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 - Fall 2017

PHY 1001 - Perspectives in Physics, Biomedical Physics, and Astronomy

Survey of educational and career paths including specializations in basic research and applied disciplines; recommended for entering students and those considering or beginning a major or minor concentration. Credits: 1

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 2020 - Science, Technology, and War

Modern weapons, nuclear and otherwise are becoming increasingly available and dangerous; people with grievances seem eager to use them. Science and technology, as well as constraints of bureaucracy and society underpin weapons development and use, as technologies affect prospects and results of war and peace. History of humanity and its tools of war. Credits: 4

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

Consult departmental undergraduate academic advisor prior to registering for this course. Credits: 1

PHY 3100 - (PS) The Sounds of Music

For music majors and other students interested in the physical foundations of the production, perception, and reproduction of musical sounds. Makes only limited use of simple mathematics. Includes topics such as wave properties, loudness levels and the human ear, hearing loss, tone quality, frequency and pitch, musical intervals and tuning, room acoustics, the production of sound by various musical instruments, and electronic reproduction of music. Credits: 0

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 3700 - Mathematics for Biomedical Physics

Training in specific applied topics of mathematics for biomedical physics majors. Credits: 4

PHY 3750 - Introduction to Computational Methods

Introduction to the principles of computer programming with MATLAB or similar software. In addition to learning applications of the software, there will be opportunities for independent or group projects of interest to students. Credits: 1

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 5010 - Astrophysics and Stellar Astronomy

Electromagnetic radiation and matter; solar characteristics; stellar distances; magnitudes; spectral classification; celestial mechanics; binary stars; stellar motions, structure and evolution; compact and variable stars; Milky Way Galaxy and interstellar medium; galaxies and clusters of galaxies; quasars; Hubble's Law; cosmology. Credits: 3

PHY 5100 - Methods of Theoretical Physics I

Introduction to mathematical tools used in advanced courses in physics. Credits: 3

PHY 5200 - Classical Mechanics I

Introduction to fundamental ideas: Newton's laws, notions of momentum, angular momentum, kinetic and potential energy, mechanical energy, conservation laws, motion in 1- and 3-D, friction and retardation forces, oscillations, resonances, and gravitation. Credits: 3

PHY 5620 - Electronics and Electrical Measurements

Theory of amplifier circuits, operational amplifiers, oscillators, digital electronics, analog and digital measurements. Credits: 3

PHY 5621 - Electronics and Electrical Measurements Laboratory

Laboratory measurements related to amplifier circuits, operational amplifiers, oscillators, and digital electronics. The lab will also cover analog and digital measurements and will require a final project. Credits: 2

PHY 5750 - Biological Physics

Introduction to applications of physics to molecular biology. Credits: 4

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 6410 - Quantum Physics II

Applications of quantum mechanics: atoms in electric and magnetic fields, multielectron atoms, molecules, quantum statistics, solids (band structure, magnetic properties), nuclei, fundamental forces and standard model. Credits: 3

PHY 6500 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

Laws of thermodynamics, thermodynamic equilibrium, applications of kinetic theory of gases, basic introduction to classical and quantum statistical description of physical systems with large numbers of particles. Credits: 4

PHY 6570 - Smart Sensor Technology I: Design

Introduction to various types of sensors and the design of basic analog VLSI circuit building blocks. Credits: 4

PHY 6600 - Electromagnetic Fields I

Topics include electrostatics, solution of Laplace equation, dielectric media, electric current, magnetic field of steady currents, magnetic properties of matter, electromagnetic induction. Credits: 3

PHY 6750 - Applied Computational Methods

Development of concepts learned in PHY 3750 or PHY 3310 for computer applications in physics research, including applications in theoretical physics, data fitting, image analysis, and integration with experimental equipment. There will be opportunities for independent as well as group projects. Credits: 2

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 7110 - Methods of Theoretical Physics II

Complex variables and their applications. Homogeneous and inhomogeneous differential equations. Special functions such as gamma functions, Bessel functions, Legendre functions, Hermite functions and Laguerre functions. Fourier series. Credits: 3

PHY 7400 - Quantum Mechanics I

Physical and mathematical principles of quantum mechanics. Schrodinger equation and its applications. Spin and angular momentum in quantum mechanics. The WKB approximation. Perturbation theory for time-independent and time-dependent cases. Credits: 3

PHY 7500 - Statistical Mechanics

Classical and quantum statistical mechanics and applications. Credits: 4

PHY 7560 - Advanced Condensed Matter Physics: Soft Matter

Current topics in condensed matter physics, including the building blocks, structures, physical properties, and phase transitions in a variety of complex fluid systems such as simple liquids and liquid mixtures, colloids, polymers, liquid crystals, amphiphiles, and soft matter in living organisms. 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 8810 - Advanced Particle Physics

Advanced elementary particle physics including weak, electromagnetic, and strong interactions. Rudiments of experimental devices and techniques at level appropriate to both experimentally- and theoretically-oriented students. 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