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PHYSICS and Material Science

(PHYS) PHYSICS

JINGBIAO CUI, PhD
Professor and Chair
Room 216 Manning Hall
901.678.3657
jcui@memphis.edu

Additional fees are charged for some Physics lecture and laboratory courses. See the online class listings or the Expenses section of the Catalog.

In addition to the courses below, the department may offer the following Special Topics courses:
PHYS 4000-09. Special Topics in Physics. (3). Selected topics of current interest in physics not otherwise included in the curriculum. Three lecture hours or equivalent laboratory hours per week. PREREQUISITE: permission of instructor.


PHYS 1001 - Introductory Physics Lab (1)
Laboratory experiments and techniques to accompany PHYS 1010. Two laboratory hours per week. PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: PHYS 1010. [G]

PHYS 1002 - Astronomy Laboratory (1)
Laboratory experiments and techniques to accompany PHYS 1020. Two laboratory hours per week. PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: PHYS 1020. [G]

PHYS 1010 - Introductory Physics (3)
Phenomenological introduction to physics for non-technical students, providing an understanding of natural laws of motion, structure of matter, heat, sound, electromagnetics, light, atomic and nuclear physics. PHYS 1001 must be taken concurrently to satisfy the General Education Program requirement. Three lecture hours per week. [G]

PHYS 1020 - Survey of Astronomy (3)
Motions of earth and moon; apparent motion of stars and planets; orbits and properties of bodies in the solar system; stellar distances, properties, and evolution; our galaxy and others. NOTE: PHYS 1002 must be taken concurrently to satisfy the General Education Program requirement. Three lecture hours per week. [G]

PHYS 1040 - Intro to Careers in Physics (1)
Overview of careers in physics, research opportunities in the Physics department, and special skill for success in physics. This couse does not count toward the credit hours for the major or minor in physics.

PHYS 2010 - General Physics I/Trig (3-4)
Mechanics, heat, and sound. This course is recommended for students in pre-medical programs. NOTE: For first-time enrollees, PHYS 2011 must be taken concurrently. Three lecture hours per week. PREREQUISITE: MATH 1720 or equivalent.

PHYS 2011 - General Physics Lab I (1)
Laboratory experiments and techniques to accompany PHYS 2110. Two laboratory hours per week. PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: PHYS 2010.

PHYS 2020 - General Physics II/Trig (3-4)
Continuation of PHYS 2010. Magnetism, electricity, light, and modern physics. Recommended for students in pre-medical programs. NOTE: for first-time enrollees, PHYS 2021 must be taken concurrently. Three lecture hours per week. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 2010.

PHYS 2021 - Gen Physics Lab II (1)
Laboratory experiments and techniques to accompany 2020. Two laboratory hours per week. PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: PHYS 2020.

PHYS 2110 - Sci/Engr Phys I/Calc (3-4)
Principles of mechanics using methods of calculus; kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, work, kinetic and potential energies, momentum and collisions, ratational motion, fluid mechanics. NOTE: For first-time enrollees, PHYS 2111 must be taken concurrently. Three lecture hours per week. PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: MATH 1910 or MATH 1421. [G]

PHYS 2111 - Sci/Engr Phys Lab I (1)
Laboratory experiments and techniques to accompany PHYS 2110. Two laboratory hours per week. PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: PHYS 2110. [G]

PHYS 2120 - Sci/Engr Phys II/Calc (3-4)
Continuation of PHYS 2110. Principles of electromagnetism using methods of calculus; Gauss's Law, current, resistance, capacitance, Faraday's Law, inductance, geometric optics. NOTE: for first-time enrollees, PHYS 2121 must be taken concurrently. Three lecture hours per week. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 2110. COREQUISITE: MATH 1920 or MATH 2421. The Physics Department recommends that students take MATH 1920 before PHYS 2120. [G]

PHYS 2121 - Sci/Engr Phys Lab II (1)
Laboratory experiments and techniques to accompany PHYS 2120. Two laboratory hours per week. PREREQUISITE or COREQUISITE: PHYS 2120. [G]

PHYS 2990 - Research in Physics I (1)
Introduction to research in physics; how questions are developed; literature search; MATLAB; data analysis and dimensional analysis. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 2110 and 2111.

PHYS 3010 - Intro Modern Physics (3)
Special relativity; experimental origin of quantum theory; atomic structure and spectral lines; matter-wave duality; Schroedinger equation; particle in a rigid box; electron spin; structure of atomic nuclei; radioactivity and nuclear reactions. Three lecture hours per week. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 2120. COREQUISITE: MATH 2110.

PHYS 3011 - Methods of Theoretical Phys I (3)
Infinite series, complex variables, linear algebra, vector analysis, Fourier series, and calculus of variations. Three lecture hours per week. COREQUISITE: MATH 2120.

PHYS 3012 - Methods of Theoretical Phys II (3)
Continuation of PHYS 3011 covering integral transforms, tensors, group theory, special function and probability theory. Three lecture hours per week. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 3011.

PHYS 3060 - Advanced Physics Methodology (3)
(4060). Advanced fundamental experiments in physics that focus on the underlying physical principles, the scientific methodology of experimental research, and detailed error analysis. Six laboratory hours per week. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 3010.

PHYS 3111 - Mechanics I (3)
Introduction to fluid mechanics, Newtonian mechanics, oscillations, gravitation, and introduction to Hamilton's principle and Lagrangian/Hamiltonian mechanics. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 2120, PHYS 3011, and MATH 3120.

PHYS 3211 - Electricity/Magnetism I (3)
Electric fields and potentials, capacitance, dielectric materials, magnetic fields, magnetic properties of materials, electromagnetic induction, inductance, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 2120, PHYS 3011, and MATH 3120.

PHYS 3990 - Research in Physics II (2)
Laboratory safety; MATLAB and tools of data analysis. Students execute a research project under guidance of physics faculty member; present results and reports on research projects; introduced to process of peer review. Four laboratory hours per week. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 2990, PHYS 3010, PHYS 3011.

PHYS 4020 - Soft Matter/Biological Physics (3)
Random walks, diffusion, entropic forces, colloidal suspensions, polymers, self-assemblies, lipid membranes, transitions in biomolecules, molecular machines in biomembranes. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 2120 and CHEM 1120.

PHYS 4021 - Applied Radiation Physics (3)
Applied radiation and radioactivity; types of radiation, radiation measurement interaction with matter, and biological effects; radiation safety aspects emphasized. Three lecture hours per week. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 2120 or PHYS 2020 and MATH 1910.

PHYS 4040 - Medical Physics (3)
Physics of sensory, respiratory, and circulatory systems; physical basis of radiology and nuclear medicine. Three lecture hours per week. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 2120 or both PHYS 2020 and MATH 1910.

PHYS 4050 - Astrophysics I (3)
(3051). Principles of physics applied to the solar system, stars, light, telescopes. Recommended for science and engineering majors interested in astronomy. Three lecture hours per week. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 2120 or both PHYS 2020 and MATH 1910.

PHYS 4051 - Astrophysics II (3)
Principles of physics applied to star birth and death, black holes, neutron stars, galaxies, quasars, beginning and evolution of the universe. Three lecture hours per week. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 4050.

PHYS 4110 - Nuclear Physics (3)
Properties of atomic nuclei, radioactive transitions, alpha, beta, and gamma decay; binding energy, nuclear forces and nuclear models. Three lecture hours per week. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 3010.

PHYS 4112 - Mechanics II (3)
Hamilton's principle and Lagrangian/Hamiltonian dynamics, central force motion, dynamics of systems of particles, rigid body motion, and fluid dynamics. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 3111.

PHYS 4211 - Waves and Optics (3)
Mathematical description of vibrations and waves with application to sound and electromagnetic waves; geometrical optics; interference and diffraction; holography; introduction to laser physics and photonics. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 3211.

PHYS 4212 - Electric/Magnetism II (3)
(3212). Continuation of PHYS 3211. Three lecture hours per week. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 3211.

PHYS 4222 - Environmental Physics (3)
(3410). Application of gas laws, transport laws, and heat transfer in environmental processes; environmental radiation (solar and terrestrial), energy system of atmosphere and hydrosphere, and energy resources and their impact upon environment. Three lecture hours per week. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 2020 or 2120.

PHYS 4230 - Electronics (4)
(3510). Theory and application of electronic devices; emphasis on scientific instrumentation. Laboratory oriented course including basic semiconductors, integrated circuits, and microprocessors. Three lecture hours, three laboratory hours per week. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 2120 .

PHYS 4410 - Intro Quantum Theory (3)
Historical background of quantum theory, mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics, solutions of Schroedinger equation for bound and scattering states, wave packets, harmonic oscillator, angular momentum and selected applications in atomic, molecular and optical physics. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 3010 and PHYS 3011.

PHYS 4510 - Thermal and Statistical Phys (3)
Introduction to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, includes topics such as temperature, work, heat, entropy, thermodynamic potentials, ideal gases, phase transitions, classical and quantum ensembles, and partition functions. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 2120 and PHYS 3011.

PHYS 4610 - Solid State Physics (3)
Crystal structures, crystal bonding, x-ray diffraction, lattice vibrations and phonons, free and nearly-free electron models, energy bands of insulators, metals, and semiconductors. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 4410

PHYS 4620 - Device Physics and Microfabric (3)
Semiconductor devices and microfabrication; crystal properties and growth of semiconductors, energy bands and charge carriers, p-n junction, field-effect transistors, bipolar transistors, optoelectronic devices, power devices, power devices, and fundamentals of microfabrication, including vacuum technology and thin film deposition techniques. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 3211, PHYS 3010, PHYS 3011.

PHYS 4720 - Materials Physics (3)
Basic concepts in materials science emphasizing relationships between microscopic structure and properties; crystallography and symmetries, thermodynamics of material, phase equilibria, structure of ceramics and polymers, mechanical properties of material, kinetics of phase transformations in materials. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 3010. Open only to students in the Materials Science concentration within the Physics major.

PHYS 4820 - Materials Physics Lab (3)
Synthesis of various materials and characterizations of their structure and properties using a variety of experimental tools; relationships between structure of materials and their properties are emphasized. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 3010. Open only to students in the Materials Science concentration with the Physics major.

PHYS 4910 - Seminar (1)
Students enrolled in this course are required to attend all weekly seminars in the Physics Department, and submit weekly short reports on the seminars attended. Open only to Physics majors. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credit hours.

PHYS 4911 - Senior Honors Seminar (1)
Special projects, reports and investigation of current literature and research. The student will give a seminar presentation based on the original honors research work completed in PHYS 4991/4992. Open only to senior honors students in physics. COREQUISITE: PHYS 4992.

PHYS 4914 - Research Methods/Tigers Teach (3)
Fundamental notions of scientific inquiry for students who might be teaching secondary science or mathematics. NOTE: students may not receive credit for more than one of BIOL 4914, CHEM 4914, or PHYS 4914. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 2110, 2111, 2120, and 2121. Enrollment restricted to students in the Tigers Teach program.

PHYS 4990 - Research in Physics III (3)
Continuation of PHYS 3990. Original experimental, theoretical, or computational research work under the supervision of a faculty member. Students are expected to complete a prospectus in collaboration with a faculty member before enrolling in the course. Students are expected to give short oral presentations and written reports at the end of the course. Six laboratory hours per week. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 3990.

PHYS 4991 - Honors Research/Phys I (3)
Original scholarly work in physics under the direction of honors research advisor. This work is the continuation of research begun in PHYS 3610/3611. Ten laboratory or equivalent hours per week. Open only to honors students in physics. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 3611, and permission of instructor.

PHYS 4992 - Honors Research/Phys II (3)
Completion of original scholarly work under the direction of honors research advisor. Ten laboratory or equivalent hours per week. Open only to honors students in physics. PREREQUISITE: PHYS 4991, and permission of instructor.

PHYS 4994 - Research in Materials Physics (3)
Original experimental, computational or theoretical research under supervision of faculty member engaged in materials physics research. Eight laboratory hours per week. Students are expected to give short oral presentations and written reports at the end of the course. Open only to students in Materials Science concentration within the Physics major.PREREQUISITE: PHYS 3010 and permission of instructor.

PHYS 4999 - Senior Honors Thesis (1)
Directed reading and background research culminating in a senior thesis based on original research completed in PHYS 4991/4992. Open only to honors students in physics. COREQUISITE: PHYS 4992.