Sonoma State University
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics Courses: Junior Level
from the 1996-98 catalog
Disclaimer: This is not the official catalog.

300. Physics of Music (3)  (Fall)
Lecture, 3 hours. Introduction to physical principles encountered in the study of music; applicable laws of mechanics and acoustics, harmonic analysis; musical scales; sound production in musical instruments; elements of electronic music. Satisfies GE, category B3 (Specific Emphasis in Natural Sciences). Prerequisite: PHYS 100 or ASTR 100 or consent of instructor.

311. Elements of Electronics (3)  (Spring)
Lecture, 3 hours. Basic DC and AC circuit theory, applications of diode circuits, principles of transistor amplifiers, oscillators, and electronic instruments; applications of integrated circuit operational amplifiers. Crosslisted as CHEM 311. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 311L is mandatory. Prerequisites: MATH 107; PHYS 210B or 214; or consent of instructor.

311L. Elements of Electronics Laboratory (1)  (Spring)
Laboratory, 3 hours. Laboratory to accompany PHYS 311. Crosslisted with CHEM 311L. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 311 is mandatory.

312. Elements of Digital Electronics (3)  (Fall)
Lecture, 3 hours. Principles of digital logic, Boolean algebra, number systems and character codes, families of logic devices, basic logic circuits, MSI and LSI devices, design applications, introduction to microprocessors. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 312L is mandatory. Prerequisites: PHYS 311 and 311L, or consent of instructor.

312L. Elements of Digital Electronics Laboratory (1)  (Fall)
Laboratory, 3 hours. Laboratory to accompany PHYS 312. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 312 is mandatory.

314. Introduction to Physics III (4)  (Fall)
Lecture, 4 hours. The continuation of PHYS 214. Special relativity; elementary quantum mechanics; the Bohr atom and deBroglie waves; the Schrodinger wave equation with applications to simple one-dimensional problems and to atomic structure; elementary nuclear physics, introduction to equilibrium statistical mechanics; the partition function, Boltzmann statistics. Prerequisites: PHYS 214; previous or concurrent enrollment in MATH 261.

316. Introductory Quantum Laboratory (1)  (Fall and Spring)
Laboratory, 3 hours. Advanced experiments to increase the student's understanding of the experimental foundations of quantum physics. Prerequisites: PHYS 214 and 216. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 314 strongly recommended.

320. Analytical Mechanics (3)  (Fall)
Lecture,3 hours. Principles of Newtonian mechanics . Relativistic dynamics. Introduction to Hamiltonian mechanics. Applications to central force problems and small vibrations. Prerequisites: PHYS 114, and previous or concurrent enrollment in MATH 231.

330AB. Electricity and Magnetism (3,3)  (A, Fall; B, Spring)
Lecture, 3 hours. Electrostatics; magnetostatics; electric currents, electromagnetic induction. Electric and magnetic fields in matter; Maxwell's equations, retarded potentials, radiation reaction, light emission, simple scattering and antenna theory, properties of waveguides, relativistic formulation of electrodynamics, Fourier decomposition of fields. Prerequisites: PHYS 214, and previous or concurrent enrollment in MATH 231.

333. Precision Machining for Experimental Physics (1) (Spring)
Laboratory, 3 hours. Techniques of precision machining as employed in the fabrication of experimental scientific apparatus. Emphasis on the use of the lathe and milling machine, working properties of metals and plastics, conventions of design drawings. Prerequisite: advanced standing as a physics major or consent of instructor.

340. Light and Optics (3) (Spring)
Lecture, 3 hours. The quantum theory of light, coherence, interference, diffraction and polarization, masers, lasers, geometrical optics, spectroscopy. Prerequisite: PHYS 314.

342. Popular Optics (3)  (Spring)
Lecture, 3 hours. A descriptive, nonmathematical, but analytical treatment of the physical properties of light, the camera, telescope, microscope, and laser; holography, mirages, rainbows and the blue sky; colors in flowers, gems, and pigments; human and animal vision and visual perception. Satisfies GE, category B3 (Specific Emphasis in Natural Sciences). Prerequisite: any physical science course or consent of instructor.

381. Computer Applications for Scientists (2)  (Spring)
Lecture, 1 hour; laboratory, 3 hours. Applications in physics using a high-level programming language like FORTRAN or C. Prerequisites: PHYS 114 and MATH 211.

395. Community Involvement Program (1-2)
CIP involves students in basic community problems related to physics and astronomy--performing such tasks as tutoring, reading to the blind, service to local, county, and state agencies, and service as teacher aides to elementary schools. Students receive 1-2 units, depending on the specific task performed. Not more than 4 CIP units will be applicable to the physics major requirements. May be taken by petition only.

396. Selected Topics in Physics (1-3)
A course of lectures on a single topic or set of related topics not ordinarily covered in the physics curriculum. The course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

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