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Department of Physics at FAS, AUB
 

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

  

Course #

Title

Credits

Offered

Freshman Courses

Phys101 

Introductory Physics I

4

Spring/Summer

Phys101L

Introductory Physics I Lab

1

Spring/Summer

Phys103

Physics for the Life Sciences

3

Each semester

Phys103L

Physics for the Life Sciences Lab

1

Spring/Summer

Sophomore Courses

Phys210*

Introductory Physics II

3

Each semester

Phys210L

Introductory Physics II Lab

1

Each semester

Phys212

Modern Physics

3

Each semester

Junior Courses

Phys216

Mathematical Methods for Physics

3

Fall

Phys217

Mechanics

3

Fall

Phys220

Electromagnetic Theory

3

Spring

Phys221L

Junior Lab

2

Fall

Senior Courses

Phys222

Computational Physics

3

Fall

Phys226

Solid State Physics

3

Spring

Phys235

Statistical Physics

3

Fall

Phys236

Quantum Mechanics

3

Spring

Phys257L

Advanced Lab

3

Spring

Electives

Phys223

Optics

3

 

Phys225

Introduction to Astronomy & Astrophysics

3

 

Phys228*

Electronics

3

Fall/Summer

Phys228L

Electronics Lab

1

Each semester

Phys231

Selected Topic

3

 

Phys237

Introduction to Plasma Physics

3

 

Phys248

Seminar

1

 

Phys249

Elementary Particle Physics

3

 

Service Courses

Phys204

Classical Physics for Life Sciences

3

Fall/Summer

Phys204L

Classical Physics for Life Sciences Lab

1

Fall/Summer

Phys205

Modern Physics for Life Sciences

3

Spring/Summer

Phys205L

Modern Physics for Life Sciences Lab

1

Spring/Summer

Phys211

Electricity & Magnetism

3

Each semester

Phys211L

Electricity & Magnetism Lab

1

Each semester

General Education Courses

Phys200 

Understanding the Universe

3

Each semester

*Phys 210/210L and Phys 228/228L fall under service courses as well

 

PHYS 101 - Introductory Physics I
Credits: 4.00
4.0; 4 cr. Annually. Pre- or co-requisite: MATH 101. Measurements, motion in one dimension, vectors, motion in two dimensions, Newton's laws with applications, work and energy, circular motion, linear momentum and collisions, rotation and angular momentum, oscillations, gravity, and elements of fluid mechanics. More

PHYS 101L - Introductory Physics Lab. I
Credits . 1.00
0.2; 1 cr. Annually. Pre- or co-requisite: PHYS 101.

Error analysis, measuring devices, measurement of position and speed, measurement of gravitational acceleration, Atwood’s machine, motion on an incline, static and dynamic forces, friction, circular motion, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy, Ballistic pendulum, rotational inertia, and simple harmonic motion. More

 

PHYS 103 - Physics for the Life Sciences
Credits:
3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Units and dimensions, scalars and vectors, kinematics in one and two dimensions, dynamics, work and energy, collisions, gravitation, and rotational motion. More

 

PHYS 103L - Physics for the Life Sciences Lab
Credits:
1.00
0.2; 1 cr. Annually. Pre- or co-requisite: PHYS 103.

Error analysis, measuring devices, measurement of position and speed, measurement of gravitational acceleration, Atwood’s machine, motion on an incline, static and dynamic forces, friction, circular motion, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy, Ballistic pendulum, rotational inertia. More

PHYS 200 - Understanding the Universe
Credits: 3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Annually. An introductory course in Astronomy. Basic astronomical tools, properties of the earth, solar system, sun, electromagnetic radiation, properties and evolution of stars, the Milky Way galaxy. More

PHYS 204 - Classical Physics for Life Sciences
Credits: 3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Annually. Prerequisite: PHYS 103 (or equivalent). Solids and Fluids, thermal physics and processes, heat and heat engines, the laws of thermodynamics, gas dynamics, vibrations and wave phenomena, sound, reflection and refraction, mirrors and lenses, wave optics and optical instruments. More

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PHYS 204L - Classic Physics For Life Sciences Lab.
Credits: 1.00
0.3; 1 cr. Annually. Pre- or co-requisite: PHYS 204.
Error analysis, Bernoulli’s Law, surface tension, coefficient of viscosity, thermal expansion, Boyle’s law, heat engine, mechanical equivalent of heat, waves on a stretched string, standing waves in air columns, geometrical optics I: reflection and refraction, geometrical optics II: mirrors and lenses, interference and diffraction. More

PHYS 205 - Modern Physics for Life Sciences
Credits: 3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Annually. Prerequisite: PHYS 103 (or equivalent). Electric field, electric potential, Gauss's law, capacitance, electric current and circuits, Ohm's law, magnetic field, Ampere's ;aw, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetism applied to biological systems. Introduction to relativity, atoms and atomic structure, nuclei, elementary particles and radioactivity. More

PHYS 205L - Modern Physics for Life Sciences Lab.
Credits: 1.00
0.3; 1 cr. Pre- or co-requisite: PHYS 205.
Error analysis, basic oscilloscope operations, Ohm’s law, capacitance and dielectric constants, RC and RL circuits, measurements of magnetic induction fields, measurement of the charge to mass ratio of electrons, RLC-circuits, Planck’s constant, atomic spectroscopy, transformers. More

PHYS 210 - Introductory Physics II
Credits: 3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Pre- or co-requisite: MATH 201. Review of classical mechanics, fluid statics, fluid dynamics, temperature, heat and first law of thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, heat engines, entropy and second law of thermodynamics, general properties of waves, sound waves and resonances, light and optics, interference, diffraction and polarization.
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PHYS 210L - Introductory Physics Lab. II
Credits: 1.00
0.3; 1 cr. Pre- or co-requisite: PHYS 210.
Error analysis, Atwood’s Machine and motion on an incline, conservation of Mechanical energy, Bernoulli’s Law, thermal expansion of solids, mechanical equivalent of heat, standing waves on a stretched string, standing waves in air columns, interference and diffraction, atomic spectroscopy, Michelson interferometer. More

PHYS 211 - Electricity & Magnetism
Credits: 3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Pre- or co-requisite: MATH 201.
Electrostatics, current, resistance, Ohm’s law, Kirchhoff’s laws, RC circuits, magnetic field, Ampere’s law, Biot-Savart law, Faraday’s law, LR circuit, RLC circuits, and a qualitative discussion of Maxwell’s equations. More

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PHYS 211L - Electricity & Magnetism Lab.
Credits: 1.00
0.3; 1 cr. Annually. Pre- or co-requisite: PHYS 211.
Error analysis, basic oscilloscope operations, capacitance and dielectric constant measurements, Ohm’s Law and resistivity, electrical circuits and Wheatstone bridge, measurement of the force between two parallel current-carrying conductors, measurement of magnetic induction fields, RL and RC circuits, RLC circuits, measurement of the e/m ratio of electrons, transformers.
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PHYS 212 - Modern Physics
Credits: 3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Pre- or co-requisite: MATH 201. Special theory of relativity, introductory quantum mechanics, atomic physics, nuclear physics, introduction to elementary particles and cosmology. More

PHYS 216 – Mathematical Methods for Physics
Credits: 3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Annually. Prerequisite: MATH 202. Vector analysis, tensors, linear operators, Eigenvalue problems, determinants and matrices, Sturm-Liouville problems, special functions, Fourier series and transforms, complex analysis. More

PYS 217 - Mechanics
Credits: 3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Annually. Prerequisite: MATH 202. Kinematics of particles motion, Newtonian formulation of mechanics, integration of Newtonian equations of motion, Lagrangian formulation of mechanics, Hamilton dynamics, central forces, linear oscillations, nonlinear oscillations and chaos, collisions, noninertial systems, coupled oscillations, motion of rigid bodies. More

PHYS 220 - Electromagnetic Theory
Credits: 3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Annually. Prerequisite: MATH 202. Electrostatics: electric potential, Gauss' law, Poisson's and Laplace's equations, boundary conditions, electric currents, Faraday's law, Lenz's law, mutual inductance. Maxwell's equations, and propagation of electromagnetic waves. More

PHYS 221L - Junior Lab
Credits: 2.00
0.4; 2 cr. Annually. A set of experiments selected from the topics of diffraction, e/m ratio, magnetic field, RL, RC, RLC circuits, ohmic and non-ohmic devices, atomic spectroscopy, Milikan's experiment, Frank-Hertz experiment, speed of sound, gravitational acceleration, Planck's constant, and physical optics. More

PHYS 222 - Computational Physics
Credits: 3.00
0.3; 3 cr. Annually. Prerequisites: MATH 201 and MATH 202. Basics of numerical analysis: numerical solutions of algebraic and transcendental equations, methods for solving systems of linear and differential equations and scholastic methods. Applications: planetary motion, simple models of stars, nonlinear dynamics and chaos, potentials and fields, waves, random systems, computational fluid dynamics, statistical mechanics (phase transitions, Ising model), molecular dynamics, and quantum mechanics
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PHYS 223 - Physical Optics
Credits: 3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Annually. Wave theory of light, Maxwell's equations, superposition and polarization, interference, interferometers, diffraction, coherence, lasers, and holography.
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PHYS 225 - Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics
Credits:
3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Annually. Pre- or co-requisites: MATH 201, MATH 202 and PHYS 210. Observation and instruments, photometry and magnitudes, radiation mechanisms, celestial mechanics, stellar spectra and structure, stellar evolution, Milky Way, galaxies, cosmology. More

PHYS 226 - Solid State Physics
Credits: 3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Annually. Prerequisites: PHYS 235 and PHYS 236. Electrons in one-dimensional periodic lattice, vibrations in one-dimensional periodic lattice, geometrical description of crystals, free-electron theory in metals, excitons, and plasmons, polarons, lattice dynamics, semi-conductors, magnetic ordering, superconductivity, and electron gas in a magnetic field. More

PHYS 228 - Electronics
Credits: 3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Annually. DC linear circuits, capacitors, inductors and transients, periodic waveforms, diodes, power supplies, operational amplifier, logic gates, timers, multiplexers, flip-flops, and counting circuits. More

PHYS 228L - Electronics Lab.
Credits: 1.00
0.3; 1 cr. Pre- or co-requisite: PHYS 228. DC Measurements, periodic waveforms, power supplies, transients, frequency and period measurements, operational amplifiers, and some digital circuits.
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PHYS 231 - Selected Topics
Credits: 3.00
3.0; 3 cr. May be repeated for credit.

PHYS 235 - Statistical Physics
Credits: 3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Annually. Prerequisite: PHYS 210. Boltzmann distribution, Gibbs distribution, thermal radiation, heat and work, kinetic theory of gases, entropy and temperature, statistical mechanics of semiconductors, kinetics of chemical reactions, and phase transitions. More

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PHYS 236 - Quantum Mechanics
Credits:
3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Annually. Prerequisites: PHYS 212 and PHYS 216. Fundamental concepts: Bras, Kets, matrix representation of operators, change of basis; quantum dynamics: time evolution of quantum mechanical systems, spin; translational and rotational symmetry: Schroedinger equation in one and three dimensions; spherical symmetric systems: three-dimensional oscillator, hydrogen atom; theory of angular momentum: rotation operator, addition of angular momenta; time-independent perturbation theory, Zeeman effect, Stark effect, spin-orbit coupling, time-dependent perturbation theory, variational methods.
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PHYS 237 - Introduction to Plamsa Physics
Credits:
3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Annually. Pre- or co-requisites: PHYS 217 and PHYS 220 or Phys 211.
Basic description of plasma: occurrence in nature and laboratory; basic plasma characteristics; single particle motion in uniform, non-uniform and time-varying E and B fields. The fluiddescription and magnetohydrdynamic equations.  Electostatic, hydromagnetic and magnetosonic waves. Diffusion in weakly and fully ionized plasmas. Hydromagnetic equilibrium; classification of instabilities. Kinetic effects using the Vlasov and Fokker-Planck equations, and Landau damping. More

PHYS 248 - Undergraduate Seminar
Credits: 1.00
1.0; 1 cr. Annually. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

PHYS 249 - Nuclear & Elementary Particle Physics
Credits: 3.00
3.0; 3 cr. Annually. Prerequisite: PHYS 236. The standard model of elementary particles and their interactions represent the core content of the course. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, relativistic kinematics, the Dirac equation, internal and space time symmetries, the quark model, gauge theories and the basic description of the electromagnetic, weak and strong interactions and their Feynman calculus, spontaneous breaking of symmetries and the Higgs mechanism. More

PHYS 257L - Advanced Lab.
Credits: 3.00
0.6; 3 cr. Annually. Prerequisite: PHYS 221L. A weekly lecture on instrumentation and a selection of six to eight experiments from the following list: transient and steady states of SH-oscillator, coupled oscillators, bridge circuits, speed of sound in liquid, prison spectrometer, Frank-Hertz experiment, Planck constant , Currie temperature, magnetic susceptibility, measurement of gravitational acceleration, speed of light, Milikan's drop oil experiment, the Hall effect, optics, the Faraday effect, and nuclear magnetic resonance.
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