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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 Science 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 
8 
17 


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 
8 
16 


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 
6 
17 


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 
8 
17 


Fall of Year
3 





MTH215 
Introduction to
Linear Algebra 
3 

Detailed study
of finite dimensional vector spaces, linear transformations, matrices, determinants
and systems of linear equations. 

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 
8 
17 


Spring of Year 3 





MTH 
Elective at 300/400 level 
3 

Consider MTH441: Introduction to
Partial Differential Equations, or MTH462: Functions of a Complex Variable. 

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 
8 
17 


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. 
PHY420 
Introduction to
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 
3 

Emphasis on laws
of thermodynamics and properties of thermodynamic systems, kinetic theory
of gases, molecular velocity distributions, transport phenomena, MaxwellBoltzmann
statistics. 

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. 

PHY483 
Laboratory and
Research Problems in Physics 
3 

Research in current
areas of physics. Students perform research projects with individual faculty
members. 


General Education
Requirements or Electives 
3 
13 


Spring of Year 4 





PHY452 
Quantum Mechanics: Techniques and
Applications 
3 

Approximation techniques including
timedependent and timeindependent perturbation theory, WKB, variational
method, Born, Hartree, and computational techniques. Applications to atomic
and molecular structure, model potentials, radiative transitions, and scattering. 

PHY455 
Introduction to SolidState Physics

3 

Crystal structure, thermal, electrical,
and magnetic properties of solids. Electron gas theory of metals, band theory
of solids. Semiconductors. 

PHY484 
Laboratory and Research Problems
in Physics 
3 

Research in current areas of physics.
Students perform research projects with individual faculty members. 

PHY510 
Mathematical Methods of Physics I 
3 

Topics designed to include applications
in physics. Vector and tensor analysis; linear algebra; coordinate systems.
Determinants, matrices; introductory group theory. Infinite series, complex
analysis, analytic properties, conformal mapping, calculus of residues. Fourier
analysis and Laplace transforms. 
This course will substitute the required
course MTH461, which is not currently offered. 

General Education Requirements or
Electives 
3 
15 




Total

129 






Comments
[1] The six general education credits in the category (N)
can be from the same Department but cannot be PHY courses. Our recommendations
are AST108 and CHM101.


