PhysicsCollege of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Credits: 3; Prereq: UFTeach Step 1 and one year of college biology, chemistry or physics.
The tools scientists use to solve scientific problems, including use of experiments to answer scientific questions, design of experiments to reduce systematic and random errors, use of statistics to interpret experimental results and deal with sampling errors, mathematical modeling of scientific phenomena and oral presentation of scientific work.
MET 1010 Introduction to Weather and Climate
Credits: 3; Prereq: high school algebra.
A course for non-science students interested in understanding the phenomena of daily weather. Several principles of physics are introduced. (P)
Credits: 3.
The fundamental concepts of physics that shape a scientist's view of the laws of nature. A laboratory experience is included to emphasize the importance of measurement for the testing of scientific hypotheses. (P)
Credits: 3; Prereq: algebra and trigonometry.
Emphasizes the practical applications of basic physics to a wide range of professions, including architecture, agricultural sciences, building construction and forest resources. Mechanics of motion, forces, energy, momentum, wave motion and heat. (P)
Credits: 1; Coreq: PHY 2004.
Laboratory experience illustrating the practical applications of basic physics, including the mechanics of motion, forces, energy, momentum, wave motion and heat. (P)
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 2004.
Continuation of the applied physics sequence. Electric and magnetic fields; geometrical, wave and applied optics; and modern and nuclear physics. (P)
Credits: 1; Coreq: PHY 2005.
Laboratory experience illustrating the practical applications of electric and magnetic fields geometrical, wave and applied optics; and modern and nuclear physics. (P)
PHY 2020 Introduction to Principles of Physics
Credits: 3; Prereq: high school algebra and trigonometry or the equivalent.
Fundamental principles of physics in mechanics, electricity and modern physics as applied to conservation laws. An in-depth analysis of selected topics with lecture demonstration, films and other teaching aids. (P)
Credits: 3; Prereq: high-school physics, PHY 2020 or the equivalent, and MAC 2311; Coreq: MAC 2312.
The first of a two-semester sequence of physics for scientists and engineers. The course covers Newtonian mechanics and includes motion, vectors, Newton's laws, work and conservation of energy, systems of particles, collisions, equilibrium, oscillations and waves. (P)
PHY 2048L Laboratory for Physics With Calculus 1
Credits: 1; Coreq: PHY 2048 or the equivalent.
Laboratory experience for PHY 2048 illustrating the practical applications of Newtonian mechanics. (P)
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 2048 and MAC 2312; Coreq: MAC 2313.
The second of a two-semester sequence of physics for scientists and engineers. Content includes Coulomb's law, electric fields and potentials, capacitance, currents and circuits, Ampere's law, Faraday's law, inductance, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, ray optics, interference and diffraction. (P)
Credits: 1; Coreq: PHY 2049 or the equivalent.
Laboratory experience for PHY 2049 illustrating the practical applications of Coulomb's law, electric fields and potentials, capacitance, currents and circuits, Ampere's law, Faraday's law, inductance, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, ray optics, interference and diffraction. (P)
Credits: 4; Prereq: high school algebra and trigonometry, or the equivalent.
First semester of introductory physics de-emphasizing calculus. Structure and properties of matter; kinematics, dynamics and statics; momentum and energy; rotation, elasticity; vibration; fluids; temperature and expansion, heat transfer, thermal behavior of gases; wave motion and sound. (P)
Credits: 1; Coreq: PHY 2053 or the equivalent.
Laboratory experience for PHY 2053 illustrating the practical applications of the structure and properties of matter; kinematics, dynamics and statics; momentum and energy; rotation, elasticity; vibration; fluids; temperature and expansion, heat transfer, thermal behavior of gases; wave motion and sound. (P)
Credits: 4; Prereq: PHY 2053 or the equivalent.
Second semester of introductory physics de-emphasizing calculus. Electric charge, fields and circuits; electromagnetism, applied electricity; geometrical optics, wave optics, applied optics; electrons and photons; atoms and nuclei. (P)
Credits: 1; Coreq: PHY 2054 or the equivalent.
Laboratory experience for PHY 2054 illustrating the practical applications of electric charge, fields and circuits; electromagnetism, applied electricity; geometrical optics, wave optics, applied optics; electrons and photons; atoms and nuclei. (P)
PHY 2060 Enriched Physics with Calculus 1
Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission; Coreq: MAC 2312 or the equivalent.
First of the enriched sequence for physics majors and others wishing a deeper understanding of mechanics, kinematics, conservation laws, harmonic motion, central forces and special relativity. (P)
PHY 2061 Enriched Physics with Calculus 2
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 2060 or instructor permission; Coreq: MAC 2313 or the equivalent.
Second course of the enriched sequence studying electricity and magnetism, including electrostatics, Gauss's Law, potentials, vector analysis, Laplace's equation, conductors and insulators, circuits, magnetism, Maxwell's equations and EandM fields in matter. (P)
PHY 2064L Accelerated Physics with Calculus Laboratory
Credits: 2; Prereq: PHY 2048 or PHY 2060; Coreq: PHY 2049 or PHY 2061.
A cross-disciplinary, inquiry-based curriculum that focuses on major themes and concepts in physics, with an emphasis on their application in modern, quantitative life sciences research. Equivalent to PHY 2048L and PHY 2049L, or PHY 2060L and PHY 2061L.
Credits: 3; Prereq: high school algebra and trigonometry, or the equivalent.
Vibration and wave behavior as applied to musical instruments; and studies of the generation and reception of sound waves, musical intervals and scales, musical acoustics and musical electronics. (P)
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 2061 or instructor permission, and MAP 2302 or the equivalent.
Theory of relativity and introduction to quantum theory. Course includes wave mechanics, quantum theory of solids, nuclear and particle physics and cosmology.
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 2049 or the equivalent.
Modern and atomic physics, relativity, wave phenomena and the basis of quantum physics. (P)
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 2049 or the equivalent; Coreq: MAP 2302 or the equivalent.
First part of PHY 3221/4222 sequence in classical mechanics emphasizing matrices, vector calculus, Newtonian mechanics, frames of reference, conservation laws and harmonic oscillation. (P)
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 2049 and PHY 2061, or the equivalent; MAP 2302 or the equivalent.
First part of the PHY 3323/4324 sequence in electromagnetism. Course covers static electric and magnetic fields, electric circuits, Maxwell's equations, radiation and propagation of electromagnetic waves. (P)
Credits: 3.
Demonstrations and discussion of commonly observed phenomena of light, color and vision, such as rainbows, sunsets, the blue sky and perceptual illusions. A study of the principles of holography and applications. (P)
Credits: 3; Coreq: PHY 2049 or the equivalent.
First part of the PHY 3513/4523 sequence that includes treatment of classical thermodynamics, including fundamental postulates, entropy and equations of states; thermodynamic equilibrium and potentials; Maxwell relations and phase transitions. (P)
Credits: 2; Prereq: PHY 2061 or PHY 3101, or the equivalent.
Hands-on experience in the mechanical fabrication of research apparatus. Topics include shop drawings, properties of materials, metal cutting (lathe and milling-machine operation) and metal joining.
Credits: 1 to 4; can be repeated with a change in content up to 8 credits. Prereq: instructor permission.
A guided course of study or special projects for selected undergraduates, primarily those with fewer than 10 credits of course work in physics or allied fields.
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 3221 and differential equations.
Second part of the sequence in classical mechanics studying rigid body mechanics; motion in a noninertial frame, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics; elements of fluid mechanics; and relativity theory.
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 3323 and differential equations.
The second in the PHY 3323/4324 electromagnetism sequence studying static electric and magnetic fields, electric circuits, Maxwell's equations, radiation and propagation of electromagnetic waves.
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 3323 or instructor permission.
The phenomena of reflection, refraction, dispersion, interference, diffraction and polarization of light.
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 3513 and PHY 4604; differential equations.
Second of the PHY 3513/4523 sequence. Introduction to statistical physics and continued study of classical thermodynamics, including fundamental postulates, entropy and equations of states; thermodynamic equilibrium and potentials; Maxwell relations and phase transitions.
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 3101 or the equivalent; Coreq: PHY 3513 or the equivalent.
History of cryogenics, air separation, liquefaction of permanent gases and natural gases, and superconducting devices and electronics.
PHY 4604 Introductory Quantum Mechanics 1
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 3101 or PHY 3063; MAP 2302 or the equivalent.
First of the PHY 4604/4605 sequence. Basic concepts of quantum mechanics with applications in atomic and nuclear physics and condensed matter. (P)
PHY 4605 Introductory Quantum Mechanics 2
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 4604.
Second of the PHY 4604/4605 quantum mechanics sequence with applications in atomic and nuclear physics and condensed matter.
Credits: 3; Coreq: PHY 3323 or the equivalent.
Electronics in the laboratory.
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 4604 and PHY 4802L.
Current laboratory techniques.
Credits: 1 to 4; can be repeated witha change in content up to 10 credits. Prereq: 12 credits of physics and instructor permission.
Qualified undergraduate students study selected topics in physics.
PHZ 3113 Introduction to Theoretical Physics
Credits: 3; Prereq: MAC 2313 and PHY 2061, or instructor permission.
This course expands and systematizes the treatment of standard problems previously encountered in elementary physics. Mathematical techniques are developed to study problems in thermodynamics, statistical physics, the motion of coupled oscillators and electrodynamics.
PHZ 4390 Introduction to Elementary Particle Physics
Credits: 3; Prereq: PHY 3101 or PHY 3063; Coreq: PHY 4604.
History and phenomenology of particle physics, physics of the Standard Model and beyond, and particle accelerators and detectors.
PHZ 4710 Introduction to Biological physics
Credits: 3; Prereq: one year of introductory physics (PHY 2053/2054, PHY 2048/2049, or the equivalent) or instructor permission.
The physics of biological systems, including physics of proteins and nucleic acids, biomolecular motors and diffusional signaling and sensing. Important experimental tools such as magnetic resonance and synchrotron x-ray crystallography will also be discussed. (WR)