The University of Mississippi
Department of Physics and Astronomy

PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY
Undergraduate Courses
Astr 101: Descriptive Astronomy I
Lectures, text assignments and observations through the telescope. Astronomy 101 does not include laboratory work. A student may not receive credit for both Astronomy 101 and Astronomy 103, nor for both Astronomy 101 and Astronomy 104.
Astr 102: Descriptive Astronomy II
Lectures, text assignments and observations through the telescope. Astronomy 102 does not include laboratory work. A student may not receive credit for both Astronomy 102 and Astronomy 103, nor for both Astronomy 102 and Astronomy 104.
Astr 103: Astronomy I
Lectures, demonstrations in astronomy, laboratory experiences in celestial mechanics and light and observations through an optical telescope in an integrated lecture-laboratory sequence. (Lecture meets twice weekly in the daytime, laboratory meets once weekly in the afternoon or night). (3).
Astr 104: Astronomy II
Lectures, demonstrations in astronomy, laboratory experiences in celestial mechanics and light and observations through an optical telescope in an integrated lecture-laboratory sequence. (Lecture meets twice weekly in the daytime, laboratory meets once weekly in the afternoon or night). (3).
Astr 325: Astrophysics
Introduction to the physics of celestial objects. Topics will include formation, structure and evolution of stars, the physics of the interstellar medium, stellar remnants (white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes), galaxies and the large-scale structure of the universe. May satisfy elective hours for the physics major and minor. (3).
Phys 101: Introduction to Physics I
Overview of topics of current interest in physics with emphasis on research activities in the field. (1).
Phys 102: Introduction to Physics II
Overview of topics of current interest in physics with emphasis on research activities in the field. (1).
Phys 107: Physical Science I
Lectures, demonstrations and laboratory exercises on topics relating to a study of the physical universe. Included is a survey of physics, astronomy and chemistry in an integrated lecture-laboratory sequence. (3).
Phys 108: Physical Science II
Lectures, demonstrations and laboratory exercises on topics relating to a study of the physical universe. Included is a survey of physics, astronomy and chemistry in an integrated lecture-laboratory sequence. (3).
Phys 111: Physics of Sound & Music
Wave properties and sound; the manner in which sounds are produced and heard; the physical basis for musical scales; and the effect of noise in our environment.
Phys 112: Physics of Light, Color, & Art
Topics relating to sources, characteristics and nature of light, optical instruments, and the relation of light, color and visual perception in art.
Phys 123: Physics of the Atmosphere
Physical principles of atmospheric phenomena presented in an integrated lecture-laboratory format (2 lecture hours and 2 laboratory hours per week); composition and structure of the atmosphere, energy flows, and the resulting air motions and weather from small to planetary scales.
Phys 211: Physics for Science & Engineering I
General physics taught with the aid of calculus. (211, 212, with 221, 222 satisfies the engineering and science major requirements for physics). Corequisites: Phys 221, Math 261. (3).
Phys 212: Physics for Science & Engineering II
General physics taught with the aid of calculus. Prerequisite: Phys 211 Corequisites: Phys 222 and Math 262 (3).
Phys 213: General Physics I
Mechanics, heat, sound, light, magnetism and electricity. (Phys 213, 214 with 223, 224 satisfies the physics requirement for pre-pharmacy and pre-medical students). Prerequisite: Math 121 and 123 or 261. Corequisite: Phys 223.
Phys 214: General Physics II
Mechanics, heat, sound, light, magnetism and electricity. Prerequisite: Phys 213 Corequisite: Phys 224 (3).
Phys 215: Physics for Pharmaceutical Sciences
A study of physics topics relevant to a program of study in pharmaceutical sciences. Lectures and coordinated laboratory exercises in classical and modern physics. Prerequisites: Math 261 and consent of Pharmacy Dean. (4).
Phys 221: Lab Physics for Science & Engineering I
Laboratory experiments coordinated with lecture topics in Phys 211. Corequisite: Phys 211 (1).
Phys 222: Lab Physics for Science & Engineering II
Laboratory experiments coordinated with lecture topics in Phys 212. Prerequisite: Phys 221 Corequisite: Phys 212 (1).
Phys 223: Laboratory Physics I
Laboratory experiments coordinated with lecture topics in Phys 213. Corequisite: Phys 213. (1).
Phys 224: Laboratory Physics II
Laboratory experiments coordinated with lecture topics in Phys 214. Prerequisite: Phys 223 Corequisite: Phys 214 (1).
Phys 303: Physical Theory
Physical principles of both classical and modern physics formulated as mathematical problems in differential and integral calculus. Intended for those who have taken Phys 213and 214. Prerequisites: Phys 214 and Math 262. (3).
Phys 308: Mathematical Physics
Application of differential equations, vectors, and other techniques to physical problems.
Phys 309: Thermodynamics
General theory and applications of thermodynamics, kinetic theory and statistical mechanics.
Phys 310: Mechanics
Static and dynamic aspects of particle and rigid body mechanics, including Lagrange's equations and generalized coordinates.
Phys 313: Physics & Biophysics of Air & Water
The basic physical properties of air and water are describes as well as the effect of these properties on various biological processes and organisms. Prerequisites: Phys 212 or 214.
Phys 315: Radiation Science
Introductory lectures and demonstrations on the interaction of radiation with matter with application to physical and biological systems. Prerequisites: Math 262 and either Phys 212 or Phys 214.
Phys 317: Introduction to Modern Physics I
Introduction to relativity; atomic, molecular and solid state physics. Prerequisite: Phys 212 Corequisite: Math 263
Phys 318: Introduction to Modern Physics II
Introduction to quantum mechanics, nuclear and elementary particle physics. Prerequisite: Phys 317 Corequisite: Math 264
Phys 319: Optics
Intermediate description of electromagnetic wave propagation; topics in geometrical and physical optics including interference diffraction, polarization, and laser physics; lab exercises in physical and geometrical optics. Prerequisite: PHYS 212 or 214 and Math 262.
Phys 321: Electronics
Introduction to applications in electronics for scientists. Passive components, AC circuit theory, transistors and amplifiers, operational amplifiers and applications. Prerequisite: PHYS 212 or 214 and Math 262.
Phys 401: Electromagnetic Theory I
Electrostatics, electric and magnetic properties of matter, Maxwell's equations and their solutions, propagation and radiation of electromagnetic waves. Prerequisite: Phys 212 and Math 264 Corequisite: Math 353
Phys 402: Electromagnetic Theory II
Electrostatics, electric and magnetic properties of matter, Maxwell's equations and their solutions, propagation and radiation of electromagnetic waves. Prerequisite: Phys 401 and Math 353
Phys 413: Introduction to Biophysics
Selected topics in biomechanics, bioelectricity, ionic and molecular transport, biophysical kinetics, radiation biophysics, body temperature regulation and biophysical measurements and techniques. Prerequisites: Phys 212 or 214 and Math 262.
Phys 415: Radiation Physics Laboratory
Selected experiments in radiation physics including scintillation and solid state detectors, interaction of radiation with matter and nuclear instrumentation.
Phys 417: Modern Physics Laboratory
Basic application of theories of measurement, instrumentation and error to laboratory research. Experiments in classical and modern physics including measurements of fundamental constants, vacuum technology, Mossbauer effect, EST and Hall effect and advanced experiments in nuclear and particle physics. Laboratory course. Prerequisite: Phys 317 or consent of instructor. (4).
Phys 422: Digital Electronics & Microprocessors
Introduction to digital techniques, logic circuits, registers and microcomputer basics; microprocessor interfacing to scientific, instrumentation. Lecture-laboratory course. (3).
Phys 425: Nuclear & Particle Physics Laboratory
Experiments in radioactive decay, nuclear detectors, and instrumentation, including ionization, scintillation, and solid state detectors, electronic logic and timing circuits, and microprocessor controlled systems.
Phys 451: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
An introduction to nonrelativistic quantum mechanics; the Schrodinger equation and its application to simple systems. Prerequisites: Phys 308, Phys 318 and Math 353.
Phys 461: Senior Seminar
A discussion of current topics in physics. Intended primarily for undergraduates. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (1).
Phys 463: Senior Research Project
An individual research project involving an experimental or theoretical investigation for which a written report is required. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (1-3).
Phys 464: Senior Research Project
An individual research project involving an experimental or theoretical investigation for which a written report is required.
Phys 498: Senior Review
A capstone course in which students review their overall knowledge of physics, solve problems involving all major areas of the undergraduate physics curriculum and develop their oral communication skills. Required for graduation as a physics major. Prerequisite: Senior standing.
Graduate Courses
Phys 501: Intermediate Electromagnetic Theory I
Electrostatics, electric and magnetic properties of matter. Maxwell's equations and their solution, propagation and radiation of electromagnetic waves. Students cannot receive credit for both PHYS 402 and PHYS 502. Prerequisite: Graduate student status only.
Phys 502: Intermediate Electromagnetic Theory II
Phys 503: Selected Topics in Physics I
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor; may be repeated for credit up to 9 hours.
Phys 507: Directed Research
Guided experimental work for the development of research laboratory skills. (Departmental approval required; cannot be used for degree credit; may be repeated for credit.)
Phys 510: Research Seminar
Philosophy and principles of modern physics research. May be repeated for credit.
Phys 521: Acoustics
Mathematical description of sound propagation with various boundary conditions. Prerequisite: Phys 402 or graduate status.
Phys 522: Acoustics Laboratory
A laboratory course to complement an acoustics lecture course; emphasis of a study of wave phenomena and acoustical measurements. Corequisite: Phys 521 or graduate status. (1).
Phys 532: Advanced Acoustics Laboratory
Advanced laboratory projects in acoustics involving experiments in sound measurement and analysis, vibration, transducers, architectural and underwater acoustics. Prerequisite requirements for this course may also be satisfied by consent of instructor.
Phys 533: Survey of Topics in Physics I
Topics of special interest to teachers of life and physical sciences. Not applicable to a professional degree in physics. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Phys 534: Survey of Topics in Physics II
Topics of special interest to teachers of life and physical sciences. Not applicable to a professional degree in physics. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Phys 651: Mathematical Methods of Physics I
Mathematical aspects of the theoretical formulation of classical and modern physics. Prerequisite: Phys 308 or graduate status.
Phys 652: Mathematical Methods of Physics II
Mathematical aspects of the theoretical formulation of classical and modern physics. Prerequisite: Phys 651.
Phys 705: Advanced Acoustics
Advanced course in theoretical acoustics. The course will treat the acoustic wave equations for a variety of actual physical situations. Prerequisites requirements for this course may also be satisfied by consent of instructor.
Phys 707: Atomic and Nuclear Physics
Prerequisite: Phys 451.
Phys 709: Advanced Mechanics I
Newtonian mechanics, Lagrangian dynamics, small oscillations, rigid body motion. Hamiltonian dynamics, waves, continuum mechanics, classical field theory.
Phys 710: Advanced Mechanics II
Continuation of advanced mechanics I. Prerequisite: Phys 709.
Phys 711: Quantum Mechanics I
Schrodinger's equation and Hilbert spaces. Symmetry and conversation laws. Path integral quantization. Quantum theory of angular momentum. Systems of identical particles and many-electron atoms. Perturbation theory. Nonrelativistic scattering. Corequisite: Phys 709.
Phys 712: Quantum Mechanics II
Continuation of Quantum Mechanics I. Prerequisite: Phys 711
Phys 717: Modern Physics I
Special relativity and quantum mechanics; applications to atomic and nuclear physics, particle physics, and solid state physics.
Phys 718: Modern Physics II
Continuation of Modern Physics I. Prerequisite: Phys 717
Phys 721: Advanced Electromagnetic Theory I
Electromagnetic waves, scattering and dispersion, and advanced boundary value problems. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Phys 722: Advanced Electromagnetic Theory II
Continuation of Advanced Electromagnetic Theory I. Prerequisite: Phys 721
Phys 723: Introduction to Nuclear Physics I
Prerequisite: Math 454
Phys 724: Introduction to Nuclear Physics II
Continuation on Nuclear Physics I. Prerequisite: Phys 723
Phys 725: Solid State Physics I
Properties of solids and solid state theory, lattices, lattice imperfections and vibrations, cohesive energy, band structure, magnetism, transport and optical properties.
Phys 726: Solid State Physics II
Continuation of Solid State Physics I. Prerequisite: Phys 725
Phys 727: Adv Thermodynamics/Statistical Mech I
Theory and applications of the laws of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics from the classical and quantum viewpoints.
Phys 728: Adv Thermodynamics/Statistical Mech II
Continuation of Advanced Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics I. Prerequisite: Phys 727
Phys 729: Selected Topics in Physics I
Topics of current interest, both experimental and theoretical. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Phys 730: Selected Topics in Physics II
Topics of current interest, both experimental and theoretical.
Phys 731: Quantum Field Theory I
Quantized relativistic fields. QED. Renormalization. Gauge fields. Spontaneous symmetry breaking. Electroweak interactions. QCD.
Phys 732: Quantum Field Theory II
Continuation of Quantum Field Theory I. Prerequisite: Phys 731
Phys 733: Elementary Particle Physics
Phenomenology. Symmetries and conservation laws. Quarks, leptons, gauge bosons. Standard model. Experimental techniques of particle physics. Prerequisite: Phys 712
Phys 634: Electronics in Research
Phys 636: Advanced Physical Optics
Phys 697: Thesis Research in Physics
Phys 797: Dissertation