The University of New Mexico |

PHYC: Physics Catalog Description |

Three Year Fall Semester Average | ||||
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Course | Catalog Description | Enrollment | Section Capacity |
Credits |

PHYC102 | Designed to introduce non-science majors to basic concepts, laws and skills in physics, in various applications to ordinary life. Energy, momentum, force, wave phenomena, electric charge and light are discussed, also basic properties of gravitational, electromagnetic and nuclear forces. Selections from relativity, quantum theory, atoms and molecules will be included. See PHYC 102L for an optional laboratory. Meets New Mexico Lower Division General Education Common Core Curriculum Area III: Science. | 228.67 | 635.00 | 686.00 |

PHYC102L | Students involve themselves in experiments and projects showing basic concepts related to the atom, the environment and the universe. Meets New Mexico Lower Division General Education Common Core Curriculum Area III: Science. Pre- or corequisite: 102. Two hrs. lab. | 129.00 | 155.00 | 129.00 |

PHYC105 | Designed to introduce non-science majors to basic concepts, laws and skills in classical and quantum physics as a basis to discuss the interrelationships of society and physics. Examples where energy, momentum, special relativity, thermal physics, quantum and nuclear physics have important roles are discussed; these could include meteorology, aviation weather, fission and fusion reactors, science policy and ethics, alternative energy sources. {Spring} | 15.00 | 38.67 | 45.00 |

PHYC106 | Designed to introduce non-science majors to basic concepts, laws and skills in classical and quantum physics, in the context of a study of light and color. Light as flow of energy, propagating rays, vibrating waves and as photons; interactions with matter; in rainbows, sunsets, iridescence; in technology and art: cameras, telescopes, the human eye, color and color perception; lasers and holography. See PHYC 106L for an optional laboratory. {Fall} | |||

PHYC106L | Students involve themselves in experiments and demonstrations with optical phenomena: lenses, mirrors, the eye, interference, polarization, lasers, holography. Pre- or corequisite: 106. Two hrs. lab. {Fall} | |||

PHYC107 | Instructor-led study session for PHYC 102, including problem solving and demonstrations. Corequisite: 102. Offered on a CR/NC basis only. | |||

PHYC108 | Designed to introduce non-science majors to basic concepts, laws and skills in physics, in the context of a study of sound, acoustics and music. Energy and force involved with the physical nature of sound waves; application to harmonics, tone quality, pitch. Sound production, propagation, detection and perception are demonstrated and illustrated by many different musical instruments, building acoustics and the behavior of the voice and the ear. See PHYC 108L for an optional laboratory. {Spring} | 50.00 | 300.00 | 150.00 |

PHYC108L | Student involvement in experiments and demonstrations with sound waves, measurements of properties of musical instruments and electronic equipment measuring musical and acoustic properties. Pre- or corequisite: 108. Two hrs. lab. {Spring} | 18.00 | 26.67 | 18.00 |

PHYC110 | Preparatory course to review skills needed for PHYC 151/160. Reviews math skills (vectors, trigonometry, word problems, solving equations, etc.) through applications of physics principles to examples such as cell phones, musical instruments, CD players, driving, tools, projectiles, athletics, and electrical circuits. Prerequisite: MATH 121 or SAT=>570 or ACT=>25. | 6.33 | 61.33 | 19.00 |

PHYC151 | Mechanics, sound, heat, fluid, waves. The sequence (151, 151L, 152, 152L) is required of pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-optometry students. Only 151 and 152 are required of pharmacy students. Meets New Mexico Lower Division General Education Common Core Curriculum Area III: Science (NMCCN 1114). Prerequisite:(MATH 123 or Compass Trig Test=>60) and (MATH 150 or MATH 162 or MATH 180 or ACT>27 or SAT>630). {Summer, Fall, Spring}. | 239.33 | 615.00 | 718.00 |

PHYC151L | Mechanics, sound, heat. Meets New Mexico Lower Division General Education Common Core Curriculum Area III: Science (NMCCN 1114). Pre- or corequisite: 151. Three hrs. lab. | 109.67 | 148.67 | 109.67 |

PHYC152 | Electricity, magnetism, optics. Meets New Mexico Lower Division General Education Common Core Curriculum Area III: Science (NMCCN 1124). Prerequisite: 151. | 173.00 | 672.33 | 519.00 |

PHYC152L | Electricity, magnetism, optics. Meets New Mexico Lower Division General Education Common Core Curriculum Area III: Science (NMCCN 1124). Pre- or corequisite: 152. Three hrs. lab. | 117.00 | 185.67 | 117.00 |

PHYC157 | Problem solving and demonstrations related to 151. Corequisite: 151. Offered on a CR/NC basis only. | 44.33 | 354.67 | 44.33 |

PHYC158 | Problem solving and demonstrations related to 152. Corequisite: 152. Offered on a CR/NC basis only. | 14.33 | 125.00 | 14.33 |

PHYC160 | Mechanics, sound. Meets New Mexico Lower Division General Education Common Core Curriculum Area III: Science (NMCCN 1214). Pre- or corequisite: MATH 162. | 170.67 | 300.00 | 512.00 |

PHYC160L | Mechanics, sound. Meets New Mexico Lower Division General Education Common Core Curriculum Area III: Science (NMCCN 1214). Pre- or corequisite: 160. Three hrs. lab. | 47.67 | 56.67 | 47.67 |

PHYC161 | Heat, electricity, magnetism. Meets New Mexico Lower Division General Education Common Core Curriculum Area III: Science (NMCCN 1224). Prerequisite: 160. Pre- or corequisite: MATH 163. | 174.67 | 649.33 | 524.00 |

PHYC161L | Electricity and magnetism. Meets New Mexico Lower Division General Education Common Core Curriculum Area III: Science (NMCCN 1224). Pre- or corequisite: 161. Three hrs. lab. | 78.67 | 115.00 | 78.67 |

PHYC167 | Problem solving and demonstrations related to 160. Corequisite: 160. Offered on a CR/NC basis only. | 21.33 | 42.67 | 21.33 |

PHYC168 | Problem solving and demonstrations related to 161. Corequisite: 161. Offered on a CR/NC basis only. | 34.00 | 142.33 | 34.00 |

PHYC262 | Optics, modern physics. Prerequisite: 161. Pre- or corequisite: MATH 264. | 38.67 | 300.00 | 116.00 |

PHYC262L | Optics, modern physics. Pre- or corequisite: 262. Three hrs. lab. | 11.00 | 20.00 | 11.00 |

PHYC267 | Problem solving and demonstrations related to 262. Corequisite: 262. Offered on a CR/NC basis only. | 5.67 | 42.67 | 5.67 |

PHYC290 | Application of computational techniques to problems in physics and astronomy. Topics include: matrices, interpolation, fitting of data, Runge-Kutta techniques, complex math, Fourier techniques. Prerequisite: 262. Pre- or corequisite: Math 316 (Spring) | 17.67 | 30.00 | 53.00 |

PHYC300 | Advanced study of concepts of physics and astronomy, designed especially for science teachers and other non-traditional students. Cannot be used to satisfy major or minor program requirements for physics or astrophysics degrees. Prerequisite: 102 ASTR 101or NTSC 261L. | |||

PHYC301 | Concepts of heat and thermodynamics; large numbers and probability distributions; spin, oscillator, and gas systems; simple interacting systems, Fermi and Bose statistics. Prerequisite: 330. {Fall} | |||

PHYC302 | Geometrical optics; wave optics; lasers, nonlinear optics. {Alternate Springs} | 5.67 | 18.67 | 17.00 |

PHYC302L | Laboratory experiments in geometrical optics, diffraction, prisms, gratings, microscopy and imaging, polarization, interference and interferometry, and laser operation. | 2.00 | 4.00 | 6.00 |

PHYC303 | Dynamics of particles and rigid bodies, harmonic motion, gravitation, Lagrange's & Hamilton's equations, moving coordinate systems. Pre- or corequisites: MATH 311 and MATH 316. {Fall} | |||

PHYC304 | Mechanics of continuous media, rotations of rigid bodies, small oscillations, nonlinear and chaotic motions. Prerequisite: 303 and MATH 312. {Spring} | 15.67 | 40.00 | 47.00 |

PHYC307 | Experiments in modern physics and experimental methods. One lecture, 3 hrs. lab. each semester. {Fall} | |||

PHYC307L | . | |||

PHYC308 | Contemporary electronics. 3 hrs. lab each semester. {Spring} | 7.00 | 10.67 | 21.00 |

PHYC308L | . | 10.67 | 16.00 | 11.00 |

PHYC311 | Problem solving and demonstrations related to PHYC 301. | |||

PHYC313 | Problem solving and demonstrations related to PHYC 303. Prerequisite: MATH 311 and MATH 316. | |||

PHYC327 | (Also offered as EPS 427.) Applications of gravity, magnetics, seismology, heat flow to the structure, constitution and deformation of the earth. Related aspects of plate tectonics and resource exploration. Prerequisites: 161and MATH 163 and (EPS 101 or ENVS 101). | 1.00 | 3.33 | 3.00 |

PHYC330 | Special relativity; quantum effects; introductory quantum mechanics; atomic and subatomic physics; instruments of modern physics. Prerequisite: 262. {Spring} | 25.33 | 40.00 | 76.00 |

PHYC400 | Student presentations, both extemporaneous and prepared, of undergraduate physics problems. Offered on CR/NC basis only. | 6.33 | 40.00 | 6.33 |

PHYC405 | Electrostatics, magnetostatics; theory of dielectric materials; direct and alternating circuit theory. Prerequisites: MATH 311 and MATH 316. {Spring} | 26.67 | 36.00 | 80.00 |

PHYC406 | Maxwell's equations; propagation, reflection and refraction of plane waves; wave guides; dipole radiation; stress-energy of the fields; relativistic fields. Prerequisites: 405 and MATH 312. {Fall} | |||

PHYC410 | (Also offered as NSMS 410./510.) Students study chemical and physical concepts necessary to understand nanoscale materi-als: Quantum properties, charge confinement, and nanoscale thermodynamics, surface and interfacial forces, nanomachines and nanostructures, self-organization, and scaling. Emphasis on problem-solving skills development. {Fall} | 3.33 | 15.33 | 10.00 |

PHYC416 | Problem solving and demonstrations related to PHYC 406. Prerequisite: 405 and MATH 312. | |||

PHYC430 | Free electron gas, energy bands, crystals, semiconductors, metals, elementary excitations, superconductivity. Prerequisite: 330. {Alternate Springs} | |||

PHYC445 | (Also offered as ASTR 445.) Primary cosmic radiation, Stormer theory, production and detection of secondary cosmic radiation, meteorological and environmental effects, temporal variations, heliospheric transport, extensive air showers and origin of cosmic rays. {Offered upon demand} | |||

PHYC450 | Introductory topics in elementary-particle physics and nuclear physics, with examples and applications to high-energy physics and astrophysics such as cosmic rays, fixed-target experiments, lepton and hadron colliders, stellar physics, supernovae and cosmology. Prerequisite: 491. {Alternate Springs} | 2.67 | 9.33 | 8.00 |

PHYC451 | Offered on a CR/NC basis only. | 20.00 | 595.00 | 20.00 |

PHYC452 | 18.00 | 901.00 | 27.00 | |

PHYC456 | (Also offered as ASTR 456.) Independent studies course for students seeking departmental honors. {Fall, Spring} | 1.67 | 208.33 | 1.67 |

PHYC463 | (Also offered as ECE 463.) Electromagnetic theory of geometrical optics, Gaussian ray tracing and matrix methods, finite ray tracing, aberrations, interference. {Fall} | |||

PHYC464 | (Also offered as ECE 464.) Resonator optics. Rate equations; spontaneous and stimuated emission; gas, semiconductor and solid state lasers, pulsed and mode-locked laser techniques. {Fall} | |||

PHYC466 | Complex variables and analysis; differential equations, including Green's functions; transform methods; special functions; linear algebra; matrix analysis; linear integral equations. {Fall} | |||

PHYC467 | Methods of theoretical physics such as tensor analysis, group theory, calculus of variations, and elementary statistics. The actual topic areas will vary and will be defined by the instructor. {Spring} | 1.33 | 13.33 | 4.00 |

PHYC468 | Problem solving and demonstrations related to PHYC 466. | |||

PHYC476L | Diffraction, interference, optical detectors, lens aberrations, lasers, spectra, scattering, optical testing. One lecture, 3 hrs. lab. {Fall} | |||

PHYC477L | Diffraction, interference, optical detectors, lens aberrations, lasers, spectra, scattering, optical testing. One lecture, 3 hrs. lab. {Spring} | 3.67 | 13.33 | 11.00 |

PHYC480 | Special topics beyond our standard curriculum, usually involving new areas. The actual topic will vary and will be defined by the instructor. Restriction: permission of instructor. | 1.00 | 4.33 | 3.00 |

PHYC491 | Schrdinger Equations; Heisenberg uncertainty principle; postulates; Dirac notation; one-dimensional potentials; harmonic oscillator; angular momentum; H-Atom. Prerequisites: 330 and MATH 321. {Fall} | |||

PHYC492 | Spin; Pauli principle; perturbation theory; scattering; applications of quantum mechanics. {Spring} Prerequisite: 491. | 14.67 | 28.00 | 44.00 |

PHYC493L | Spectrographic methods; lasers, atomic structure; high Tc superconductivity; natural and artificial radioactivity; cosmic rays. One lecture, 5 hrs. lab. {Spring} | 9.00 | 12.00 | 27.00 |

PHYC495 | Relativistic kinematics and dynamics, relativistic electromagnetism, application to subatomic physics and astrophysics. {Offered upon demand} | |||

PHYC496 | Schrodinger Equations; Heisenberg uncertainty principle; postulates; Dirac notation; one-dimensional potentials; harmonic oscillator; angular momentum; H-Atom. Students work in small groups, with both peer and faculty assistance, to aid in learning the material from Physics 491. Prerequisite: 330 and MATH 321. | |||

PHYC500 | May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. Offered on CR/NC basis only. | 30.00 | 321.33 | 30.00 |

PHYC500A | ||||

PHYC500B | ||||

PHYC500C | ||||

PHYC500D | ||||

PHYC500E | ||||

PHYC500F | ||||

PHYC500G | ||||

PHYC500H | ||||

PHYC500I | ||||

PHYC501 | May be repeated to a maximum of 12 hours. | 8.33 | 10.67 | 8.33 |

PHYC501A | ||||

PHYC501B | ||||

PHYC503 | Review of Lagrangian dynamics; two-body central force; rigid-body motion; small oscillations; Hamilton's equations; canonical transformations; Hamilton-Jacobi theory. {Fall} | |||

PHYC505 | Review of thermodynamics; classical statistical mechanics; ensemble theory; quantum statistical mechanics with examples. {Spring} | 15.67 | 40.00 | 47.00 |

PHYC511 | Review of electro- and magneto-statics; E&M waves and radiation; covariant electrodynamics; scattering; relativity and covariant collisions. {Spring} | 20.67 | 40.00 | 62.00 |

PHYC521 | Review of 1-dim. potentials; Dirac formalism; postulates; symmetries and conservation laws; harmonic oscillator; angular momentum and spin; central potentials; approximation methods. {Fall} Prerequisites: 491 and 492. | |||

PHYC522 | More on angular momentum; scattering; identical particles; spectra of atoms and molecules; symmetry and conservation laws; approximation methods; special topics. Prerequisite: 521. {Spring} | 13.67 | 28.67 | 41.00 |

PHYC523 | Introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics, and quantum mechanics and quantum field theory with applications drawn from quantum electrodynamics and high-energy physics. Prerequisites: 522. {Alternate Years} | |||

PHYC524 | A continuation of 523. {Offered upon demand}Prerequisite: 523. | |||

PHYC529 | Band concepts; Bloch functions; phonons and their interactions; superconductivity. {Alternate Falls} | |||

PHYC531 | One-, two-, and many-electron atoms; interactions with E&M radiation; fine and superfine structure; external fields; molecular structure and spectra; collisions; applications of atomic and molecular physics. {Alternate years} \Prerequisite: 521. | |||

PHYC534 | (Also offered as ASTR, CHNE, ECE 534.) Plasma parameters, adiabatic invariants, orbit theory, plasma oscillations, hydromagnetic waves, plasma transport, stability, kinetic theory, nonlinear effects, applications. {Fall} | |||

PHYC535 | (Also offered as CHNE, ECE 535.) Derivation of fluid equations; CGL, MCD; equilibrium in the fluid plasma; energy principle; Rayleigh-Taylor, two-stream, and firehose instabilities; applications to lCF and open- and closed-line magnetic confinement systems; nonlinear instability theory. Restriction: permission of instructor. {Alternate Springs} | 1.00 | 14.33 | 3.00 |

PHYC536 | (Also offered as ASTR 536.) Astrophysical problems as illustrations of classical and statistical mechanics, as well as E&M: expansion of the universe; dark matter; big-bang nucleosynthesis; interiors of white dwarfs and neutron stars; supernova explosions; formation of galaxies. {Alternate Falls} | |||

PHYC538 | Selected topics in methods of theoretical and computational physics. {Offered upon demand} | |||

PHYC542 | Overview of the standard model, including electroweak interactions, gauge theories, QCD, other selected topics. {Alternate Falls} Prerequisites: 450 and 491 and 492. | |||

PHYC551 | Offered on a CR/NC basis only. | 21.67 | 824.33 | 26.33 |

PHYC552 | 11.33 | 908.33 | 29.33 | |

PHYC554 | (Also offered as ECE 554.) Diffractions theory, coherence theory, coherent objects, and incoherent imaging, and polarization. Prerequisite: 463. {Spring} | 6.00 | 18.67 | 18.00 |

PHYC556 | Time dependence of coherent and incoherent light beams, intensity fluctuations of chaotic light, fringe intensity, first order correlation function, higher order correlation functions, photo-electron statistics. {Offered upon demand} | |||

PHYC559 | (Also offered as ECE 559.) Students do research and/or development work at a participating industry or government laboratory in any area of optical science and engineering. Restriction: permission of instructor. | 0.33 | 1.67 | 1.00 |

PHYC564 | Semiclassical laser theory, mode problems, pulse propagation, self-induced transparency, phase conjugate optics, photon statistics. May include semiconductor lasers, ultrafast phenomena, waveguides. Prerequisite: 464. {Alternate Springs} | 3.00 | 9.33 | 9.00 |

PHYC566 | Study and manipulation of quantum coherence with electromagnetic fields. Quantum coherent spectroscopy; photon statistics and nonclassical light; open quantum systems; decoherence; special topics. {Alternate Years} | |||

PHYC568 | (Also offered as ECE 568.) General concepts, microscopic approach, nonlinear optical effects and devices. Prerequisites: 554, 564. {Alternate Springs} | 5.67 | 13.33 | 17.00 |

PHYC569 | Possible topics include dye lasers, solid-state lasers, novel lasers, interaction between intense lasers and matter, advanced nonlinear optics spectroscopy. {Offered upon demand} | 3.33 | 9.33 | 10.00 |

PHYC569A | ||||

PHYC570 | Einstein's theory of general relativity both as a theoretical model for gravitational forces via curved space times and as applied to various realistic astrophysical situations such as neutron stars, black holes and gravitational waves. {Offered upon demand} | 3.33 | 13.33 | 10.00 |

PHYC571 | (Also offered as CS, NSMS 571.) This course explores the concepts and mathematical techniques underlying quantum com-putation. Topics include quantum entanglement, quantum cryptography, teleportation, models for quantum computation, quantum algorithms, quantum error correction, and fault-tolerant quantum computation. | |||

PHYC572 | Concepts, applications and mathematical techniques of quantum information theory. Topics include classical information, Hilbert-space formulation of quantum mechanics, quantum states, quantum dynamics and measurements, quantum information, and quantum entanglement. | |||

PHYC573 | Introduction to methods and topics of current interest in classical mechanics, particularly methods of advanced Hamiltonian mechanics and topics related to nonlinear dynamics and chaos in Hamiltonian and dissipative systems. Prerequisite: 503. {Alternate years} | |||

PHYC576 | Introduction to topics and methods of current areas of interest in statistical mechanics, particularly the area of cooperative phenomena and the area of nonequilibrium (time-dependent) statistical mechanics. {Alternate years}Prerequisite: 505. | |||

PHYC580 | (Also offered as CHNE, ECE 580.) Plasma kinetics equations, Vlasov theories of plasma waves and microinstabilities, Landau damping, nonlinear evolution of instabilities, turbulence, applications, transport in fluid plasmas; Fokker-Planck, Krook collision model. Prerequisites: 534, 535. {Offered upon demand} | 1.33 | 1.67 | 4.00 |

PHYC581 | 11.67 | 32.67 | 35.00 | |

PHYC581A | ||||

PHYC599 | Only 6 hours will count toward the program of studies. Offered on a CR/NC basis only. | 4.33 | 550.00 | 16.33 |

PHYC650 | May be repeated with any single faculty member. | 26.00 | 1,033.33 | 116.33 |

PHYC699 | Offered on a CR/NC basis only. | 39.67 | 1,016.67 | 298.33 |

"PHYC: Physics "Three Fall Subject Average - Enroll: 2,154.67 Capacity: 11941.00 Credits: 5,185.00' |