## Undergraduate Courses

**AST 403**

**/PHY 402**

**Stars and Star Formation**Stars form by the gravitational collapse of interstellar gas clouds, and as they evolve, return some of their gas to the interstellar medium, altering its physical state and chemical composition. This course discusses the properties and evolution of the gaseous and stellar components of a galaxy: the theory and observations of star formation; stellar structure; the production of energy by nucleosynthesis; stellar evolution; stellar end states; and the interpretation of observations of the diffuse and dense interstellar medium. We will discuss how major telescopes and space missions might tackle these problems.Bruce T. DraineAdam S. Burrows

**ISC 233**

**/CHM 233**

**/COS 233**

**/MOL 233**

**/PHY 233**

**An Integrated, Quantitative Introduction to the Natural Sciences II**(STL)An integrated, mathematically and computationally sophisticated introduction to physics and chemistry, drawing on examples from biological systems. This year long, four course sequence is a multidisciplinary course taught across multiple departments with the following faculty: W. Bialek, T. Gregor, J. Shaevitz (PHY); P. Debenedetti (CBE); H. Yang(CHM); R. Sedgewick (COS); E. Wieschaus (MOL); C. Broedersz, J. Gadd, A. Leifer, B. Machta (LSI). Five hours of lecture, one three-hour lab, one three-hour precept, one required evening problem session each week.Robert SedgewickJoshua W. ShaevitzHaw Yang

**ISC 234**

**/CHM 234**

**/COS 234**

**/MOL 234**

**/PHY 234**

**An Integrated, Quantitative Introduction to the Natural Sciences II**An integrated, mathematically and computationally sophisticated introduction to physics and chemistry, drawing on examples from biological systems. This year long, four course sequence is a multi-disciplinary course taught across multiple departments with the following faculty: W. Bialek, T. Gregor, J. Shaevitz (PHY); P. Debenedetti (CBE); H. Yang (CHM); R. Sedgewick (COS); E. Wieschaus (MOL); C. Broedersz, J. Gadd, A. Leifer, B. Machta (LSI). Five hours of lecture, one three-hour lab, one three-hour precept, one required evening problem session each week.Robert SedgewickJoshua W. ShaevitzHaw Yang

**ISC 235**

**/CHM 235**

**/COS 235**

**/MOL 235**

**/PHY 235**

**An Integrated, Quantitative Approach to Biochemistry and Neuroscience**An integrated, mathematically and computationally sophisticated introduction to molecular biology, genetics, genomics, evolution, biochemistry and neuroscience. This course is designed as a sequence: 236 in the fall and 235 in the spring for the 2014-15 AY. Multiple faculty will be involved over the year: P. Andolfatto (EEB), M. Murthy (NEU/MOL), M. Singh (COS), E. Wieschaus (MOL), J. Rabinowitz (CHM). 2 hrs and 40 min of lecture, one precept (1 hr 50 min), one evening problem session.Amanda A. AmodeoMala MurthyJoshua D. Rabinowitz

**PHY 102**

**Introductory Physics II**(STL)This course presents an introduction to the fundamental laws of nature, especially optics, electricity/magnetism, nuclear and atomic theory. These are treated quantitatively with an emphasis on problem solving. The laboratory is intended to give students an opportunity to observe physical phenomena and to gain "hands-on" experience with apparatus and instruments.Vikram DuvvuriSteven S. GubserFrank P. CalapriceNorman C. Jarosik

**PHY 104**

**General Physics II**(STL)This calculus-based course is primarily geared to students majoring in engineering and physics, but is also well suited to majors in other sciences. The goal of the course is to develop an understanding of the fundamental laws of physics, in particular, electricity and magnetism, with applications to electronics, optics, and new challenges in renewable energy sources.Juan M. UsonM. Zahid HasanAurelien A. FraisseCatherine K. VisnjicChristopher G. TullyNai Phuan OngWaseem S. BakrWilliam C. JonesMerideth Frey

**PHY 106**

**Advanced Physics (Electromagnetism)**(STL)This course features the classical theory of electricity and magnetism, with emphasis on the unification of these forces through the special theory of relativity. While the subject matter is similar to that of PHY 104, the treatment is more sophisticated. The topics also include DC and AC circuits and the electromagnetic behavior of matter.M. Zahid HasanPeter D. Meyers

**PHY 108**

**Physics for the Life Sciences**(STN)A new one semester physics course designed specifically for life science majors. Selected topics in physical theory and experiment will be presented and highlighted using a range of examples.Jason L. Puchalla

**PHY 208**

**Principles of Quantum Mechanics**(STN)This is the Physics Department's introductory quantum mechanics course. Its intent is to present the subject in a fashion that will allow both mastery of its conceptual basis and techniques and appreciation of the excitement inherent in looking at the world in a profoundly new way. Topics to be covered include: state functions and the probability interpretation, the Schroedinger equation, uncertainty principle, the eigenvalue problem, angular momentum, perturbation theory, and the hydrogen atom.Herman L. Verlinde

**PHY 210**

**Experimental Physics Seminar**(STL)The seminar introduces students to the basic techniques of electronics and instrumentation used to conduct experiments in the physical sciences. The course begins by teaching a foundation in analog and digital circuits including programmable digital logic devices using an iPad interface for data acquisition. Students develop measurement techniques in a wide range of experimental areas.Christopher G. Tully

**PHY 304**

**Advanced Electromagnetism**(STN)Electromagnetic theory based on Maxwell's equations. Electrostatics, including boundary valve problems, dielectrics, and energy considerations leading to the Maxwell stress tensor. Magnetostatics and simple magnetic materials. Electromagnetic waves, retarded potentials and radiation. Familiarity with vector calculus is assumed.Michael V. Romalis

**PHY 312**

**Experimental Physics**(STL)Students work in small groups and perform four experiments and an electronics lab. The list of experiments to choose from includes muon decay, beta decay, optical pumping, Mossbauer effect, holography, positron annihilation, electron diffraction, single photon interference, NMR, the Josephson effect, and an observation of galactic hydrogen. Weekly lectures will provide an overview of various experimental techniques and data analysis.Daniel R. MarlowNorman C. Jarosik

**PHY 405**

**Modern Physics I: Condensed-Matter Physics**(STN)This survey course applies concepts from quantum mechanics and topological order to the properties of electrons in solids. New topics such as topological insulators and superconductors, Chern numbers and Berry phases, electronic band structure, the tight-binding approximation, time-reversal invariant topological insulators and the integer and fractional quantum hall effects.Bogdan A. Bernevig

**PHY 408**

**Modern Classical Dynamics**(STN)Discussion of the most beautiful and important parts of classical dynamics: variational principles, ergodicity and chaos, fluid dynamics of vortices, shock waves and solitons as well as the theories of developed turbulence.Alexander M. Polyakov