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Courses

AST-A 100 The Solar System

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Survey of the solar system, including the Earth, sun, moon, eclipses, planets and their satellites, comets, laws of planetary motion, etc. Discussion of the origin of the solar system, life on earth, and the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. Also astronomical instruments and celestial coordinates.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall

PHYS 10000 Physics in the Modern World

  • Credit Hours: 5
  • Course Summary: Ideas, language, methods, and impact of physics today.
  • Prerequisites: Introductory high school mathematics.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring
  • Course Links: Course Website
     

AST-A 105 Stars and Galaxies

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Survey of the universe beyond the solar system, including stars, pulsars, black holes, principles of spectroscopy and the H-R diagram, nebulae, the Milky Way, other galaxies, quasars, expanding universe, cosmology, and extraterrestrial life.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring

AST-A 130 Short Courses in Astronomy

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Five-week short courses on a variety of topics in astronomy. Examples of topics include: the Big Bang, Black Holes, Astronomy from your Backyard, How to See Stars, and The Birth and Death of Our Sun.

PHYS 14000 Short Courses in Physics

  • Credit Hours: 1
  • Course Summary: Five-week courses on a variety of topics related to the physical world. Examples of topics include: Waves and Particles Are the Same Thing, Relativity, Quarks and Other Inhabitants of the Zoo, Why Things Work and Why They Don't, Lasers and Holography, and Physics of Star Trek.

PHYS 15200 Mechanics

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • Course Summary: Statics, uniform and accelerated motion; Newton's laws; circular motion; energy, momentum, and conservation principles; dynamics of rotation; gravitation and planetary motion; properties of matter; and simple harmonic and wave motion.
  • Prerequisites: P or C: MATH 16600; Equivalent IU PHYS-P 221
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Additional Information: For more information, visit our Web page at webphysics.iupui.edu/introphysics.

PHYS 20000 Our Physical Environment

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: A nonmathematical introduction to physical concepts and methods by means of examples from daily life and current technological applications.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring

PHYS-P 201 General Physics I

  • Credit Hours: 5
  • Course Summary: Newtonian mechanics, wave motion, heat, and thermodynamics. Application of physical principles to related scientific disciplines, especially life sciences. Intended for students preparing for careers in the life sciences and the health professions. Three lectures, one discussion section, and one two-hour laboratory period each week.
  • Prerequisites: MATH 15900 or equivalent.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Course Links: Course website: Spring, Course website: Summer

 

 

PHYS-P 202 General Physics II

  • Credit Hours: 5
  • Course Summary: Electricity and magnetism; geometrical and physical optics; introduction to concepts of relativity, quantum theory, and atomic and nuclear physics. Three lectures, one discussion section, and one two-hour laboratory period each week.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS-P 201
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

AST-A 205 Quasars, Pulsars, Black Holes

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: For both science and non-science majors interested in astronomy.  Surveys stars of all types and their life cycles.  Includes the H-R diagram, star clusters, and exploration of our own sun.  Discussion of relativistic effects on certain astronomical objects and on human space exploration.
  • Prerequisites: Introductory High School mathematics.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring

PHYS 21800 General Physics

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • Course Summary: Mechanics, conservation laws, gravitation; simple harmonic motion and waves; kinetic theory, heat, and thermodynamics for students in technology fields. 
  • Prerequisites: MATH 15900 or equivalent.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Course Links: Course Website

PHYS 21900 General Physics

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • Course Summary: Electricity, light, and modern physics.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

PHYS 25100 Heat, Electricity, and Optics

  • Credit Hours: 5
  • Course Summary: Heat, kinetic theory, elementary thermodynamics, and heat transfer. Electrostatics, electrical currents and devices. Magnetism and electromagnetic radiation. Optics.
  • Prerequisites: P: either PHYS-P 201 or PHYS 15200. P or C: MATH 26100. Equiv. IU PHYS-P 222.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Additional Information: For more information, visit the Web site at webphysics.iupui.edu/introphysics.

PHYS 30000 Introduction to Elementary Mathematical Physics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Brief but practical introduction to various mathematical methods used in intermediate-level physics courses. Vector analysis, orthogonal coordinate systems, matrices, Fourier methods, complex numbers, special functions, and computational methods. Emphasis will be on examples and the application of these methods to physics problems.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS-P 202 or 25100, and MATH 26100.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring

PHYS 31000 Intermediate Mechanics

  • Credit Hours: 4
  • Course Summary: For students familiar with calculus. Elements of vector algebra; statics of particles and rigid bodies; theory of couples; principle of virtual work; kinematics; dynamics of particles and rigid bodies; work, power, and energy; and elements of hydromechanics and elasticity.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS-P 202 or PHYS 25100 and PHYS 30000 or MATH 26600
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall

PHYS 33000 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Electrostatics; electric currents; magnetostatics; electromagnetic induction; Maxwell's equations; electromagnetic waves.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS-P 202 or PHYS 25100 and PHYS 30000 or MATH 26600.
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring

PHYS 34200 Modern Physics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: A survey of basic concepts and phenomena in atomic, nuclear, and solid state physics.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS-P 202 or PHYS 25100 and MATH 26100. Equiv. IU PHYS-P 301
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring

PHYS 35300 Electronics Laboratory

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Introduction to electronic circuits and test equipment for scientists. Circuits including LRC networks, diodes, transistors, amplifiers, and digital components will be constructed and measured using oscilloscopes, function generators, and digital multimeters. Results will be analyzed in terms of basic circuit properties such as impedance and frequency response.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 25100
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring

PHYS 40000 Physical Optics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Electromagnetic waves; wave theory of reflection, refraction, diffraction, and interference. Spatial and temporal coherence. Fourier optics, coherent imaging, and holography. Polarization phenomena; Jones vectors and matrices.
  • Prerequisites: 33000
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall

PHYS 40100 Physical Optics Laboratory

  • Credit Hours: 2
  • Course Summary: Experiments to accompany PHYS 40000 in reflection, refraction, and interference using lasers. Interferometry. Diffraction patterns with emphasis on Fourier analysis and Fourier transformations. Polarization, Brewster's angle. Coherence length of lasers.
  • Prerequisites: P: PHYS 33000 ; C: PHYS 400 (majors)

PHYS 41600 Thermal Physics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Temperature, equations of state, first and second laws of thermodynamics, entropy and applications, kinetic theory, transport processes, statistical mechanics.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 34200, and PHYS 31000 or PHYS 33000
  • Semester(s) Offered: Spring

PHYS 44200 Quantum Mechanics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Inadequacies of classical physics; wave packets and Schrodinger equation, one-dimensional problems; operator formulation of quantum mechanics; linear harmonic oscillator; angular momentum; hydrogen atom; and Pauli principle and application to helium atom.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 34200, and PHYS 31000 or PHYS 33000
  • Semester(s) Offered: Fall

PHYS 47000 Reading in Special Topics

  • Credit Hours: 1-3

PHYS 48000 Solar Energy Usage

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Theoretical and practical aspects, including collector design, modeling of solar systems, economic evaluation of solar alternatives, and photovoltaics.
  • Prerequisites: MATH 16600 or equivalent, and two courses in general physics.

PHYS 49000 Undergraduate Reading and Research

  • Credit Hours: 1-3
  • Course Summary: Independent study for undergraduates.

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