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PHYSICS Physics



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100 Quantitative Preparation for Physics. 2 cr. U. Introductory course in general physics designed for the student with little or no previous science training.|Fee for 3 cr assessed. Not open to students w/cr in Physics 110(ER), 120(ER), or 209(ER). Prereq: math placement level D.
107 Physics in Everyday Life. 3 cr. U. Selected topics for citizens in a technological world. Emphasis on those aspects of science important to an understanding of our surroundings. For non-science majors. |May not be taken conc with or after having taken Physics 120(ER) or 209(ER). Prereq: none.
108 Laboratory for Physics in Everyday Life. 1 cr. U. Experiments correlated with Physics 107.|Prereq: Physics 107(C).
110 Physics for the Health Professions. 4 cr. U. An introductory course without laboratory for students in health-related pre-professional programs. Topics include mechanics, fluids, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, electrical devices, optics, and radioactivity. 3 hrs lec, 1 hr dis.|May not be taken conc with or after having taken Physics 120(ER) or 209(ER). Prereq: H.S. general science; math placement level C.
120 General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment). 4 cr. U. Mechanics, wave motion, heat, and sound. 3 hrs lec, 2 hrs dis.|Any combination of Physics 120, 121, 209, 214, 219 carries max 5 cr toward graduation. Prereq: math placement level B or grade of C or better in Physics 100(P); HS trig or Physics 100 strongly recom.
120 (effective 01/26/2015) General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment). 4 cr. U. Mechanics, wave motion, heat, and sound. 3 hrs lec, 2 hrs dis.|Any combination of Physics 120, 121, 209, 214 carries max 5 cr toward graduation. Prereq: math placement level B or grade of C or better in Physics 100(P); HS trig or Physics 100 strongly recom.
121 General Physics Laboratory I (Non-Calculus Treatment). 1 cr. U. Experiments correlated with lecture material of Physics 120.|Any combination of Physics 120, 121, 209, 214, 219 carries 5 cr max toward graduation. Prereq: Physics 120(C).
121 (effective 01/26/2015) General Physics Laboratory I (Non-Calculus Treatment). 1 cr. U. Experiments correlated with lecture material of Physics 120.|Any combination of Physics 120, 121, 209, 214 carries 5 cr max toward graduation. Prereq: Physics 120(C).
122 (effective 01/26/2015) General Physics II (Non-Calculus Treatment). 4 cr. U. Electricity, optics, modern physics. 3 hrs lec, 2 hrs dis.|Any combination of Physics 122, 123, 210, 215 carries 5 cr max toward graduation. Prereq: Physics 120(NP).
122 General Physics II (Non-Calculus Treatment). 4 cr. U. Electricity, optics, modern physics. 3 hrs lec, 2 hrs dis.|Any combination of Physics 122, 123, 210, 215, 220 carries 5 cr max toward graduation. Prereq: Physics 120(NP).
123 (effective 01/26/2015) General Physics Laboratory II (Non-Calculus Treatment). 1 cr. U. Experiments on topics related to the lecture material of Physics 122.|Any combination of Physics 122, 123, 210, 215 carries 5 cr max toward graduation. Prereq: Physics 122(C).
123 General Physics Laboratory II (Non-Calculus Treatment). 1 cr. U. Experiments on topics related to the lecture material of Physics 122.|Any combination of Physics 122, 123, 210, 215, 220 carries 5 cr max toward graduation. Prereq: Physics 122(C).
185 Basic Physics for Teachers. 3 cr. U. Simple machines; work, energy and power; heating and cooling; static electricity and elementary electrical circuits; waves. 2 hrs lec; 2 hrs lab/dis.|Not open for cr to students with cr in Physics courses numbered 110 or above. Prereq: Math 176(P) & cons instr.
194 First-Year Seminar: (Subtitled). 3 cr. U. The specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered.|Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
199 Independent Study. 1-3 cr. U. For further information, consult dept chair.|Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair & asst dean for SAS.
209 (effective 01/26/2015) Physics I (Calculus Treatment). 4 cr. U. Selected topics in mechanics, wave motion, sound, and heat. 3 hrs lec, 2 hrs dis.|Any combination of Physics 120, 121, 209, 214 carries max 5 cr toward graduation. Prereq: Math 227(C), 228(C), or 232(C).
209 Physics I (Calculus Treatment). 4 cr. U. Selected topics in mechanics, wave motion, sound, and heat. 3 hrs lec, 2 hrs dis.|Counts as repeat of 4 cr Physics 219. Any combination of Physics 120, 121, 209, 214, 219 carries max 5 cr toward graduation. Prereq: Math 227(C), 228(C), or 232(C).
210 Physics II (Calculus Treatment). 4 cr. U. Continuation of Physics 209. Electromagnetic field theory and optics. 3 hrs lec, 2 hrs dis.|Counts as repeat of 4 cr Physics 220. Any combination of Physics 122, 123, 210, 215, 220 carries max 5 cr toward graduation. Prereq: grade of C- or better in Physics 209(NP) or 219(NP); Math 229(C) or 233(C).
210 (effective 01/26/2015) Physics II (Calculus Treatment). 4 cr. U. Continuation of Physics 209. Electromagnetic field theory and optics. 3 hrs lec, 2 hrs dis.|Any combination of Physics 122, 123, 210, 215 carries max 5 cr toward graduation. Prereq: grade of C- or better in Physics 209(NP); Math 229(C) or 233(C).
214 Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment). 1 cr. U. Experiments in mechanics, wave motion, heat, and thermodynamics. 3 hrs lab.|Counts as repeat of 1 cr Physics 219. Any combination of Physics 120, 121, 209, 214, 219 carries 5 cr max toward graduation. Prereq: Physics 209(C).
214 (effective 01/26/2015) Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment). 1 cr. U. Experiments in mechanics, wave motion, heat, and thermodynamics. 3 hrs lab.|Any combination of Physics 120, 121, 209, 214 carries 5 cr max toward graduation. Prereq: Physics 209(C).
215 (effective 01/26/2015) Lab Physics II (Calculus Treatment). 1 cr. U. Experiments in electricity, magnetism, and optics. 3 hrs lec.|Any combination of Physics 122, 123, 210, 215 carries 5 cr max toward graduation. Prereq: Physics 210(C).
215 Lab Physics II (Calculus Treatment). 1 cr. U. Experiments in electricity, magnetism, and optics. 3 hrs lec.|Counts as repeat of 1 cr Physics 220. Any combination of Physics 122, 123, 210, 215, 220 carries 5 cr max toward graduation. Prereq: Physics 210(C).
265 (effective 01/26/2015) Physics and the Energy Problem. 3 cr. U. Study of how the laws of physics (particularly 1st and 2nd Laws of Thermodynamics) limit society's options in dealing with scarcity of utilizable energy.|Prereq: H.S. algebra; Physics 107(P), 110(P), 120(P), or 209(P).
265 Physics and the Energy Problem. 3 cr. U. Study of how the laws of physics (particularly 1st and 2nd Laws of Thermodynamics) limit society's options in dealing with scarcity of utilizable energy.|Prereq: H.S. algebra; Physics 107(P), 110(P), 120(P), 207(P), or 209(P).
270 Introduction to Computational Physics. 3 cr. U. Use of computers to solve physics problems, including particle collisions, chaotic systems, planetary motion, and other topics related to relativity and quantum mechanics.|Prereq: Physics 209(P); Math 233(C).
289 Internship in Physics, Lower Division. 1-6 cr. U. Application of basic principles of physics in a research, business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting.|One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: intro course in physics; 2.25 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
296 UROP Apprenticeship. 1-3 cr. U. Undergraduate research participation in a project developed with a supervising member of the faculty or staff.|One cr for 45 hrs research. Retakable to 9 cr max in any combination of UROP apprenticeship courses. Prereq: acceptance into UROP; prior or conc reg in UROP seminar.
297 Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U. Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work.|Retakable w/change in topic. Prereq: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
299 Ad Hoc: (Subtitled). 1-6 cr. U. Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
305 Medical Physics. 3 cr. U. Applications of physics to living systems & medical diagnostics. 3 hrs lec.|Primarily for premed students and others in the medical & biological sciences. Approved for Premed Stds Cert Prog. Prereq: grade of B+ or better in Physics 209(P). (Conc reg in Physics 210 strongly recom).
306 Introduction to Biophysics. 3 cr. U. Physical foundations of cellular phenomena; physical laws of complex biological systems; imaging and instrumentation for biophysics. 3 hrs lec.|Approved for Premed Stds Cert Prog. Prereq: Physics 122(P) or 210(P); Chemistry 104(P) or 105(P).
309 (effective 01/26/2015) Physics III: Modern Physics. 3 cr. U. Elementary quantum physics, atomic and molecular physics, solid state and nuclear physics.|Not open for cr to students who have had Physics 341. Prereq: Physics 210(NP); Math 234(C).
309 Physics III: Modern Physics. 3 cr. U. Elementary quantum physics, atomic and molecular physics, solid state and nuclear physics.|Not open for cr to students who have had Physics 341. Prereq: Physics 210(NP) or 220(NP); Math 234(C).
317 Thermodynamics. 3 cr. U. Classical thermodynamics, including entropy, the use of thermodynamic potentials, and applications to pressure-volume and other systems. Some basic statistical physics may be included.|Prereq: Physics 210(NP).
325 (effective 01/26/2015) Optics. 4 cr. U. Geometric and physical optics, image formation, interference, diffraction, polarization, optical instruments, resolving power, coherence, lasers, holography. Selected experiments in optics. Studio-format course.|Counts as repeat of Physics 325 and 2 cr of Physics 410. Prereq: Physics 210(NP).
325 (425) Optics. 3 cr. U. Geometric and physical optics, image formation, interference, diffraction, polarization, optical instruments, resolving power, coherence, lasers, holography.|Prereq: Physics 210(NP).
333 A Historical Thread through Twentieth-Century Physics. 3 cr. U. Planck (1900) to Schroedinger's 1926 law of motion; interaction of system and instrument to fix rules of measurement; the notion of plural realities.|Prereq: Physics 122(P) or 210(P); some familiarity with matrices recom.
351 Basics of Condensed Matter Physics. 3 cr. U. Basic principles of condensed-matter physics. Crystals and amorphous materials; bonding; magnetic, thermal, and transport properties; band theory.|Counts as repeat of Physics 499 w/same topic. Prereq: Physics 309(P) or Chem 311(P).
370 Computational Physics. 3 cr. U. Numerical solutions to various physics problems. Applications from mechanics, electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, astrophysics, condensed matter physics. Emphasis on writing original computer programs, visualizing output data.|Prereq: Physics 309(P); Math 234(P) or ElecEng 234(P); Physics 270(P) or CompSci 151(P); or cons instr.
381 Honors Seminar: (Subtitled). 3H cr. U. Selected topics concerning history and the nature of physics as an intellectual discipline.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. No cr toward major. Prereq: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir.
391 Undergraduate Research Participation. 1-6 cr. U. Independent research for undergraduates on faculty-supervised research projects.|Prereq: Physics 309(P); cons instr.
406 Introduction to Infrared Microspectroscopy. 3 cr. U. Microscopy and spectroscopy methods for identification of chemical composition introducing interdisciplinary opportunities in fundamental and industrial applications.|Prereq: Bio Sci 150(P) & 152(P); or Physics 209(P) & 210(P); or Chem 102(P) & 104(P); or Chem 105(P).
408 Experiments in Linear Electronics. 3 cr. U/G. Transistor and integrated circuit characteristics; electronic measurement and control.|No cr for students w/cr in ElecEng 330(R). Prereq: jr st; Physics 210(P).
409 Modern Physics Laboratory. 3 cr. U. Selected experiments in modern physics using advanced lab instrumentation.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 309(P) or cons instr.
410 Optics Laboratory. 3 cr. U/G. Selected experiments in optics.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 325(C).
411 Mechanics. 4 cr. U/G. Kinematics, vector analysis, conservation laws, oscillations, variational methods, chaos, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 210(NP).
420 Electricity and Magnetism I. 3 cr. U/G. Electrostatics, capacitance, boundary value problems, mulipole expansion, dielectrics, magnetostatics, vector potential, magnetic properties of matter, motional emf, inductance, Maxwell's equations in differential form.|Counts as repeat of 2 cr of Physics 421. Prereq: jr st; Physics 210(NP); a grade of B- or better in Math 321(P); or Math 321(P) and a grade of B- or better in Physics 370(P); or grad st.
422 Electricity and Magnetism II. 3 cr. U/G. Conservation laws in electrodynamics, Maxwell's stress tensor, electromagnetic waves, absorption, dispersion, reflection and transmission of plane electromagnetic waves, wave guides, retarded potentials, radiation, electrodynamics and relativity.|Counts as repeat of 2 cr of Physics 421. Prereq: jr st, Physics 420(P); or grad st.
441 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I. 4 cr. U/G. Historical background and experimental basis, De Broglie waves, correspondence principle, uncertainty principle, Schroedinger equation; hydrogen atom, electron spin, Pauli Principle, applications of wave mechanics.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 309(NP); Math 321(C).
442 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II. 3 cr. U/G. Continuation of Physics 441, emphasizing perturbation theory and applications to multi-electron systems, including atoms, molecules, and solids.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 441(NP).
463 Introduction to Atmospheric Physics. 3 cr. U/G. Atmospheric phenomena not directly linked with the general circulation: refraction and scattering, visibility, radiation transfers, optics, aerosols and cloud particles, acoustics, radar, atmospheric electricity.|Not available for grad cr at this time. Prereq: jr st; Physics 210(P), Math 232(P), or Atm Sci 350(P).
489 Internship in Physics, Upper Division. 1-6 cr. U. Application of advanced principles of physics in a research, business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting.|One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hrs in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 300-level or above course in Physics; 2.25 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
497 Study Abroad: (Subtitled). 1-12 cr. U/G. Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
498 Undergraduate Physics Seminar. 1 cr. U. Talks by faculty, visitors, and students on topics of current interest in physics, astronomy, and other science and engineering fields.|Cr/no cr only. Prereq: sr st; Physics 411(C), 421(C), or 441(C).
499 Ad Hoc: (Subtitled). 1-6 cr. U. Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem.|Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
501 Special Topics: Mathematical Models of Physical Problems I. 3 cr. U/G. Selected topics in mathematics for study of the techniques and procedures for stating physical problems in mathematical terms and the physical interpretation of mathematical solutions.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 210(P); Math 234(P).
502 Special Topics: Mathematical Models of Physical Problems II. 3 cr. U/G. More selected topics in mathematical models.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 210(P); Math 234(P). Physics 501(R).
515 Statistical Mechanics. 3 cr. U/G. Brief survey of thermodynamics; statistical mechanics; classical and quantum gases.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 317(P) & 441(P).
517 Special Relativity. 3 cr. U/G. Relativistic kinematics, the Lorentz transformation, tensor calculus, applications to motion of particles, electromagnetism.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 411(R) & 421(R).
531 Principles of Quantum Mechanics I. 3 cr. U/G. Vector and Hilbert spaces; Schroedinger equation in 1, 2, and 3 dimensions; systems of many particles; symmetries; angular momentum.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 441(P).
532 Principles of Quantum Mechanics II. 3 cr. U/G. Continuation of 531. Spin; hydrogen atom; variational methods; WKB approximation; perturbation theory; scattering theory; Dirac equation.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 531(P).
541 Elementary Particles. 3 cr. U/G. Accelerators and detectors; special unitary groups; quark model of hadrons; Feynman diagrams; electromagnetic, weak and strong interactions of quarks and leptons; Higgs boson.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 441(P).
551 Introduction to Solid State Physics I. 3 cr. U/G. Crystal structure, reciprocal lattice; crystal binding; elastic waves; phonons, lattice vibrations; thermal properties of insulators; free electron Fermi gas. Band structure; semiconductor crystals; Fermi surface.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 441(P) or cons instr.
575 Vacuum Science and Technology. 3 cr. U/G. Viscous and molecular flow, vacuum materials and seals, metal-to-ceramic seals, evaporation and vapor pressures, vacuum pumps, vacuum gauges, mass spectrographs, chemical reactions at surfaces, outgassing.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 441(P).
606 Molecular, Cellular, and System Biophysics. 3 cr. U. Cell structure and the molecular basis of life. Molecular and cellular interactions. Supracellular organization, signaling, and communication. Selfsimilarity and cooperativity.|Prereq: jr st, Physics 210(P), & writ cons instr; or grad st.
610 The Art and Science of Teaching Physics. 1 cr. U/G. Participants critique lectures, videotapes of experienced teachers, each other; address conceptual problems facing beginning students; gain familiarity with demonstrations, classroom technology; discuss their own classes.|Prereq: appt as undergrad TA or grad st.
651 Introduction to Solid State Physics II. 3 cr. U/G. Transport, superconductivity, dielectric properties, ferroelectric crystals, magnetism, magnetic resonance, optical phenomena in insulators, nanostructures, non-crystalline solids, point defects, alloys, dislocations.|Prereq: jr st; Physics 551(P).
670 Electron Microscopy Laboratory. 3 cr. U/G. Diffraction, imaging, and spectroscopy methods for study of morphology, crystallinity, and composition of solids in a transmission electron microscope.|Prereq: sr st; Physics 551(P) or cons instr.
698 Research Experience for Teachers. 1-6 cr. U/G. Enrichment of students' physics background. Work with faculty mentor to develop an innovative teaching program for use in students' own classroom.|Open only to practicing science teachers with demonstrable expertise in physics. May be retaken to 9 cr max. Prereq: sr st; current teaching contract.
699 Advanced Independent Reading. 1-3 cr. U. Independent reading or research under supervision of faculty member. Study proposal required. For further information, consult dept chair or undergrad advising coord.|Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair, & assoc dean for SAS.

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