# Physics Courses

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## 150. Introductory Electronics

Introduces electronics for the sciences and
engineering. Assumes no experience in electronics and be
taken prior to introductory physics. Focus is on analog
electronics: practical circuits, passive and active
circuit elements, signal conditioning, test and
measurement skills, and a brief introduction to digital
electronics. Four hours lecture and three hours
laboratory. **Prerequisites: a knowledge of
trigonometry and exponential functions. **(5
units)

## 221. General Physics I

First course of a five-course sequence in introductory
physics for scienctists and engineers. This sequence is
intended for students with a strong background in
mathematics and the sciences. Mechanics. Four hours
lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee
required. **Prerequisites: MATH 211. Prerequisite
or corequisite: MATH 212. **(5 units)

## 222. General Physics II

Second course in a five-course sequence in introductory
physics for scientists and engineers. Electromagnetism.
Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials
fee required. **Prerequisites: PHYS 221, MATH
212. Recommended: MATH 213. ** (5 units)

## 223. General Physics III

Third course of a five-course sequence in introductory
physics for scientists and engineers. Waves and optics.
Four hours lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials
fee required. **Prerequisite: PHYS 222.**
(5 units)

## 224. General Physics IV

Fourth course of a five-course sequence in introductory
physics for scientists and engineers. Special
relativity, kinetic theory and thermodynamics. Three
hours lecture. **Prerequisite or corequisite:
PHYS 223 or consent of instructor.** (3 units)

## 225. General Physics V

Fifth course of a five-course sequence in introductory
physics for scientists and engineers. Modern physics.
Three hours lecture. Formerly PHYS 228. **Prerequisite:
PHYS 224 or consent of instructor. ** (3
units)

## 306. Classical Mechanics I

A continuing study of dynamics with an introduction to
advanced formulations. Four hours lecture. **Prerequisites:
PHYS 225 and PHYS 373.** (4 units)

## 307. Classical Mechanics II

A continuation of PHYS 306 with emphasis on systems of
particles and rigid bodies. Four hours lecture. Formerly
PHYS 406. **Prerequisites: PHYS 306.** (4
units)

## 313. Electrodynamics I

Derivation and applications of Maxwell's equations.
Four hours lecture. **Prerequisites: PHYS 225 and
PHYS 373.** (4 units)

## 314. Electrodynamics II

A continuation of PHYS 313 with advanced applications
of Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves. Four
hours lecture. Formerly PHYS 414. **Prerequisites:
PHYS 313.** (4 units)

## 315. Introduction to Modern Optics

An introduction to geometrical optics, physical optics
and lasers. Four hours lecture. **Prerequisites:
PHYS 313.** (4 units)

## 318. Materials Science and Engineering

Fundamental materials science concepts with
applications to include: structure, electrical and
thermal properties, phase diagrams, interfaces, and band
structure. Four hours lecture. Graded A,B,C/no credit. **Prerequisites:
CHEM 215, MATH 252 and PHYS 224.** (4 units)

## 324. Statistical and Thermal Physics

Basics of equilibrium thermodynamics including
statistical description of physical systems, entropy and
temperature, classical and quantum statistical
ensembles, thermodynamics, and selected applications.
Four hours lecture. **Prerequisites: MATH 252 and
PHYS 225.** (4 units)

## 350. Data Acquisition and Control

An introduction to computer-based data acquisition,
control and analysis. Topics include instrument control,
graphical programming, algorithm development, feedback
control algorithms, and computer-based data analysis.
Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory.
Materials fee required. **Prerequisites: CSCI
201, PHYS 150 and 222.** (4 units)

## 352. Advanced Electronics

Advanced analog electronics techniques for science and
engineering. Topics include computer-aided circuit
design, high frequency techniques, modular circuit
design, and computer-experiment interfacing. Three hours
lecture and three hours laboratory. Materials fee
required. **Prerequisites: PHYS 350 and 373.**
(4 units)

## 370. Introduction to Astrophysics

Basic principles of stellar structure and evolution,
galactic structure, extragalactic astronomy and
cosmology. Four hours lecture. **Prerequisites:
PHYS 225 and 373.** (4 units)

## 373. Mathematical Methods of Physics I

Vector calculus, Fourier analysis, and ordinary
differential equations. Emphasis on techniques
applicable to the problems of physics. **Prerequisites:
PHYS
222 and MATH 252. MATH 331 is recommended.** (4
units)

## 398. Junior Assessment

Students will review the foundational subjects in
physics (primarily classical mechanics, electrodynamics,
thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, special
relativity, and quantum mechanics) at the intermediate
level and apply that knowledge to problem-solving.**
Prerequisites: PHYS 306 and PHYS 313 with a grade of
"C" or better.** (1 unit)

## 421. Quantum Mechanics I

Introduction to quantum mechanics. Topics include the
origins of quantum theory, angular momentum, the Dirac
formalism, 2-level systems and the harmonic oscillator.
Four hours lecture. Formerly PHYS 322. **Prerequisites:
MATH 331, PHYS 225, 306, and 373.** (4 units)

## 422. Quantum Mechanics II

Continued study of the principles of quantum mechanics
introduced in PHYS 421. Topics include the axiomatic
formulation of quantum mechanics, spin and orbital
angular momentum, the Schroedinger equation in three
dimensions, approximation methods, and scattering. **Prerequisites:
PHYS 306, 314, and 421.** (4 units)

## 430. Advanced Physics Laboratory

Selected advanced experiments appropriate to a
student's previous preparation. May be repeated for
credit. Two hours lecture and six hours laboratory.
Materials fee required. **Prerequisite: PHYS 313.
Recommended: PHYS 421. **(4 units)

## 450. Introduction to Solid State Physics

Basic concepts of solid state physics, including
crystal structure; free electron gas model; electronic
structure of solids; phonons; properties of metals,
insulators and semiconductors; magnetism;
superconductivity. Four hours lecture. **Prerequisite:
PHYS 421. **(4 units)

## 461. Introduction to Nuclear Physics

Basic concepts of nuclear structure and reactions,
including accelerators and detectors, the
nucleon-nucleon force, basic nuclear properties, the
shell model, radioactivity, heavy ion reactions and
quarks. Four hours lecture. **Prerequisites: PHYS
306, 422 and 373.** (4 units)

## 463. Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics

A survey of elementary particle physics, including
accelerators, relativistic kinematics, conservation
laws, quarks, the standard model, and quantum field
theories. Four hours lecture. **Prerequisites:
PHYS 306, 422 and 373.** (4 units)

## 473. Mathematical Methods of Physics II

A continuation of PHYS 373. Topics covered include
functions of a complex variable and partial differential
equations. ** Prerequisite: PHYS 373. MATH 331
and PHYS 225 are strongly recommended. **(4
units)

## 573. Mathematical Methods of Physics III

A continuation of PHYS 473 with emphasis on advanced
topics relevant to physics. **Prerequisites: MATH
331 and PHYS 473.** (4 units)