Sonoma State University

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. Crosslisted 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 onedimensional 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
highlevel programming language like FORTRAN or C. Prerequisites:
PHYS 114 and MATH 211.
384. Xray Analysis (2)
Lecture, 1 hour; laboratory, 3 hours. Industrial, environmental, and
medical uses of Xray powder diffraction for crystal structure
studies and Xray fluorescence for elemental composition
determinations. Data obtained using our computercoupled Xray
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
(12)
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 12 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
(13)
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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