Upper-Division

PHYS 102 Modern Physics

Topics in quantum physics including the Schrodinger equation; angular momentum and spin; the Pauli exclusion principle; and quantum statistics. Applications in multi-electron atoms and molecules, and in solid-state, nuclear, and particle physics.

Credits

5

Instructor

D. Belanger

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A, PHYS 5L, PHYS 5B, PHYS 5M, PHYS 5C, PHYS 5N and PHYS 5D; or PHYS 6A, PHYS 6L, PHYS 6B, PHYS 6M, PHYS 6C, PHYS 6N, and PHYS 5D; or equivalent.

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter

PHYS 105 Mechanics

Particle dynamics in one, two, and three dimensions. Conservation laws. Small oscillations, Fourier series and Fourier integral solutions. Phase diagrams and nonlinear motions, Lagrange's equations, and Hamiltonian dynamics.

Credits

5

Instructor

A. Aguirre

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L and PHYS 116A and PHYS 116B; concurrent enrollment in PHYS 116C is required.

Quarter offered

Fall, Spring

PHYS 110A Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics

Examines electrostatics, including the electric field, potential, solutions to Laplace's and Poisson's equations, and work and energy; electricity in matter (conductors, dielectrics); magnetostatics, including the magnetic field and vector potential, Ampere's and Faraday's laws; and magnetism in matter; Maxwell's equations; and conservation laws and gauge invariance.

Credits

5

Instructor

M. Hance

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5C and PHYS 116A PHYS 116B and PHYS 116C.

Quarter offered

Winter

PHYS 110B Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics

Examines electromagnetic waves, including absorption and dispersion, reflection and transmission, and wave guides; time-dependent vector and scalar potentials and application to radiation of charges and antennae; and electrodynamics and relativity.

Credits

5

Instructor

David Lederman

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 110A and PHYS 116C.

Quarter offered

Spring

PHYS 112 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Consequences of the first and second laws of thermodynamics, elementary statistical mechanics, thermodynamics of irreversible processes.

Credits

5

Instructor

David Lederman

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5D; and PHYS 116B or STAT 5 or STAT 131; and MATH 23A and MATH 23B. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 101B or PHYS 102; and PHYS 116A is required.

Quarter offered

Winter

PHYS 115 Computational Physics

This course will apply efficient numerical methods to the solutions of problems in the physical sciences which are otherwise intractable. Examples will be drawn from classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and electrodynamics. Students will apply a high-level programming language, such as Mathematica, to the solution of physical problems and develop appropriate error and stability estimates.

Credits

5

Instructor

Steven Ritz

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 101B or PHYS 102, and PHYS 105, PHYS 116A, PHYS 116B, and PHYS 116C, or equivalent. Basic programming experience in C or Fortran. No previous experience with Mathematica is required.

Quarter offered

Spring

PHYS 116A Mathematical Methods in Physics

Infinite series, topics in linear algebra including vector spaces, matrices and determinants, systems of linear equations, eigenvalue problems and matrix diagonalization, tensor algebra, and ordinary differential equations.

Credits

5

Instructor

Howard Haber

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): MATH 23A.

Quarter offered

Fall

PHYS 116B Mathematical Methods in Physics

Complex functions, complex analysis, asymptotic series and expansions, special functions defined by integrals, calculus of variations, and probability, and statistics.

Credits

5

Instructor

S. Syzranov

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 116A and MATH 23A and MATH 23B.

Quarter offered

Winter

PHYS 116C Mathematical Methods in Physics

Fourier series and transforms, Dirac-delta function, Green's functions, series solutions of ordinary equations, Legendre polynomials, Bessel functions, sets of orthogonal functions, and partial differential equations.

Credits

5

Instructor

Stefano Profumo

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 116A and PHYS 116B and MATH 23A and MATH 23B.

Quarter offered

Fall, Spring

PHYS 120 Polymer Physics

Statistical properties polymers; scaling behavior, fractal dimensions; random walks, self avoidance; single chains and concentrated solutions; dynamics and topological effects in melts; polymer networks; sol-gel transitions; polymer blends; application to biological systems; computer simulations will demonstrate much of the above. Students cannot receive credit for this course and course 240.

Credits

5

Instructor

Joshua Deutsch

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 112 and PHYS 116B.

PHYS 129 Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics

The standard model of particle physics; general relativistic cosmology; the early universe and Big Bang nucleosynthesis; dark matter and structure formation; formation of heavy elements in stars and supernovae; neutrino oscillations; high-energy astrophysics: cosmic rays and gamma-ray astronomy. (Formerly Nuclear and Particle Physics.)

Credits

5

Instructor

S. Gori

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5D; and PHYS 101B or PHYS 102, and MATH 23B; students with equivalent coursework may contact instructor for permission to enroll.

Quarter offered

Winter

PHYS 133 Intermediate Laboratory

Demonstration of phenomena of classical and modern physics. Development of a familiarity with experimental methods. Special experimental projects may be undertaken by students in this laboratory.

Credits

5

Instructor

A. Yan

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5C and PHYS 5D and one from CSE 5J, or CSE 14, or CSE 20, or ASTR 119, or by permission of the instructor. Enrollment is restricted to physics, applied physics, and astrophysics majors and physics minors.

PHYS 134 Physics Advanced Laboratory

Individual experimental investigations of basic phenomena in atomic, nuclear, and solid state physics.

Credits

5

Instructor

S. Sher

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 133; and PHYS 101B or PHYS 102.

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Winter, Spring

PHYS 135 Astrophysics Advanced Laboratory

Introduction to the techniques of modern observational astrophysics at optical and radio wavelengths through hands-on experiments. Offered in some academic years as a multiple-term course: 135A in fall and 135B in winter, depending on astronomical conditions.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

ASTR 135

Instructor

T. Jeltema

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 133 and at least one astronomy course. Enrollment is restricted to physics (astrophysics) majors. Intended primarily for juniors and seniors majoring or minoring in astrophysics.

Quarter offered

Spring

PHYS 135A Astrophysics Advanced Laboratory

Introduction to techniques of modern observational astrophysics at optical and radio wavelengths through hands-on experiments. Intended primarily for juniors and seniors majoring or minoring in astrophysics. Offered in some academic years as single-term course 135 in fall, depending on astronomical conditions.

Credits

3

Cross Listed Courses

ASTR 135A

Instructor

George Brown

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 133 and at least one astronomy course. Enrollment is restricted to physics (astrophysics) majors.

Quarter offered

Fall

PHYS 135B Astrophysics Advanced Laboratory

Introduction to techniques of modern observational astrophysics at optical and radio wavelengths through hands-on experiments. Intended primarily for juniors and seniors majoring or minoring in astrophysics. Offered in some academic years as single-term course 135 in fall, depending on astronomical conditions.

Credits

2

Cross Listed Courses

ASTR 135B

Instructor

George Brown

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 135A. Enrollment is restricted to physics (astrophysics) majors.

Quarter offered

Winter

PHYS 139A Quantum Mechanics I

Basic principles and mathematical techniques of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics: Schrodinger equation and Dirac notation; one-dimensional systems, including the free particle and harmonic oscillator; three-dimensional problems with spherical symmetry; angular momentum; hydrogen atom; spin; identical particles and degenerate gases. (Formerly Quantum Mechanics.)

Credits

5

Instructor

M. Dine

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 101B or PHYS 102; and PHYS 116A, PHYS 116B, and PHYS 116C.

Quarter offered

Spring

PHYS 139B Quantum Mechanics II

Approximation methods in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics: time-independent perturbation theory (non-degenerate and degenerate) and addition of angular momenta; variational methods; the WKB approximation; time-dependent perturbation theory and radiation theory; scattering theory. (Formerly Quantum Mechanics.)

Credits

5

Instructor

W. Altmannshofer

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 101B or PHYS 102; and PHYS 139A, PHYS 116A, PHYS 116B, and PHYS 116C.

Quarter offered

Fall

PHYS 143 Supervised Teaching

Supervised tutoring in selected introductory courses. Students should have completed course 101A and 101B as preparation. Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

2

PHYS 150 Quantum Computing

Basic concepts in quantum mechanics including quantum states, measurements, operators, entanglement, entanglement entropy, "no cloning" theorem, and density matrices. Classical gates, reversible computing, quantum gates. Several quantum algorithms including Deutsch's algorithm, Simon's algorithm Shor's algorithm and the Grover algorithm. Quantum error correction. Adiabatic quantum computing.

Credits

5

Requirements

PHYS 5A; and PHYS 116A or MATH 21 or AM 10.

Quarter offered

Fall

PHYS 155 Solid State Physics

Interatomic forces and crystal structure, diffraction, lattice vibrations, free electron model, energy bands, semiconductor theory and devices, optical properties, magnetism, magnetic resonance, superconductivity.

Credits

5

Instructor

Velasco

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 112 and PHYS 139A; students with equivalent coursework may contact instructor for permission to enroll.

Quarter offered

Spring

PHYS 156 Applications of Solid State Physics

Emphasizes the application of condensed matter physics to a variety of situations. Examples chosen from subfields such as semiconductor physics, lasers, superconductivity, low temperature physics, magnetism, and defects in crystals.

Credits

5

Instructor

Jairo Velasco Jr.

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 101B or PHYS 102.

Quarter offered

Winter

PHYS 160 Practical Electronics

Provides a practical knowledge of electronics that experimentalists generally need in research. The course assumes no previous knowledge of electronics and progresses according to the interest and ability of the class. Based on weekly lectures. However, with the aid of the instructor, the students are expected to learn mainly through the design, construction, and debugging of electronics projects. Students are billed a materials fee.

Credits

5

Instructor

J. Nielsen

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5C and PHYS 5N or PHYS 6C and PHYS 6N.

Quarter offered

Spring

PHYS 171 General Relativity, Black Holes, and Cosmology

Special relativity is reviewed. Curved space-time, including the metric and geodesics, are illustrated with simple examples. The Einstein equations are solved for cases of high symmetry. Black-hole physics and cosmology are discussed, including recent developments.

Credits

5

Cross Listed Courses

ASTR 171

Instructor

W. Atwood

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 105, PHYS 110A, PHYS 110B, PHYS 116A, and PHYS 116B.

Quarter offered

Winter

PHYS 180 Biophysics

Physical principles and techniques used in biology: X-ray diffraction; nuclear magnetic resonance; statistics, kinetics, and thermodynamics of macromolecules; viscosity and diffusion; DNA/RNA pairing; electrophoresis; physics of enzymes; biological energy conversion; optical tweezers.

Credits

5

Instructor

Joshua Deutsch

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 112; students who have a biochemistry background may contact instructor for permission. Restricted to juniors and seniors.

General Education Code

PR-E

Quarter offered

Spring

PHYS 182 Scientific Communication for Physicists

Explores the communication of physics to a wide range of audiences, including writing articles from the popular to the peer-reviewed level; critically analyzing the communication of scientific discoveries in the media; structuring the physics senior thesis; writing grant applications; assembling a personal statement for job and graduate school application; and assembling and critiquing oral presentations.

Credits

5

Instructor

S. Sher

Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 133 and satisfaction of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to junior and senior majors in physics, astrophysics, applied physics, or physics education.

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

PHYS 191 Teaching Practicum

Designed to provide upper-division undergraduates with an opportunity to work with students in lower division courses, leading discussions, reading and marking submissions, and assisting in the planning and teaching of a course. Prerequisite(s): excellent performance in major courses; instructor approval required; enrollment restricted to senior physics majors.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

PHYS 192 Directed Student Teaching

Teaching of a lower-division seminar under faculty supervision. (See course 42.) Prerequisite(s): upper-division standing; submission of a proposal supported by a faculty member willing to supervise.

Credits

5

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

PHYS 199 Tutorial

Students submit petition to sponsoring agency.

Credits

5

Repeatable for credit

Yes

Quarter offered

Fall, Winter, Spring

PHYS 199F Tutorial

Tutorial

Credits

2

Repeatable for credit

Yes