Sonoma State University
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics Courses: 300 Level
from the 1998-2000 catalog
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300. Physics of Music (3)
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.

313. Analog and Digital Electronics (3) Fall
Lecture, 3 hours. DC and AC circuit theory, applications of diodes, transistors and operational amplifiers, electronic test instruments; electronic transducers; waveform generators; noise; logic gates and Boolean algebra; number systems and codes; combinational logic circuits; applications of circuit simulation programs. Cross listed as CHEM 313. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 313L/CHEM 313L is mandatory. Prerequisites: MATH 107; PHYS 210B or 214; or consent of instructor.

313L. Analog and Digital Electronics Laboratory (1) Fall
Laboratory, 3 hours. Laboratory to accompany PHYS 313. Cross-listed with CHEM 313L. Concurrent enrollment in PHYS 313 is mandatory. Experiments in this lab are designed to address the major topics of PHYS 313 lecture course. Students will experiment with physical and simulated circuits. Prerequisites: MATH 107; PHYS 210B or 214; or consent of instructor.

314. Introduction to Physics III (4) Spring
Lecture, 4 hours. The continuation of PHYS 214. Special relativity; elementary quantum mechanics; the Bohr atom and de Broglie waves; the Schrödinger 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) 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) Spring
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 PHYS 325.

325. Introduction to Mathematical Physics (3) Fall
Lecture, 3 hours. Coordinate systems and vectors; vector calculus; series expansions; differential equations; orthonormal functions, matrices and tensors; eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and eigenfunctions; solutions of systems of linear equations; complex numbers, complex plane, polar forms; Fourier series and Fourier integrals; use of mathematical symbolic processing software. Prerequisites: PHYS 314 and MATH 261, or consent of instructor.

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, 4 hours. The quantum theory of light, coherence, interference, diffraction and polarization, masers, lasers, geometrical optics, spectroscopy. Prerequisite: PHYS 314 or PHYS 325.

342. Popular Optics (3) Spring
Lecture, 3 hours. A descriptive, non mathematical, 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.

350. Descriptive Quantum Physics and Relativity (3)
A survey of the development, interpretation, and implications of the concepts of quantum physics and relativity which form the basis for the current understanding of the laws of the physical universe. Experiments which require a quantum theory explanation, or which tested the application of quantum theory to real physical systems, will be discussed. Prerequisite: a one semester course in Physics or Astronomy 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.

384. X-ray Analysis (2)
Lecture, 1 hour; laboratory, 3 hours. Industrial, environmental, and medical uses of X-ray powder diffraction for crystal structure studies and X-ray fluorescence for elemental composition determinations. Data obtained using our computer-coupled X-ray diffraction instrument is analyzed with the help of Jade+ software and the current powder diffraction file of crystal structures. Sample preparation and radiation safety. Prerequisites: CHEM 115A and either PHYS 209B or PHYS 216, or consent of instructor.

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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