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Department of Physics
Univ. of Rhode Island
2 Lippitt Road
Kingston, RI 028810817
USA
tel.: (401)8742633/4
fax: (401)8742380



03/08/12 

Bachelor of Arts in Physics
Course Code 
Course Title 
Credits 

Course Description 
Remarks 
Fall of Year 1 





MTH141 
Introductory Calculus with Analytic
Geometry 
4 

Topics in analytic geometry, functions
and their graphs, limits, the derivative, applications to finding rates of
change and extrema and to graphing, the integral, and applications. 

PHY203/273 
Elementary Physics I 
4 

Introduction to Newtonian mechanics.
Kinematics and dynamics of particles and systems of particles. Motion of
rigid bodies and oscillatory motion. Conservation principles. Separate registration
for Laboratory [Secs. (01) etc] and Recitation [Secs. (R01) etc]. 
Consider HPR122A (honors section of
PHY203/273) offered every fall semester. 
URI101 
Freshman Seminar 
1 


Special section for physics majors
offered every fall semester. 

General Education Requirements or
Electives 
6 
15 


Spring of Year 1 





MTH142 
Intermediate Calculus with Analytic
Geometry 
4 

Continues the study of calculus for
the elementary algebraic and transcendental functions of one variable. Topics
include the technique of integration, improper integrals, indeterminate forms,
and calculus using polar coordinates. 

PHY204/274 
Elementary Physics II 
4 

Introduction to electricity and magnetism,
leading to Maxwell's equations. Electric fields and Gauss' law; magnetic
fields and Ampere's law. Capacitance and inductance, DC and AC circuits. Electromagnetic
waves. Separate registration for Laboratory [Secs. (01) etc] and Recitation
[Secs. (R01) etc]. 
Consider HPR122B (honors section of
PHY204/274) offered every spring semester. 

General Education Requirements or
Electives 
7 
15 


Fall of Year 2 





CSC211 
Introductory Programming and Design 
4 

Problem specification, solution design,
and algorithm development. Object oriented programming and program structure.
Fucntions, selection, iteration, recursion, classes, arrays, and files. Required
programs will solve numerical and nonnumerical problems. 

MTH243 
Calculus for Functions of Several
Variables 
3 

Topics include coordinates for space,
vector geometry, partial derivatives, directional derivatives, extrema, Lagrange
multipliers, and multiple integrals. 

PHY205/275 
Elementary Physics III 
4 

Introduction to topics of thermodynamics,
kinetic theory, wave motion, acoustics, and optics. Separate registration
for Laboratory [Secs. (01) etc] and Recitation [Secs. (R01) etc]. 
Consider HPR319Z (honors section of
PHY205) offered every fall semester. 

General Education Requirements or
Electives 
4 
15 


Spring of Year 2 





MTH244 
Differential Equations 
3 

Classification and solution of differential
equations involving one independent variable. Applications to the physical
sciences. Basic for further study in applied mathematics and for advanced
work in physics and engineering. 

PHY306 
Elementary Modern Physics 
3 

Introduction to relativistic and quantum
physics. Special relativity theory, structure of atoms, molecules, and solids
including semiconductor devices; wave and particle properties of matter,
Schrodinger equation in one dimension. 

PHY410 
Computational Physics 
3 

Development and application of computer
techniques to classical and quantum physics problems. Emphasis will be on
approximation techniques and numerical methods for solving matrix, integral,
and differential equations arising in physics. 


General Education Requirements or
Electives 
6 
15 


Fall of Year 3 





PHY322 
Mechanics 
3 

Introduction to Newtonian statics
and dynamics using vector analysis; particle motion, Lagrange's equations;
rigid body motion. Application to various topics in physical mechanics. 

PHY381 
Advanced Laboratory Physics I 
3 

Key experiments covering a wide range
of disciplines including nuclear physics, properties of the electron, magnetism
thermodynamics, and optics. Quantitative analysis is stressed, including
statistics and curve fitting. Technical skills are developed. 


General Education Requirements or
Electives 
9 
15 


Spring of Year 3 





PHY331 
Electricity and Magnetism 
3 

Electrostatic fields and dielectric
materials; magnetic fields, magnetic induction and magnetic materials; introduction
to Maxwell's equations. 

PHY382 
Advanced Laboratory Physics II 
3 

Key experiments covering a wide range
of disciplines including nuclear physics, properties of the electron, magnetism
thermodynamics, and optics. Quantitative analysis is stressed, including
statistics and curve fitting. Technical skills are developed. 


General Education Requirements or
Electives 
9 
15 


Fall of Year 4 





PHY401 
Seminar in Physics 
1 

Preparation and presentation of papers
on selected topics in physics. 
Consider PHY402 in spring as an alternative.

PHY451 
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

3 

Particlewave duality, uncertainty
principle; Schrodinger equation: eigenvalues, wavefunctions, time dependence;
Dirac notation; Heisenberg representation: operators, matrices, eigenvectors;
angular momentum: spin and polarization, Pauli matrices, hydrogen atom, application
to quantum computation; symmetries: conservation laws, fermions and bosons.



General Education Requirements or
Electives 
11 
15 


Spring of Year 4 





PHY492 
Special Problems 
3 

Advanced work under the supervision
of a member arranged to suit the individual requirements of the student.
(Independent Study) 
Consider PHY491 in fall as an alternative. 

General Education Requirements or
Electives 
12 
15 




Total

120 






Comments
[1] The six general education credits in the category
(N) must be from different Departments and cannot be PHY courses. Our recommendations
are AST108 and CHM101.


