University of Dayton
Academic Catalog 2013-14

Physics

Minor

The program leading to the Bachelor of Science with a major in physics is designed to provide a strong yet versatile basis for a subsequent scientific career or advanced study. Minimum requirements for all majors are listed below, but students planning for graduate work in physics or an allied area are advised to select additional mathematics and physics courses. A physics major must complete all 300-400-level courses with a 2.0 minimum grade-point average.

Students have the option of adding a multidisciplinary concentration in electro-optics to their physics degree. The concentration is appropriate for physics majors who wish to pursue possible careers in photonics or graduate degrees in the area of optics.

PHY, PSC, and PCS majors are required to attain a grade of C- or better in all physics and math courses that are prerequisite courses for physics courses required of majors.

A minor in physics consists of twelve semester hours.

Faculty

John Erdei, Chairperson
Distinguished Service Professor: O'Hare
Professors Emeriti: Berney, Graham, Kepes, Miner, Yaney
Professors: Brecha, Elhamri, Evwaraye, Pedrotti, Powers
Associate Professors: Ahoujja, Craver, J. Erdei, Smith
Assistant Professor: Agah, Chong, Mathews
Lecturers: Kariyawasam, Song
Lab Instructors: Ballard, L. Erdei, Schaurer

 

Bachelor of Science with a major in Physical Science (psc) Minimum 120 Hours

The Physical Science Program is administered by the Department of Physics. It provides a broad training in the physical sciences that is desirable for one who plans to pursue a goal built on a composite science background. The physical science major combines adequate physics, chemistry, geology, and mathematics to provide a sound working knowledge of physical science. Since the program is less specialized than one in a single science, it has provision for adequate course selections and sufficient electives to provide the opportunity for concentrated study in a discipline chosen to meet the career objectives of the individual student.

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
The West & the World
Introduction to Religioius & Theological Studies
Introduction to Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication 3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics 3
Social Science3
Arts3
Natural Sciences7
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3

1

 Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

 Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.



Science Breadth Requirements
CPS 132Computer Programming for Engineering & Science3
or CPS 150 Algorithms & Programming I
MTH 168Analytic Geometry & Calculus I (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)4
MTH 169Analytic Geometry & Calculus II4
MTH 218Analytic Geometry & Calculus III4
MTH 219Applied Differential Equations3

Major Requirements54
(Satisfies CAP Natural Science)
CHM 123
  & 123L
General Chemistry
   and Gen Chemistry Lab
4
CHM 124
  & 124L
General Chemistry
   and Gen Chemistry Lab
4
GEO 115
  & 115L
Physical Geology
   and Physical Geology Lab
4
GEO 116
  & 116L
Geolgcl Hst-Earth
   and Geolgcl Hst-Earth Lb
4
PHY 206Gen Physics I Mech3
PHY 207Gen Phy II Ele & Mag3
PHY 208Gen Phy III Mec Wavs3
PHY 210LGen Physics Lab I1
PHY 211LGen Physics Lab II1
PHY 480Capstone (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)1
Physical science courses (300/400 level) 126

Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Social and Behavioral Sciences (includes CAP Social Science)6
Total Hours to total at least120

1

At least twelve semester hours in physics.

 

Bachelor of Science with a major in Physics (phy) Minimum 120 Hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
The West & the World
Introduction to Religioius & Theological Studies
Introduction to Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication 3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics 3
Social Science3
Arts3
Natural Sciences7
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3

1

 Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

 Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.



Science Breadth Requirements
CHM 123
  & 123L
General Chemistry
   and General Chemistry Laboratory (Applies to CAP Natural Science)
4
CHM 124
  & 124L
General Chemistry
   and General Chemistry Laboratory
4
CPS 132Computer Programming for Engineering & Science (Applies to CAP Natural Science)3
or CPS 150 Algorithms & Programming I
MTH 168Analytic Geometry & Calculus I (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)4
MTH 169Analytic Geometry & Calculus II4
MTH 218Analytic Geometry & Calculus III4
MTH 219Applied Differential Equations3
MTH 310Linear Algebra & Matrices3
Major Requirements

Select one concentration from:

Science Breadth Requirements
CHM 123
  & 123L
General Chemistry
   and Gen Chemistry Lab (Applies to CAP Natural Science)
4
CHM 124
  & 124L
General Chemistry
   and Gen Chemistry Lab
4
CPS 132Progrmmng-Engr & Sci (Applies to CAP Natural Science)3
or CPS 150 Algorthm&Progrm I
MTH 168Anly Geom & Calc I (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)4
MTH 169Anly Geom & Calc II4
MTH 218Anly Geom & Calc III4
MTH 219Appl Diff Equations3
MTH 310Lin Alg & Matrices3
Major Requirements

Select one concentration from:

General Physiscs Concentration37
PHY 206Gen Physics I Mech3
PHY 207Gen Phy II Ele & Mag3
PHY 208Gen Phy III Mec Wavs3
PHY 210LGen Physics Lab I1
PHY 211LGen Physics Lab II1
PHY 301Thermal Physics3
PHY 303Intermediate Mech I3
PHY 333Dig&Alog Electrncs3
PHY 390Intro Quantum Mech3
PHY 408Int Elect & Magn I3
PHY 430Advanced Lab I2
PHY 431Advanced Lab II2
PHY 480Capstone (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)1
PHY electives6

Physics and Electro-Optics Concentration43
ECE 443Intro-Electro Optics3
PHY 206Gen Physics I Mech (Applies to Cap Natural Science)3
PHY 207Gen Phy II Ele & Mag3
PHY 208Gen Phy III Mec Wavs3
PHY 210LGen Physics Lab I1
PHY 211LGen Physics Lab II1
PHY 301Thermal Physics3
PHY 303Intermediate Mech I3
PHY 333Dig&Alog Electrncs3
PHY 390Intro Quantum Mech3
PHY 404Physical Optics3
PHY 408Int Elect & Magn I3
PHY 430Advanced Lab I2
PHY 431Advanced Lab II2
PHY 480Capstone (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)1
Select two courses from:6
Geometric Optics
Opticl Radtn&Matter
Introductn-Lasers
Electro-Optc Dev&Sys
Electro-Optcl Dev&Sys
Guided-Wave Optics
Guided Wave Optics

Breadth
ASI 150Intr to the Univ Exp1
Social Science and Behavioral Science (Includes CAP Social Science)6
Total Hours to total at least120

Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Social Science and Behavioral Science (Includes CAP Social Science)6
Total Hours to total at least120

Bachelor of Science with a major in Physics-Computer Science (pcs) Minimum 120 Hours

This combined program in physics and computer science leading to the Bachelor of Science with a major in Physics-Computer Science emphasizes the use of computer software in scientific applications and at the same time gives a foundation in the scientific disciplines of physics and computer science. Minimum requirements for the degree are listed below. Students are advised to select additional computer science, mathematics, and physics courses as electives. For further information contact the Physics Department.

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
The West & the World
Introduction to Religioius & Theological Studies
Introduction to Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication 3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics 3
Social Science3
Arts3
Natural Sciences7
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3

1

 Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

 Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.



Major Requirements72
(Satisfies CAP Mathematics and CAP Natural Science)
Computer Science 126
Algorthm&Progrm I
Algorthm&Progrm II
Intro-Comptr Org
Operating Systems I
Data Struct&Algorthm
Three CPS courses (340 level or above)
Mathematics18
Anly Geom & Calc I
Anly Geom & Calc II
Anly Geom & Calc III
Appl Diff Equations
Lin Alg & Matrices
Physics28-30
Gen Physics I Mech
Gen Phy II Ele & Mag
Gen Phy III Mec Wavs
Gen Physics Lab I
Gen Physics Lab II
Computatnl Physics
Dig&Alog Electrncs
Capstone (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)
Four PHY courses (300/400 level)

Breadth Requirements
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Social and Behavioral Sciences (includes CAP Social Science)6
Total Hours to total at least120

1

Additional numerical analysis courses are recommended.

 

Minor in Physics (phy)

Physics12
Select four PHY courses (300/400 level)
Total Hours12

Courses

PHY 100. Seminar. 0 Hours

Opportunity to become acquainted with the broad spectrum of modern science through periodic meetings with the entire department. Invited speakers, films, student presentations, book reviews, and informal discussions. For all physics, physical science, and physics-computer science majors.

PHY 105. Physical Science - Energy & the Environment. 3 Hours

General introduction to principles of physics including motion, energy, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and nuclear physics. Applications of these principles to non-renewable and renewable energy systems and the climate. Intended for business students.

PHY 108. Physical Science of Light & Color. 3 Hours

Treatment of physical science with emphasis on light, color, and the interaction of light with materials. For nonscience students.

PHY 108L. Light & Color Laboratory. 1 Hour

Laboratory experiences to accompany PHY 108. Corequisite(s): PHY 108.

PHY 201. General Physics. 3 Hours

Topics from mechanics, thermal and mechanical properties of matter, wave motion and sound, and electricity without the formalism of calculus. First term, each year.

PHY 201L. General Physics Laboratory. 1 Hour

Introductory laboratory appropriate for students of the health sciences. Experimental scientific techniques and the use of standard laboratory equipment. One two-hour period each week. First term, each year. Corequisite(s): PHY 201 or PHY 206.

PHY 202. General Physics. 3 Hours

Continuation of PHY 201 with a treatment of electricity and magnetism, wave motion and properties of light, atomic and nuclear physics. Second term, each year. Prerequisite(s): PHY 201.

PHY 202L. General Physics Laboratory. 1 Hour

Experimental scientific techniques and the use of standard laboratory equipment. One two-hour period per week. Second term, each year. Prerequisite(s): PHY 201L.

PHY 203. Modern Technical Physics. 3 Hours

Introduction to selected topics in modern physics without the formalism of calculus. For engineering technology students. Prerequisite(s): College algebra, trigonometry, and introductory statics and dynamics.

PHY 203L. Technical Physics Laboratory. 1 Hour

Laboratory experiences to accompany PHY 203.

PHY 206. General Physics I - Mechanics. 3 Hours

Introductory course in mechanics for students with a strong background in physics. Three lectures, one recitation each week. Corequisite(s): MTH 148 or MTH 168.

PHY 207. General Physics II - Electricity & Magnetism. 3 Hours

The basic principles of electricity and magnetism. Three lectures, one recitation each week. Prerequisite(s): PHY 201 or PHY 206. Corequisite(s): MTH 149 or MTH 169.

PHY 208. General Physics III - Mechanics of Waves. 3 Hours

Introduction to wave phenomena (including sound, light, and matter waves) leading to basic concepts in modern physics. Prerequisite(s): (MTH 149; PHY 202) or (MTH 169; PHY 207).

PHY 210L. General Physics Laboratory. 1 Hour

Introduction to laboratory methods, handling of data, and analysis of results. Experiments appropriate to the background of students with an interest in mathematical and physical sciences. Two hours laboratory, one hour recitation each week. Corequisite(s): PHY 206.

PHY 211L. General Physics Laboratory II. 1 Hour

Laboratory methods, data handling, and analysis of results. Experiments appropriate to the background of students with an interest in mathematical and physical sciences. Two hours laboratory, one hour recitation each week. Prerequisite(s): PHY 210L. Corequisite(s): PHY 207.

PHY 220. Energy & Environmental Physics. 3 Hours

Introduction to the physical basis of energy systems and the climate. Topics covered will include thermodynamics, planetary radiation balance, heat transfer, basic atmospheric and ocean physics, nuclear energy, renewable energy, modeling of carbon emissions from fossil fuels, simple climate models, monitoring climate change, and mitigation strategies. Prerequisite(s): PHY 206.

PHY 232. The Physics of Waves. 3 Hours

Physical concept and mathematical relations describing wave phenomena in a variety of physical systems. Topics include oscillation in mechanical and electrical systems, mechanical and electromagnetic waves, geometrical and physical optics and matter waves. Designed for electrical and computer engineering students, but open to all meeting the prerequisites. Prerequisite(s): PHY 206; MTH 169 (may be taken as a corequisite).

PHY 250. Descriptive Astronomy. 3-4 Hours

Descriptive survey for students who have had little or no previous exposure to astronomy; material from ancient times to present, including pulsars and quasi-stellar objects.

PHY 295. Research Participation I. 1 Hour

No description available.

PHY 301. Thermal Physics. 3 Hours

Thermodynamical descriptions of many particle systems obtained from microscopic statistical considerations; laws of thermodynamics, kinetic theory of dilute gases, and Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein statistics. Prerequisite(s): PHY 208 or PHY 232. Corequisite(s): MTH 219.

PHY 303. Intermediate Mechanics I. 3 Hours

The fundamental concepts of mechanics: virtual work, kinematics, special theory of relativity, Lagrange's equation-and central forces, particle dynamics. Prerequisite(s): PHY 208 or PHY 232. Corequisite(s): MTH 219.

PHY 321. Atomic & Nuclear Physics. 3 Hours

Concepts and models of the structure of matter; atoms, ions, electrons and nuclei, radioactivity, interactions of radiation with matter, particle detection, accelerators, nuclear models, nuclear reactions and processes, and fundamental particles. Prerequisite(s): (PHY 208 or PHY 232) or permission of instructor.

PHY 323. Computational Physics. 3 Hours

The course will explore how computers are used in physics. Topics will include simulations of physical systems, numerical analysis, and the use of mathematical analysis packages (MATHCAD, for example.) Programming will be done in True BASIC and MATHCAD. Prerequisite(s): MTH 218; (PHY 208 or PHY 232).

PHY 333. Digital & Analog Electronics for Scientists. 3 Hours

Basic concepts of digital and analog integrated circuit electronics are developed as a way to understand modern microcomputer based instrumentation. A microcomputer based data collection and analysis system is used to study binary data input and output, analog to digital conversion (ADC) devices, digital to analog conversion (DAC) devices, and other digital integrated circuits and concepts. The analog electronics part of the course begins with a study of discrete analog devices and ends with operational amplifiers and their application. Two hours lecture and two hour laboratories each week. Prerequisite(s): (PHY 202L or PHY 211L) or equivalent.

PHY 390. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics. 3 Hours

Basic postulates of quantum mechanics with applications made to atomic physics. Prerequisite(s): MTH 219; (PHY 208 or PHY 232). Corequisite(s): MTH 310.

PHY 395. Research Participation I. 1-6 Hours

Individual projects conducted as part of the physics Undergraduate Research Participation program to encourage involvement of students with faculty researchers. Projects must be arranged in advance with faculty research directors.

PHY 399. Special Problems in Physics. 1-4 Hours

Special topical courses, laboratory, tutorial, or library work in areas of current interest. Students should consult the composite.

PHY 403. Intermediate Mechanics II. 3 Hours

Emphasis on solving physical problems; noninertial coordinate systems, rigid body motion, rotating systems, coupled systems, introductory fluid statics and dynamics, normal coordinates, and the descriptions of mechanics appropriate for the transition to wave mechanics. Prerequisite(s): PHY 303.

PHY 404. Physical Optics. 3 Hours

The electromagnetic wave theory of light, propagation of waves, reflection, refraction, dispersion, polarization, dichroism, birefringence, superposition of waves, interference, diffraction, Fourier optics. Prerequisite(s): MTH 219; (PHY 208 or PHY 232).

PHY 408. Intermediate Electricity & Magnetism I. 3 Hours

Electrostatics, Coulumb's law, Gauss's law, potential, dielectric materials, electrostatic energy, solutions to Laplace's and Poisson's equations, Biot-Savart law, Faraday induction law, magnetization, and Maxwell's equations. Prerequisite(s): MTH 219; (PHY 208 or PHY 232).

PHY 409. Intermediate Electricity & Magnetism II. 3 Hours

Further study of electric and magnetic fields with emphasis on solving problems; Maxwell's equations, propagation of electromagnetic waves, electromagnetic radiation. Prerequisite(s): PHY 408.

PHY 411. Topics in Modern Physics. 3 Hours

Elements of modern optics, solid state and other selected subjects. Consult chairperson for details. Prerequisite(s): PHY 390 or equivalent.

PHY 420. Introduction to Solid State. 3 Hours

Classification of solids, crystals and crystal structures, survey of lattice properties, free electron theory, band theory of solids, semi-conductors, and crystal imperfections. Prerequisite(s): MTH 219; (PHY 208 or 232); PHY 390.

PHY 430. Advanced Lab I. 2 Hours

No description available.

PHY 431. Advanced Lab II. 2 Hours

No description available.

PHY 440. Quantum Mechanics II. 3 Hours

Study of selected principles in quantum mechanics. Prerequisite(s): PHY 390.

PHY 450. Senior Project. 3 Hours

The senior project is a capstone experience for senior physics majors. It will consist of a research project of the student's choosing and will require both an oral and written report. The nature and scope of the project will be chosen in consultation with the student's advisor. Permission of the department chairperson is required. Senior physics majors only.

PHY 460. Seminar. 1 Hour

Presentation of papers by undergraduate students, faculty, and a guest lecturers on topics of concern to the modern physicist. Reviews of books and films appropriate to the group.

PHY 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

PHY 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

PHY 480. Capstone Project & Presentation. 1 Hour

Project and presentation in the scholarship, activity and/or practice related to the major. Students will present their work in a forum appropriate to the major.

PHY 495. Research Participation II. 1-6 Hours

Individual projects conducted as part of the physics Undergraduate Research Participation program to encourage involvement of students with faculty researchers. Projects must be arranged in advance with faculty research directors.

PHY 499. Special Problems in Physics. 1-6 Hours

Laboratory, tutorial, or library work in one of such selected topics as solid state physics, polymers, atomic and nuclear physics, modern optics, theoretical physics, surface physics, or general physics. Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chairperson.