112 and PHY 215 or permission of the department Chairperson.

Course Description: A course in the physical and chemical science of modern materials - metals, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers, glasses, alloys, etc. Various bonding mechanisms and structures are studied as well as chemical, thermal, electrical and mechanical characteristics.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring - Odd years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 112 Minimum Grade of D and PHY 215 Minimum Grade of D

PHY 373 Device Physics

Course Description: This course offers a selection of advanced topics in quantum mechanics and its application to advanced materials. The quantum mechanics of electrons in electromagnetic fields, of molecules, and of radiation are introduced; followed by the quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and transport properties of semiconductors.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring - Even years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PHY 335 Min Grade D and PHY 363 Min Grade D

PHY 390 Physics Seminar I

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of Department Chair.

Course Description: Students will make presentations for group discussion on current advances and research in physics. Required of all physics majors in junior year. A full year course.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall.

1 credits