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PHY-301   Theoretical Mechanics3 credits

Prerequisites: PHY-272 and MAT-352

A survey of classical and modern topics in dynamics. Topics include orbital mechanics, non-inertial reference frames, rigid-body motion, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods, and elements of nonlinear mechanics and chaos.

PHY-313   Thermal Physics2 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: PHY-272

Physical basis and applications of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics including temperature, heat heat engines, entropy, and free energy. The course also includes an introduction to Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein, and Fermi-Direct statistics and their application to the solution of thermal, mechanical, and electrical problems in fluids and solids. Students may enroll for the first three-fifths of the course and earn 2 units of credit, or for the full course and earn 3 units of credit.

PHY-330   Electricity and Magnetism3 credits

Prerequisites: PHY-272 and MAT-352

An intermediate level survey of classical electro-magnetic theory including electrostatic and magnetostatic fields and potentials, Gauss’ law, Laplace’s equation, dielectrics, vector potentials, magnetization and Maxwell's equations.

PHY-399T   Special Topics in Physics1 - 3 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor permission

Study of selected areas of physics not available in the regular curriculum.