PHSX - Physics

PHSX 103IN  The Physics of How Things Work: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: High School Algebra. A practical approach to a broad array of fundamental topics in physics for non-science majors taught by analyzing things that are used and observed in everyday life. Classroom demonstrations will provide the opportunity for in-class analysis, discussions, and hands-on activities. Physics principals will be used to scrutinize issues such as energy and recycling from economic and environmental perspectives. The latest technology in transportation, electronics, and energy production will be analyzed. The connection between basic research in physics and modern technology will be examined. Students will not receive credit if they have passed PHSX 205, PHSX 220, or PHSX 240

PHSX 200  Research Programs in Physics: 1 Credits (1 Lec)

An introduction to some of the exciting ideas, developments, problems, and experiments of modern day physics.

PHSX 201IN  Physics by Inquiry: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

An in-depth exploration of basic physics principles. Scientific model building and proportional reasoning skills will be developed in the context of properties of matter, observational astronomy, and DC electric circuits. For pre-service elementary teachers.

PHSX 205  College Physics I: 4 Credits (3 Lec, 1 Lab)

PREREQUISITE: High school trigonometry or M 121Q or (Math Level 4 or Higher). First semester of sequence. Topics include kinematics and dynamics of linear and rotational motion; work and energy; impulse and momentum; and fluids. Students will not receive credit if they have passed PHSX 220 or PHSX 240. Common exams

PHSX 207  College Physics II: 4 Credits (3 Lec, 1 Lab)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 205 or PHSX 220 or PHSX 240. Second semester of sequence. Topics include simple harmonic motion; electric forces and fields; dc electric circuits; magnetic forces and fields; and magnetic induction and motors. Students will not receive credit if they have passed PHSX 222 or PHSX 242. Common exams

PHSX 220  Physics I with Calculus: 4 Credits (3 Lec, 1 Lab)

First semester of a three-semester sequence primarily for engineering and physical science students. Covers topics in mechanics (such as motion, Newton's laws, conservation laws, work, energy, systems of particles, and rotational motion) and in mechanical waves (such as oscillations, wave motion, sound, and superposition). Common exams.

PHSX 222  Physics II with Calculus: 4 Credits (3 Lec, 1 Lab)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 220 or PHSX 240; M 171Q or M 181Q
COREQUISITE: M 172Q or M 182Q. Covers topics in electricity and magnetism (such as Coulomb's law, Gauss' law, electric fields, electric potential, dc circuits, magnetic fields, Faraday's law, ac circuits, and Maxwell's equations) and optics (such as light, geometrical optics, and physical optics). Common exams
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PHSX 224  Physics III: 4 Credits (3 Lec, 1 Lab)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 222 or PHSX 242; M 172Q or M 182Q. Covers topics in thermodynamics (such as temperature, heat, laws of thermodynamics, and the kinetic theory of gases) and modern physics (such as relativity; models of the atom; quantum mechanics; and atomic, molecular, solid state, nuclear, and particle physics)

PHSX 240  Honors Gen & Mod Phys I: 4 Credits (3 Lec, 1 Lab)

PREREQUISITE: Restricted to Physics majors or Honors students or consent of instructor
COREQUISITE: M 171Q or M 181Q. The honors equivalent of PHSX 220. The concepts are discussed in more depth and the range of applications is greater. Common final only
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PHSX 242  Honors Gen & Mod Phys II: 4 Credits (3 Lec, 1 Lab)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 220 or PHSX 240; M 171Q or M 181Q
COREQUISITE: M 172Q or M 182Q. Restricted to Physics majors or Honors students or consent of instructor. The honors section of PHSX 222. The concepts are discussed in more depth and the range of applications is greater
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PHSX 253  Physics of Photography: 2 Credits (2 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: High school algebra. Improvement of photographic skills through an understanding of the basic principles of photography. The nature of light and color and the physical principles involved in the operation of a camera will be presented. Unusual effects and recent developments will be discussed. Numerous demonstrations, photographs, and slides will be used to illustrate the principles

PHSX 261  Laboratory Electronics I: 3 Credits (2 Lec, 1 Lab)

Laboratory electronic measurements and analysis, and design of basic linear circuits.

PHSX 262  Laboratory Electronics II: 2 Credits (1 Lec, 1 Lab)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 261. Analysis and design of basic digital circuits and advanced laboratory electronic measurements

PHSX 290R  Undergraduate Research: 1-3 Credits (1-3 Other)

PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor and approval of department head. Directed undergraduate research. Course will address responsible conduct of research
Repeatable up to 3 credits.

PHSX 291  Special Topics: 1-4 Credits ()

PREREQUISITE: None required but some may be determined necessary by each offering department. Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number
Repeatable up to 12 credits.

PHSX 292  Independent Study: 1-3 Credits (1-3 Other)

PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor and approval of department head. Directed study on an individual basis
Repeatable up to 6 credits.

PHSX 301  Introduction to Theoretical Physics: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: M 273Q or M 283Q ; PHSX 222 or PHSX 242
COREQUISITE: M 274 or M 284. Mathematical methods essential to the practice of theoretical physics, such as matrices, vector calculus, differential equations, complex variables, and Fourier series, with applications to examples from mechanics and electromagnetism
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PHSX 305RN  Art & Science of Holography: 3 Credits (2 Lec, 2 Lab)

PREREQUISITE: Junior standing. M 151Q or equivalent M Placement Test. Beginner's course on creating holograms. Pictorial and geometric interpretations of lasers, interference, coherence, film, and holography enable students with limited science and M backgrounds to create their own holographic masterpieces. Lab techniques and documenting the creative process are emphasized

PHSX 320  Classical Mechanics: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 301; PHSX 220 or PHSX 240. Principles of Newtonian and Lagrangian mechanics including single particle motion, systems of particles, rigid body motion, moving coordinate systems, and small oscillations

PHSX 331  Meth of Computational Physics: 1 Credits (1 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 301. Introduction to the use of computational methods in physics. Emphasis will be placed on common methods of casting problems into forms amenable to numerical solution and for displaying numerical results

PHSX 343  Modern Physics: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 224, PHSX 301, and M 284 or M 274. Waves in classical physics and quantum mechanics: complex representation, amplitude mechanics, and interference; Special relativity: postulates, Lorentz transformations, applications in nuclear and particle physics; Quantum mechanics: interpretation of key experiments, Schrodinger equation, particles in potentials, spin, the atom; Introduction to nuclear and particle physics

PHSX 401  Physics by Inquiry I: 3 Credits (6 Lab)

PREREQUISITE: Teacher Certification. An in-depth and hands-on exploration of basic physics principles. Scientific model building and proportional reasoning skills will be developed in the context of dc electrics, one and two dimensional kinematics, and dynamics. For middle school and high school science teachers

PHSX 402  Physics by Inquiry II: 3 Credits (6 Lab)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 401. An in-depth and hands-on exploration of basic physics principles. Scientific model building and proportional reasoning skills will be developed in the context of light, color, geometrical optics, heat, and temperature. For middle school and high school teachers

PHSX 403  Physics by Inquiry III: 3 Credits (6 Lab)

PREREQUISITE: Science Teacher Certification
COREQUISITE: PHSX 401. PHSX 403 is a continuation of the PHSX 401 experience, but it may also be taken concurrently with PHSX 401. The course will begin with a careful investigation of geometrical optics, leading to an understanding of pinhole cameras, lenses, and prisms. This will be followed by an exploration of magnetic interactions and magnetic materials
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PHSX 405  Special Relativity Online: 3 Credits (3 Other)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 222 or M172Q or M182Q or equivalent. This online course addresses the question: In what ways does nature behave differently at high relative speeds than at low speeds? Designed for practicing high school physics teachers. Assignments and discussions use electronic computer conferencing and interactive visual software. Offered Fall

PHSX 423  Electricity and Magnetism I: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: (PHSX 301 or M 348; PHSX 222 or PHSX 242) or Graduate Standing. Electrostatic fields, dielectric materials, magnetic fields, magnetic materials, and Maxwell's equations

PHSX 425  Electricity and Magnetism II: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: (PHSX 343 and PHSX 423) or Graduate Standing. Propagation of electromagnetic waves, radiation, and general wave phenomena. This course is strongly recommended for students intending to study physics in graduate school and is a required course for the professional option

PHSX 427  Advanced Optics: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: (PHSX 224; M 274 or M 284) or Graduate Standing. Emphasis is on new developments in optics triggered by the laser. Provides a good foundation in wave optics, nonlinear optics, integrated optics, and spectroscopy

PHSX 435  Astrophysics: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: (PHSX 320; PHSX 343; PHSX 222 or PHSX 242) or Graduate Standing. A survey covering basic problems in modern astrophysics such as stellar structure and evolution, solar physics, compact objects, quasars, and cosmology

PHSX 437  Laser Applications: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 222 or PHSX 242 or Graduate Standing. A survey of laser types and properties and applications for scientists and engineers who wish to use lasers in research or technology. Many demonstrations will be used to illustrate the principles

PHSX 441  Solid State Physics: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 224 or graduate standing. A treatment of the classification and electronic structure of solids. Properties of conductors, superconductors, insulators, and semiconductors will be discussed. This course is strongly recommended for students intending to study physics in graduate school

PHSX 442  Novel Materials for Physics/Engineering: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: Knowledge of introductory solid state physics; PHSX 441 or Graduate Standing or consent of instructor. Provides basic physical knowledge of advanced natural/artificial materials of current interest (including ferroelectrics, superconductors, nanotubes, superlattices, photonics materials, materials with giant magnetoresistance and negative susceptibilities, molecular magnets, biomaterials, etc.)

PHSX 444  Advanced Physics Lab: 4 Credits (2 Lec, 2 Lab)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 262 and PHSX 343
COREQUISITE: PHSX 461. Introduction to methods, instrumentation, and data acquisition techniques used in modern physics research. Different experiments are offered in the two semesters. For students desiring a strong experimental exposure, taking both courses is recommended. Experiments in the fall semester are typically in the optical area and include interferometers, fiber optics, spectral measurement, polarization, and laser optics. Experiments in spring semester are typically in solid state physics and particle spectroscopy. Co-convened with PHSX 516
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Repeatable up to 8 credits.

PHSX 446  Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: (PHSX 301 and PHSX 224) or Graduate Standing. Statistical physics and thermodynamics and their applications to physical phenomena. This course is strongly recommended for students intending to study physics in graduate school and is a required course for the professional option

PHSX 451  Elementary Particle Physics: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 343 or Graduate Standing. A survey of elementary particle physics, beginning with an historical viewpoint and leading up to today's remarkably successful "Standard Model" of quarks, leptons, and gauge bosons

PHSX 461  Quantum Mechanics I: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 343 and PHSX 320; or Graduate Standing. The wave function, the Schrodinger equation in 1-D, formalism and Dirac notation, and 3-D effects including the hydrogen atom. -

PHSX 462  Quantum Mechanics II: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 461 or Graduate Standing. Identical particles, time independent perturbation theory, time dependent perturbation theory, and the variational principle

PHSX 490R  Undergraduate Research: 1-3 Credits (1-3 Other)

PREREQUISITE: Junior or senior standing and consent form with approved research plan signed by instructor/ research advisor and academic advisor. Directed undergraduate research/creative activity, which may culminate in a research paper, journal article, or undergraduate thesis. Course will address responsible conduct of research. Typically only 1 credit per semester. May be repeated
Repeatable up to 6 credits.

PHSX 491  Special Topics: 1-4 Credits (1-4 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering. Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number
Repeatable up to 12 credits.

PHSX 492  Independent Study: 1-3 Credits (1 Other)

PREREQUISITE: Junior or senior standing, consent of instructor and approval of department head. Max 6 cr. Directed study on an individual basis
Repeatable up to 6 credits.

PHSX 494  Seminar/Workshop: 1-4 Credits ()

PREREQUISITE: Junior or senior standing and as determined for each offering. Max 4 cr. Topics offered at the upper division level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material. Co-convened with PHSX 594
Repeatable up to 4 credits.

PHSX 497  Conceptual Physics for Teachers: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

This course is designed for teachers who are covering some of the basic ideas of physics in their classrooms. At the conceptual level, the course describes the world around us. The everyday: how a ball moves when it is thrown, the forces you feel on a roller-coaster, what happens when you turn on a light switch; and the esoteric: time and space from the perspective of Einstein’s relativity, atoms and nuclei. Conceptual Physics includes the topics of motion, force, energy, electricity, magnetism, waves, light, and the intriguing concepts of modern physics - relativity, atoms, and nuclei. Offered Summer.

PHSX 499R  Senior Capstone Seminar: 1 Credits (1 Other)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 490R and Senior Standing. Senior capstone course. Participation in this course requires the completion of a senior project that integrates the student's knowledge and skills acquired during the undergraduate curriculum. Students will be required to complete: i) an APS-style abstract, ii) an APS-style 10-minute oral presentation, iii) a poster session, and iv) a written research report, based on their research/creative activity

PHSX 501  Advanced Classical Mechanics: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 320 or graduate standing. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics. Small oscillations. Rigid-body motion. An introduction to continuum mechanics

PHSX 506  Quantum Mechanics I: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 462 or graduate standing. Ket space and matrix representations. Quantum dynamics and invariance. Path integral methods. Rotations and angular momentum theory. Translation, reflection, and inversion symmetries. Conservation principles and degeneracy

PHSX 507  Quantum Mechanics II: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 506. Time-independent and time-dependent perturbations. Identical particles and permutation symmetry. Scattering theory. Applications of quantum mechanics

PHSX 511  Astronomy for Teachers: 3 Credits (3 Other)

This is an online, distance education course primarily intended for science educators. Topics include: the laws of gravity and orbital dynamics, a survey of the solar system, stars and stellar evolution, galaxies, and Big Bang cosmology. Offered Fall, Spring, Summer.

PHSX 512  General Relativity Online: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 222 or PHSX 242 or M 182Q or PHSX 405 or equivalent. This online course addresses the theory of general relativity, which underlies our understanding of gravity and the large-scale structure of the cosmos. Designed for practicing high school physics teachers. Assignments and discussions use electronic computer conferencing and simulation software. It is recommended that students take PHSX 343 or PSXH 405 or equivalent before taking this course. Offered Spring

PHSX 513  Quantum Mechanics Online: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

This online course addresses the key ideas behind quantum mechanical observations and devices, including the fundamental behavior of electrons and photons. Designed for practicing high school physics teachers. Assignments and discussions use electronic computer conferencing and simulation software. Offered summer.

PHSX 514  Comparative Planetology Online: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

Because the use of technology is integral to the course, some familiarity with using technology in the classroom is required. Establishing a Virtual Presence in the Solar System has been developed and tested as an Internet-delivered course for off-campus students. Its audience consists of practicing elementary and secondary teachers who have experience in teaching general science but have little, if any, formal course work in astronomy. Its goal is to help graduate-level teachers learn solar system astronomy concepts to integrate the new National Science Education Standards and NASA resources into existing instructional strategies. Course participants learn advanced solar system concepts, utilize WWW-resources, communicate with research scientists using the Internet, analyze digital images using image processing software, and organize materials for use in K-12 classroom environments. Offered Spring.

PHSX 515  Advanced Topics In Physics: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing. Topics in astrophysics, condensed matter physics, optics, mathematical physics, or particle physics are presented as needed to supplement the curriculum
Repeatable up to 6 credits.

PHSX 516  Experimental Physics: 3 Credits (2 Lec, 1 Lab)

PREREQUISITE: (PHSX 261, PHSX 423, and PHSX 461) or graduate standing. Experiments chosen from laser optics and atomic, solid-state, and nuclear physics are carried out in depth to introduce the graduate student to methods, instrumentation, and data acquisition techniques useful for experimental thesis projects. Co-convened with PHSX 444
Repeatable up to 6 credits.

PHSX 519  Electromagnetic Theory I: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 425 or graduate standing. Electro- and magnetostatics, conservation laws and covariance of Maxwell's equations, and dynamics of relativistic particles and fields

PHSX 520  Electromagnetic Theory II: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 519. Radiation by moving charges. Electromagnetic waves in condensed matter and plasma

PHSX 523  General Relativity I: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 519. Tensor calculus, differential geometry, and an introduction to Einstein's theory of gravity. The Schwarzschild solution and black hole physics

PHSX 524  General Relativity II: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 523. Advanced topics in gravitation theory such as singularities, cosmological models, and gravitational waves

PHSX 525  Current Topics in General Relativity: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 523. Current topics in general relativity will be explored

PHSX 531  Nonlinear Optics/Laser Spectroscopy: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 507. Two-level atoms in laser fields and applications to nonlinear optics such as photon echoes, second harmonic generation, and stimulated Raman scattering. Atomic and molecular energy level structure, linear and nonlinear spectroscopy, and applications to gaseous and solid state laser materials

PHSX 535  Statistical Mechanics: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 446 or graduate standing. Basic concepts of equilibrium statistical mechanics, with application to classical and quantum systems, will be presented as well as theories of phase transitions in fluid, magnetic, and other systems

PHSX 544  Condensed Matter Physics I: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 446 or graduate standing, and PHSX 507. Crystal structure and the reciprocal lattice. Quantum theory of electrons and phonons

PHSX 545  Condensed Matter Physics II: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 544. Applications to the transport, optical, dielectric, and magnetic properties of metals, semiconductors, and insulators

PHSX 555  Quantum Field Theory: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 507. Techniques of canonical and path integral quantization of fields; renormalization theory. Quantum electrodynamics; gauge theories of the fundamental interactions

PHSX 560  Astrophysics: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 425, PHSX 462, PHSX 446, and PHYS 435, or graduate standing. The purpose of this course is to prepare graduate students for thesis-level research in astrophysics, solar physics or related fields. Topics covered include: fluid mechanics, hydrodynamics, plasma physics, radiation processes and stability of equilibrium states

PHSX 565  Astrophysical Plasma Physics: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

An introduction to the physics of fluids and plasma relevant to astrophysical plasmas such as the solar corona. Topics covered include: magnetostatics, one-fluid (MHD) and two-fluid approaches, linear waves and instabilities, shocks, transonic flows and collisional effects.

PHSX 566  Mathematical Physics I: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: M 349, M 472, and PHSX 320 or graduate standing. mathematical methods which find application in physics. Differential equations, contour integration, special functions, integral transforms, boundary value problems, and Green's functions

PHSX 567  Mathematical Physics II: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: PHSX 566. Theory of computational techniques, and applications such as numerical integration, differential equations, Monte Carlo methods, and fast Fourier transforms
Repeatable up to 3 credits.

PHSX 571  Electric Circuits and Magnetism for Teachers: 2 Credits (2 Lec)

This 2-credit graduate course is designed for practicing teachers who are teaching or plan to teach electricity and magnetism as part of the science curricula in their classrooms. Its broad purpose is to introduce core concepts in electric circuits and magnetism. The course aims to help teachers by increasing their understanding of the underlying physics so that they may use their curricular materials more effectively. Offered Summer.

PHSX 572  Space Science for Elementary Teachers: 1 Credits (1 Lec)

During this online course, participants will complete a series of online units focusing on space science and astronomy concepts to build core knowledge that can be incorporated into the classroom. This course will be taught in a manner that will allow the participant to experience the activities they will be teaching and to learn teaching “best practices” prior to implementation in their classroom. The course is intended for elementary classroom teachers and materials will be aligned to the National Model Academic Standards in Space Science. Offered odd Fall semesters.

PHSX 573  The Science of Sound for Teachers: 2 Credits (2 Lec)

The Science of Sound is a 2-unit graduate course for in-service and pre-service teachers who are interested in understanding the basic principles of Sound, and is ideal for teachers of grades 5 through 8 (although teachers of all grades are welcome!). This is a conceptual physics course, focusing on the big ideas of Sound and their application in the real-world. To accommodate working professionals, this course is offered as an online, scheduled, asynchronous experience. Offered Spring.

PHSX 574  World of Motion for Teachers: 1 Credits (1 Lec)

In this 6-week course for teachers we will focus on the core ideas of measurement and motion, as they appear in modern inquiry-oriented science education. The course aims to help teachers use modern curricular materials more effectively by increasing their understanding of the physics concepts. Offered Summer.

PHSX 576  World of Force for Teachers: 1 Credits (1 Lec)

This 1-credit course is designed for teachers who are exploring the concepts of forces in their classrooms. Its broad purpose is to introduce elementary and middle school teachers to core ideas about forces, as they relate to modern, inquiry-oriented science curricular materials. The course aims to help teachers use such materials more effectively by increasing their understanding of physics concepts. It is not a course in how to use a particular curriculum. Offered Summer.

PHSX 577  Physics of Renewable Energy for Teachers: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

PREREQUISITES: Graduate standing; science educator; interest in science
Wind turbines are an example of circular motion, nuclear power is derived from fission, and solar energy is from energy stored in electromagnetic waves. With each renewable energy source, introductory physics concepts can be found. These sources can be used as a means of student engagement in the classroom. During this online course, participants will complete a series of online units centered on bringing the physics of renewable energy sources into a high school physics classroom. While doing so students will develop an understanding of the underlying physics associated with renewable energy sources. As this course is intended for classroom.

PHSX 582  Astrobiology for Teachers Online: 3 Credits (3 Lec)

Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and destiny of life in the universe. It defines itself as an interdisciplinary science at the intersection of physics, astronomy, biology, geology, and mathematics, to discover where and under what conditions life can arise and exist in the Universe. The course topics will cover the discovery of planetary systems around other stars, the nature of habitable zones around distant stars, the existence of life in extreme environments. These concepts will serve as a foundation to study possible extraterrestrial ecosystems on planets and moons like Mars and Europa. Offered Spring.

PHSX 585  Physics by Inquiry: Electric Circuits: 3 Credits (1 Lec, 2 Lab)

An in-depth and hands-on exploration of basic physics principles. Scientific model building and proportional reasoning skills will be developed in the context of dc electric circuits and phases of the moon. For middle school and high school science teachers. Offered Summer.

PHSX 586  Physics by Inquiry: Heat & Temperature: 3 Credits (1 Lec, 2 Lab)

PREREQUISITE: Teacher Certification, Offered Summer
An in-depth and hands-on exploration of basic physics principles. Scientific model building and proportional reasoning skills will be developed in the context of light, color, heat, and temperature. For middle school and high school teachers.

PHSX 587  Physic by Inquiry: Optics: 3 Credits (3 Lab)

An in-depth and hands-on exploration of basic physics principles. The course will begin with a careful investigation of geometrical optics, leading to an understanding of pinhole cameras, lenses, and prisms. This will be followed by an exploration of magnetic interactions and magnetic materials. For middle school and high school science teachers. Offered Summer.

PHSX 589  Graduate Consultation: 3 Credits (3 Other)

PREREQUISITE: Master's standing and approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies. This course may be used only by students who have completed all of their coursework (and thesis, if on a thesis plan) but who need additional faculty or staff time or help

PHSX 590  Master's Thesis: 1-10 Credits (1 Other)

PREREQUISITE: Master's standing
Repeatable up to 99 credits.

PHSX 591  Special Topics: 1-4 Credits (4 Lec)

PREREQUISITE: Upper division courses and others as determined for each offering. Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number
Repeatable up to 12 credits.

PHSX 592  Independent Study: 1-3 Credits (1-3 Other)

PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, approval of department head and Dean of Graduate Studies. Directed research and study on an individual basis
Repeatable up to 6 credits.

PHSX 594  Seminar: 1 Credits (1 Other)

PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing or seniors by petition. Course prerequisites as determined for each offering. Topics offered at the graduate level which are not covered in regular courses. Students participate in preparing and presenting discussion material
Repeatable up to 8 credits.

PHSX 595  Teaching Mechanics Using Research-based Curriculum: 2 Credits (1 Lec, 1 Lab)

This course prepares participants to teach a mechanics course built around Tutorials in Introductory Physics (McDermott, et al.). This research-based curriculum was designed to be used in recitations to augment traditional lecture courses operating essentially independent of the lecture. The course will model both the student-centered tutorial instruction and the supporting active-engagement lectures for a selection of topics from the first semester of the two-semester sequence. Offered Summer.

PHSX 596  Teaching Electricity & Magnetism for Teachers: 2 Credits (1 Lec, 1 Lab)

Participants will learn how to teach an integrated course built around Tutorials in Introductory Physics (McDermott, et al.). This research-based curriculum challenges students to confront their misconceptions and build gut-level models of the key concepts of electricity and magnetism. The course will showcase both the student-centered tutorial instruction and the supporting active-engagement PowerPoint lectures. We will also review the physics education research literature that provides the foundation for these curricular materials. Offered Summer.

PHSX 597  Physics of Renewable Energy for Teachers: 3 Credits (2 Lec, 1 Other)

Renewable energy sources, such as wind, nuclear and solar, are rich in introductory physics concepts. During this online course, participants will complete a series of units centered on bringing the physics of renewable energy sources into a high school physics classroom. Course time will be devoted to creating classroom materials appropriate for secondary science classrooms which are consistent with Next Generation Science Standards. Energy sources covered will include power derived from fossil fuels, solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, hydro, biomass and water waves. World energy consumption, sustainability, energy storage and end users will also be covered. Offered Summer.

PHSX 689  Doctoral Reading & Research: 3-5 Credits (3 Other)

PREREQUISITE: Doctoral standing. This course may be used by doctoral students who are reading research publications in the field in preparation for beginning doctoral thesis research
Repeatable up to 15 credits.

PHSX 690  Doctoral Thesis: 1-10 Credits (1 Other)

PREREQUISITE: Doctoral standing
Repeatable up to 99 credits.