PH - Physics (PH)

PH 101. Physics. (4 Credits)

A survey of basic physics principles presented in workshop format: students discover the fundamental principles of physics through hands-on activities, cooperative group learning, and guided explorations of phenomena in Motion, Conservation Laws, Gravity, Oscillations, and Heat and Temperature. Computers and electronic sensors are used in some of the activities, but no previous experience with computers is necessary. Not applicable for credit toward a physics major or minor. Three class periods; one 2-hour laboratory period per week. No prerequisite. Special fee: $30.00. (Fall, Spring)

Course Fees: $50

PH 121. Introductory Physics. (4 Credits)

An introduction to the physical principles of motion, waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light. Computers and electronic sensors are used in some of the activities, but no previous experience with computers is necessary. Not applicable for credit toward a physics major or minor. Three class periods; one two-hour laboratory period per week. No prerequisite. Special fee: $30.00. (Fall, Spring)

Course Fees: $50

PH 125. Descriptive Astronomy. (4 Credits)

The extraterrestrial environment including the solar system, stars, and galaxies. Cosmology and the development of astronomy is also considered along with topics of current interest. Instruction in the use of astronomical instrumentation is carried out in the observatory and planetarium. Not applicable for credit toward a physics major or minor. Three class periods; one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Special fee: $30.00. (Fall, Spring)

Course Fees: $50

PH 199. Service Learning. (3 Credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to Service Learning through the integration of academic learning about local, national, and global issues with service work addressing those concerns. Approval of supervising department required. (Offered upon sufficient demand.)

PH 241. General Physics I. (4 Credits)

A basic physics course covering mechanics, heat, and sound. Designed for students in premedical, predental, prepharmacy, and other programs not requiring calculus-based physics. Not applicable for credit toward major or minor requirements in physics or in curricula specifically requiring PH 251 and 252. Three class periods; one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: MA 112; 113 or 115. Special fee: $30.00. (Fall, Summer)

Course Fees: $50

PH 242. General Physics II. (4 Credits)

A continuation of Physics 241, covering electricity, magnetism, optics, and topics in modern physics. Three class periods; one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite: PH 241. Special fee: $30.00. (Spring, Summer)

Course Fees: $50

PH 251. Technical Physics I. (5 Credits)

A calculus-based physics course covering mechanics, heat, and sound. Required in preengineering, physics, general and professional chemistry, and industrial hygiene programs. Four class periods; one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisite or concurrently: MA 122 or 125. Special fee: $30.00. (Fall, Summer)

Course Fees: $50

PH 252. Technical Physics II. (5 Credits)

A continuation of Physics 251, covering electricity, magnetism, optics, and topics in modern physics. Four class periods; one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Prerequisites: MA 122 or 125; PH 251. Special fee: $30.00. (Spring, Summer)

Course Fees: $50

PH 343. Modern Physics. (4 Credits)

Special theory of relativity, origin of the quantum theory, the nuclear atom, emission spectra, nuclear forces, structures, and reactions. Prerequisite: PH 252. (Fall)

PH 356W. Intermediate Laboratory. (4 Credits)

Measurements involving the fields of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, heat, sound, optics, and modern physics. Some data analysis by computer will be required. Formal laboratory reports will be graded for scientific content and grammatical correctness. Two class periods; two 2-hour laboratory periods per week. Prerequisite: PH 252. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

Course Fees: $50

PH 359. Special Course. (1-6 Credits)

Course number reserved for special courses offered from time to time in response to special circumstances. The courses are discipline specific with variable credit and when offered, they are identified by department content and credit.

PH 369. Special Course. (1-6 Credits)

Course number reserved for special courses offered from time to time in response to special circumstances. The courses are discipline specific with variable credit and when offered, they are identified by department content and credit.

PH 380. Teach Science in Secondary Sch. (3 Credits)

Examines the problems of teachers in secondary science in integrating laboratory activities into the science curriculum. Provides experiences in planning, preparation, teaching and evaluation of laboratory activities. Considers the use of technology, safety, hazardous waste, teaching resources, student textbooks, and the Alabama Course of Study. Two class periods; one 2-hour laboratory period per week. Field trip and/or term project may be required. This course cannot be used as a 300-level elective in any major or minor other than secondary education. Also listed as BI 380, CH 380, and ES 380 but creditable only in the field for which registered. Special fee: $30.00. (Fall, even-numbered years)

Course Fees: $30

PH 389. On-Campus Internship. (3 Credits)

PH 399. Departmental Service Learning. (1-6 Credits)

This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to integrate academic learning about vital service issues within a specific discipline with service work addressing those issues. This course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Approval of supervising department required. (Offered upon sufficient demand.)

PH 444. Quantum Mechanics. (3 Credits)

An introduction to quantum mechanics studying the postulates, the wave equation, operator techniques, atomic and molecular structure, and spectroscopy. Also listed as CH 444 but creditable only in the field for which registered. Prerequisites: PH 343; MA 122 or MA 126 or CH 381, 381 L. (Spring)

PH 447. Electricity and Magnetism. (3 Credits)

Elements of electric and magnetic fields. Prerequisites: PH 252, MA 122 or 126 or concurrently. (Fall, even-numbered years)

PH 448. Electromagnetic Fields. (3 Credits)

Maxwell¿s equations, multi-pole fields, the wave equation with boundary conditions, and selected topics from relativistic electrodynamics. Prerequisite: PH 447. (Spring, odd-numbered years)

PH 456. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics. (3 Credits)

Elements of classical statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, with an introduction to quantum statistical mechanics. Also listed as CH 456 but creditable only in field for which registered. Prerequisites: MA 122 or 126 or concurrently, PH 252. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

PH 471. Classical Dynamics. (3 Credits)

Statics and kinematics of particles and rigid bodies including periodic motion. Prerequisites: PH 252, MA 122 or 126 or concurrently. (Fall, odd-numbered years)

PH 480. Topics in Physics. (1-6 Credits)

Topics will be selected from electronic instrumentation, optics, spectroscopy, nuclear physics, solid state physics, statistical mechanics, advanced quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics. Departmental approval required. A $30.00 laboratory fee may be required according to topic. (Offered on sufficient demand)

Course Fees: $50

PH 481. Topics in Physics. (1-6 Credits)

Topics will be selected from electronic instrumentation, optics, spectroscopy, nuclear physics, solid state physics, statistical mechanics, advanced quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics. Departmental approval required. A $30.00 laboratory fee may be required according to topic. (Offered on sufficient demand)

Course Fees: $50

PH 482. Topics in Physics. (1-6 Credits)

Topics will be selected from electronic instrumentation, optics, spectroscopy, nuclear physics, solid state physics, statistical mechanics, advanced quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics. Departmental approval required. A $30.00 laboratory fee may be required according to topic. (Offered on sufficient demand)

Course Fees: $50

PH 483. Topics in Physics. (1-6 Credits)

Topics will be selected from electronic instrumentation, optics, spectroscopy, nuclear physics, solid state physics, statistical mechanics, advanced quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics. Departmental approval required. A $30.00 laboratory fee may be required according to topic. (Offered on sufficient demand)

Course Fees: $50

PH 484. Topics in Physics. (1-6 Credits)

Topics will be selected from electronic instrumentation, optics, spectroscopy, nuclear physics, solid state physics, statistical mechanics, advanced quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics. Departmental approval required. A $30.00 laboratory fee may be required according to topic. (Offered on sufficient demand)

Course Fees: $50

PH 485. Topics in Physics. (1-6 Credits)

Topics will be selected from electronic instrumentation, optics, spectroscopy, nuclear physics, solid state physics, statistical mechanics, advanced quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics. Departmental approval required. A $30.00 laboratory fee may be required according to topic. (Offered on sufficient demand)

Course Fees: $50

PH 486. Topics in Physics. (1-6 Credits)

Topics will be selected from electronic instrumentation, optics, spectroscopy, nuclear physics, solid state physics, statistical mechanics, advanced quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics. Departmental approval required. A $30.00 laboratory fee may be required according to topic. (Offered on sufficient demand)

Course Fees: $50

PH 487. Topics in Physics. (1-6 Credits)

Topics will be selected from electronic instrumentation, optics, spectroscopy, nuclear physics, solid state physics, statistical mechanics, advanced quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics. Departmental approval required. A $30.00 laboratory fee may be required according to topic. (Offered on sufficient demand)

Course Fees: $50

PH 488. Topics in Physics. (1-6 Credits)

Topics will be selected from electronic instrumentation, optics, spectroscopy, nuclear physics, solid state physics, statistical mechanics, advanced quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics. Departmental approval required. A $30.00 laboratory fee may be required according to topic. (Offered on sufficient demand)

Course Fees: $50

PH 489. Topics in Physics. (1-6 Credits)

Topics will be selected from electronic instrumentation, optics, spectroscopy, nuclear physics, solid state physics, statistical mechanics, advanced quantum mechanics, and mathematical physics. Departmental approval required. A $30.00 laboratory fee may be required according to topic. (Offered on sufficient demand)

Course Fees: $50

PH 495. Directed Research. (1-3 Credits)

Experimental, theoretical, or computational investigation of problems in physics under the direction of departmental faculty, with enrollment and projects subject to prior approval of the department. Formal reports of research progress will be required for credit. Scheduled work and conferences require a minimum average of three hours per week per credit hour. May be repeated to a maximum of six credit hours. A maximum of two credit hours will be offered during the summer term. Also listed as ES 495 but creditable only in field registered. Prerequisite: departmental approval required. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

Course Fees: $50

PH 498. Senior Assessment Seminar. (1 Credit)

In this course, students prepare for national standardized instruments, such as the MFT-Physics and GRE-Physics exams, that use multiple choice questions. In other physics major courses, students do not encounter these type questions. Students will practice solving such questions by depending upon far fewer full calculations than are required in other courses. This course requires students to complete the MFT-Physics exam as a pre-test at the beginning of the semester, and as a post-test at the end of the semester. This course is graded Pass/Fail with the pass grade dependent upon completion of the pre- and post-tests and attendance during the weekly seminar. Open to Professional Physics and General Physics majors in their last year of studies. Departmental approval required.