Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

UDM Academic Policies Course Descriptions List of All Programs Faculty
Physics Courses

PHY 1080 History of the UniverseCredit Hours: 3

Provides students with an understanding of the role the scientific process has in explaining the history of the universe. The role of experimental observation in the development of scientific theories will be discussed, as well as the philosophical and social nature of scientific theory and practice. Students learn how physical principles are used to develop a coherent picture of natural sciences. The course discusses astronomical observations, the life cycles of planets and stars, and cosmology.
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PHY 1300 General Physics ICredit Hours: 3

Study of mechanics, fluids, and vibrations. Emphasis will be placed on applications in the biological and medical sciences. Recommended for students preparing for medical, dental and health careers.
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PHY 1310 General Physics Laboratory ICredit Hours: 1

Laboratory to accompany PHY 1300.

Prerequisites:
PHY 1300 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)

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PHY 1320 General Physics IICredit Hours: 3

Continuation of PHY 1300 covering electricity and magnetism, optics. Emphasis will be placed on applications in the biological and medical sciences. Recommended for students preparing for medical, dental and health careers.

Prerequisites:
PHY 1300 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
PHY 1330 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)

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PHY 1330 General Physics Laboratory IICredit Hours: 1

Laboratory to accompany PHY 1320.

Prerequisites:
PHY 1320 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)
Corequisites: PHY 1320

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PHY 1600 General Physics ICredit Hours: 3

A rigorous course in mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, vibrations. This course is required for engineers and some science majors.

Prerequisites:
MTH 1420 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently) AND
PHY 1610 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)

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PHY 1610 General Physics Laboratory ICredit Hours: 1

Laboratory to accompany PHY 1600.
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PHY 1620 General Physics IICredit Hours: 3

A rigorous course in electricity and magnetism and optics. This course is required for engineers and some science majors.

Prerequisites:
PHY 1600 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently) AND
PHY 1630 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)

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PHY 1630 General Physics Laboratory IICredit Hours: 1

Laboratory to accompany PHY 1620.

Prerequisites:
PHY 1620 (Minimum Grade of D, May be taken concurrently)

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PHY 3690 Modern Physics with Device ApplicationsCredit Hours: 3

Introduction to elementary quantum mechanics with semiconductor device applications. The particle-like properties of electromagnetic radiation and the wave-like properties of matter are discussed. Application of the Schroedinger equation to the development of energy bands. Charge carrier transport mechanisms. Development of the theory of p-n junctions and related devices including diodes, transistors, LEDs, lasers, and solar cells. Introduction to nanoscopic materials, e.g. graphene.

Prerequisites:
PHY 1620 (Minimum Grade of D, May not be taken concurrently)

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