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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog
Otterbein University
   
 
  Nov 23, 2017
 
 
    
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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    PHYS 1100 - Introduction to Physics I

    Hours: 4
    Lecture and laboratory.  An introduction to mechanics as a foundation for the discipline of physics, based on a working knowledge of algebra and trigonometry.
    Prerequisites: MATH 1250.
    Notes: This course has an additional fee.
  
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    PHYS 1200 - Introduction to Physics II

    Hours: 4
    Lecture and laboratory.  A continuation of PHYS 1100: Wave phenomena, electricity and magnetism, optics and modern physics.
    Prerequisites: C– or better in PHYS 1100 or 1500.
    Notes: This course has an additional fee.
  
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    PHYS 1500 - Principles of Physics I

    Hours: 4
    Lecture and laboratory.  An introduction to mechanics as a foundation for the discipline of physics, using calculus.
    Corequisites: MATH 1700.
    Notes: This course has an additional fee.
  
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    PHYS 1600 - Principles of Physics II

    Hours: 4
    Lecture and laboratory.  A continuation of PHYS 1500. Electrodynamics, wave phenomena, and optics.
    Prerequisites: C– or better in PHYS 1500 or permission of instructor. Corequisites: MATH 1800.
    Notes: This course has an additional fee.
  
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    PHYS 2100 - Introduction to Physical Science

    Hours: 4
    A descriptive introduction to the physical sciences with emphasis on concepts and scientific thought processes developed through a combination of discussion and laboratory experiences.
    Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and a C- or better in ASC 0900 if that course is required by placement exam.
    Notes: Except for Integrated Science Education majors, this course may be used as a substitute for the INST Natural Foundations requirement.
  
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    PHYS 2700 - Principles of Modern Physics

    Hours: 4
    Lecture and laboratory.  Special relativity and quantum physics, with applications to atomic systems, nuclei, condensed matter systems, and elementary particles.

     
    Prerequisites: C– or better in PHYS 1600 or permission of instructor. Corequisites: Recommended MATH 2700.

  
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    PHYS 3000 - Classical Mechanics

    Hours: 4
    Foundation of Newtonian dynamics: motion of particles in linear and nonlinear systems; angular momentum and the central force problem; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations.
    Prerequisites: PHYS 1600.
  
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    PHYS 3100 - Electricity and Magnetism

    Hours: 4
    An intermediate treatment of electro- and magnetostatic fields and potentials.

     
    Prerequisites: PHYS 1600. Corequisites: MATH 2700 recommended.

  
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    PHYS 3150 - Electrodynamics

    Hours: 4
    A continuation of PHYS 3100: Maxwell’s equations, conservation laws, electromagnetic waves, physical optics, and special relativity.
     
    Prerequisites: PHYS 3100.
  
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    PHYS 3200 - Statistical and Thermal Physics

    Hours: 4
    Thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and kinetic theory.
     
    Prerequisites: PHYS 2700 or permission of instructor.
  
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    PHYS 3500 - Advanced Laboratory I - Writing Intensive

    Hours: 3
    Selected experiments from all areas of physics with emphasis on independent work in the design of experiments, computer data acquisition and analysis, report writing and oral presentation.
    Prerequisites: PHYS 2700.
  
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    PHYS 3700 - Electronics

    Hours: 3
    Lecture and laboratory.  Introduction to electronic circuits, passive and active circuit elements, and devices such as operational amplifiers and transducers.
     
    Prerequisites: PHYS 1600 or permission of instructor.
  
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    PHYS 3900 - Independent Study

    Hours: 1-4
    Independent study of physics or physics-related topics, including astronomy, industrial applications, or science education. Limited to no more than five hours cumulative credit.

     
    Prerequisites: PHYS 2700, 7 hours of core physics courses required for the major, and approval of a study plan by the department.

  
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    PHYS 4000 - Quantum Mechanics

    Hours: 4
     

    Foundations of quantum mechanics: the Schrödinger equation, one-dimensional systems, angular momentum and spin, the hydrogen atom, multi-particle systems.
     

     
    Prerequisites: PHYS 2700.

  
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    PHYS 4100 - Solid State Physics

    Hours: 4
    Solids, liquids, and macroscopic quantum states of matter, superconductivity and superfluidity.

     
    Prerequisites: PHYS 2700.

  
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    PHYS 4200 - Subatomic Physics

    Hours: 4
    Nuclear structure and reactions, elementary particles and fundamental processes.
     
    Prerequisites: PHYS 2700.
  
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    PHYS 4500 - Advanced Laboratory II - Writing Intensive

    Hours: 3
    A continuation of PHYS 3500 with more sophisticated experiments and analysis leading to independent student inquiry and research.

     
    Prerequisites: PHYS 3500.

  
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    PHYS 4601 - Mathematical Methods of Physics

    Hours: 4
    A survey of advanced mathematical techniques used in physics. Topics covered may include vector analysis, matrices, tensors, and groups, complex analysis, Fourier series and integrals, and boundary and initial value problems.

     
    Prerequisites: PHYS 3000.

  
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    PHYS 4602 - General Relativity

    Hours: 4
    Introduction to the general theory of relativity with application to cosmology. Gravitation as space-time geometry, geodesics, the Schwarzschild metric, the big bang and the large-scale structure of the universe, gravitational waves, black holes.

     
    Prerequisites: PHYS 3000.

  
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    PHYS 4603 - Advanced Quantum Theory

    Hours: 2-4
    Advanced topics in quantum theory. Topics may include time-dependent perturbation theory, semi-classical methods, and scattering theory, with applications to atomic and molecular systems.
     
    Prerequisites: PHYS 4000.
  
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    PHYS 4701 - Materials Physics

    Hours: 2-4
    A survey of materials science and engineering including processing, structure, properties, and performance. Physical aspects of metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites. Applications are presented in a variety of modern contexts.
     
    Prerequisites: PHYS 2700.
  
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    PHYS 4702 - Advanced Classical Mechanics

    Hours: 2-4
    Advanced topics in classical dynamics. Topics covered may include rigid-body motion, non-inertial reference frames, continuum and wave mechanics, and chaos.

     
    Prerequisites: PHYS 3000.

  
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    PHYS 4703 - Computational Physics

    Hours: 2-4
    A survey of computational methods used in physics. Topics may include techniques for numerical quadrature, solution of ordinary and/or partial differential equations, Monte Carlo simulations, genetic algorithms, parallel computing and visualization. Applications are taken from all areas of physics.
    Prerequisites: PHYS 1600.
  
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    PHYS 4704 - Astrophysics

    Hours: 2-4
    Selected topics in astrophysics, including the dynamics of astronomical bodies, stellar nucleosynthesis and stellar evolution, cosmic rays, and cosmology.
    Prerequisites: PHYS 2700.
  
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    PHYS 4800 - Research

    Hours: 2-4
    Directed research in an experimental or theoretical area of physics of interest to the department. Limited to no more than six hours cumulative credit.


     
    Prerequisites: 20 hours of physics courses and approval of a research plan by the department.

 


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