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Physics Department
Undergraduate physics majors and physics/astronomy majors may pursue either a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree. Although the BA and BS programs have different objectives, both emphasize the basic principles of physics and their applications, an analytical approach to problem solving including the use of mathematical methods, and direct experience with physics laboratory and research techniques. The instructional facilities of the Department of Physics, housed in the new Mathematics and Science Center, include general and advanced physics laboratories; optics, analog and digital electronics, and microprocessor laboratories; and two observational astronomy facilities. One facility is a tenstation rooftop observing deck with small reflecting telescopes used for introductory astronomy. The other primary facility is the Emory observatory, which houses a researchgrade, twentyfourinch Cassegrain telescope for use in advanced astrophysics and astronomy courses. Faculty research laboratories and computer equipment are available to students engaged in research projects in condensed matter physics, biophysics, and nonlinear dynamics. Other specialized teaching facilities for physics and astronomy include a onehundredandeighty seat lecture demonstration theater, a sixtyseat Zeiss Planetarium classroom, and a sixteenstation computational physics classroom/laboratory. The graduate school offers the master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in physics.
 Academic Department Website
 http://physics.emory.edu
Concentrations
Faculty
 Chair
 Stefan Boettcher
 Director of Undergraduate Studies
 Thomas Bing
Courses
Physics 100Level Courses

Students having taken Physics 116 for credit may not take this course. A descriptive overview of astronomy. The celestial coordinate system, time keeping, the planetary system, ancient astronomy, the sun, stellar evolution, galactic astronomy, cosmology, and the origin of the universe.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None

Students having taken Physics 115 for credit may not take this course. A descriptive astronomy course with laboratory. The celestial coordinate system, ancient astronomy, light and telescopes, the solar system, the sun, stellar evolution, galactic astronomy, and cosmology.
 Credit Hours
 4
 GERs
 SNTL
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None

For nonmajors who have successfully completed PHYS 115 or 116. Topics of contemporary astrophysical research including exoplanets and habitability, the first stars, Galactic and extragalactic astronomy, black holes, quasars, largescale structure, dark matter, dark energy, and cosmology.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 PHYS 115 or 116 prerequisite
 CrossListed
 None

Bicycles, rockets, CDs, jet airplanes, cars, Frisbees, kayaks, TV, lasers, microwave ovens, cell phones' the mysteries of these and other objects are explored, introducing the physics and science in everyday life.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None

DVDs, cell phones, computers, TV,microwave ovens, lasers, cameras' the mysteries of these and other everyday objects are explored, introducing the physics and science of everyday life.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None

A survey of the major advances in fundamental physics in the 20th century suitable for nonscience majors. Subjects in atomic and nuclear physics in the context of their original discoveries, with close attention paid to original writings by the authors of these discoveries.
 Credit Hours
 4
 GERs
 SNTL
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None

Introductory classical mechanics and thermodynamics. The student is expected to be competent in algebra, trigonometry, and plane geometry. Physics 141 and 142 are appropriate courses to satisfy a oneyear physics requirement for professional schools.
 Credit Hours
 4
 GERs
 SNTL
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None

Introduction to electricity, magnetism, optics, and the essentials of quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, and special relativity.
 Credit Hours
 4
 GERs
 SNTL
 Requisites
 PHYS 141OR151 as Prerequisite
 CrossListed
 None

Introductory classical mechanics and thermodynamics. Physics 151 and 152 are primarily for students who are strongly motivated in science and mathematics.
 Credit Hours
 4
 GERs
 SNTL
 Requisites
 MATH 111 Pre/MATH 112 PreCo
 CrossListed
 None

Electric and magnetic fields and forces, Gauss's law, electrical properties of materials, electromagnetic induction, electromagnetic waves, and optical phenomena.
 Credit Hours
 4
 GERs
 SNTL
 Requisites
 PHYS 141/151MATH 112 Prereq
 CrossListed
 None

Freshman seminar, for first year students only. Variable topics.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 FSEM
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None
Physics 200Level Courses

Vectors; multivariable functions; partial derivatives; multiple integrals; vector and scalar fields; Green's and Stokes' theorems; divergence theorem.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 MQR
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 MATH 211

Computation is one of the pillars of modern science, in addition to experiment and theory. In this course, various computational modeling methods will be introduced to study specific examples derived from physical, biological, chemical and social systems.
 Credit Hours
 4
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 PHYS 151 or (PHYS 141 & MATH 1
 CrossListed
 BIOL 212

Linear algebra, determinants, linear vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenfunctions, the div grad and curl operators, Gauss and Stokes theorems, orthogonal coordinate systems, infinite power series, complex number and variables, Fourier analysis, Laplace transforms, ODEs and PDEs.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 PHYS 142/152 & MATH 112/116
 CrossListed
 None

Broadly applicable mathematical techniques, numerical methods, and programming skills, illustrated through several important topics in engineering: physical computing, heat transfer, circuit analysis, and semiconductor physics.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 PHYS 142/152 & MATH 112/116
 CrossListed
 None

Explores some of the ways in which principles and methods used in physics are applied to problems in modern medicine. Includes a study of the physics of modern imaging systems such as MRI, CT, and PET as well as more traditional areas (xray, radiation, and nuclear medicine physics). Mathematical and statistical ideas will be developed as needed. For premed students, students in health or biological sciences, or physics majors who are curious about medical physics.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 PHYS 142/152 as a Prerequisite
 CrossListed
 None

Introduction to combinational and sequential logic circuits, and microprocessor hardware. Topics include transistors, gates, flipflops, counters, clocks, decoders, displays, microprocessors, memory, input/output circuits, and device interfacing.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 PHYS 142/152 as a Prerequisite
 CrossListed
 None

Special theory of relativity, wave and particle properties of electromagnetic radiation and matter, introduction to quantum mechanics, Schrodinger equation, atomic models, and simple molecules.
 Credit Hours
 4
 GERs
 SNTL
 Requisites
 PHYS 142/152 AND MATH 112
 CrossListed
 None

Offered as required. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Selected topics and problems of special or current interest in physics. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
 Credit Hours
 1  4
 GERs
 None
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None

Offered as required. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Selected topics and problems of special or current interest in physics. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
 Credit Hours
 1  5
 GERs
 WRT
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Adapted to particular needs of individual student with instructor acting as adviser.
 Credit Hours
 1  12
 GERs
 None
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None
Physics 300Level Courses

Covers astronomical coordinates, celestial mechanics, Kepler's Laws, gravitation, planetary analysis techniques, planetary and interplanetary debris composition and structure, ring system formation, extrasolar planetary systems, with laboratory sessions in the Emory observatory.
 Credit Hours
 4
 GERs
 SNTL
 Requisites
 PHYS 253 as a Prerequisite
 CrossListed
 None

Prerequisite: Physics 253. Covers stellar analysis techniques, binary stars, stellar structure, the sun, stellar evolution, stellar variability, stellar death, the Milky Way, galactic structure, structure of the universe, cosmology, with laboratory sessions in the Emory observatory.
 Credit Hours
 4
 GERs
 SNTL
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None

Practical introduction to advanced mathematical methods: partial differential equations, boundary value problems, special functions, integral transforms, functions of complex variables, contour integrals, the residue theorem, Hermitian and unitary matrices.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 None
 Requisites
 PHYS 142/152 & MATH 212
 CrossListed
 None

Designed to provide students with career goals in the life sciences and medicine knowledge of basic physical principles and their applications to the understanding of living systems and biological processes. Motion, sound, energy, metabolism, fluids, electricity, optics and medical diagnostics.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 PHYS 142/152 & MATH 112/116
 CrossListed
 None

Newton's laws, energy, momentum, angular momentum, conservation laws, manyparticle systems, oscillations, planetary motion and Kepler's laws, Lagrange's and Hamiltonian formalisms, noninertial reference frames, rotation and tensor of inertia, nonlinear dynamics and chaos.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 PHYS 142/152 & MATH 112/112Z
 CrossListed
 None

Electrostatics, Poisson and Laplace equations, steady currents and electromagnetic induction, magnetostatics, integral and differential forms of Maxwell equations, propagation of electromagnetic waves, fundamental laws of optics, basic laws of radiation
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 PHYS 152 & MATH 211
 CrossListed
 None

Offered as required. Credit, two to four hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.Selected topics and problems of special or current interest in physics. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
 Credit Hours
 1  4
 GERs
 None
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None

Offered as required. Credit, two to four hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.Selected topics and problems of special or current interest in physics. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
 Credit Hours
 1  5
 GERs
 WRT
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None

Maymester Course. This course will focus on proteins, DNA and their interactions emphasizing the role that dynamics play in these macromolecules function. The structure and conformation of biological molecules are, actually, dynamic and this feature is underlying their function in living systems.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 None
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None

Credit, two to four hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Adapted to particular needs of individual student with instructor acting as adviser.
 Credit Hours
 1  12
 GERs
 None
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None
Physics 400Level Courses

Laws of thermodynamics, entropy, Carnot engine, thermodynamic potentials, Gibbs ensembles, classical and quantum statistics, photon gas, phonons, Debye theory, electron gas, BoseEinstein condensation, chemical kinetics, phase transitions, and critical phenomena.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 PHYS 253 as a Prerequisite
 CrossListed
 None

The physics behind modern materials used in nanotechnology, information storage and processing, and energy generation such as semiconductor transistors, LEDs, solar cells, photodiodes, lasers, etc. Electronic, optical, magnetic and thermal properties of materials which have enabled the internet age.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 PHYS 253 or CHEM 205/205L or C
 CrossListed
 None

The wave equation, electromagnetic theory of light, aberrations, matrix methods, polarization, interference, diffraction, quantum aspects of light, lasers, holography, and fiber optics.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 PHYS 253 & PHYS 365 & MATH 212
 CrossListed
 None

The wave equation, electromagnetic theory of light, aberrations, matrix methods, polarization, interference, diffraction, quantum aspects of light, lasers, holography, and fiber optics.
 Credit Hours
 4
 GERs
 SNTL
 Requisites
 PHYS 253/365 & MATH 212
 CrossListed
 None

The course explores physical and statistical constraints on strategies used by biological systems, from bacteria, to large organisms, and to entire populations, to sense external environmental signals, process them, and shape a response.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 None
 Requisites
 BIOL/PHYS 212 & PHYS 220
 CrossListed
 BIOL 434

Computational techniques for solving equations as well as for simulating, analyzing, and graphically visualizing physical systems and processes. Projects will be selected from different areas of physics according to student interest and background.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 PHYS 142/152 AND CS 150/170
 CrossListed
 None

Introduces modern experimental techniques and methods; the experiments include analog electronics, instrumentation and computer interfacing, cryogenics, and electrooptics.
 Credit Hours
 4
 GERs
 SNTL
 Requisites
 PHYS 253 as a Prerequisite
 CrossListed
 None

Introduces modern experimental techniques and methods; the experiments include analog electronics, instrumentation and computer interfacing, cryogenics, and electrooptics.
 Credit Hours
 5
 GERs
 SNLW
 Requisites
 PHYS 253 as a Prerequisite
 CrossListed
 None

The physical view of molecular structure and dynamics and their relation to protein function is addressed in selected exemplary systems. Physical techniques used to molecular information are examined.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None

Introductory quantum theory, including the Schr??dinger equation, simple soluble problems, hydrogen atom, operator formalism, approximation methods, and perturbation theory.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 PHYS 220,253,361/MATH 212 prer
 CrossListed
 None

Applications of quantum mechanics to atomic, molecular, nuclear, particle, and solid state physics.
 Credit Hours
 3
 GERs
 SNT
 Requisites
 PHYS 461 as a Prerequisite
 CrossListed
 None

Independent research for students eligible to participate in the physics department Honors Program.
 Credit Hours
 1  4
 GERs
 None
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None

Prerequisite: consent of the undergraduate physics adviser. Independent research for students invited to participate in the physics department Honors Program.
 Credit Hours
 1  8
 GERs
 WRT
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. For students who wish to participate in physics research with the instructor acting as research director.
 Credit Hours
 2  4
 GERs
 None
 Requisites
 None
 CrossListed
 None
Honors Program
See "Honors Program" under the curriculum section of the catalog and consult the department for further details.
Chapters of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society, and the Society of Physics Students offer recognition and sponsored activities.
Study Abroad
Several students each year participate in study abroad programs, typically for one semester. The Director of Undergraduate Studies works with students to fit such programs into their fouryearplan.
Advising
For advising, set up an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.?????? You do not need to be majoring or minoring in physics to meet with the DUS.
Independent Study or Research
Many physics majors participate in research, although this is not a requirement. Research can be done for academic credit (Phys 499R). This class can be repeated multiple times, and can count as an elective toward the major or minor (although only as one elective, even if taken multiple times). Research can also be done for pay; this is typically arranged between the supervising faculty member and the student. The most typical case is to do research for credit during the academic year and for pay during the summer. Students who meet the appropriate GPA requirements can opt to do a research honors thesis during their senior year. For more information about participating in research or doing an honors thesis, consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies.