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Directed study for advanced students in the major. Specific guidelines

concerning independent study projects appear in the Individualized

Study section of this catalog.

A teaching experience course. Specific guidelines concerning teaching

experiences appear in the Individualized Study section of this catalog.

Special relativity, quantum theory of light, and wave mechanics of

matter. Applications of wave mechanics to atomic and molecular

physics. Three lectures and one laboratory period per week.

Prerequisite: credit in or current enrollment in PH 201. Fall.

Electromagnetic waves: reflection, refraction, dispersion, and

absorption. Geometrical optics of lens and mirror systems. Physical

optics of polarization, coherence, interference, and diffraction. Three

lectures and one laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: credit in or

current enrollment in PH 201. Fall.

Classical and quantum statistical mechanics of many‑particle

systems. Statistical ensembles and probability distribution functions.

Applications to thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, solid-state

physics, and low‑temperature physics. Prerequisite: credit in or current

enrollment in PH 201. Spring.

Principles and applications of classical mechanics using vectors,

tensors, and calculus. Kinematics and dynamics of a particle, harmonic

motion, central forces, linear and angular momentum, and rigid-body

mechanics. Three lecture periods each week. Prerequisite: PH 201.

Spring.

Electric and magnetic fields and their interaction with material matter,

direct and alternating current circuits, Maxwell’s equations, and

electromagnetic theory of radiation. Three lecture periods each week.

Prerequisite: PH 201. Spring.

Advanced guided inquiry in a subject (theoretical, computational, or

experimental) selected by the student in consultation with a member

of the physics faculty. Requirements include a paper written in the style

of a scientific journal article and an oral presentation to students and

faculty. Prerequisites: PH 122 and consent.