## Undergraduate Courses

**Spring Term Courses**

**AST 301**

**/PHY 321**

**General Relativity**(STN)An introduction to general relativity and its astrophysical applications, including black holes, cosmological expansion, and gravitational waves.Jeremy J. Goodman

**EGR 191**

**/MAT 191**

**/PHY 191**

**An Integrated Introduction to Engineering, Mathematics, Physics**(STL)Taken concurrently with EGR/MAT/PHY 192, this course offers an integrated presentation of the material from PHY 103 (General Physics: Mechanics and Thermodynamics) and MAT 201 (Multivariable Calculus) with an emphasis on applications to engineering. Physics topics include: mechanics with applications to fluid mechanics; wave phenomena; and thermodynamics.Norman C. JarosikJames D. Olsen

**EGR 192**

**/MAT 192**

**/PHY 192**

**/APC 192**

**An Integrated Introduction to Engineering, Mathematics, Physics**(QR)Taken concurrently with EGR/MAT/PHY 191, this course offers an integrated presentation of the material from PHY 103 (General Physics: Mechanics and Thermodynamics) and MAT 201 (Multivariable Calculus) with an emphasis on applications to engineering. Math topics include: vector calculus; partial derivatives and matrices; line integrals; simple differential equations; surface and volume integrals; and Green's, Stokes', and divergence theorems.Christine J. Taylor

**ISC 231**

**/CHM 231**

**/COS 231**

**/MOL 231**

**/PHY 231**

**An Integrated, Quantitative Introduction to the Natural Sciences I**(STL)An integrated, mathematically and computationally sophisticated introduction to physics, chemistry, molecular biology, and computer science. This year long, four course sequence is a multidisciplinary course taught across multiple departments with the following faculty: C. Callan, J. Shaevitz (PHY); S. Shvartsman (CBE); H. Yang (CHM); P. Andolfatto (EEB); E. Wieschaus (MOL); O. Troyanskaya (COS); J. Gadd, B. Machta, A. Nourmohammad, Q. Wang (LSI). Five hours of lecture, one three-hour lab, one three-hour precept, one required evening problem session.Curtis G. CallanEric F. WieschausJoshua W. ShaevitzPeter Andolfatto

**ISC 232**

**/CHM 232**

**/COS 232**

**/MOL 232**

**/PHY 232**

**An Integrated, Quantitative Introduction to the Natural Sciences I**(QR)An integrated, mathematically and computationally sophisticated introduction to physics, chemistry, molecular biology, and computer science. This year long, four course sequence is a multidisciplinary course taught across multiple departments with the following faculty: C. Callan, J. Shaevitz (PHY); S. Shvartsman (CBE); H. Yang (CHM); P. Andolfatto (EEB); E. Wieschaus (MOL); O. Troyanskaya (COS); J. Gadd, B. Machta, A. Nourmohammad, Q. Wang (LSI). Five hours of lecture, one three-hour lab, one three-hour precept, one required evening problem session.Curtis G. CallanEric F. WieschausJoshua W. ShaevitzPeter Andolfatto

**PHY 101**

**Introductory Physics I**(STL)The course is concerned with an introduction to the fundamental laws underlying physics and having general application to other areas of science. The treatment is complete and detailed; however, less mathematical preparation is assumed than for PHY 103-104. Mechanics and thermodynamics are treated quantitatively with a special emphasis on problem solving. In the spring semester PHY 102 covers electricity and magnetism, optics and relativity using the topics treated in PHY 101.Katerina Visnjic

**PHY 103**

**General Physics I**(STL)To understand the basic physics needed for further study in science and engineering. Logical, quantitative approach to problem solving. Applying fundamental concepts to idealized, practical problems.William C. JonesDaniel R. Marlow

**PHY 105**

**Advanced Physics (Mechanics)**(STL)PHY 105 is an advanced first year course in classical mechanics, taught at a more sophisticated level than PHY 103. However, care is taken to make the course mathematically self contained, and accessible to the motivated physics student who may not have had exposure to an introductory college level physics course. The approach of PHY105 is that of an upper-division physics course, with more emphasis on derivation and the underlying formal structure of physics than PHY103, including an introduction to modern variational methods (Lagrangian & Hamiltonian dynamics), with challenging problem sets due each week.William C. JonesMariangela LisantiFrans Pretorius

**PHY 115A**

**/STC 115A**

**Physics for Future Leaders**(STN)What do future leaders of our society need to know about physics and technology? The course is designed for non-scientists who will someday become our influential citizens and decision-makers. Whatever the field of endeavor, they will be faced with important decisions in which physics and technology play an important role. The purpose of this course is to present the key principles and the basic physical reasoning needed to interpret scientific and technical information and to make the best decisions. Topics include energy and power, atomic and subatomic matter, wave-like phenomena and light, and Einstein's theory of relativity.Peter D. MeyersJason L. Puchalla

**PHY 115B**

**/STC 115B**

**Physics for Future Leaders**(STL)What do future leaders of our society need to know about physics and technology? The course is designed for non-scientists who will someday become our influential citizens and decision-makers. Whatever the field of endeavor, they will be faced with important decisions in which physics and technology play an important role. The purpose of this course is to present the key principles and the basic physical reasoning needed to interpret scientific and technical information and to make the best decisions. Topics include energy and power, atomic and subatomic matter, wave-like phenomena and light, and Einstein's theory of relativity.Peter D. MeyersJason L. Puchalla

**PHY 205**

**Classical Mechanics**(STN)Classical Mechanics with emphasis on the Lagrangian method. The underlying physics is Newtonian, but with more sophisticated mathematics introduced as needed to understand more complex phenomena. Topics include the formalism of Lagrangian mechanics, central force motion and scattering, rigid body motion and non-inertial forces, small and coupled oscillations and Hamiltonian chaos. The course is intensive but rewarding.Simone Giombi

**PHY 207**

**Mechanics and Waves**(STN)This course covers wave phenomena, both classical and quantum, and it also includes an account of special relativity and introductory aspects of statistical physics. Topics include: special relativity, Lagrangians, small oscillations, coupled oscillations and waves, wave-packets and the Schrodinger equations, and elements of statistical mechanics. Mathematical methods will be developed as appropriate, in parallel to physical concepts.Michael V. Romalis

**PHY 209**

**Computational Physics Seminar**(STL)Introduction to modern data analysis using computational statistical tools for separating signals from background. The labs will involve experimental data collection, processing and visualization in Python using the Raspberry Pi interfaced to sensors. Multivariable discriminators and confidence levels for hypothesis testing will be applied to data samples from a range of different sources. Labs are drawn from measurements with sensor data, such as accelerometers and photodetectors and external sources including a radio-astronomy telescope, XRF analysis of Art Museum paintings, cosmic rays, LHC data, wind generators and other sources.Christopher G. Tully

**PHY 301**

**Thermal Physics**(STN)A unified introduction to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, both classical and quantum. Topics include heat engines, kinetic theory, black-body radiation, ideal Fermi and Bose gases and phase transitions.William Bialek

**PHY 305**

**Introduction to the Quantum Theory**(STN)This course is a continuation of PHY 208. We will continue to develop the formalism of quantum mechanics and to explore its basis. We will apply our methods to phenomena from atomic, high energy, and condensed matter physics.Shivaji L. Sondhi

**PHY 412**

**Biological Physics**Biological Physics is one of the fastest growing areas of physics. This course focuses on both experimental and theoretical physics approaches to understanding biological molecules, cells, and tissues. We will start with an overview of the forces present within a cell that govern the activity of enzymes and the motion of molecular motors and the cytoskeleton. We then move on to discuss physical processes on the cellular level that give rise to motility, tissue development and differentiation. Emphasis will be placed on both techniques and scientific concepts. Classes will be a combination of lectures and student presentations.Joshua W. Shaevitz

**PHY 425**

**Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics**A survey course concentrating mostly on quantum condensed matter physics. Topics include: Electrons in solids: bands, scattering, transport, semi-classical dynamics, metals, semiconductors, semimetals, insulators, superconductors. The structure of liquids, solids and crystals. Determining structure from scattering. Harmonic and anharmonic phonons in solids, thermal conduction. Magnetism and antiferromagnetism. Strong interactions between electrons: Hubbard models and Mott insulators. Quantum gases. Superfluidity and superconductivity.David A. Huse