PHYS 3100. Waves and Optics (3-0-3) Prerequisite: PHYS 2212 and 2312 or permission of instructor. Mechanical waves; superposition; Fourier analysis. Application of wave techniques to sound and light; electromagnetic spectrum. Refraction, diffraction, reflection, and dispersion as applied to lenses, mirrors.
PHYS 3200. Twentieth Century Physics (3-2-4) Prerequisite: PHYS 2212 and PHYS 2312 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of the instructor. This course will introduce topics of 20th century Physics including special relativity, the photoelectric effect, wave-particle duality, lasers, nuclear and atomic physics and other topics as selected by the instructor. (Course fee required.)
PHYS 4100. Survey of Quantum Mechanics (3-0-3) Prerequisites: PHYS 2212 and 2312 or permission of instructor. Introduction to basic quantum mechanics; properties of light and matter; models of nuclear and subatomic structure, photon and atomic energy, nuclear reactions, radioactive decay, wave functions.
PHYS 4205. Advanced Laboratory in Physics (1-4-3) Prerequisite: PHYS 2212 and 2312 with a grade of "C" or better. Prerequisite or corequisite: PHYS 3200 or PHYS 4100 or permission of the instructor. Recommended prerequisite: MATH 1127. Extended laboratory time for advanced physics experiments. Students must develop and perform their own experiment in addition to performing experiments as directed by the instructor. Experiments will range from thermodynamics to optics and fluids. (Course fee required.)
PHYS 5555. Selected Introductory Topics in Teaching Physics (2-3-3) Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and PHYS 1111/1311/1112/1312 or PHYS 2211/2212/2311/2312. Designed for students who plan to teach physics or physical science at the secondary school level. Introduction to the research about best practices of teaching physics and student learning of physics. Fall term enrollees focus on the topics of mechanics and waves. Spring term enrollees focus on electricity and magnetism. May be repeated once for credit.