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## Undergraduate

### Physics

## PHY 1000 Undergraduate Physics Seminar I

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:1Schedule Type:SeminarProvides undergraduate physics majors with an introduction to the course load, faculty, resources, and expectations associated with the Wright State University undergraduate physics program.

## PHY 1010 Undergraduate Physics Seminar II

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:1Schedule Type:SeminarProvides undergraduate physics majors with an introduction to the course load, faculty, resources, and expectations associated with the Wright State University undergraduate physics program. Continuation of PHY 1000.

## PHY 1050 Physics of How Things Work

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureThe physics associated with everyday scientific and technological phenomena and devices, including those associated with the generation, detection, and application of sound, light, and energy.

## PHY 1050L Physics of How Things Work Laboratory

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:1Schedule Type:LabExperiments illustrating the physics of everyday scientific and technological phenomena and devices, including those associated with the generation, detection, and application of sound, light, and energy.

## PHY 1060 Astronomy

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureIntroduction to astronomy emphasizing the solar system and the universe of stars and galaxies. Topics include the earth-moon system, other planets and their satellites, space exploration, theories for the origin of the solar system stellar evolution, astrophysics, and cosmology.

## PHY 1060L Astronomy Laboratory

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:1Schedule Type:LabAstronomical observations and experiments.

## PHY 1110 Principles of Physics I

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:4Schedule Type:LectureFundamental physics of mechanics. Topics include laws of motion, work and energy, momentum, circular and rotational motion, gravity, fluids, mechanical waves and thermodynamics

## PHY 1110L Principles of Physics Lab I

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:1Schedule Type:LabIntroductory-level laboratory problems.

## PHY 1110R Principles of Physics I Recitation

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:0Schedule Type:RecitationRequired recitation for PHY 1110.

## PHY 1120 Principles of Physics II

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:4Schedule Type:LectureFundamentals of charge, electric field, magnetism, optics and modern physics. Topics include electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic waves, geometric and wave optics, optical instruments, relativity, quantum theory, and nuclear physics.

## PHY 1120L Principles of Physics Lab II

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:1Schedule Type:LabIntroductory-level laboratory problems.

## PHY 1120R Principles of Physics II Recitation

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:0Schedule Type:RecitationRequired recitation for PHY 1120.

## PHY 2400 General Physics I

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:4Schedule Type:LectureIntroductory survey of mechanics for science and engineering students. Uses of interpreting physical phenomena. Topics include vectors, kinematics, dynamics, energy, momentum, rotation, oscillation and thermodynamics.

## PHY 2400L General Physics I Laboratory

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:1Schedule Type:LabIntroductory physics laboratory problems in mechanics, oscillation and thermodynamics.

## PHY 2400R General Physics I Recitation

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:0Schedule Type:RecitationRequired recitation for PHY 2400.

## PHY 2410 General Physics II

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:4Schedule Type:LectureIntroductory survey of electricity and magnetism. Uses calculus in interpreting physical phenomena. Topics include electric field and potential, currents, DC circuits, magnetic fields, Faraday's law, and optics.

## PHY 2410L General Physics II Laboratory

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:1Schedule Type:LabIntroductory physics laboratory problems in electricity, magnetism, and optics.

## PHY 2410R General Physics II Recitation

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:0Schedule Type:RecitationRequired recitation for PHY 2410.

## PHY 2420 Introduction to Modern Physics

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LecturePhenomenology and theoretical concepts of modern physics. Special theory of relativity, quantum theory, atomic and molecular structure and spectra, x-rays and solid state physics, nuclear physics, and instrumentation for nuclear physics research.

## PHY 2450 Concepts in Physics for Early Childhood Education

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3.5Schedule Type:LectureLabFundamental concepts and applications of physics designed for early childhood education majors. Topics are integrated with mathematics and include laboratory experiences, demonstrations, and projects.

## PHY 2460 Concepts in Physics for Middle Childhood Education

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3.5Schedule Type:LectureLabFundamental concepts and applications of physics designed for middle childhood education majors. Topics are integrated with mathematics and include laboratory experiences, demonstrations, and projects.

## PHY 3150 Physics Instrumentation

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureLabAnalog and digital electronics with an emphasis on use in the laboratory. Topics include linear devices and analysis, op-amps, the use of digital components including logic gates, counters, microcontrollers, and ADC/DAC.

## PHY 3220 Applied Optics

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureLabPhysical optics, with some review of geometrical optics. Topics include optical instrumentation, interference of light, optical interferometry, diffraction, fiber optics, lasers and nonlinear optics.

## PHY 3460 Concepts and Applications in Physics II

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:4Schedule Type:LectureLabBasic concepts and applications in physics including electricity, magnetism, optics, waves, simple machines. Inquiry learning environment emphasizing science process and mathematical reasoning, problem-solving, technology and societal connections.

## PHY 3500 Advanced Physics Laboratory I

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:2Schedule Type:LabStatistical analysis of experimental data. Emphasizes experimental design, data analysis, and presentation in report form. Experiments are taken from several major areas of physics, such as optics, spectroscopy, solid state physics, acoustics, nuclear physics and electronics.

## PHY 3510 Advanced Physics Laboratory II

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:2Schedule Type:LabStatistical analysis of experimental data. Emphasizes experimental design,data analysis, and presentation in report form. Experiments are taken from several major areas of physics, such as optics, spectroscopy, solid state physics, acoustics, nuclear physics and electronics.

## PHY 3710 Analytical Mechanics

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureProblems in the dynamics of motion in one, two and three Dimensions. Mathematical and computational approaches are applied to systems with non-constant forces, central forces, and oscillations.

## PHY 4270 Physics of Remote Sensing

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LecturePurpose and motivation for remote sensing, spectral temporal, spatial, and radiometric characteristics and resolution issues, propagation of electromagnetic energy, optics, atmospheric effects, image collection and quality, sensor performance measures, platforms and orbits

## PHY 4320 Lasers

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureIntroduction to the physics of lasers including emission and absorption processes in lasing, the factors controlling laser gain, the properties of optical resonators, and a survey of salient features for principal types of lasers.

## PHY 4400 Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureLabIntroduction to nanoscience and technology. Topics include introduction to quantum mechanics, fabrication, characterization, materials, electronic properties, optical properties, magnetic properties, devices, MEMS and NEMS.

## PHY 4450 Teaching Physical Science

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureLabPedagogical content knowledge and skills necessary to teach physical science. Includes an analysis of the high school physics curriculum and detailed development of teaching strategies for most physical science topics.

## PHY 4460 Multiple Representations in Physical Science

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureLabAcquaints physics teachers with the multiple representation method used in constructing concepts and problem solving in physical science.

## PHY 4470 Development of Ideas in Physical Science

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureLabAcquaints physics and chemistry teachers with the construction of knowledge in physical science and its implications to science instruction.

## PHY 4500 Electricity and Magnetism I

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureFundamental laws of electricity and magnetism from viewpoint of fields. Review of vector analysis; electrostatics; special techniques in electrostatics; magnetostatics; and material properties.

## PHY 4510 Electricity and Magnetism II

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureFundamental laws of electricity and magnetism from viewpoint of fields. Electromagentic waves; time-dependent potentials and fields; radiation; resonant cavities; waveguides and transmission lines.

## PHY 4560 Integrating Phy Sci & Math II

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:4Schedule Type:LectureLabIntegration of physics and mathematics, fulfilling science and math standards, physics education issues, inquiry teaching practices, and assessment. Applications of these to electricity, magnetism, waves, and optics.

## PHY 4600 Intrduction to Quantum Mechanics I

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureMathematical structure of quantum mechanics. Applications to selected one- and three-dimensional problems with emphasis on atomic structure.

## PHY 4610 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureIntroduction to the theoretical foundations of quantum theory. The Schrodinger and Heisenberg formulations of the harmonic oscillator, the hydrogen atom, the theory of quantized angular momentum, and scattering.

## PHY 4620 Nuclear and Particle Physics

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureNuclear properties and models, radioactive decay, nuclear applications, elementary particle properties and interactions, the standard model.

## PHY 4630 Introduction to Solid State Physics

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureLabSelected properties of solids and their quantitative explanation in terms of simple physical models. Applications of quantum mechanics to solids.

## PHY 4700 Selected Topics in Physics

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:1 to 3Schedule Type:Independent StudySelected topics in physics.

## PHY 4730 Mathematical Physics

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureSurvey of mathematical physics, including vector analysis, analytical mechanics, electromagnetism, and thermodynamics.

## PHY 4800 Classical Mechanics

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureIntroduction to classical theoretical physics. Emphasis on mechanics and mathematical techniques.

## PHY 4810 Electromagnetic Theory I

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:4Schedule Type:LectureEmphasis on electromagnetic field theory and mathematical techniques.

## PHY 4830 Statistical Mechanics

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureIntroduction to microscopic and macroscopic physical systems developed from concepts of statistical physics. Applications to classical and quantum systems. Theories of phase transitions, critical phenomena and fluctuations.

## PHY 4940 Senior Project

Level:UndergraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:Independent StudySelected problems in experimental and theoretical physics with critical analysis of results. Integrated Writing course.

## Graduate

### Physics

## PHY 5150 Physics Instrumentation Lab

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureLabFamiliarity with the fundamentals of analog electronics as applied to scientific instrumentation. Ability to converse with electronic technicians professionally. Ability to build prototype circuits and test their operation.

## PHY 5220 Optics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureStudy of optics using geometric and physical optics. Theory and applications of interferometry and light detection devices. Study of optical instruments. Brief introduction to lasers and holography.

## PHY 5500 Advanced Physics Laboratory - I

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:2Schedule Type:LabLaboratory projects designed to introduce the participant to modern physics laboratory techniques by doing standard measurements or reproducing historic experiments.

## PHY 5510 Advanced Physics Laboratory - II

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:2Schedule Type:LabLaboratory projects designed to introduce the participant to modern physics laboratory techniques by doing standard measurements or reproducing historic experiments.

## PHY 5710 Mechanics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureIntermediate problems in statics, kinematics, and dynamics; the study of equilibrium of forces, rectilinear motion, curvilinear motion, central forces, constrained motion, energy and moments of inertia; and the Lagrange method.

## PHY 5990 Spec Problem in Physics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:1 to 3Schedule Type:Independent StudySpecial topics, problems or research designed for specific needs, talents, or interest of the student.

## PHY 6000 Physics of Semiconductor Materials and Device

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureStudy of crystal structure; electronic band structure; charge carriers in semiconductors; generation, recombination, and motion of charge carriers; electrical and optical properties.

## PHY 6100 Physics Laboratory Techniques

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:2Schedule Type:LabProficiency with general laboratory and measurement techniques, knowledge of physical sensors and data reduction techniques. Application to simple physical systems.

## PHY 6270 Physics of Remote Sensing

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LecturePurpose and motivation for remote sensing; spectral temporal, spatial, and radiometric characteristics and resolution issues; propagation of electromagnetic energy; optics; atmospheric effects; image collection and quality; sensor performance measures; platforms and orbits.

## PHY 6320 Lasers

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureLabIntroduction to the physics of lasers including emission and absorption processes in lasing, the factors controlling laser gain, the properties of optical resonators, and a survey of salient features for principal types of lasers.

## PHY 6400 Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureLabIntroduction to nanoengineering, nanoscience and nanotechnology. Topics include introduction to quantum mechanics, fabrication, characterization, materials, electronic properties, optical properties, magnetic properties, devices, MEMS, NEMS.

## PHY 6430 Analysis and Prediction of Complex Natural and Human Systems

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:4Schedule Type:LectureExplores quantitative analysis and probabilistic forecasting of the behavior of complex nonlinear natural and human systems. Methods of analysis included fractals to quantify spatial, size, and temporal scaling and chaos to study sensitivity to initial conditions and feedback.

## PHY 6450 Integrating Phy Sci & Math I

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:4Schedule Type:LectureLabIntegration of physics and mathematics, fulfilling science and math standards, physics education issues, inquiry teaching practices, and assessment. Application of these to science and math process skills, measurement, and properties of matter, kinematics, forces and energy transfers.

## PHY 6460 Integrating Phy Sci & Math II

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:4Schedule Type:LectureLabIntegration of physics and mathematics, fulfilling science and math standards, physics education issues, inquiry teaching practices, and assessment. Applications of these to electricity, magnetism, waves, and optics.

## PHY 6500 Electricity and Magnetism

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureFundamental laws of electricity and magnetism presented from the viewpoint of field theory. Maxwell's equations, transient and steady state currents, electric and magnetic properties of matter, and electromagnetic radiation.

## PHY 6510 Electricity and Magnetism

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureFundamental laws of electricity and magnetism presented from the viewpoint of field theory. Maxwell's equations, transient and steady state currents, electric and magnetic properties of matter, and electromagnetic radiation.

## PHY 6600 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureIntroduction to the ideas and methods of the quantum mechanics. Applications to selected one- and three-dimensional problems with emphasis on atomic structure. Analysis of quantum mechanical spin and angular momentum.

## PHY 6610 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureIntroduction to the ideas and methods of the quantum mechanics. Applications to selected one- and three-dimensional problems with emphasis on atomic structure. Analysis of quantum mechanical spin and angular momentum. Continuation of PHY6600

## PHY 6620 Nuclear and Particle Physics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureNuclear radiation, nuclear properties, nuclear transformations, and elementary particles and interactions. Relativistic energy relationships.

## PHY 6630 Intro to Solid State Physics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureSelected properties of solids and their quantitative explanation in terms of simple physical models. Applications of quantum mechanics to solids. 3 hours lecture,

## PHY 6730 Mathematical Physics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureSurvey of mathematical physics including vector analysis, tensor analysis, calculus of several variables, ordinary and partial differential equations, integral equations, theory of distributions.

## PHY 6800 Classical Mechanics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureClassical theoretical mechanics with emphasis on the mathematical basis of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian systems, and rotational dynamics.

## PHY 6810 Electromagnetic Theory - I

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:4Schedule Type:LectureElectromagnetic field theory emphasizing static and time dependent fields, field sources, and boundary value problems using advanced mathematical techniques.

## PHY 6820 Electromagnetic Theory II

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:4Schedule Type:LectureUnderstanding of formal Electromagnetic Theory including application of multipole treatments in Electro- and Magneto-statics, applications of relativity, and application of Maxwell's equations to particular physical systems.

## PHY 6830 Statistical Mechanics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureIntroduction to microscopic and macroscopic physical systems developed from concepts of statistical physics. Application to classical and quantum systems will be presented as well as theories of phase transitions, critical phenomena and fluctuations.

## PHY 6990 Special Topics in Physical Science For Teachers

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:1 to 3Schedule Type:LectureLabPhysical science topics for teachers. Topics vary by year. Applicable to grades 3-12 teachers or to the MST capstone experience according to section.

## PHY 7000 Principles of Instruction-Phys Lab.

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:2Schedule Type:LectureLabSurvey of available instructional materials and discussion of educational theory and techniques leading to more effective instruction in the physics laboratory. For physics majors only or departmental approval required.

## PHY 7040 Topics in the Philosophy of Physics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:SeminarThe various overarching ideas in physics that give unity to the subject. Historical bases of these ideas are included.

## PHY 7100 Quantum Mechanics I

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LecturePrinciples of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, Schroedinger's equation and matrix mechanics. Facility with applications to atomic, molecular, nuclear, solid state, spin, and biological systems.

## PHY 7110 Quantum Mechanics II

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureContinuation of PHY7100. Principles of non-relativistic quantum mechanics, Schroedinger's equation and matrix mechanics. Facility with applications to atomic, molecular, nuclear, solid state, spin, and biological systems.

## PHY 7120 Relativistic Quantum Mechancis

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureRelativistic treatment of fields, quantum theory of radiation, relativistic treatment of spin, the Dirac equation and its solution, scattering of relativistic particles.

## PHY 7200 Many-Body Physics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureConsideration of many body theory in Physics including phase space evolution, Liouvilles's theorem, ensembles, the Boltzman equation, the H theorem, and approach to equilibrium, fluctuation phenomena. Non-equilibrium problems

## PHY 7210 Complexity in Environmental Systems

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:4Schedule Type:LectureMathematical methods for quantitative analysis and modeling of complex, nonlinear environmental systems. Applications of scaling in space and time, feedback, and self-organization in environmental systems including: ecology, hydrology, global climate change, and geodynamical systems.

## PHY 7280 Topics in General Relativity

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:SeminarPrinciples of the general theory of relativity with applications to gravitation and cosmology. Review of special relativity and tensor analysis. The equivalence principle, curvature, and Einstein's field equations. Introduction to differential geometry.

## PHY 7300 Topics in Solid State Physics - Structure

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:SeminarTopics from the physics of the solid state related to structure as chosen by the instructor.

## PHY 7310 Topics in Solid State Physics - Electromagnetics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:SeminarTopics in solid state physics related to electromagnetic properties.

## PHY 7400 Topics in Nuclear Methods in Physics Research

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:SeminarTopics in the application of nuclear structure, nuclear processes, and energy loss processes to physical measurement and research. Radiation damage. Particle scattering. Gamma, alpha and beta spectroscopy. Energy loss spectroscopies

## PHY 7510 Topics in Atomic Spectra & Structure

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:SeminarModern theory of the atom and quantum mechanical treatment of the origin of atomic and X-ray spectra.

## PHY 7520 Topics in Molecular Spectra & Structure

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:SeminarTheory of molecular spectra and structure with examination of experimental data as related to molecular spectra. Applications to the detection and analysis of molecules.

## PHY 7530 Topics in Ultrafast Optics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:SeminarThe science and application of ultrafast optics. The theory of the generation, propagation, and application of ultrafast laser pulses. Nonlinear optics as related to ultrafast optics.

## PHY 7540 Topics in Geophysics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:SeminarThe physics of the earths crust, and atmosphere. Applications of physical principles to such processes as fluid flow in the crust, friction with in the crust, measurements of crust structure, fluid flow in the atmosphere, interaction of the atmosphere with radiation, and weather.

## PHY 7550 Topics in Terahertz Physics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:SeminarThe interaction of high frequency electromagnetic radiation with materials with emphasis on the Terahertz region of the spectrum. Ability to apply these interactions to the function and design of high frequency electronic devices and/or to molecular systems.

## PHY 7700 Selected Topics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:Independent StudyThis course explores a topic for which no other course exists. Topics vary. Only 6 credit hours may be applied to those required for the MS degree.

## PHY 7800 Topics in Plasma Physics

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:SeminarIntroduction to plasma physics. Motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields. Magneto-ionic theory, continuum equations, the Vlasov equation, the Boltzmann equation, and the BBGKY equations.

## PHY 7890 Continuing Registration

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:1Schedule Type:Independent StudyContinuing Registration

## PHY 7990 Minor problems

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:1 to 3Schedule Type:Independent StudyStudents pursue a narrow topic on a tutorial basis or be trained in a specific laboratory or computational technique. Cannot be used for thesis credit. A maximum of 6 credits may be counted toward the MS degree.

## PHY 8000 Seminar

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:1Schedule Type:SeminarScheduled discussions of current problems in physics. Centered around guest lecturer and student presentations.

## PHY 8250 Fundamentals of Biological Computation & Modeling

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3Schedule Type:LectureLabThis course will treat fundamental programming approaches, data structures and mathematical/statistical principles used in designing, computational biology tools and algorithms. Students will learn theoretical principles and gain practical experience.

## PHY 8990 Research

Level:GraduateCredit Hours:3 to 6Schedule Type:Independent StudyProvides students opportunities for directed study or laboratory work in a specialized field of interest. Intended for thesis preparation. May be repeated.