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    PHYSICS (PHYS)

    PHYS 1031C, PHYS 1032C Introductory Physics (4 credits)
    Two-semester, algebra-based course, taken by students who intend to major in biology, chemistry, and the health professions. Topics covered: kinematics and dynamics of the particle and rigid bodies, conservation laws, momentum, energy and angular momentum, oscillations, waves, fluids, thermodynamics, optics, electromagnetism, modern physics. Laboratory experiments are designed to help students master the principles covered in lecture. Lecture: 3 hours; recitation: 1 hour; lab: 2 hours. Laboratory fee.

    PHYS 1041C, 1042C General Physics (5 credits)
    Two-semester, calculus-based course for Physics and Pre-Engineering majors. Topics covered: kinematics and dynamics of the particle and rigid bodies, conservation laws, momentum, energy and angular momentum, oscillations, waves, fluids, thermodynamics, optics, electromagnetism, modern physics. Laboratory experiments are designed to help students master the principles covered in lecture. Lecture: 4 hours; recitation: 1 hour; lab: 2 hours. Laboratory fee. Prerequisite for PHYS 1041C: MATH 1412 or more advanced or instructors permission. Prerequisite or co-requisite for PHYS 1042C: MATH 1413.

    PHYS 1120 Introduction to Modern Physics (3 credits)
    Elementary aspects of special and general relativity; introduction to quantum mechanics; atomic, nuclear, and particle physics; radioactivity; astrophysics and cosmology. Prerequisites: PHYS 1042C.

    PHYS 1140 Mathematical Physics (3 credits)
    One-semester course covering the mathematical foundations of modern physics. Topics: functions of complex variables, multiple integrals, Fourier series, special functions, integral transforms (Laplace and Fourier), Green functions, distributions. Examples, problems and applications from different fields of physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 1042C.

    PHYS 1221 Classical Mechanics I (3 credits)
    Newtonian mechanics; oscillations: simple, damped and driven; resonance; elements of nonlinearity; non-inertial frames of reference; motion relative to the Earth; conservative forces and potential energy; central forces; planetary motion.
    Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 1041C.

    PHYS 1222 Classical Mechanics II (3 credits)
    Lagrangian mechanics. Constraints. Variational calculus and Hamilton's equations. Rotations of rigid bodies in two and three dimensions. Eulers equations. Tensor analysis. Small coupled oscillations and normal coordinates. Fluid mechanics. Viscosity. Prerequisite PHYS1221.

    PHYS 1321 Electromagnetic Theory I (3 credits)
    Vector calculus, Maxwells equations in integral and differential form; electrostatics, Poisson's equation; magneto-statics; time-varying fields. Prerequisites: PHYS 1042C, MATH 1510.

    PHYS 1322 Electromagnetic Theory II (3 credits)
    Polarizability tensor, electrodynamics in matter. Electromagnetic radiation by accelerating charges; Lienard-Wiechert potentials, multipole radiation, bremsstrahlung, synchrotron radiation, applications to materials science. Antennas. Electromagnetic wave propagation in matter. Electromagnetic basis of physical optics. Fresnel equations, Kirchoff diffraction theory. Wave-guides and cavity resonators. Prerequisite: PHYS 1321.

    PHYS 1340 Computational Methods in Science and Research (3 credits)
    Use of computers to solve real problems in biology, physical sciences and economics. Numerical methods and data analysis, and how to visualize results with plots and movies. Prerequisites: MATH 1412, 1413, PHYS 1031C, PHYS 1032C.
    Recommended: PHYS 1041C and PHYS 1042C.

    PHYS 1401 Introduction to Solid State Physics (3 credits)
    A survey of the properties of condensed matter. Classification of crystalline lattices. Elements of crystallography. Cohesive forces in solids. Vibrations of crystals. Quantization. Debye and Einstein theories of phonons and thermal conductivity. Free electron theory of metals. Bloch functions and band theory. The Fermi surface. Semiconductors. Survey of advanced topics: excitations in lattices (plasmons and polarons), superconductivity, magnetic materials and models, theory of crystalline defects and alloys. Prerequisites: PHYS 1120, PHYS 1621.

    PHYS 1510 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (3 credits)
    The laws of thermodynamics. Entropy. Equations of state. Phase transitions. Thermodynamic potentials. The Third Law. Distribution functions. Theory of ensembles. Statistical formulation of temperature. Quantum and classical ideal gasses. Electronic conductance. Bose-Einstein statistics. Planck's Law. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 1510.

    PHYS 1621 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)
    Wave--particle duality. Uncertainty principle. Formalism: Hilbert Space, Observables, Hermitian Operators. Solutions to Schrodinger's Equation in One Dimension: Transmission and Reflection at a Barrier; Tunneling; Potential Wells; Harmonic Oscillator; Free Particle. Schrodinger's Equation
    in Three Dimensions: Hydrogen Atom. Angular Momentum and Spin. Perturbation Theory. Introduction to Quantum Information. Prerequisites: PHYS 1221, MATH 2105.

    PHYS 1810 Intermediate Experimental Physics (3 credits)
    Nonlinear oscillations, diffraction of waves, interferometry, measurement of electron charge/mass ratio, RC filters, propagation of electromagnetic waves. Lecture: 1 hour; lab: 3 hours. Prerequisite: PHYS 1042C.

    PHYS 1830 Advanced Experimental Physics (2 credits)
    A selection of independent projects designed to prepare students for contemporary research in physics. Recent examples: synthesis and characterization of nano particles, time-resolved studies of nucleation and growth of nano particles, metal-insulator transition in vanadium oxides. Experiments are performed at Yeshiva University and collaborating institutions (e.g., New Jersey Institute of Technology, Stony Brook University, Brookhaven National Laboratory). Four hours of lab or arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: PHYS 1810.

    PHYS 4901, PHYS 4902 Independent Study
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    PHYS 4931, 4932 Topics in Physics (2-3 credits)

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