# PHYS - Physics

## PHYS 1A Physics for Everyone

### Credits

#### Instructor

Steven Ritz

#### General Education Code

SI

#### Quarter offered

Fall

## PHYS 1B Physics for Everyone

### Credits

#### Instructor

Steven Ritz

#### General Education Code

SR

#### Quarter offered

Spring

## PHYS 2 The Physicist's Toolbox

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#### Instructor

David Smith

#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to first-year and second-year students.

#### Quarter offered

Fall

## PHYS 5A Introduction to Physics I

### Credits

#### Instructor

Barun Dhar, Robert Johnson

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): MATH 19A or MATH 20A. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 5L, and either MATH 19B or MATH 20B, is required.

#### General Education Code

MF

## PHYS 5B Introduction to Physics II

### Credits

#### Instructor

Barun Dhar

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A and MATH 19B or MATH 20B; concurrent enrollment in PHYS 5M is required.

#### General Education Code

SI

## PHYS 5C Introduction to Physics III

### Credits

#### Instructor

Barun Dhar, Sergey Syzranov

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A and MATH 19B or MATH 20B. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 5N is required.

#### General Education Code

SI

## PHYS 5D Introduction to Physics IV

### Credits

#### Instructor

Stefano Profumo

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L, or PHYS 6A and PHYS 6L; and PHYS 5B or PHYS 6B; and MATH 19B or MATH 20B.

## PHYS 5L Introduction to Physics I Laboratory

Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in PHYS 5A. One three-hour laboratory session per week.

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#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): concurrent enrollment in PHYS 5A is required.

## PHYS 5M Introduction to Physics II Laboratory

Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in PHYS 5B. One three-hour laboratory session per week.

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## PHYS 5N Introduction to Physics Laboratory III

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## PHYS 6A Introductory Physics I

### Credits

#### Instructor

The Staff , David Lederman, Aiming Yan, Art

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): MATH 11A or MATH 19A or MATH 20A or AM 15A. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 6L is required.

#### General Education Code

MF

## PHYS 6B Introductory Physics II

### Credits

#### Instructor

Barun Dhar, The Staff

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L or PHYS 6A and PHYS 6L; and MATH 11B or MATH 19B or MATH 20B or AM 15B.

#### General Education Code

SI

## PHYS 6C Introductory Physics III

### Credits

#### Instructor

The Staff

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L or PHYS 6A and PHYS 6L, and MATH 11B or MATH 19B or MATH 20B or AM 15B.

#### General Education Code

SI

## PHYS 6L Introductory Physics I Laboratory

Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in PHYS 6A. One two-hour laboratory session per week.

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## PHYS 6M Introductory Physics II Laboratory

Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in PHYS 6B. One two-hour laboratory session per week.

### Credits

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A, PHYS 6A, or PHYS 7A; and PHYS 5L, PHYS 6L or PHYS 7L; and previous or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 6B.

## PHYS 6N Introductory Physics III Laboratory

Laboratory sequence illustrating topics covered in PHYS 6C. One two-hour laboratory session per week.

### Credits

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 6A and PHYS 6L or PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L; previous or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 6C; PHYS 6B and PHYS 6M are recommended.

## PHYS 7A Elementary Physics I

### Credits

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): MATH 11A or MATH 19A or MATH 20A or AM 15A. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 6L or PHYS 7L is required.

#### General Education Code

MF

## PHYS 7B Elementary Physics II

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#### General Education Code

SI

## PHYS 7L Elementary Physics Laboratory

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#### Instructor

George Brown

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 7A is required.

## PHYS 11 The Physicist in Industry

### Credits

#### Instructor

The Staff

## PHYS 15A Honors Introduction to Physics I

Covers similar material to PHYS 5A (Mechanics, vectors, Newton’s laws, inverse square force laws, work and energy, conservation of momentum and energy, oscillations, and rotational motion), but in greater depth and with more sophisticated techniques. These include kinematics in polar coordinates, and associated descriptions of motion in rotating coordinate systems; information encoded in potential energy functions; the use and importance of symmetry; handling of complications due to real-world effects; and connections between position and momentum in simple harmonic oscillators. Students are expected to be fluent with precalculus and to be familiar with integration, and are encouraged to contact the instructor if they are uncertain about their preparation.

### Credits

#### Instructor

Steven Ritz

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): MATH 19A or MATH 20A. Concurrent enrollment in MATH 19B or MATH 20B, and PHYS 5L is required.

#### General Education Code

MF

#### Quarter offered

Fall

## PHYS 15C Honors Introduction to Physics - III

Covers similar material to PHYS 5C (electricity and magnetism, electromagnetism and Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic radiation), but in greater depth and with more sophisticated techniques. These include the development and frequent use of Maxwell’s equations in both integral and differential form, the use of electric and magnetic potentials, gauge invariance and connection to modern electrodynamics, generalized impedance in ac circuits, and how accelerating charges produce electromagnetic radiation. Students who are uncertain about their preparation are encouraged to contact the instructor.

### Credits

#### Instructor

Steven Ritz

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A or PHYS 15A, and MATH 19B or MATH 20B. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 5N is required.

#### General Education Code

SI

#### Quarter offered

Winter

## PHYS 80A Elementary Physics of Energy

### Credits

#### General Education Code

PE-E

## PHYS 80U Physics and Psychophysics of Music

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#### Cross Listed Courses

MUSC 80U

#### Instructor

C Martin Gaskell

#### General Education Code

MF

## PHYS 99 Tutorial

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## PHYS 102 Modern Physics

### Credits

#### Instructor

Stefania Gori, Barun Dhar

#### 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.

## PHYS 105 Mechanics

### Credits

#### Instructor

The Staff

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5A and PHYS 5L; and PHYS 116A or MATH 21 plus MATH 24 or AM 10 plus AM 20; and ASTR 119 or CSE 20. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 116C or MATH 107 is required.

## 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; magnetism in matter; and Maxwell's equations.

### Credits

#### Instructor

Michael Hance

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5C; and PHYS 116A or MATH 21 and MATH 24; and PHYS 116C or MATH 107.

## PHYS 110B Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics

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

### Credits

#### Instructor

Onuttom Narayan

## PHYS 112 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

### Credits

#### Instructor

Sasha Sher

## PHYS 115 Computational Physics

This course applies 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 apply a high-level programming language, such as Python, to the solution of physical problems and develop appropriate error and stability estimates.

### Credits

#### Instructor

Jason Nielsen

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 102 and PHYS 105; and PHYS 116A or MATH 21 and MATH 24; and PHYS 116C or MATH 107, or equivalent. Basic programming experience in Python or similar language.

## PHYS 116A Mathematical Methods in Physics

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#### Instructor

The Staff

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): MATH 23A.

## PHYS 116C Mathematical Methods in Physics

### Credits

#### Instructor

Onuttom Narayan, Bruce Schumm

## PHYS 116D Mathematical Methods in Physics

### Credits

#### Instructor

George Brown

## PHYS 120 Polymer Physics

### Credits

#### Instructor

Joshua Deutsch

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 112.

## PHYS 129 Particle Physics and Astrophysics

### Credits

#### Instructor

Mike Hance

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 5D, PHYS 102, and MATH 23B; and PHYS 116A or MATH 21. Students with equivalent coursework may contact instructor for permission to enroll.

## PHYS 130 Multiwavelength Astronomical Techniques

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### Cross Listed Courses

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 102; and PHYS 133; and either ASTR 19 or ASTR 119 or CSE 20.#### Cross Listed Courses

ASTR 114

#### Instructor

Tesla Jeltema

## PHYS 133 Intermediate Laboratory

### Credits

#### Instructor

Art Ramirez, Aiming Yan, Jairo Velasco

#### 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, physics (astrophysics), and science education majors and physics minors.

#### General Education Code

SR

## PHYS 134 Physics Advanced Laboratory

### Credits

#### Instructor

Sasha Sher, Art Ramirez

#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 135 Astrophysics Advanced Laboratory

### Credits

#### Cross Listed Courses

ASTR 135

#### Instructor

Steve Ritz, David Smith

#### 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.

## PHYS 135A Astrophysics Advanced Laboratory

### Credits

#### Cross Listed Courses

ASTR 135A

#### Instructor

Tesla Jeltema

#### Requirements

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

## PHYS 135B Astrophysics Advanced Laboratory

### Credits

#### Cross Listed Courses

ASTR 135B

#### Instructor

George Brown

#### Requirements

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

## PHYS 137 Advanced Optics Laboratory

### Credits

#### Instructor

Sasha Sher

## PHYS 138 Quantum Information Science Laboratory

Application of advanced laboratory techniques to the emerging field of quantum information science. Techniques include laser physics, quantum entanglement, quantum correlations, electron spin resonance, ion trapping; Josephson junctions, and more.

### Credits

#### Instructor

Alexander Sher

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 102 and PHYS 133, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment is restricted to physics B.S. majors.

## PHYS 139A Quantum Mechanics I

### Credits

#### Instructor

Aris Alexandradinata

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 102; and PHYS 116A or MATH 21 and MATH 24; and PHYS 116C or MATH 107.

## PHYS 139B Quantum Mechanics II

### Credits

#### Instructor

Sriram Shastry

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 102; and PHYS 116A or MATH 21 and MATH 24; and PHYS 116C or MATH 107; and PHYS 139A.

## PHYS 150 Quantum Computing

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#### Cross Listed Courses

CSE 109

#### Instructor

Peter Young

## PHYS 152 Physics and Machine Learning

### Credits

#### Instructor

Mike Hance

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 105; and CSE 20 or ASTR 119 or PHYS 115 or prior programming experience with permission of instructor. Corequisite: PHYS 112.

## PHYS 156 Applications of Quantum Materials

### Credits

#### Instructor

Aris Alexandradinata

## PHYS 157 Frontier of Quantum Materials

### Credits

#### Instructor

Jairo Velasco

#### Requirements

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

## PHYS 160 Practical Electronics

### Credits

#### Instructor

Robert Johnson

## PHYS 171 General Relativity, Black Holes, and Cosmology

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#### Cross Listed Courses

ASTR 171

#### Instructor

Stefania Gori

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 105, PHYS 110A, and PHYS 110B; and PHYS 116A or MATH 21 and MATH 24.

## PHYS 180 Biophysics

### Credits

#### 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

## PHYS 182 Scientific Communication for Physicists

### Credits

#### Instructor

Aiming Yan, The Staff

#### 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.

## PHYS 191 Teaching Practicum

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## PHYS 192 Directed Student Teaching

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## PHYS 195A Senior Thesis I

Independent research for seniors conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Students develop a written research proposal, thesis outline, and introductory material. Prerequisite(s): Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior applied physics, physics, and physics (astrophysics) majors.

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## PHYS 195B Senior Thesis II

Independent research for seniors conducted under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Students prepare an oral presentation of their results, and they submit a written senior thesis on their research topic. Prerequisite(s): Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. Enrollment is restricted to senior applied physics, physics, and physics (astrophysics) majors.

### Credits

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 195A.

## PHYS 199 Tutorial

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#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 199F Tutorial

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#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 202 Introduction to Teaching in Physics

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#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

## PHYS 205 Introduction to Research in Physics

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#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students or by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 210 Classical Mechanics and Thermal Physics

Generalized coordinates, Lagrange and Hamiltonian mechanics, Poisson Brackets, Classical field theory, other advanced topics in classical dynamics. Introduction to thermodynamics, thermodynamic potentials and Legendre transforms, entropy, distribution functions. (Formerly Classical Mechanics.)

### Credits

#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 212 Electromagnetism I

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#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 214 Electromagnetism II

Electromagnetic waves; waves in dispersive media; waveguides and cavities; complete development of special relativity with applications; Lorentz covariant formulation of Maxwell's equations; radiating systems; scattering and diffraction; advanced topics in radiation theory and optics.

### Credits

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 212. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 215 Introduction to Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

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#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 216 Advanced Topics in Non-Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

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#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 215. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 217 Quantum Field Theory I

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#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 216 or exception by permission of the instructor. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students or by permission of the instructor.

## PHYS 218 Quantum Field Theory II

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#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 217. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 219 Statistical Physics

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#### Requirements

Prerequisites: PHYS 210. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 220 Theory of Many-Body Physics

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#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 216 and PHYS 219. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 221A Introduction to Particle Physics I

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#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 217 or concurrent enrollment. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 221B Introduction to Particle Physics II

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#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 221A; PHYS 217 or concurrent enrollment. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 222 Quantum Field Theory III

### Credits

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 218 and PHYS 221B. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 224 Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology

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#### Cross Listed Courses

ASTR 224

#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 226 General Relativity

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#### Cross Listed Courses

ASTR 226

#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 231 Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics

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#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 216 or equivalent course or by permission of the instructor. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, or by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 232 Condensed Matter Physics

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#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 231. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 233 Advanced Condensed Matter Physics

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#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 231. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 234 Soft Condensed Matter Physics

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## PHYS 240 Polymer Physics

### Credits

#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 242 Computational Physics

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#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): basic programming experience in C or Fortran. No previous experience with Mathematica is required. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 251 Group Theory and Modern Physics

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#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

## PHYS 261 Fundamentals of Mesoscopic Systems

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#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 210, PHYS 215, PHYS 216, PHYS 219 or equivalents; exceptions are possible by permission of instructor. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

## PHYS 262 Phase Transformations in Materials

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#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students in physics, materials science and engineering, and chemistry and biochemistry programs.

## PHYS 290 Special Topics

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#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 291A Cosmology

### Credits

#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 291B X-rays and Magnetism

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#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 291C Developments in Theoretical Particle Physics

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#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 218. Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 291D Experimental High-Energy Collider Physics

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#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 291E Applied Physics

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#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 291F Experimental High-Energy and Particle Astrophysics Seminar

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#### Instructor

David Smith, David Williams

#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 291G Condensed Matter Physics Research Seminar

### Credits

#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students.

#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 291H Physics Education and Communication Seminar

Seminar on communicating physics both in the classroom and in the research setting. Topics include a review of current research in physics education research, as well as methods and techniques for effective communication of research results in standard conference presentation modes. Recently published results are covered.

### Credits

#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

#### Quarter offered

Winter, Spring

## PHYS 292 Seminar

### Credits

#### Requirements

Enrollment is restricted to graduate students only, except by permission of instructor.

#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 292F Seminar

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## PHYS 297A Independent Study

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#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 297B Independent Study

### Credits

#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 297C Independent Study

### Credits

#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 298 Theoretical and Experimental Research Project

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## PHYS 299A Thesis Research

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#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 299B Thesis Research

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#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

## PHYS 299C Thesis Research

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#### Repeatable for credit

Yes

Cross-listed courses that are managed by another department are listed at the bottom.

### Cross-listed Courses

## AM 107 Introduction to Fluid Dynamics

### Credits

#### Cross Listed Courses

PHYS 107

#### Requirements

Prerequisite(s): AM 112 or MATH 107 or PHYS 116C or EART 111.

## ASTR 9A Introduction to Research in Physics and Astrophysics

### Credits

#### Cross Listed Courses

PHYS 9A

## ASTR 9B Introduction to Research in Physics and Astrophysics

### Credits

#### Cross Listed Courses

PHYS 9B

#### General Education Code

PR-E