Phys 102  General Physics (303) Prerequisite: None. Intended for students in architecture, computer science (B.A. only), STS and other disciplines requiring laboratory science electives. Elementary statics and dynamics. Subjects discussed are kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, energy, momentum, conservation principles, and mechanical properties of matter. Lab must be taken concurrently. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 102A  General Physics Laboratory (021) Prerequisite: None. This course is the laboratory component of Phys 102 and must be taken concurrently. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 103  General Physics (303) Prerequisite: Phys 102 with grade of C or better. A continuation of Phys 102 for students in architecture, computer science (B.A. only), STS and other disciplines requiring laboratory science electives. Topics discussed are heat, thermodynamics, sound, wave motion, illumination, geometric and physical optics, and color. Lab must be taken concurrently. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 103A  General Physics Laboratory (021) Prerequisite: Phys 102 with grade of C or better. This course is the laboratory component of Phys 103 and must be taken concurrently. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 105  Physics A (303) Corequisite: Math 108. First semester of a twosemester sequence with Phys 106. The sequence is equivalent to Phys 111. Placement is determined by performance on standardized entrance examinations. A study of elementary mechanics with emphasis on the fundamental laws of mechanics and conservation laws. Topics include scalar and vector quantities, rectilinear motion, equilibrium and Newton's laws of motion, friction, work and energy, impulse, and momentum. Lab must be taken concurrently. Effective From: Spring 2009 Until: Fall 2011
Phys 105A  Physics A Laboratory (021) Corequisite: Math 108. Placement in this course is determined by performance on standardized entrance examinations. This course is the laboratory component of Phys 105 and must be taken concurrently. Effective From: Spring 2009 Until: Fall 2011
Phys 105W  Physics A Workshop (010) Corequisite: Math 108. Effective From: Spring 2009 Until: Fall 2011
Phys 106  Physics B (303) Prerequisite: Phys 105 and Math 108 or Math 109 or Math 110, with grade of C or better. Second semester of a twosemester sequence with Phys 105. An extension of Phys 105 in the area of mechanics. Topics include rotational motion, torque, inertia and angular momentum, static equilibrium, gravity, and a full review of mechanics at the level equivalent to Phys 111. Lab must be taken concurrently. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 106A  Physics B Laboratory (021) Prerequisite: same as Phys 106. This course is the laboratory component of Phys 106 and must be taken concurrently. Effective From: Spring 2009 Until: Fall 2011
Phys 111  Physics I (303) Prerequisite: Corequisite: Math 111. Elementary mechanics with an emphasis on the fundamental concepts and laws of mechanics, especially the conservation laws. Topics are scalar and vector quantities of mechanics; rectilinear and circular motion; equilibrium and Newton's laws of motion; work, energy, momentum; the conservation laws. Lab must be taken concurrently. See Phys 111A. Effective From: Spring 2014
Phys 111A  Physics I Laboratory (021) Corequisite: Math 111. Laboratory component of Phys 111 and Phys 111H. Lab must be taken concurrently with Phys 111 or Phys 111H. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 111H  Honors Physics I (303) Prerequisite: Math 131; Corequisite: Math 111 or Math 111H or Math 132. Admission to this course is by invitation, based on class standing and standardized entrance exams. First semester of a threesemester program in Honors Physics. Covers the material in Phys 111, but topics are treated more comprehensively and in greater depth. More extensive use of mathematics. Lab must be taken concurrently. See Phys 111A. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 111W  Physics I Workshop (010) Corequisite: Math 111 or Math 111H. Workshop for Phys 111. Effective From: Spring 2009 Until: Fall 2011
Phys 114  Introduction to Data Reduction with Applications (303) Corequisite: Math 111. Physics majors only. An introduction to both the theory and application of error analysis and data reduction methodology. Topics include the binomial distribution and its simplification to Gaussian and Poisson probability distribution functions, estimation of moments, and propagation of uncertainty. Forward modeling, including leastsquares fitting of linear and polynomial functions are discussed. The course enables students to apply the concepts of the data reduction and error analysis using data analysis software to real data sets found in the physical sciences. Effective From: Spring 2014
Phys 121  Physics II (303) Prerequisites: PHYS 111 with a grade of C or better. Math 111 or 111H. Corequisite: Math 112. This course deals with an introduction to electricity and magnetism. Topics include simple dc circuits, the electric field, the magnetic field, electric potential, capacitance relationships between electric and magnetic fields, inductance, and simple ac circuits. Lab must be taken concurrently. See Phys 121A. Effective From: Spring 2014
Phys 121A  Physics II Laboratory (021) Prerequisites: Phys 111 or Phys 111H or Phys 106 and Math 111 or Math 111H all with grade of C or better. Corequisite: Math 112. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 121H  Honors Physics II (303) Prerequisites: PHYS 111 with a grade of C or better. Math 111 or 111H or 132. Corequisite: Math 112 or Math 133. This is the second semester of a threesemester program in Honors Physics. The course covers the material given in Phys 121. Greater use is made of vector analysis. In addition, an introduction to Maxwell's equations for the electromagnetic field and their application to physical problems is given. Lab must be taken concurrently.See Phys 121A. Effective From: Spring 2012
Phys 202  Introductory Astronomy and Cosmology (303) Prerequisite: None. A nonmathematical presentation of contemporary views of the origin, evolution, and structure of the solar system, stars, galaxies, and the universe. Special topics include neutron stars, black holes, gravitationally strange objects, and the ?big bang.? Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 202A  Astronomy and Cosmology Laboratory (021) Corequisite: Phys 202. Includes demonstration of physical principles applicable to astronomy. Use of telescope for lunar, solar and planetary observations. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 203  The Earth in Space (303) Prerequisite: None. Introduces fundamental phenomena, such as plate tectonics, erosion, volcanism, and glaciation. Studies the interaction between the Earth's four major reservoirs?atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and solid earth; investigates the dependence of the Earth on the Sun; the effect of the Moon on the Earth. Extends knowledge gained from studying the Earth to other planets in this solar system. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 203A  The Earth in Space Laboratory (021) Corequisite: Phys 203. Optional laboratory course associated with Phys 203. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 204  Biophysics of Life (303) A nonmathematical view of how living entities work in terms of the basic concepts of physics. The course will discuss how these concepts underline topics ranging from birth to death, from touch to pleasure, from vision to beauty, and from a thought to a heartbeat. Effective From: Fall 2013
Phys 231A  Physics III Laboratory (021) Prerequisite: Phys 121 or Phys 121H and Math 112 or Math 112H, all with grade of C or better. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 231H  Honors Physics III (404) Prerequisite: Phys 121 or Phys 121H and Math 112 or Math 112H, all with grade of C or better. Third semester of a threesemester program in Honors Physics. Physical optics is treated in greater detail. Modern physics includes a greater number of topics, with special emphasis on the waveparticle duality in nature. Lab must be taken concurrently. See Phys 231A. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 233  Physics III (303) Prerequisite: Phys 121. Intended for students in chemical engineering only. Topics include elements of simple harmonic motion, wave motion, interference and diffraction, quantum mechanics, semiconductor models, carrier distribution, Fermi functions, and selected topics. Effective From: Spring 2002 Until: Spring 2008
Phys 234  Physics III (303) Prerequisite: Math 112 or Math 112H. Elements of simple harmonic motion, wave motion, geometric and physical optics are considered. The wave and particle duality of nature is emphasized and made plausible by an examination of the important experiments and theories which lead to the modern concepts of matter and radiation. The conservation laws are broadened to include the equivalence of mass and energy. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 234H  Honors Physics III (303) Prerequisites: Math 112 or Math 112H. Third semester of a threesemester program in Honors Physics. Physical optics is treated in greater detail. Modern physics includes a greater number of topics, with special emphasis on the waveparticle duality in nature. Lab must be taken concurrently. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 235  Physics III (404) Prerequisites: Phys 121 and 121A. Intended for students in computer engineering. Topics include simple harmonic motion, wave motion, interference and diffraction, photons, electrons, and the wave particle duality. Thermodynamics and heat transfer are introduced. Effective Until: Spring 2008
Phys 310  Introduction to Atomic and Nuclear Physics (303) Prerequisites: Phys 234 or Phys 234H; Math 222 or Math 222H, all with grade of C or better. Selected topics in atomic physics including the Pauli Exclusion Principle and the Atomic Shell Model. In nuclear physics, the twobody problem, nuclear models, alpha, beta, and gamma radiation, acclerators, and nuclear detectors are studied. 21&62:750:403 may be substituted for this course. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 311  Coop Work Experience I (3 credits) Prerequisite: Acceptance into the coop program. Students gain majorrelated experience and reinforcement of the academic program. Work assignments are facilitated and approved by the Office of Cooperative Education and Internships. Participation in seminars and a final report/project is mandatory. Note: Normal grading applies to this COOP Experience Effective From: Spring 2013
Phys 320  Astronomy and Astrophysics I (303) Prerequisites: Phys 121 or Phys 121H, with grade of C or better. A quantitative introduction to the astronomy of the sun, earth, and solar system, with an emphasis on the physical principles involved. Includes celestial mechanics, planetary atmospheres and the physics of comets, asteroids and meteorites. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 321  Astronomy and Astrophysics II (303) Prerequisite: Phys 320, with grade of C or better. A quantitative introduction to the astronomy of the stars, the galaxy, and cosmology, with an emphasis on the physical principles involved. Includes stellar interiors, stellar evolution, galactic dynamics, largescale structure and early history of the universe. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 322  Observational Astronomy (303) Prerequisite: Phys 320, with grade of C or better. Most class time is spent in an observatory performing observations of celestial objects such as the Sun, Moon, planets, stars, stellar clusters, and galaxies. Experimental projects include charting the skies, asterophotography (film and CCD), measuring masses of planets, rotational period of the Sun, topography of the Moon, HR diagrams of stellar clusters, etc. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 335  Introductory Thermodynamics (303) Prerequisites: Phys 234 or Phys 234H or Phys 231H and Math 211 or Math 213 or Math 213H, all with grade of C or better. Corequisites: Math 222, Math 238 or Math 335. Introductory thermodynamics, kinetic theory, statistical physics. Topics include equations of state, the three laws of thermodynamics, reversible and irreversible processes. 21&62:750:315 may be substituted for this course. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 350  Biophysics I (303) Prerequisite: Phys 121 or Phys 121H with a grade of C or better. This course presents an introduction to general biophysics and a preparation for medical school and biotechnology careers. It features molecules, viruses and cells racing to form enormous electric fields, succumbing to diseases and creating life. It explains how key medical devices preserve life. It asses students? progress using questions just like those on the medical school entrance exams and seeks an understanding of a few, simple principles of life science. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 390  Selected Topics of Current Interest in Physics (101) Prerequisite: Phys 234 or Phys 234H, with grade of C or better. Seminar covering topics that are currently in the forefront of physics. The lecture series offers exposure to such topics as nuclear physics, solid state physics, plasma physics, the special and general theories of relativity, and the history and philosophy of science. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 411  Coop Work Experience II (3 credits) Prerequisites: Phys 311, with grade of C or better, and acceptance into the coop program. Provides for coop work assignments which must be approved by the Office of Cooperative Education and Internships. Participation in seminars and a final report/project are mandatory. Note: Normal grading applies to this COOP Experience Effective From: Spring 2013
Phys 418  Fundamentals of Optical Imaging (223) Prerequisites: Phys234 or Phys 234H or Phys 231H, with grade of C or better. This is a course with both lectures and experiments and the emphasis is on the handson experiences. Upon completion of the course, students should not only grasp the basic concepts involved in imaging science, but also be able to work on simple real world imaging systems. The main content of the lecture part of this course can be summarized as the following: Optical sources, detectors and their working mechanism; Image formation and transmission; Optical imaging system and their characteristics; Imaging processing and algorithms. This course is developed in close collaboration with Edmund Optics Inc. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 420  Special Relativity (303) Prerequisites: Phys 234 or Phys 234H or Phys 231H and Math 222 or Math 222H, all with grade of C or better. An introduction to Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity at the advanced undergraduate level. Topics include invariance of the speed of light, relativity of time and space, the Lorentz transformations, spacetime diagrams, the twin paradox and time travel, relativistic mechanics, rotating reference frames, laser gyroscopes, superluminal motion, phase and group velocities, and applications in highenergy physics, relativistic engineering, nuclear physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 421  General Relativity (303) Prerequisites: Phys 234 or Phys 234H or Phys 231H and Math 222 or Math 222H, all with grade of C or better. An introduction to Einstein's General Theory of Relativity at the advanced undergraduate level. Topics include review of Newton's Theory of Gravitation, review of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, tensor calculus on both flat and curved manifolds, the covariant derivative, curvature, Einstein's Gravitational Field Equations, the weakfield limit, gravitational radiation, the black hole solution, Hawking radiation, the NoHair Theorem, cosmology, and a history of the Universe. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 430  Classical Mechanics I (303) Prerequisites: Phys 234 or Phys 234H or Phys 231H and Math 222 or Math 222H and Math 328 or Math 335, all with grade of C or better. Newtonian mechanics of particles and systems. Lagrange's and Hamilton's approaches. Continuous systems. 21&62:750:361 may be substituted for this course. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 431  Classical Mechanics II (303) Prerequisites: Phys 430, with grade of C or better. Theory of small oscillations and mechanical waves. Rigid bodies. Topics include stability, linearization methods, forced vibrators and perturbation theory, fluids and mechanics of continuous media. 21&62:750:362 may be substituted for this course. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 432  Electromagnetism I (303) Prerequisite: Phys 234 or Phys 234H or Phys 231H and Math 222 or Math 222H and Math 328 or Math 335, all with grade of C or better. Electrostatics and magnetostatics, Maxwell's equations with applications, and electrodynamics. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 433  Electromagnetism II (303) Prerequisite: Phys 432, with grade of C or better. Maxwell's equations with applications and electrodynamics. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 441  Modern Physics (303) Prerequisites: Phys 234 or Phys 234H or Phys 231H and Math 222 or Math 222H, all with grade of C or better. Topics include waveparticle duality, wave mechanics, twostate quantum systems, the motion of an electron in a periodic lattice, band theory of solids, electrical, thermal and magnetic properties of solids, and plasmas and super fluid systems. 21&62:750:316 may be substituted for this course. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 442  Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (303) Prerequisite: Phys 430, with grade of C or better. Waveparticle duality, the Schrodinger and Heisenberg formulations of quantum mechanics. The hydrogen atom, perturbation theory, and concepts of degeneracy, composite states and general properties of eigenfunctions. 21&62:750:404 may be substituted for this course. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 443  Modern Optics (303) Prerequisites: Phys 234 or Phys 234H or Phys 231H and Math 222 or Math 222H, all with a grade of C or better. Electromagnetic theory of light, interference, diffraction, polarization, absorption, double refraction, scattering, dispersion, aberration, and an introduction to quantum optics. Other topics include holography, lasers, information retrieval, spatial filtering, and character recognition. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 444  Fluid and Plasma Dynamics (303) Prerequisites: Phys 234 or Phys 234H or Phys 231H and Math 222 or Math 222H, all with grade of C or better. Introduces the basics of plasma physics. Covers the following plasma parameters, single particle motions, plasma as fluid, waves, diffusion and resistivity, equilibrium and instability, kinetic theory, nonlinear effects. Applications in three areas: controlled fusion, astrophysics, and interaction between light and plasma. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 446  Solid State Physics (303) Prerequisite: Math 222, with grade of C or better. Corequisite: Phys 442. An introduction to modern concepts of the solid state. Topics include crystal structure and diffraction, crystal binding and elastic properties, thermal properties, dielectric phenomena, band theory of solids and Fermi surfaces, electrical conductors, semiconductors, magnetism, and superconductivity. 21&62:750:406 may be substituted for this course. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 448  Semiconductor Physics (303) Prerequisites: Phys 234 or Phys 234H or Phys 231H and Math 222 or Math 222H, all with grade of C or better. The physics of semiconductors is examined and applied to problems of interest to the engineer. The course includes the following topics: the band theory of solids, conduction in solids, hole and electron statistics, and PN junction theory with emphasis placed upon lowlevel and highlevel injection. Metal semiconductor contacts and PNP transistor theory are also discussed.
Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 450  Advanced Physics Laboratory (143) Prerequisites: Phys 335, Phys 430, Phys 432, all with grade of C or better. Introduction to electrical measurements; instrumentation; theoretical and applied electronics, solid state electronic devices, digital circuitry; computer design; experiments in modern physics. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 451  Biophysics II (303) Prerequisites: Phys 121 with a grade of C or better. An introduction to electrical aspects of biophysics and a preparation for medical school and biotechnology careers. Covering how medical devices work and using active learning with reports on new research. Effective From: Spring 2013
Phys 452  Atomic and Nuclear Physics (303) Prerequisites: Phys 234 or Phys 234H or Phys 231H and Math 222 or Math 222H, all with grade of C or better. Topics include atomic spectra, atomic structure, and nuclear physics. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 456  Introduction to Solid State Physics (303) Prerequisites: Phys 234 or Phys 234H or Phys 231H and Math 222 or Math 222H, all with grade of C or better. Treats the same topics as Phys 446 while introducing the necessary modern physics. Designed for students choosing a minor in applied physics. Students majoring in applied physics are ineligible. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 461  Mathematical Methods of Theoretical Physics (303) Prerequisites: Phys 430, Phys 432, Phys 433, all with grade of C or better. Topics include vector and tensor analysis, matrix methods, complex variables, SturmLiouville theory, special functions, Fourier series and integrals, integral equations, and numerical solutions of differential equations. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 480  Topics in Applied Physics (303) Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Current topics and interests in applied physics and physics. Emphasis is on research and scientific development in microelectornics, optoelectronics, optical physics, materials science, surface science, solar physics, and modern physics. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 481  Applied Solid State Physics: Microelectronics I (303) Prerequisite: Phys 446, with grade of C or better. Topics include physics of bipolar and field effect devices, Phonon and optical spectra, unipolar devices, and thermal and high field properties of semiconductor devices. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 482  Applied Solid State Physics: Microelectronics II (303) Prerequisite: Phys 446, with grade of C or better. Topics include largescale integrated circuits, device characteristics, chargecoupled devices, LED and semiconductor lasers, photodetectors, and electrical and optical properties of materials. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 483  Applied Solid State Physics (063) Prerequisite: Phys 446, with grade of C or better. Introduction to digital concepts; binary circuits and microprocessor architecture. Applications of discrete solidstate devices and integrated circuits are explored both in theory and practice. The laboratory also serves as an introduction to hardware and software components of a typical microcomputer. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 485  Computer Modeling of Applied Physics Problems (303) Prerequisites: Phys 234 or Phys 234H or Phys 231H and Math 222 or Math 222H, all with grade of C or better. General computer programming modeling methods and techniques. Numerical solutions to integrodifferential equations. Eigenvalues problems. Application of computeraideddesign and other packages. 21&62:750:461 may be substituted for this course. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 490  Independent Study (303) Prerequisite: Departmental approval. Undertake individual research or a project under the supervision of a member of the physics department. 21&62:750:485, 486 may be substituted for this course. Effective From: Spring 2009
Phys 490H  Honors Independent Study (303) By arrangement with a physics faculty member. Fulfills Honors College capstone course requirement.
R750:315  Introductory Thermodynamics (3) For more details go to Rutgers Catalog.
R750:316  Introduction to Modern Physics (3) For more details go to Rutgers Catalog.
R750:333  Applications of Mathematics to Physics (3) For more details go to Rutgers Catalog.
R750:403  Introduction to Atomic and Nuclear Physics (3) For more details go to Rutgers Catalog.
R750:404  Quantum Mechanics (3) For more details go to Rutgers Catalog.
R750:406  Introductory SolidState Physics (3) For more details go to Rutgers Catalog.
R750:407  Advanced Physics Laboratory I (1) For more details go to Rutgers Catalog.
R750:408  Advanced Physics Laboratory II (1) For more details go to Rutgers Catalog.
R750:461  Computational Methods in Applied Physics (3) For more details go to Rutgers Catalog.
R750:485  Individual Research in Physics (BA,BA) For more details go to Rutgers Catalog.
R750:493  Readings in Physics (BA,BA) For more details go to Rutgers Catalog.
