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Physics

Professors Bunch, Ditteon, Duree, Granieri, Joenathan, E. Kirkpatrick, S. Kirkpatrick, Kirtley, Leisher, Letfullin, Liptak, McInerney, Moloney, Siahmakoun, Syed, and Wagner.
NOTE: In courses which include a laboratory, satisfactory completion of the laboratory work is required in order to pass the course.

Physics - Course Descriptions

PH 090 College Preparatory Physics 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: College Algebra II
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Topics covered include: Units, significant figures, vectors, 1 and 2 dimensional motion; kinematic equations, objects in free-fall, motion in a circle, projectile motion, Newton’s Laws, contact forces, non-contact forces: gravity, Coulomb’s Law, magnetic force; centripetal force; collisions, linear momentum, rotational kinematics, torques, angular momentum, mechanical equilibrium - static equilibrium. The credits from this course cannot be counted toward any degree completion at Rose-Hulman.

PH 111 Physics I 3.5R-1.5L-4C F,W
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: MA 111 Calculus I 5R-0L-5C F,W

Kinematics, Newton's laws of motion, gravitation, Coulomb's law, Lorentz force law, strong and weak nuclear forces, conservation of energy and momentum, relevant laboratory experiments.

PH 112 Physics II 3.5R-1.5L-4C W,S,F
Prerequisites: PH 111 Physics I 3.5R-1.5L-4C F,W and MA 111 Calculus I 5R-0L-5C F,W
Corequisites: MA 112 Calculus II 5R-0L-5C F,W,S

Torque and angular momentum, oscillations, one-dimensional waves, electric fields and potentials, electric current and resistance, DC circuits, capacitance, relevant laboratory experiments.

PH 113 Physics III 3.5R-1.5L-4C S,F,W
Prerequisites: PH 112 Physics II 3.5R-1.5L-4C W,S,F and MA 112 Calculus II 5R-0L-5C F,W,S
Corequisites: MA 113 Calculus III 5R-0L-5C F,W,S

Sources of magnetic fields, Faraday's law, inductance electromagnetic waves, reflection and polarization, geometric and physical optics, introduction to relativity, relevant laboratory experiments.

PH 200 Career Preparation 1R-0L-1C W,S
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

This course is for physics majors to be taken in the second year. The course addresses career choices, summer opportunities, employment and graduate school preparation, and curriculum vitae and resumes preparation. This course is cross-listed with CHEM200, MA200 and SV200.

PH 215 Introduction to CHAOS 2R-0L-2C W
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

What constitutes chaotic behavior, detection of chaos in real systems using phase space plots, Poincare sections, bifurcation plots, power spectra, Lyupunov exponents, and computer simulation of chaotic systems.

PH 231 Observational Astronomy 1R-3L-2C F
Prerequisites: MA 111 Calculus I 5R-0L-5C F,W and PH 111 Physics I 3.5R-1.5L-4C F,W
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Celestial coordinates; basics of celestial mechanics; electromagnetic radiation, atomic structure, spectra, blackbody radiation; telescopes and detectors; quantitative observational work using modern telescopes and detectors.

PH 235 Many-Particle Physics 3.5R-1.5L-4C F
Prerequisites: PH 111 Physics I 3.5R-1.5L-4C F,W
Corequisites: MA 112 Calculus II 5R-0L-5C F,W,S and MA 112 Calculus II 5R-0L-5C F,W,S

Dynamics of rigid body, harmonic motion; mechanics of fluids; heat, kinetic theory, thermodynamics. Alternate week laboratories.

PH 241 Physics of Stars 4R-0L-4C W
Prerequisites: MA 111 Calculus I 5R-0L-5C F,W and PH 111 Physics I 3.5R-1.5L-4C F,W
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Binary stars and stellar parameters; stellar spectra; stellar atmospheres; stellar interiors; star formation; stellar evolution; star death; stellar remnants; black holes and binary stars.

PH 250 Planets and Galaxies 4R-0L-4C S
Prerequisites: MA 111 Calculus I 5R-0L-5C F,W and PH 113 Physics III 3.5R-1.5L-4C S,F,W or EM 120 Engineering Statics 4R-0L-4C F, S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Overview of planets and planetary science; origin and evolution of the solar system; structure and evolution of galaxies; origin and evolution of the universe; introduction to cosmology.

PH 255 Foundations of Modern Physics 3.5R-1.5L-4C W
Prerequisites: PH 113 Physics III 3.5R-1.5L-4C S,F,W
Corequisites: MA 211 Differential Equations 4R-0L-4C F,W,S

Wave-particle nature of matter and radiation, Bohr model, Schrodinger equation, quantum description of the hydrogen atom, atomic and molecular spectra, and introduction to statistical physics.

PH 265 Fundamentals of Nuclear Physics & Radiation 3R-3L-4C S
Prerequisites: PH 112 Physics II 3.5R-1.5L-4C W,S,F and MA 211 Differential Equations 4R-0L-4C F,W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Relativity, black-body radiation, the Bohr model, physics of the nucleus, fission and fusion, reactors, nuclear radiation, radiation damage, medical applications.

PH 270 Special Topics in Physics Arranged
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Lectures on special topics in physics. Maximum of 4 credits per term.

PH 290 Directed Research Arranged
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Research for freshmen and sophomore students under the direction of a physics and optical engineering faculty member. May earn up to a maximum of 2 credits for meeting the graduation requirements. The student must make arrangements with a faculty member for the research project prior to registering for this course.

PH 292 Physical Optics 3.5R-1.5L-4C F
Prerequisites: PH 113 Physics III 3.5R-1.5L-4C S,F,W
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

The wave equation; electromagnetic waves; phase and group velocities; complex refractive index; dispersion, interference; interferometers and applications, optical interferometry; coherence; polarized light; Jones vectors/matrices; production of polarized light; birefringence, Fraunhoffer diffraction; diffraction gratings.

PH 302 Biophysics 4R-0L-4C W
Prerequisites: PH 113 Physics III 3.5R-1.5L-4C S,F,W or consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Biological examples of the interaction of radiation and matter; medical uses of x-rays, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, and current applications in biophysics.

PH 310 Introduction to Special Relativity 2R-0L-2C F
Prerequisites: PH 113 Physics III 3.5R-1.5L-4C S,F,W
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Experimental background of the special theory of relativity, the structure of the theory and its consequences in measurements involving space, time and motion. Relativistic mechanics, relativity and electromagnetism, and applications in modern physics.

PH 314 Theoretical Mechanics I 4R-0L-4C S
Prerequisites: PH 111 Physics I 3.5R-1.5L-4C F,W and PH 235 Many-Particle Physics 3.5R-1.5L-4C F and MA 212 Matrix Algebra & Systems of Differential Equations 4R-0L-4C F,W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Statics and dynamics of particles and systems of particles, including rigid bodies. Conservation of energy, linear and angular momentum. Central forces. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian equations of motion. Vibrations.

PH 315 Theoretical Mechanics II 4R-0L-4C W
Prerequisites: PH 314 Theoretical Mechanics I 4R-0L-4C S* *Arranged prerequisite
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Statics and dynamics of rigid bodies. Lagrangian treatment of rigid body dynamics. Euler method of rigid body dynamics. Small oscillations about positions of equilibrium and about steady motion. Statics and dynamics of deformable bodies. Computational analysis of mechanical systems.

PH 316 Electric & Magnetic Fields 4R-0L-4C F
Prerequisites: PH 113 Physics III 3.5R-1.5L-4C S,F,W and MA 211 Differential Equations 4R-0L-4C F,W,S and MA 212 Matrix Algebra & Systems of Differential Equations 4R-0L-4C F,W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Maxwell's equations in integral and point form, vector calculus; electric field and potential, electric fields in matter, boundary conditions; the magnetic field.

PH 317 Electromagnetism 4R-0L-4C W
Prerequisites: PH 316 Electric & Magnetic Fields 4R-0L-4C F
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Further methods in electrostatics, Poisson's equation; magnetostatics, the vector potential; electromagnetic induction; magnetic properties of matter; further applications of Maxwell's equations, properties of electromagnetic radiation.

PH 322 Celestial Mechanics 4R-0L-4C S
Prerequisites: PH 112 Physics II 3.5R-1.5L-4C W,S,F or PH 265 Fundamentals of Nuclear Physics & Radiation 3R-3L-4C S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Dynamics of point masses; the two-body problem; the restricted three-body problem; orbital position as a function of time; orbits in three dimensions; preliminary orbit determination; orbital maneuvers; interplanetary trajectories.

PH 325 Advanced Physics Laboratory I 2R-6L-4C S
Prerequisites: PH 255 Foundations of Modern Physics 3.5R-1.5L-4C W or PH 265 Fundamentals of Nuclear Physics & Radiation 3R-3L-4C S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduction to the methods of experimental physics; topics may include error analysis, component fabrication, transducers, ac circuits, operational amplifiers, electrical signal conditioning, and automated data acquisition.

PH 327 PH 327 Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics 4R-0L-4C S
Prerequisites: PH 235 Many-Particle Physics 3.5R-1.5L-4C F or consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

First, second, and third laws of thermodynamics. Ideal gases, real gases, liquids, solids, change of phase. The Joule-Thompson effect, adiabatic demagnetization. Kinetic theory of gases, classical and quantum statistical mechanics.

PH 401 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 4R-0L-4C W
Prerequisites: PH 255 Foundations of Modern Physics 3.5R-1.5L-4C W or PH 113 Physics III 3.5R-1.5L-4C S,F,W and PH 265 Fundamentals of Nuclear Physics & Radiation 3R-3L-4C S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Review of wave-particle experiments, atomic model, Bohr theory, deBroglie's hypothesis. Uncertainty principle, Schroedinger equation, quantum mechanical operators and stationary states, quantization and role of angular momentum.

PH 402 Introduction to Atomic Physics 4R-0L-4C S (odd years)
Prerequisites: PH 401 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 4R-0L-4C W
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Solutions of Schroedinger equation, perturbation theory, applications to one electron system. Quantum numbers, spin and magnetic moments, multi-electron systems including LS coupling. Zeeman effect, transition rates, hyperfine structure, X-rays.

PH 404 Acoustics 4R-0L-4C W (odd years)
Prerequisites: PH 113 Physics III 3.5R-1.5L-4C S,F,W and MA 212 Matrix Algebra & Systems of Differential Equations 4R-0L-4C F,W,S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Harmonic motion, waves on strings, membranes, eigenfunctions and eigenvalues; waves in rods and fluids; behavior of waves at interfaces; radiation from vibrating piston; resonators, absorption.

PH 405 Semiconductor Materials & Applications 3R-3L-4C F
Prerequisites: PH 113 Physics III 3.5R-1.5L-4C S,F,W or PH 255 Foundations of Modern Physics 3.5R-1.5L-4C W or PH 265 Fundamentals of Nuclear Physics & Radiation 3R-3L-4C S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Material structure electronic levels and energy bands; semiconductor doping; optical and electronic material characteristics; p-n junction and diode characteristics; bipolar junction transistor; basics of device fabrication. Laboratories on X-ray and Scanning Electron Microscope investigations, device characteristics and a three-week design project on production and testing of thin films. Cross-listed with PH 505.

PH 407 Solid State Physics 4R-0L-4C S (even years)
Prerequisites: PH 255 Foundations of Modern Physics 3.5R-1.5L-4C W or PH 265 Fundamentals of Nuclear Physics & Radiation 3R-3L-4C S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Selected topics in the field are discussed in detail; e.g., crystal structures, lattice vibrations and electronic band structure; electrical, optical and thermal properties of solids and semi-conductors; and the properties of materials at very low temperatures.

PH 410 General Relativity 4R-0L-4C W (odd years)
Prerequisites: PH 310 Introduction to Special Relativity 2R-0L-2C F and MA 421 Tensor Calculus & Riemannian Geometry 4R-0L-4C Arranged
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

An in-depth study of Einstein’s theory of General Relativity. Gravity as geometry and curved space-time, metrics, and geodesics. Orbits and light paths around spherical masses. Detailed study of Einstein’s equation in vacuum and with sources of space-time curvature.

PH 425 Advanced Physics Laboratory II 0R-8L-4C W
Prerequisites: PH 325 Advanced Physics Laboratory I 2R-6L-4C S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Selected experiments in various areas of physics, with primary emphasis on nuclear physics and a significant independent student project

PH 440 X-rays and Crystalline Materials 2R-6L-4C S (even years)
Prerequisites: PH 255 Foundations of Modern Physics 3.5R-1.5L-4C W or PH 265 Fundamentals of Nuclear Physics & Radiation 3R-3L-4C S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

X-ray emission, absorption, fluorescence, and diffraction. Methods of analyzing crystalline solid materials. Applications in solid-state physics, materials science, chemistry, metallurgy, and biology.

PH 460 Directed Study Arranged
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Permits study in an area of physics not available in regular course offerings. Maximum of 4 credits per term.

PH 470 Special Topics in Physics 2-4C
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Lectures on special topics in physics.

PH 480 Seminar 0C
Prerequisites: Arranged prerequisite
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Lectures by staff, students, and outside speakers on topics of special interest.

PH 490 Directed Research 1-2 C
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Research for junior and senior students under the direction of a physics and optical engineering faculty member. May earn a maximum of 8 credits between PH 290 and PH 490 for meeting graduation requirements. Maximum of 2 credits per term. The student must make arrangements with a physics and optical engineering faculty member for the research project prior to registering for this course.

PH 497 Senior Thesis 2-4C F,W,S
Prerequisites: Consent of PHOE faculty
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Literature search, research proposal preparation, and laboratory project work with a total number of 8 credit hours over the three quarter sequence. This sequence is designed to result in a completed senior thesis.

PH 498 Senior Thesis 2-4C F,W,S
Prerequisites: Consent of PHOE faculty
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Literature search, research proposal preparation, and laboratory project work with a total number of 8 credit hours over the three quarter sequence. This sequence is designed to result in a completed senior thesis.

PH 499 Senior Thesis 2-4C F,W,S
Prerequisites: Consent of PHOE faculty
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Literature search, research proposal preparation, and laboratory project work with a total number of 8 credit hours over the three quarter sequence. This sequence is designed to result in a completed senior thesis.

PH 505 Semiconductor Materials & Devices I 3R-3L-4C F
Prerequisites: PH 113 Physics III 3.5R-1.5L-4C S,F,W or PH 255 Foundations of Modern Physics 3.5R-1.5L-4C W or PH 265 Fundamentals of Nuclear Physics & Radiation 3R-3L-4C S
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Material structure electronic levels and energy bands; semiconductor doping; optical and electronic material characteristics; p-n junction and diode characteristics; bipolar junction transistor; basics of device fabrication. Laboratories on X-ray and Scanning Electron Microscope investigations, device characteristics and a three-week design project on production and testing of thin films. Students must do additional project work on a topic selected by the instructor. Cross-listed with PH 405.

PH 512 Methods of Mathematical Physics 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: Arranged
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Ordinary and partial differential equations, linear vector spaces, matrices, tensors. Strum-Liouville theory and eigenvalue problems, special functions, function of a complex variable, theory of groups, linear integral equations.

PH 514 Quantum Mechanics 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: Arranged
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Development of quantum mechanical theory to the present time. Examples from spectroscopy, chemistry, nuclear physics.

PH 530 Advanced Acoustics 4R-0L-4C
Prerequisites: PH 404 Acoustics 4R-0L-4C W (odd years) Arranged prerequisite
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Waves in solids, electrodynamics and piezoelectric sound transducers, ultrasonics. Architectural acoustics. Underwater sound.

PH 537 Advanced Image Processing 3R-3L-4C S
Prerequisites: CSSE 220 Object-Oriented Software Development 3R-3L-4C F,W,S or CSSE 221 Fundamentals of Software Development Honors 3R-3L-4C F
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Introduction to color image processing and image recognition. Morphological methods, feature extraction, advanced segmentation, detection, recognition and interpretation. Integral laboratory. Same as ECE 582.

PH 538 Introduction to Neural Networks 3R-3L-4C
Prerequisites: Arranged prerequisite and Senior or Graduate Standing
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Classifiers, linear separability. Supervised and unsupervised learning. Perceptrons. Back-propagation. Feedback networks. Hopfield networks. Associative memories. Fuzzy neural networks. Integral laboratory.

PH 540 Computer Physics 3R 3L
Prerequisites: Arranged prerequisite consent of instructor
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Exploration of physics by simulation including planetary motion, waves, chaos, cellular automata and fractals; application of numerical methods of differentiation and integration; computer hardware and machine language as it affects laboratory use; curve fitting and smoothing of data.

PH CPT Curricular Practical Training 1R-0L-1C
Prerequisites: Consent of department head
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.

Any international student with an F-1 Visa employed by any company in the form of an internship, co-op, or practicum must enroll in a CPT course. The CPT experience is to be complimentary training to the student's curriculum and should contribute substantially to his/her learning experience. Students must have an offer of employment from a company prior to registering for this course. The CPT must be approved by the Department Head, Director of International Student Services, and the student's advisor. Students are required to submit a report at the conclusion of the employment to his/her instructor to receive a grade for the CPT experience.