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Physics

Division of Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences
Broida Hall 3019
Telephone: (805) 893-4567
E-mail: ugrad@physics.ucsb.edu
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Website: www.physics.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Philip Pincus


 

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ASTRO 1. Basic Astronomy
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A survey of the development of astronomy with an emphasis on understanding the observable properties of the solar system, the sun and other stars, ourown and other galaxies, and the entire universe. Topics of current interestwill be discussed as time permits.
ASTRO 1H. Honors Supplement to Basic Astronomy
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Prerequisite: Honors standing. Concurrent enrollment in ASTRO 1.
A supplement to Astronomy 1 emphasizing fundamental concepts and additional topics in astronomy. Intended for highly motivated and well prepared students.
ASTRO 2. History of the Universe
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Prerequisite: Astronomy 1.
Content will vary with the professor and student interests. Course has included modern extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, quasars, active galacticnuclei, dark matter, gravitational lenses, the early universe, theorigins of life, and the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence.

 
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PHYS 1. Basic Physics
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Prerequisite: Mathematics 3A or AP Math AB Exam with a score of 3 or better.
Enrollment Comments: Reduced credit of 2 units will be given to students who have received credit for Physics 20. Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 20 and Physics 21.
Introduction to classical mechanics for students in engineering and the physical sciences. Measurement, units, and foundations of physics; vectors; kinematics; circular motion; forces, mass, and Newton's laws; center ofmass; momentum; work and energy; conservation laws; collisions; rotational kinematics.
PHYS 2. Basic Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 1 with a grade of C- or better; Mathematics 3A-B or AP Math BC examwith a score of 3 or better.
Repeat Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 22.
Rotational dynamics and angular momentum; equilibrium and elasticity; periodic motion including LRC electrical circuits; gravitation; fluid mechanics; temperature; thermal expansion; heat and the first law of thermodynamics; heat conduction; kinetic theory of gases; entropy and the second law; heat engines.
PHYS 3. Basic Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 2 or 22 with a grade of C- or better; Mathematics 3A-3B (AP Math BCExam score of 3 or better) -3C or 4A.
Recommended Preparation: Mathematics 5A (may be taken concurrently) and Physics 3L (may be taken concurrently).
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 23.
Mechanical waves, wave interference and normal modes, sound and hearing, electric field, Gauss's law, electric potential, capacitance and dielectrics, current, resistance, electromotive force, DC circuits.
PHYS 3L. Physics Laboratory
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Prerequisite: Physics 3 or 23 (may be taken concurrently).
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 13AH or Physics CS 15A.
Introductory laboratory emphasizing periodic motion, sound and basic electronics.
PHYS 4. Basic Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 3 or 23 with a grade of C- or better.
Recommended Preparation: Mathematics 5B or 6A (may be taken concurrently) and Physics 4L (may be taken concurrently)
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 24.
Magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction and inductance, AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, light and geometrical optics, interference and diffraction.
PHYS 4L. Physics Laboratory
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Prerequisite: Physics 4 or 24 (may be taken concurrently).
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 13BH or Physics CS 15B.
Introductory laboratory emphasizing magnetism, circuits and optics.
PHYS 5. Basic Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 4 or 24 with a grade of C- or better.
Recommended Preparation: Mathematics 5C (may be taken concurrently) and Physics 5L (may be taken concurrently).
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 25.
Special relativity, blackbody radiation, Compton scattering, photoelectric effect, Bohr model, quantum mechanics, molecules, condensed matter, nuclearphysics, elementary particles.
PHYS 5L. Physics Laboratory
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Prerequisite: Physics 4 or 24; and, Physics 5 or 25 (may be taken concurrently).
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 13CH or Physics CS 15C.
Introductory laboratory emphasizing atomic spectra, diffraction and basic quantum physics.
PHYS 6A. Introductory Physics
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Prerequisite: Mathematics 3A or 34A (may be taken concurrently) or AP Math AB Exam score of 3 or better.
Presents concepts and methodologies for understanding physical phenomena,and is particularly useful preparation for upper- division study in the life sciences. Vectors, velocity, acceleration. Newton's laws. Work and energy. Linear momentum. Gravity. Static equilibrium. Rotational motion. Angular momentum.
PHYS 6AL. Introductory Experimental Physics
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Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Physics 6A.
Self directed laboratory course where students seek to discover simple mathematical descriptions of laws governing various physical phenomena. Each student is responsible for deciding what to measure, how to measure it,and what interpretation can be placed on the results.
PHYS 6B. Introductory Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 6A with a minimum grade of C-.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Winter, Spring, Summer.
Presents concepts and methodologies for understanding physical phenomena,and is particularly useful preparation for upper-division study in the life sciences. Oscillatory motion. Vibrations, waves, sound. Fluids. Electrostatics and DC circuits. Magnetism and magnetic forces. Induction and Faraday's law. AC circuits. If time permits: Heat and thermodynamics.
PHYS 6BL. Introductory Experimental Physics
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Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Physics 6B.
Experiments in the mechanical, electrical and thermal properties of matter,the behavior of light, and quantum phenomena with application to the biological sciences.
PHYS 6C. Introductory Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 6B with a minimum grade of C-.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Spring, Summer, Fall.
Presents concepts and methodologies for understanding physical phenomena,and is particularly useful preparation for upper- division study in the life sciences. Electromagnetic waves. Geometric optics, optical instruments. Interference and diffraction. Quantum theory of the atom. Nuclear physics. If time permits: Special relativity, elementary particle physics.
PHYS 6CL. Introductory Experimental Physics
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Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Physics 6C.
Experiments in the mechanical, electrical and thermal properties of matter,the behavior of light, and quantum phenomena with application to the biological sciences.
PHYS 10. Concepts of Physics
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Enrollment Comments: Not open for degree credit to students who have completed Natural Science 1A, Physics 1 or 6A.
A survey of important concepts in physics for the non-science major. The contents will vary depending on the interests of the students and instructor.
PHYS 13AH. Honors Introduction to Experimental Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 3 or 23 (may be taken concurrently).
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Fall. Same course as Physics CS 15A. Not open fordegree credit to students who have completed Physics 3L or Physics CS 15A.
Covers the essence of experimental research. Students study three differentsystems experimentally, and write short Physical Review style articles about the results. Students are responsible for deciding what to measure, how to analyze data, what conclusions can be reached, etc.
PHYS 13BH. Honors Experimental Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 13AH; and Physics 4 or 24 (may be taken concurrently).
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Winter. Physics 13BH is the same course as Physics CS 15B. Not open for degree credit to students who have completed Physics 4L or Physics CS 15B.
Computer control of experiments. Students learn LabView, and use it to measure and generate analog signals using a data acquisition card and a personal computer. Students ultimately use their computers to measure and control the temperature of a copper rod.
PHYS 13CH. Honors Experimental Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 13BH; and Physics 5 or 25 (may be taken concurrently).
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Spring. Physics 13CH is the same course as Physics CS 15C. Not open for degree credit to students who have completed Physics 5L or Physics CS 15C.
Design and construction of apparatus, drafting and computer- aided design.Machine shop practice including use of all major machine tools. The classacts as a team to design and, time permitting, build a scientific apparatus for a campus research group.
PHYS 16. Undergraduate Seminar
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Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Fall. This course is strongly recommended for freshmen, transfer students and prospective majors within physics.
Selected topics of special interest designed to display the broad diversityof physics. Also designed to introduce students to faculty research and department labs.
PHYS 20. General Physics
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Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Mathematics 3A or AP Math AB Exam Score of 3 or better
Recommended Preparation: High school calculus and high school physics.
Enrollment Comments: Open to non-majors. Designed for majors. Quarters usually offered: Fall. Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 1.
Classical mechanics, kinematics, vectors, Newton's laws, work and energy,conservation laws. (F)
PHYS 21. General Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 20 and Mathematics 3A with a grade of C- or better or AP Math AB Exam score of 3 or better.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Repeat Comments: Not open for degree credit to students who have completed Physics 1.
Momentum and collisions, rigid-body rotation. Rotational dynamics, statics, gravitation, periodic motion, fluid mechanics.
PHYS 22. General Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 21 with a grade of C- or better; Mathematics 3A-B or AP Math BC Exam score of 3 or better.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Spring.
Repeat Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 2.
Temperature and heat, thermal properties of matter, the laws of thermodynamics, mechanical waves, wave interference and normal modes, sound and hearing. (S)
PHYS 23. General Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 22 with a minimum grade of C- AND Mathematics 3A-3B (AP Math BC Exam score of 3 or better) AND Math 3C or 4A.
Recommended Preparation: Physics 3L or 13AH (may be taken concurrently).
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 3.
Repeat Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 3.
Electric charge and electric field, Gauss's law, electric potential, capacitance and dielectrics, current, resistance, electromotive force, DC circuits. (F)
PHYS 24. General Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 23 with a minimum grade of C-; Mathematics 5B or 6A.
Recommended Preparation: Physics 4L or 13BH (may be taken concurrently).
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 4.
Magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction and inductance, AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, light and geometrical optics, interference and diffraction. (W)
PHYS 25. General Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 24 with a minimum grade of C-; Mathematics 5A or 4B.
Recommended Preparation: Physics 5L or Physics 13CH (may be taken concurrently).
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 5.
Special relativity, blackbody radiation, Compton scattering, photoelectric effect, Bohr model, quantum mechanics, molecules, condensed matter, nuclear physics, elementary particles. (S)
PHYS 25L. Experimental Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 4 or 24 and 4L; Physics 5 or 25 (may be taken concurrently).
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 5L or Phys 13CH or Physics CS 15C.
Covers the essence of experimental research. Students study atomic spectra,diffraction and basic quantum physics experimentally, and write short Physical Review style articles about their results.
PHYS 43. Origins: A Dialogue Between Scientists and Humanists
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Introduction to the ways in which different disciplines have addressed the concept of origins. This course is organized as a dialogue between science,religion and history or more broadly construed between science and the humanities.
PHYS 98. Readings in Physics
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Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and are limited to 3 units per quarter and 30 units total in 98/99/198/199/199DC/199RA courses combined. No more than 12 units may be earned in all Physics 98/99/198/199/199AA-ZZ courses combined.
Critical reviews and discussions of selected physics subjects, conducted under the supervision of a Physics faculty member.
PHYS 99. Introduction to Physics Research
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Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and are limited to 3 units per quarter and 30 units total in 98/99/198/199/199DC/199RA courses combined. No more than 12 units may be earned in all Physics 98/99/198/199/199AA-ZZ courses combined.
Independent research conducted under the guidance of a Physics faculty member. Topic and scope varies, to be specified by student and supervisory faculty member prior to registration.
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PHYS 101. Complex Variables and Fourier Transforms
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Prerequisite: Mathematics 5C or 6B with a grade of C- or better.
Analytic functions, contour integrals and branch cuts. Conformal mapping.Fourier series and transforms. Laplace transforms. Asymptotic series and the gamma function. Green’s functions.
PHYS 102. Linear Algebra and Applications
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Prerequisite: Math 6B with a minimum grade of C-.
Linear Algebra: vector spaces, operators, spectral decomposition. Topics may include Sturm-Liouville equations, special functions, group theory.
PHYS 103. Intermediate Mechanics
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Prerequisite: Physics 1, 2 and 3 or Physics 20, 21 and 22; Mathematics 6B (may be taken concurrently).
Newtonian mechanics in 3D. Conservation laws. Simple harmonic oscillator (undamped, damped, driven and nonlinearities). Central force motion (orbits, Kepler’s laws). Collisions (elastic, inelastic, scattering, cross sections). Special relativity.
PHYS 104. Advanced Mechanics
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Prerequisite: Physics 103 or consent of instructor.
Calculus of variations. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics. Non-inertial reference frames. Coupled oscillations. Strings. Waves. Topics from: Dynamics of rigid bodies, continuum mechanics, fluid mechanics.
PHYS 106. Nonlinear Phenomena
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Prerequisite: Physics 105A or Physics 103; or ME 163 or upper-division standing in ECE.
Enrollment Comments: Same course as ECE 183 and ME 169. Not open for credit to students who have completed ECE 163C.
Repeat Comments: PHYS 103 was formerly PHYS 105A.
An introduction to nonlinear phenomena. Flows and bifurcations in one andtwo dimensions, chaos, fractals, strange attractors. Applications to physics, engineering, chemistry, and biology.
PHYS 110A. Electromagnetism
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Prerequisite: Physics 5 or 25 with a minimum grade of C-; Mathematics 6B with minimum grade of C-.
Electrostatics, Laplace's equation, method of images, separation of variables, multipole expansion, magnetostatics, electric and magnetic fields in matter.
PHYS 110B. Electromagnetism
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Prerequisite: Physics 110A with a minimum grade of C-.
Electrodynamics, Maxwell’s equations, conservation laws, electromagnetic waves, potentials and fields for moving charges, radiation, special relativity.
PHYS 115A. Quantum Mechanics
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Prerequisite: Physics 5 or 25 with a minimum grade of C-.
Inadequacies of classical physics and quantum mechanical resolutions. Thepostulates of quantum mechanics. Schroedinger's equation, measurements, operators, and observables. Angular momentum and spin, the exclusion principle, perturbation theory, and scattering theory. Applications to atomic, molecular, and nuclear physics.
PHYS 115B. Quantum Mechanics
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Prerequisite: Physics 115A with a minimum grade of C-.
Inadequacies of classical physics and quantum mechanical resolutions. The postulates of quantum mechanics. Schroedinger's equation, measurements, operators, and observables. Angular momentum and spin, the exclusion principle,perturbation theory, and scattering theory. Applications to atomic, molecular, and nuclear physics.
PHYS 115C. Quantum Mechanics
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Prerequisite: Physics 115B with a minimum grade of C-.
Inadequacies of classical physics and quantum mechanical resolutions. the postulates of quantum mechanics. Schroedinger's equation, measurements, operators, and observables. Angular momentum and spin, the exclusion principle,perturbation theory, and scattering theory. Applications to atomic, molecular, and nuclear physics.
PHYS 119A. Thermal and Statistical Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 5 or 25 with a minimum grade of C-.
Enrollment Comments: Not open for credit to students who have completed Physics 118.
Thermodynamics: three laws of thermodynamics, phase diagrams, entropy, equipartion of energy, specific heat, reversible and irreversible processes, pressure, viscosity, thermal conductivity, diffusion.
PHYS 119B. Thermal and Statistical Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 119A with a minimum grade of C-.
Statistical mechanics: Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac, Bose-Einstein distributionlaws. Relation of thermodynamic variables and microscopic properties.
PHYS 120. Physics of California Waves, Weather, Quakes and Fires
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Prerequisite: Physics 5 or 25.
Why do the waves hit the beach every five seconds? This course teaches students the relevant fluid dynamics and allows them to apply it to natural phenomena of California: seismic waves, tsunamis, maximum tree heights, fluid flow around fish.
PHYS 121A. The Practice of Science
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Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: Same course as ECE 121A.
Provides experience in pursuing careers within science and engineering through discussions with researchers, lectures on ethics, funding, intellectualproperty, and commercial innovation. Students prepare a focused research proposal that is pursued in the second quarter of the course.
PHYS 121B. The Practice of Science
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Prerequisite: Physics 121A or ECE 121A; consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: Same course as ECE 121B.
Provides experience in pursuing careers within science and engineering through discussions with researchers, lectures on ethics, funding, intellectualproperty, and commercial innovation. Students prepare a focused research proposal that is pursued in the second quarter of the course.
PHYS 123A. Condensed Matter Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 115A with a minimum grade of C-.
Classification of solids; crystal symmetry, therma electric and magnetic properties; metals, semiconductors, and the band theory of electronic states;magnetic resonance; superconductivity; imperfections. Emphasis willbe placed on both fundamental and applied aspects.
PHYS 123B. Condensed Matter Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 115A with a minimum grade of C-.
Classification of solids; crystal symmetry, thermal electric and magnetic properties; metals, semiconductors, and the band theory of electronic states; magnetic resonance; superconductivity; imperfections. Emphasis willbe placed on both fundamental and applied aspects.
PHYS 125. Elementary Particle Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 115B.
Introduction to quarks and leptons and the phenomenology of the particles they comprise; fundamental symmetries, invariance principles, and the associated quantum numbers, strong, electromagnetic, and weak interactions and their relationship.
PHYS 127AL. Analog Electronics
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Prerequisite: Physics 25L and Math 3B with a minimum grade of C-.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Fall.
Passive circuits, diodes, transistors, field effect transistors, operational amplifiers, feedback and control. Design, building and testing of analog circuits.
PHYS 127BL. Digital Electronics
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Prerequisite: Physics 127AL with a minimum grade of C-.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Gates, combinational and sequential logic, multiplexes, counters, shift registers, memory and microprocessors. Design, building and testing of digital circuitry, including a modern microprocessor based computer system.
PHYS 128AL. Advanced Experimental Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 25L or Physics 13AH or Physics CS 15A. Physics 127AL with a minimumgrade of C-; and Physics 115A (may be taken concurrently).
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Selected experiments in contemporary physics, e.g., holography, laser lightscattering zeeman effect, x-rays, superconductivity, magnetic resonance, Mossbauer effect.
PHYS 128BL. Advanced Experimental Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 128AL with a minimum grade of C-.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Spring.
Selected experiments in contemporary physics, e.g., holography, laser lightscattering, optical pumping, semiconductors, superconductivity, magnetic resonance, Mossbauer effect.
PHYS 129L. Introduction to Scientific Computation
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Prerequisite: Physics 5 or 25 with a grade of C- or better, or Physics CS 36; and Mathematics 6B with a grade of C- or better; or consent of the instructor.
Recommended Preparation: Some prior programming experience
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Spring. Not open to graduate students.
A survey of computers, programming, and computational techniques for the natural sciences. Physical foundations of computation, binary arithmetic, computer architecture, programming languages, operating systems, UNIX shell and filesystems. Programming tools, variables and data structures, expressions, control flow, files, functions and scoping, objects, error handling, debugging, graphics, text processing, networking, data acquisition and transfer. Mathematics and algorithms for data processing and analysis, numerical methods, random numbers and simulation.
PHYS 131. Gravitation and Relativity
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Prerequisite: Physics 105A-B or Physics 103-104 with a minimum grade of C- in each.
Enrollment Comments: Physics 104 (formerly Physics 105B) may be taken concurrently with consent of instructor.
An introduction to Einstein's general relativity, the spacetime of special relativity, the principle of equivalence, gravity as geometry, the description of spacetime geometry, the spacetime of a relativistic star, solar system test of general relativity, gravitational collapse, black holes, cosmology.
PHYS 132. Stellar Structure and Evolution
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Prerequisite: Physics 5 or 25 with a minimum grade of C-.
Observed properties and classification of stars, the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, stellar atmospheres, hydrostatic equilibrium, energy transport, equations of state, thermonuclear reaction rates, origin of the elements, life history of stars, stellar death, compact objects, star formation.
PHYS 133. Galaxies and Cosmology
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Prerequisite: Physics 5 or 25.
Observed properties of galaxies, the interstellar medium, stellar dynamics,spiral arms, galaxy clusters, dark matter, quasars, the Hubble expansion, Friedmann models, thermal history of the universe, the origin of the light elements, the cosmic microwave background structure formation.
PHYS 134L. Observational Astrophysics
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Prerequisite: Physics 5 or 25.
Recommended Preparation: Physics 132 or 133.
Techniques and implementation of observational methods in astronomy/astrophysics. Sensors, digital-image processing and analysis, research projects with computer-controlled remote access telescope using a digital image sensor. Studies of variable stars, galaxy morphology, supernova, etc.
PHYS 135. Biophysics and Biomolecular Materials
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Prerequisite: Physics 6C or 5 or 25.
Enrollment Comments: Same course as Materials 135.
Structure and function of cellular molecules (lipids, nucleic acids, proteins, and carbohydrates). Genetic engineering techniques of molecular biology. Biomolecular materials and biomedical applications (e.g., bio-sensors, drug delivery systems, gene carrier systems).
PHYS 141. Optics
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Prerequisite: Physics 110B with a minimum grade of C-.
Modern geometrical and physical optics. Polarization, coherence, interference, and diffraction phenomena. Fourier transform spectroscopy, intensity correlation interferometry, spatial filtering, and holography. Selectedtopics on lasers, light scattering, and quantum optics as time permits.
PHYS 142L. Experimental Research in Condensed Matter Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 5 or 25; consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit.
Offers qualified undergraduates the opportunity to work in research laboratories in condensed matter physics.
PHYS 143L. Experimental Research in Elementary Particle Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 5 or 25; and consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit.
Offers qualified under graduates the opportunity to work in experimental research in elementary particle physics.
PHYS 144L. Experimental Research in Biophysics
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Prerequisite: Physics 5 or 25; consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit.
Offers qualified undergraduates the opportunity to work in research laboratories in biophysics.
PHYS 145L. Experimental Research in Astrophysics
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Prerequisite: Physics 5 or 25; and consent of instructor.
Offers qualified undergraduates the opportunity to work in experimental research in astrophysics. Each staff member has his/her own course identified by a number listed in the schedule of classes.
PHYS 150. Special Topics in Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 5 or 25.
Course varies from year to year according to the current interests.
PHYS 160J. Physics Outreach
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Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Phys 6A-6C OR Phys 1-4 OR Phys 20-24.
Active participation in at least 4 Circus events per quarter but preferably all events. Improve an existing Circus activity or create a new Circusactivity for evaluation by Physics Circus faculty and participants.
PHYS 160K. Science for the Public
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Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 12 units, but only 4 units may be applied to the major. Same course as Engineering 160. Open to graduate students in science and engineering disciplines and to undergraduate science and engineering majors.
Provides experience in communicating science and technology to nonspecialists. The major components of the course are field work in mentoring, a biweekly seminar, presentations to precollege students and to adult nonscientists, and end-of-term research papers.
PHYS 198. Directed Reading
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Prerequisite: Consent of instructor; upper-division standing; completion of 2 upper-division courses in physics.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the preceding 3 quarters and are limited to 5 units per quarter and 30 units total in 98/99/198/199/199DC/199RA courses combined. No more than 12 units may be earned in all Physics 98/99/198/199/199AA-ZZ courses combined.
Each staff member has own directed reading course identified by a number code listed in the schedule of classes.
PHYS 199. Research in Physics
(1-5) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor; upper-division standing; completion of 2 upper-division courses in physics.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the preceding 3 quarters and are limited to 5 units per quarter and 30 units total in 98/99/198/199/199DC/199RA courses combined. No more than 12 units may be earned in all Physics 98/99/198/199/199AA-ZZ courses combined in the major.
Directed individual study open to qualified seniors in the department. Eachstaff member has own independent studies course identified by a number codelisted in the schedule of classes.
PHYS 199RA. Independent Research Assistance
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Prerequisite: Consent of instructor; upper-division standing; completion of 2 upper-division courses in physics.
Enrollment Comments: Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA for the preceding 3 quarters and are limited to 5 units per quarter and 30 units total in 98/99/198/199/199DC/199RA courses combined. No more than 12 units may be earned in all Physics 198/199/199AA-ZZ courses combined.
Undergraduate research for qualified seniors to gain valuable experience inresearch methodology.
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PHYS 205. Classical Mechanics
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Review of lagrangian mechanics. Variational principles. Hamilton's equations. Canonical transformations. Hamilton Jacobi theory. Action angle variables. Time dependent and canonical perturbation theory. Central forcesand scattering. Small vibrations. Rigid body motion. Poincare maps. Non-integrable systems. Hamiltonian and dissipative chaos.
PHYS 210A. Electromagnetic Theory
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Electrostatics, magnetostatics, boundary value problems, time varying fields, Maxwell's equations, radiation, multipole fields, scattering, relativistic particle dynamics.
PHYS 210B. Electromagnetic Theory
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Electrostatics, magnetostatics, boundary value problems, time varying fields, Maxwell's equations, radiation, multipole fields, scattering, relativistic particle dynamics.
PHYS 215A. Quantum Mechanics
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Fundamental principles; Schroedinger equation; angular momentum; perturbation theory; scattering theory, emission, and absorption of radiation; Dirac equation.
PHYS 215B. Quantum Mechanics
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Fundamental principles; Schroedinger equation; angular momentum; perturbation theory; scattering theory, emission, and absorption of radiation; Dirac equation.
PHYS 215C. Quantum Mechanics
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Fundamental principles; Schroedinger equation; angular momentum; perturbation theory; scattering theory, emission, and absorption of radiation; Dirac equation.
PHYS 217A. The Many Body Problem in Condensed Matter Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 215C.
Field theoretic methods as applied to (non-relativistic) condensed matter systems. Green's functions and diagrammatic techniques applied to various examples of interacting many body systems, including fermions, bosons, and spins. Relationship of theoretical quantities to physical measurements.
PHYS 217B. The Many Body Problem in Condensed Matter Physics
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Prerequisite: Physics 215C.
Field theoretic methods as applied to (non-relativistic) condensed matter systems. Green's functions and diagrammatic techniques applied to various examples of interacting many body systems, including fermions, bosons, and spins. Relationship of theoretical quantities to physical measurements.
PHYS 219. Statistical Mechanics
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Prerequisite: Physics 205, 215A, and 119B or equivalent taken at another institution.
Fundamental principles of classical and quantum statistics. Non-interacting Boltzmann, Bose, and Fermi systems. Virial expansion and other approaches to interacting systems. Phase transitions.
PHYS 220. Advanced Topics in Statistical Mechanics
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Prerequisite: Physics 219 or equivalent.
Course will cover some of the following topics: A) critical phenomena-phasediagrams, first and second order phase transitions, scalingtheory, high-temperature expansions, renormalization group; B) nonequilibrium statistical mechanics-stochastic processes. Langevin equations, fluctuation-dissipation theorem, master equations, fluid dynamics.
PHYS 221A. Relativistic Quantum Field Theory
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Prerequisite: Physics 215C or consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Fall.
Introduction to the theory of Lorentz covariant quantized fields. Global and local conservation laws. Path integral formulation. Applications to quantum electrodynamics, quantum chromodynamics, and electroweak interactions. Other possible topics include grand unification, the renormalizationgroup, anomolies, current algebra and supersymmetry.
PHYS 221B. Relativistic Quantum Field Theory
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Prerequisite: Physics 221A.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Introduction to the theory of Lorentz covariant quantized fields. Global and local conservation laws. Path integral formulation. Applications to quantum electrodynamics, quantum chromodynamics, and electroweak interactions. Other possible topics include grand unification, the renormalizationgroup, anomolies, current algebra and supersymmetry.
PHYS 221C. Relativistic Quantum Field Theory
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Physics 221B.
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Spring.
Introduction to the theory of Lorentz covariant quantized fields. Global and local conservation laws. Path integral formulation. Applications to quantum electrodynamics, quantum chromodynamics, and electroweak interactions. Other possible topics include grand unification, the renormalizationgroup, anomolies, current algebra and supersymmetry.
PHYS 223A. Concepts and Phenomena of Condensed Matter Physics
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Physics 219 and 215C.
Lattice and electron dynamics. Elementary excitations and collective phenomena. Transport properties. Disorder and localization. Long-range order and broken symmetries. Magnetism, superconductivity and liquid crystals. Properties and structures of polymers, membranes, and self-assembling systems.
PHYS 223B. Concepts and Phenomena of Condensed Matter Physics
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Physics 219 and 215C.
Lattice and electron dynamics. Elementary excitations and collective phenomena. Transport properties. Disorder and localization. Long-range order and broken symmetries. Magnetism, superconductivity and liquid crystals. Properties and structures of polymers, membranes, and self-assembling systems.
PHYS 223C. Concepts and Phenomena of Condensed Matter Physics
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Physics 219 and 215C.
Lattice and electron dynamics. Elementary excitations and collective phenomena. Transport properties. Disorder and localization. Long-range order and broken symmetries. Magnetism, superconductivity and liquid crystals. Properties and structures of polymers, membranes, and self-assembling systems.
PHYS 225A. Elementary Particle Physics
(2-4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Physics 125, 215C.
The phenomenology of the standard model of particle physics. QED and QCD process.
PHYS 225B. Elementary Particle Physics
(2-4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Physics 225A.
Weak interactions; neutrino physics; C, P, and CP violation; electroweak gauge theory and symmetry breaking. Design of detectors and experiments; searches for new phenomena.
PHYS 229A. Gauge Theories of Elementary Particles
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Physics 221A-B-C.
Quantum theory of non-abelian gauge fields. Local, global, and spontaneous symmetry breaking. Collective phenomena; solitons, instantons, and magneticmonopoles. Effective field theories. Lattice gauge theory. applications to the standard model of elementary particles.
PHYS 229B. Gauge Theories of Elementary Particles
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Physics 221A-B-C.
Quantum theory of non-abelian gauge fields. Local, global, and spontaneous symmetry breaking. Collective phenomena; solitons, instantons, and magneticmonopoles. Effective field theories. Lattice gauge theory. Applications to the standard model of elementary particles.
PHYS 230A. String Theory
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Physics 221B and 231B.
Introduction to string theory. Bosonic and super string theories and their spectra. String perturbation theory and conformal field theory. Nonlinear sigma models and spacetime structure. String compactifications and unification of forces. Non-perturbative results and methods; dualities and branes.
PHYS 230B. String Theory
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Physics 221B and 231B.
Introduction to string theory. Bosonic and super string theories and their spectra. String perturbation theory and conformal field theory. Nonlinear sigma models and spacetime structure. String compactifications and unification of forces. Non-perturbative results and methods; dualities and branes.
PHYS 231A. General Relativity
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Physics 210A-B.
Gravity as geometry, differential geometry, Einstein's equation, relativistic stars, gravitational collapse, black holes, cosmology, gravitational radiation, and special topics.
PHYS 231B. General Relativity
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Physics 210A-B.
Gravity as geometry, differential geometry, Einstein's equation, relativistic stars, gravitational collapse, black holes, cosmology, gravitational radiation, and special topics.
PHYS 231C. General Relativity
(4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Physics 210A-B.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated with consent of instructor.
Gravity as geometry, differential geometry, Einstein's equation, relativistic stars, gravitational collapse, black holes, cosmology, gravitational radiation, and special topics.
PHYS 232. Stellar Structure and Evolution
(4) STAFF
Physics of stellar structure, equations of state and heat transport. Birth of stars and physics of brown dwarfs. Thermonuclear burning and main sequence stellar structure. Evolution of stars and mass loss. Origin, physical structure, and cooling of compact objects.
PHYS 233. The Interstellar Medium
(4) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Quarters usually offered: Winter.
Physical processes that regulate the state of diffuse gas in and around galaxies: Ionization and thermal equilibrium; absorption line studies; spectral line formation; properties of dust grains and extinction; molecular gas and star formation; supernova explosions and hydrodynamic shocks.
PHYS 234. High Energy Astrophysics
(4) STAFF
Accretion power in a range of astrophysical contexts, from quasars to galactic black holes. Rapid release of thermonuclear energy, Type I X-ray bursts, classical novae, Type Ia supernovae. Relativistic jets from black holes, non-thermal radiation processes, physics of gamma-ray bursts.
PHYS 235. Extragalactic Astrophysics
(4) STAFF
Nebular astrophysics, active galactic nuclei, supermassive black holes, galaxies, clusters, dark matter, gravitational lensing, the intergalactic medium and galaxy formation.
PHYS 236. Cosmology
(4) STAFF
Friedmann models, distance measures, cosmological parameters, thermal history of the universe, cosmological density fields, structure formation (top-hat model, Press-Schechter), big bang nucleosynthesis, cosmic microwave background.
PHYS 237. Galactic Dynamics
(4) STAFF
Stellar dynamics, Jeans equations, potential theory, orbit theory, linear stability analysis, kinetic theory, dynamical friction, applications to starclusters, galaxy morphology and mergers.
PHYS 250. Special Topics in Physics
(1-4) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: Course may be repeated with a different topic.
The course varies from year to year according to current interests.
PHYS 260A. Colloquium
(1) STAFF
Colloquium.
PHYS 260C. Seminar in General Relativity
(1) STAFF
Talks on topics in gravity and general relativity pertinent to current doctoral research in the field.
PHYS 260D. Seminar in Theoretical Physics
(1) STAFF
Seminar in theoretical physics.
PHYS 260F. Seminar in High Energy Physics
(1) STAFF
Discussions of those topics in experimental and theoretical high energy andelementary particle physics pertinent to current doctoral research in the field.
PHYS 260G. Graduate Seminar
(1) STAFF
Weekly seminar on topics of research currently being pursued in the department of physics.
PHYS 260H. Seminar in Astrophysics and Cosmology
(1) STAFF
Talks on topics in astrophysics and cosmology pertinent to current doctoralresearch in the field.
PHYS 260J. Physics Outreach
(1) STAFF
Active participation in an outreach program that presents physics demonstrations and experiments on the road to local schools in order to provide a valuable learning experience for K-12 students.
PHYS 500. Teaching Assistant Seminar
(2) STAFF
Enrollment Comments: No unit credit allowed toward advanced degrees. Required course for all teaching assistants.
Covers development of teaching techniques especially oriented to lower-division physics laboratory instruction. Theoretical aspects covered at beginning of each quarter. Practical techniques discussed including weekly meetingwith class instructor, formal evaluation, and videotaping analysis.
PHYS 594. Special Topics
(1-4) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Special seminar on research subjects of current interest. Each staff memberhas a seminar identified by a number code listed in the schedule of classes.
PHYS 595. Group Studies
(1-6) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Each staff member has a group studies course identified by a number code listed in the schedule of classes.
PHYS 596. Directed Reading and Research
(2-12) STAFF
Individual tutorial. Reading and research in special topics including work done as the basis for the dissertation. Each staff member has a directed reading and research course identified by a number code listed in the schedule of classes.
PHYS 599. Dissertation Preparation
(1-12) STAFF
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Enrollment Comments: May be repeated for credit up to 12 units.
This course is reserved for writing the dissertation. Each staff member hasa research course identified by a number code listed in the schedule ofclasses.