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New Mexico State University
Undergraduate Catalog
2012-2013

PHYS-PHYSICS

PHYS 110G. The Great Ideas of Physics - 4 cr. (3+3P)
Conceptual, quantitative, and laboratory treatments of the great ideas and discoveries that have influenced lives and changed perceptions of nature, from Johannes Kepler's laws of planetary motion and Isaac Newton's and Albert Einstein's laws of motion and gravity to the modern concepts of the quantal structure of nature and the big bang universe.
PHYS 120G. Introduction to Acoustics - 4 cr. (3+2P)
Lecture, demonstration, and laboratory treatment of the general properties of waves, the production, transmission, and reception of sound waves, including musical and vocal sounds, and characteristics of the human ear and several kinds of sources.
PHYS 133. Elementary Machine Shop Techniques - 1 cr. (3P)
Introduction to basic machine shop skills, including welding techniques, the use of lathes and milling machines, and tool design. Enrollment limited to physics majors.
PHYS 150. Elementary Computational Physics - 3 cr. (2+2P)
Introduction to computational techniques for the solution of physics-related problems. Prerequisite(s): a C or better in MATH 121G. Restricted to: Main campus only.
PHYS 208. Physics by Inquiry I - 4 cr. (3+3P)
Selected topics in physics, with emphasis on depth of understanding and development of reasoning skills essential to the scientific process. Develops scientific literacy and provides background for teaching physical science as a process of inquiry. Prerequisite(s): C or better in MATH 120 or higher.
PHYS 211G. General Physics I - 3 cr.
Non-calculus treatment of mechanics, waves, sound, and heat. Knowledge of simple algebra and trigonometry is required.
PHYS 211GL. General Physics I Laboratory - 1 cr.
Laboratory experiments in topics associated with material presented in PHYS 211G or PHYS 221G. Students wishing to use the PHYS 211G-212G or PHYS 221G-222G sequence to satisfy the basic natural science General Education requirement must register for either PHYS 211GL or PHYS 212GL. Corequisite: PHYS 211G or PHYS 212G.
PHYS 212G. General Physics II - 3 cr.
Non-calculus treatment of electricity, magnetism, and light. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 211G or PHYS 221G.
PHYS 212GL. General Physics II Laboratory - 1 cr.
Laboratory experiments in topics associated with material presented in PHYS 212G or PHYS 222G. Students wishing to use the PHYS 211G-212G or PHYS 221G-222G sequence to satisfy the basic natural science General Education requirement must register for either PHYS 211GL or PHYS 212GL. Pre/Corequisite(s): PHYS 212 or PHYS 222.
PHYS 213. Mechanics - 3 cr.
Newtonian mechanics. Pre/Corequisite(s): MATH 191G.
PHYS 213 L. Experimental Mechanics - 1 cr. (3P)
Laboratory experiments associated with the material presented in PHYS 213. Science majors. Pre/Corequisite(s): PHYS 213.
PHYS 214. Electricity and Magnetism - 3 cr.
Charges and matter, the electric field, Gauss law, the electric potential, the magnetic field, Ampere's law, Faraday's law, electric circuits, alternating currents, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 213 or PHYS 215G. Pre/Corequisite(s): MATH 192G.
PHYS 214 L. Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory - 1 cr. (3P)
Laboratory experiments associated with the material presented in PHYS 214. Prerequisite(s): a C or better in PHYS 213L or PHYS 215GL. Pre/Corequisite(s): PHYS 214.
PHYS 215G. Engineering Physics I - 3 cr.
Calculus-level treatment of kinematics, work and energy, particle dynamics, conservation principles, simple harmonic motion. Prequisite(s): MATH 191G.
PHYS 215GL. Engineering Physics I Laboratory - 1 cr. (3P)
Laboratory experiments associated with the material presented in PHYS 215G. Corequisite: PHYS 215G. Students wishing to use the PHYS 215G-216G sequence to satisfy the basic natural science general education requirement must register for either PHYS 215GL or PHYS 216GL.
PHYS 216G. Engineering Physics II - 3 cr.
A calculus-level treatment of topics in electricity, magnetism, and optics. Prerequisite(s): MATH 192G and (PHYS 213 or PHYS 215G).
PHYS 216GL. Engineering Physics II Laboratory - 1 cr. (3P)
Laboratory experiments associated with the material presented in PHYS 216G. Prerequisite: a C or better in PHYS 213L or PHYS 215GL.. Corequisite: PHYS 216G. Students wishing to use the PHYS 215G-216 sequence to satisfy the basic natural science general education requirement must register for either PHYS 215GL or PHYS 216GL.
PHYS 217. Heat, Light, and Sound - 3 cr.
Calculus-level treatment of thermodynamics, geometrical and physical optics, and sound. Prerequisite: PHYS 213 or PHYS 215G.
PHYS 217 L. Experimental Heat, Light and Sound - 1 cr. (3P)
Laboratory experiments associated with the material presented in PHYS 217. Science majors. Prerequisite(s): a C or better in PHYS 213L or PHYS 215GL. Pre/Corequisite(s): PHYS 217.
PHYS 221G. General Physics for Life Sciences I - 3 cr.
This algebra-based introduction to general physics covers mechanics, waves, sound, and heat. Special emphasis is given to applications in the life sciences. This course is recommended for students in the life sciences and those preparing for the physics part of the MCAT. Prerequisites: a C or better in MATH 120 or higher.
PHYS 222G. General Physics for Life Sciences II - 3 cr.
This algebra-based course covers electricity, magnetism, light, atomic physics, and radioactivity. Special emphasis is given to applications in the life sciences This course is recommended for students in the life sciences and those preparing for the physics part of the MCAT. Prerequisite: PHYS 211G or PHYS 221G.
PHYS 223. Supplemental Instruction to PHYS 221 - 1 cr.
This optional workshop supplements Physics for Life Sciences I. The tutorial sessions focus on reasoning and hands-on problem solving. Corequisite(s): PHYS 221G.
PHYS 224. Supplemental Instruction to PHYS 222 - 1 cr.
This optional workshop is a supplement to Physics for Life Science II. The tutorial sessions focus on reasoning and hands-on problem solving. Corequisite(s): PHYS 222G.
PHYS 280. Independent Study - 1-3 cr.
Individual analytical or laboratory studies directed by a faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.
PHYS 290. Special Topics - 1-3 cr.
Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
PHYS 301V. Photonics - 3 cr.
Introduction to photonics with applications to telecommunications, optical computing, environmental remote sensing, holography, laser surgery, and biomedical diagnostics.
PHYS 303V. Energy and Society in the New Millennium - 3 cr.
Traditional and alternative sources of energy. Contemporary areas of concern such as the state of depletion of fossil fuels; nuclear energy, solar energy, and other energy sources; environmental effects; nuclear weapons; and health effects of radiation. Discussion of physical principles and impact on society. Focus on scientific questions involved in making decisions in these areas. No physics background required.
PHYS 304. Forensic Physics - 4 cr. (3+3P)
Theories, laboratory, and field techniques in the area of forensic physics.
PHYS 305V. The Search for Water in the Solar System - 3 cr.
Examines the formation, abundance and ubiquity of water in our Solar System stemming from comets, Martian and Lunar poles, Earth's interior and into the outer reaches of the Solar System. Topics will include nuclear synthesis, Solar System formation, remote sensing, as well as past, present and future NASA missions for water.
PHYS 315. Modern Physics - 3 cr.
An introduction to relativity and quantum mechanics, with applications to atoms molecules, solids, nuclei, and elementary particles. Prerequisites: MATH 291G and PHYS 214 or PHYS 216G.
PHYS 315 L. Experimental Modern Physics - 3 cr. (1+6P)
Elementary laboratory in modern physics which supports the subject matter in PHYS 315. Required for physics majors. Prerequisite(s): a C or better in PHYS 214L or 216GL. Pre/Corequisite(s): PHYS 315.
PHYS 350. Special Topics - 1-3 cr.
Lectures, demonstrations, and discussions on such topics as lasers and holography, energy sources, clouds, and biophysics. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits under different subtitles.
PHYS 380. Individual Study - 1-3 cr.
Individual analytical or laboratory studies directed by a faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.
PHYS 395. Intermediate Mathematical Methods of Physics - 3 cr.
Introduction to the mathematics used in intermediate-level physics courses. Topics include vector calculus, curvilinear coordinates, matrices, linear algebra, function spaces, partial differential equations, and special functions. Prerequisite(s): MATH 291G. Pre/Corequisite(s): MATH 392.
PHYS 400. Undergraduate Research - 1-3 cr.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
PHYS 450. Selected Topics - 1-3 cr.
Readings, lectures or laboratory studies in selected areas of physics. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.
PHYS 451. Intermediate Mechanics I - 3 cr.
Vector calculus, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of Newtonian mechanics. Topics include central force motion, dynamics of rockets and space vehicles, rigid body motion, noninertial reference frames, oscillating systems, relativistic mechanics, classical scattering, and fluid mechanics. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 213 or PHYS 215G, and MATH 291G. Pre/Corequisite(s): MATH 392.
PHYS 454. Intermediate Modern Physics I - 3 cr.
Introduction to quantum mechanics, the modern theory of mechanics governing all fundamental processes. Topics include: distinct quantum states; angular momentum; time evolution of quantum systems; motion in one- and three-dimensions; bound states; perturbation theory, and scattering. Among the many quantum phenomena discussed are: the Stern-Gerlach experiment; the ammonia maser; spin precession and resonance; harmonic oscillation; quantum tunneling; atoms and molecules; radioactive decay; systems of identical particles. Prerequisite(s): MATH 392 and PHYS 315.
PHYS 455. Intermediate Modern Physics II - 3 cr.
Continuation of topics in PHYS 454. Prerequisites: PHYS 454. Main campus only.
PHYS 461. Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I - 3 cr.
Covers electro-and magneto-statics, dielectric and magnetic materials, electromagnetic wave propagation, reflection, refraction, waveguides, radiating systems, interference and diffraction, Newtonian and relativistic electrodynamics and plasma physics. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 214 or PHYS 216G or equivalent and MATH 291G. Pre/Corequisite(s): MATH 392 and PHYS 395.
PHYS 462. Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II - 3 cr.
Continuation of topics in PHYS 461. Prerequisites: PHYS 461. Main campus only.
PHYS 471. Modern Experimental Optics - 2 cr. (6P)
Advanced laboratory experiments in optics related to the material presented in PHYS 470. Prerequisite/corequisite: PHYS 470. Same as E E 481.
PHYS 472. Non-Linear Optical and Laser Physics - 3 cr.
An introduction to the physics of non-linear optical processes primarily involving the interaction of intense laser radiation with matter. Topics include elements of laser physics, harmonic generation, stimulated Rayleigh, Raman, and Brillouin scattering, self-focusing and optical phase conjugation.
PHYS 473. Introduction to Optics - 3 cr.
The nature of light, Geometrical optics, basic optical instruments, wave optics, aberrations, polarization, and diffraction. Elements of optical radiometry, lasers and fiber optics. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 216G or PHYS 217. Crosslisted with: E E 473
PHYS 475. Advanced Physics Laboratory - 0-3 cr.
Advanced undergraduate laboratory involving experiments in atomic, molecular, nuclear, and condensed-matter physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 315 and 315L
PHYS 476. Computational Physics - 3 cr.
An introduction to finite difference methods, Fourier expansions, Fourier integrals, solution of differential equations, Monte Carlo calculations, and application to advanced physics problems. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 150 or equivalent and MATH 392.
PHYS 477. Fiber Optic Communication Systems - 4 cr. (3+3P)
See E E 477 Prerequisite(s): C or better in E E 315 or PHYS 461. Crosslisted with: E E 477
PHYS 478. Optical Sources, Detectors, and Radiometry - 4 cr. (3+3P)
See E E 478. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 217. Crosslisted with: E E 478
PHYS 479. Lasers and Applications - 4 cr. (3+3P)
See E E479 Prerequisite(s): C or better in E E 315 or in PHYS 461. Crosslisted with: E E 479
PHYS 480. Thermodynamics - 3 cr.
Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Basic concepts of temperature, heat, entropy, equilibrium, reversible and irreversible processes. Applications to solids, liquids, and gases. Prerequisites: PHYS 217, PHYS 315 and MATH 291G.
PHYS 485. Independent Study - 1-3 cr.
Individual analytical or laboratory studies directed by a faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.
PHYS 488. Condensed Matter Physics - 3 cr.
Crystal structure, X-ray diffraction, energy band theory, phonons, cohesive energy, conductivities, specific heats, p-n junctions, defects, surfaces, and magnetic, optical, and low-temperature properties. Prerequisite: PHYS 315.
PHYS 489. Introduction to Modern Materials - 3 cr.
Structure and mechanical, thermal, electric, and magnetic properties of materials. Modern experimental techniques for the study of material properties. Prerequisite: PHYS 315.
PHYS 491. High Energy Physics I - 3 cr.
Particle detectors, accelerators, and experimental techniques. Fundamental particles and interactions. Symmetries in particle physics. Quark model of hadrons. Electroweak theory. Strong interactions and QCD. Nuclear interactions at high energies. Grand unification. Super symmetry. Prerequisite(s): PHYS 455.
PHYS 493. Experimental Nuclear Physics - 3 cr. (1+6P)
Selected experimental investigations in nuclear physics such as measurement of radioactivity, absorption of radiation, nuclear spectrometry. Prerequisite: PHYS 315.
PHYS 495. Mathematical Methods of Physics I - 3 cr.
Applications of mathematics to experimental and theoretical physics. Topics selected from: complex variables; special functions; numerical analysis; Fourier series and transforms, Laplace transforms. Prerequisite(s): MATH 392 and PHYS 395.