Astronomy

ASTR 110. The Sky and the Solar System (Andereck)
The sky and celestial motions. History of astronomy from ancient civilizations through Newton. Survey of the solar system. (Group II)

ASTR 111. Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology (Harmon)
The stars, their properties, classification, and evolution. Galaxies, quasars, and cosmology. Note: ASTR 110 is not a prerequisite for ASTR 111. (Group II, Quantitative)

ASTR 260. Cosmology (Harmon)
(Offered as needed. Not offered 2016-2017.)
A study of historical and modern understanding of the origin of the universe. The emerging picture of the evolution of the universe due to improved observations and the theories proposed to explain them will be explored. Prerequisite: ASTR 111 or permission of instructor. (Group II)

ASTR 310. Astrophysics I (Harmon)
(Alternate years. Not offered 2016-2017.)
The first in a two-course survey of modern astrophysics intended for junior- and senior-level students majoring in physics or astrophysics. Topics include celestial mechanics, stellar atmospheres and interiors, star formation, and stellar evolution. Prerequisite: PHYS 280C. Corequisite: MATH 210.

ASTR 311. Astrophysics II (Harmon)
(Alternate years. Not offered 2016-2017.)
Continuation of ASTR 310. Topics include white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes, galaxy structure and evolution, the large-scale structure of the universe, and cosmology. Prerequisite: ASTR 310.

ASTR 345. Observational Astronomy Laboratory (1.25 units; Harmon)
(Alternate years. Offered 2016-2017.)
An integrated lecture and laboratory course covering the techniques of observational astronomy. Topics covered in the lectures include celestial coordinates, spherical trigonometry, the mathematics of image processing, and the theory behind various astronomical instruments and detectors. Laboratory sessions will be conducted at Perkins Observatory, and will introduce the student to astronomical CCD imaging, photometry, and spectroscopy. Prerequisite: PHYS 280L or permission of instructor.

ASTR 490. Independent Study (Staff)
For students who wish to pursue topics in astronomy not covered in regular courses.

ASTR 491. Directed Readings (Staff)

ASTR 498. Astrophysics Seminar (0.5 unit; Fink)
Required of all junior four-year majors. Open to interested pre- engineering students. Students will read journal articles, present talks, attend seminars presented by external and internal speakers in the department, and consult with faculty to determine an advisor and a topic for the senior research project (ASTR 499). Also listed as PHYS 498. S.

ASTR 499. Research (0.5 unit; Staff)
Required of all senior four-year majors. Students will investigate a problem selected at the end of the junior year (PHYS 498) in consultation with a faculty member. Must be taken both semesters of the senior year. A senior thesis and a talk describing the project are required. Also listed as PHYS 499. F, S.

Physics

PHYS 110C. General Physics for Physical Science Majors I (Trees)
The first semester of a two-semester sequence of introductory physics. Topics include classical mechanics and waves. Calculus is used, so the calculus sequence in mathematics should be taken concurrently or prior to the physics sequence. Students may not receive graduation credit for both PHYS 110C and PHYS 115. Corequisite: PHYS 110L and MATH 110. F. (Group II, Quantitative)

PHYS 110L. General Physics Laboratory I (0.25 unit; Staff)
Accompanies PHYS 110C. Extends physical concepts presented in the classroom to the laboratory. The student learns practical measurement techniques, instrumentation, and computer interfacing. Corequisite: PHYS 110C. F.

PHYS 111C. General Physics for Physical Science Majors II (Trees)
Continuation of PHYS 110C. Topics include thermal physics, electromagnetism, electric circuits, electromagnetic waves, and optics. Prerequisite: PHYS 110C, PHYS 110L. Students may not receive graduation credit for both PHYS 111C and PHYS 116. Corequisite: PHYS 111L and MATH 111. S. (Group II, Quantitative)

PHYS 111L. General Physics Laboratory II (0.25 unit; Staff)
Accompanies PHYS 111C. Extends physical concepts presented in the classroom to the laboratory. The student learns practical measurement techniques, instrumentation, and computer interfacing. Corequisite: PHYS 111C. S.

PHYS 115. Principles of Physics I (1.25 units; Haring-Kaye)
The first semester of a two-semester sequence of introductory physics for biological science majors, including pre-professional majors. Topics include classical mechanics, fluids, and thermodynamics. Calculus is not required but is recommended; the student should be familiar with algebra, trigonometry, and some analytic geometry. An emphasis in these courses is the application of physical principles in technology and in other areas of science, particularly the biological sciences. Students may not receive graduation credit for both PHYS 115 and PHYS 110C. Laboratory included. F. (Group II, Quantitative)

PHYS 116. Principles of Physics II (1.25 units; Fink)
Continuation of PHYS 115. Topics include wave motion, acoustics, electromagnetism including DC circuits, optics, and modern physics. Students may not receive graduation credit for both PHYS 116 and PHYS 111C. Laboratory included. Prerequisite: PHYS 115. S. (Group II, Quantitative)

PHYS 275. Analog Electronics (1.25 units; Haring-Kaye)
Topics include signal filtering, solid-state diodes, bipolar and field-effect transistors, and operational amplifier theory and practice. This is an integrated lecture-laboratory course. Prerequisite: PHYS 280L or permission of instructor.

PHYS 280C. Contemporary Physics (Andereck)
An intermediate-level course providing the ideas and tools needed for students to study advanced physics. Topics include quantum physics, relativity, and Fourier analysis, as well as a selection of additional topics of interest in contemporary physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 111 or permission of instructor. F.

PHYS 280L. Contemporary Physics Laboratory (0.25 unit; Haring-Kaye)
An intermediate-level laboratory to accompany PHYS 280C. Laboratory techniques and analysis skills developed in PHYS 110L and PHYS 111L are enhanced and refined through a more sophisticated development of statistical methods in data analysis, error propagation, and data acquisition techniques. Experiments strongly correlate with the topics covered in PHYS 280C. Emphasis is also given to the process of writing effective formal lab reports that follow the structure and format of professional scientific journals. Required for Physics and Astrophysics majors, but optional for other students in PHYS 280C. Prerequisite: PHYS 111L or permission of instructor. Corequisite: PHYS 280C. F.

PHYS 300.3. Digital Signal Processing (Fink)
An introduction to the mathematical techniques involved in digital signal processing, with applications to the processing of real-world signals (especially neural signals). Topics include linear time-invariant systems, convolution, transfer functions, correlation, the discrete Fourier transformation, digital filtering, image processing, and time-frequency analysis. Co-requisite: MATH 280.

PHYS 310. Mechanics (Trees)
(Alternate years. Offered 2016-2017.)
Topics include the classical mechanics of particles and extended matter (central forces, scattering, oscillations, rotational motion) as well as more advanced Hamiltonian and Lagrangian methods. Prerequisite: PHYS 280C or permission of instructor.

PHYS 320. Thermal and Statistical Physics (Trees)
(Alternate years. Not offered 2016-2017.)
Classical thermodynamics, including phase equilibria, thermodynamic potentials, and classical theory of phase transitions. An introduction to statistical physics from the quantum-mechanical approach; topics include canonical and grand canonical ensembles, partition functions, and the theory of quantum ideal gases. The theory is applied to cavity radiation, heat capacity of solids, the behavior of electrons in metals, and semiconductor physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 280C or permission of instructor. Recommended: MATH 280.

PHYS 330. Biophysics of the Brain (Fink)
An introduction to mathematical modeling of neural systems. Topics include the biophysics of individual neurons, the collective dynamics of networks of neurons, neuronal encoding and processing of sensory information, and neuronal plasticity mechanisms. This course emphasizes the trade-offs involved in implementing mathematical models of varying levels of complexity. Prerequisite: CS 110 and MATH 280, or permission of instructor.

PHYS 345. Advanced Physics Lab (1.25 units; Haring-Kaye)
A junior/senior-level laboratory designed to give students experience in independent research in experimental physics. Experiments include topics of both historic and contemporary interest. Strong emphasis is given to statistical analysis of data, error analysis, interpretation of measurements, techniques of measurement, and experimental design. Computer control of apparatus and computational analysis are also emphasized. Prerequisite: PHYS 280L or permission of instructor. Recommended: CS 110.

PHYS 360. Electromagnetic Theory (Harmon)
(Alternate years. Not offered 2016-2017.)
Topics include electrostatics, magnetostatics, induced electromotive forces, Maxwell’s equations in free space and in dielectric and magnetic materials, and electromagnetic waves. Vector calculus is used throughout. Prerequisites: PHYS 280C, MATH 280. Corequisite: MATH 210.

PHYS 375. Digital Electronics (1.25 units; Fink)
(Offered as needed.)
Topics include analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion, data communications concepts, microprocessors, integrated circuits and their use in interfacing with scientific equipment. These topics are integrated as part of the construction of a working microprocessor. This is an integrated lecture-laboratory course. Prerequisite: PHYS 275.

PHYS 380. Quantum Mechanics I (Andereck)
(Alternate years. Offered 2016-2017.)
Topics include Schrödinger’s equation and its solution for the free particle, wells, steps, barriers, the harmonic oscillator and the hydrogen atom. Prerequisites: PHYS 280C, MATH 280. (MATH 270 is helpful.) Corequisite: MATH 210.

PHYS 381. Quantum Mechanics II (Staff)
(Offered as needed.)
Continuation of PHYS 380 at a more advanced level. Topics include multi-electron atoms, properties of solids, nuclear models and reactions, and particle physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 380.

PHYS 490. Independent Study (Staff)
For students who wish to pursue topics in physics not covered in regular courses.

PHYS 491. Directed Readings (Staff)

PHYS 498. Physics Seminar (0.5 unit; Fink)
Required of all junior four-year majors. Open to interested pre-engineering students. Students will read journal articles, present talks, attend seminars presented by external and internal speakers in the department, and consult with faculty to determine an advisor and a topic for the senior research project (PHYS 499). Also listed as ASTR 498. S.

PHYS 499. Research (0.5 unit; Staff)
Required of all senior four-year majors. Students will investigate a problem selected at the end of the junior year (PHYS 498) in consultation with a faculty member. Must be taken both semesters of the senior year. A senior thesis and a talk describing the project are required. Also listed as ASTR 499. F, S.