Wayne State University

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The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Wayne State University offers a large array of courses designed to support its undergraduate and graduate academic programs. There are also courses designed for non physics or non science majors desiring to acquire some background in science literacy and/or wishing to satisfy the University General Education Requirements in Science. Note that most of these courses are taught by our experienced Faculty. 

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Syllabi

Course syllabi are available here

Physics - Winter 2017

PHY 1020 - (PS) Conceptual Physics: The Basic Science

Physical concepts and practical applications to everyday life of the basic principles of motion, forces, energy, matter, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light. Lectures, demonstrations and optional laboratory; laboratory is strongly recommended. Credits: 0

PHY 2130 - (PS) General Physics

For general Liberal Arts and Sciences students and for students preparing for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and health sciences. Mechanics, thermal physics, wave motions, and optics. Credits: 0

PHY 2131 - General Physics Laboratory

Laboratory experiments in mechanics, thermal physics, wave motions and optics. Credits: 1

PHY 2140 - General Physics

Continuation of PHY 2130. Electricity, magnetism and introduction to modern physics. Credits: 0

PHY 2141 - General Physics Laboratory

Laboratory experiments in electricity, magnetism and modern physics. Credits: 1

PHY 2170 - (PS) University Physics for Scientists I

For students specializing in physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics or engineering. Statics, kinematics, dynamics, energy and linear momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, angular momentum, solids and fluids, vibrations and wave motion, thermodynamics. Credits: 0

PHY 2171 - University Physics Laboratory

Laboratory experiments in statics, kinematics, dynamics, energy and linear momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, angular momentum, simple harmonic motion, optics, continuum mechanics, thermodynamics. Credits: 1

PHY 2175 - (PS) University Physics for Engineers I

For students specializing in engineering. Statics, kinematics, dynamics, energy and linear momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, angular momentum, solids and fluids, vibrations and wave motion, thermodynamics. Credits: 0

PHY 2180 - University Physics for Scientists II

Electric forces and electric fields, electrical energy, capacitance, current, resistance, direct current circuits, magnetism, induced voltage and inductance, AC circuits, electromagnetic waves, geometric and wave optics. Credits: 0

PHY 2181 - University Physics Laboratory II

Laboratory experiments in electrostatics, currents and circuit elements, magnetic fields, magnetic induction, AC circuits, electromagnetic waves, interference of waves. Credits: 1

PHY 2185 - University Physics for Engineers II

Electric forces and electric fields, electrical energy, capacitance, current, resistance, direct current circuits, magnetism, induced voltage and inductance, AC circuits, electromagnetic waves, geometric and wave optics. Credits: 0

PHY 2210 - General Physics Laboratory

Laboratory for PHY 2170 and PHY 2180. Credits: 1

PHY 3300 - Introductory Modern Physics

For physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics majors and other interested students. Introduction to relativity, quantum phenomena, atomic structure, quantum mechanics, condensed matter physics, quantum optics, nuclear physics, elementary particles, and anti-particles. Credits: 3

PHY 3310 - Introductory Modern Physics Laboratory

Laboratory course to accompany PHY 3300. Hands-on experience in logical and rigorous analysis of phenomena of modern physics. Credits: 2

PHY 3990 - Directed Study

Primarily for students who wish to continue in a field beyond material covered in regular courses, or who wish to study material not covered in regular courses, including certain research participation. Credits: 1

PHY 4700 - Introduction to Biomedical Physics

Basic and applied physical concepts used in biology, human anatomy, and physiology, as well as in medical diagnosis and treatment. Credits: 4

PHY 5210 - Classical Mechanics II

Accelerated reference frames, centrifugal and Coriolis forces, rigid body dynamics, motion of tops and gyroscopes, Lagrange's equations, constraints, Lagrange multipliers, general central force problem, stability of orbits, relativistic mechanics. Credits: 3

PHY 5340 - Optics

Electromagnetic radiation; geometrical, physical, and modern optics. Credits: 3

PHY 5341 - Optics Laboratory

Experiments involving geometrical, physical, and quantum optics. Credits: 2

PHY 5990 - Directed Study

Primarily for students who wish to continue in a field beyond material covered in regular courses, or who wish to study material not covered in regular courses, including certain research participation. Credits: 1

PHY 6400 - Quantum Physics I

Operators and their eigenfunctions, quantization rules, solution of Schroedinger equation in 1- and 3-D, the hydrogen atom, angular momentum, spin, boson, fermions, Time-independent perturbation theory. Credits: 3

PHY 6450 - Introduction to Material and Device Characterizations

Lecture/laboratory; introduction to analytic and measurement techniques for characterizing and evaluating materials, especially for potential applicability in sensor and integrated devices. Techniques include diffraction and microscopy methods, electron spectroscopies, and electrical, optical and magnetic measurements. Credits: 4

PHY 6610 - Electromagnetic Fields II

Continuation of PHY 6600: Maxwell equations, electromagnetism and relativity, optics, wave guides and transmission lines, radiation of EM waves. Credits: 3

PHY 6710 - Physics in Medicine

Applications of physics in medicine including radioactivity; interaction of radiation in matter; x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, and PET imaging; nuclear medicine; radiation oncology; nerve electrophysiology, electrocardiogram, pacemakers, and defibrillators. Credits: 3

PHY 6780 - (WI) Research Methods in Biomedical Physics

Introduction to laboratory experience in biomedical physics research. Credits: 3

PHY 6850 - (WI) Modern Physics Laboratory

Techniques and experiments in physics of atoms, atomic nuclei, molecules, the solid state and other areas that have advanced our modern understanding of physics. Credits: 2

PHY 6860 - Computational Physics

Introduction to use of computers to model physical systems; description of techniques in numerical analysis including linear algebra, integration, algebraic and differential equations, data analysis and symbolic algebra. Credits: 3

PHY 6991 - Special Topics

Topics and prerequisites for each section to be announced in Schedule of Classes . More than one section may be elected in a semester. Credits: 1

PHY 7070 - Survey of Nuclear Physics

Survey of nuclear decay, nuclear structures, nuclear interactions and reactions, nuclear models, conservative laws and subnuclear particles. Credits: 3

PHY 7200 - Advanced Mechanics

Variational principles, central forces, transformation theory, Hamilton-Jacobi theory. Credits: 3

PHY 7410 - Quantum Mechanics II

Scattering theory. Partial wave expansion and perturbation theory. Bound states. Symmetry principles and conservation laws. The path integral formalism. Entanglement. Quantum computation. Charged particles in electromagnetic fields. Quantum theory of radiation. Relativistic one-particle equations Credits: 3

PHY 7990 - Directed Study

Application forms available in department office. Primarily for graduate students in physics who wish to study material not covered in regular courses. Credits: 1

PHY 7996 - Research in Physics

PHY 7999 - Master's Essay Direction

PHY 8800 - Advanced Nuclear Physics

Research topics in nuclear physics such as: relativistic heavy ion physics, nuclear/nucleon models, and many body theory. Covers both theory and experimental methods. Credits: 3

PHY 8991 - Special Topics

Topics and prerequisites for each section to be announced in Schedule of Classes . More than one topic may be elected in a semester. Credits: 1

PHY 8995 - Colloquium

Must be elected every semester by all graduate physics students. Lectures given by external visitors and graduate faculty. Credits: 1

PHY 8999 - Master's Thesis Research and Direction

PHY 9990 - Pre-Doctoral Candidacy Research

Research in preparation for doctoral dissertation. Credits: 1

PHY 9991 - Doctoral Candidate Status I: Dissertation Research and Direction

PHY 9992 - Doctoral Candidate Status II: Dissertation Research and Direction

PHY 9993 - Doctoral Candidate Status III: Dissertation Research and Direction

PHY 9994 - Doctoral Candidate Status IV: Dissertation Research and Direction

PHY 9995 - Candidate Maintenance Status: Doctoral Dissertation Research and Direction