Class No. 
Course ID 
Title 
Credits 
Type 
Instructor(s) 
Days:Times 
Location 
Permission Required 
Dist 
Qtr 
1027 
PHYS10101 
Prin Physics I 
1.25 
LEC 
Staff, Trinity 
MWF: 10:00AM10:50AM 
TBA 

NAT



Enrollment limited to 36 
Waitlist available: Y 
Mode of Instruction: In Person 


An introduction to the fundamental ideas of physics. Beginning with kinematics—the quantitative description of motion—the course covers the Newtonian mechanics of point masses, Newton’s theory of universal gravitation, the workenergy principle, and the conservation of energy and momentum. Students may not earn credit for both Physics 101L and Physics 141L. 
1028 
PHYS10120 
Prin Physics I 
1.25 
LAB 
Patton, Kelly 
T: 1:30PM4:10PM 
TBA 

NAT



Enrollment limited to 18 
Waitlist available: Y 
Mode of Instruction: In Person 


An introduction to the fundamental ideas of physics. Beginning with kinematics—the quantitative description of motion—the course covers the Newtonian mechanics of point masses, Newton’s theory of universal gravitation, the workenergy principle, and the conservation of energy and momentum. Students may not earn credit for both Physics 101L and Physics 141L. 
1029 
PHYS10121 
Prin Physics I 
1.25 
LAB 
Staff, Trinity 
R: 1:30PM4:10PM 
TBA 

NAT



Enrollment limited to 18 
Waitlist available: Y 
Mode of Instruction: In Person 


An introduction to the fundamental ideas of physics. Beginning with kinematics—the quantitative description of motion—the course covers the Newtonian mechanics of point masses, Newton’s theory of universal gravitation, the workenergy principle, and the conservation of energy and momentum. Students may not earn credit for both Physics 101L and Physics 141L. 
1647 
PHYS14101 
Introductory Mechanics 
1.25 
LEC 
Patton, Kelly 
MWF: 10:00AM11:50AM 
TBA 

NAT



Enrollment limited to 36 
Waitlist available: Y 
Mode of Instruction: In Person 


Prerequisite: C or better in Math 131, or concurrent enrollment. Students may not earn credit for both Physics 101L and Physics 141L. 

NOTE: 20 seats are reserved for FirstYear students. 

This course is the first part of a threeterm calculusbased introduction to physics for students intending to major in physics or one of the physical sciences. It is taught in an interactive studio format, which emphasizes collaborative problem solving, handson experimentation, and data analysis. This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of the language and the analytical tools of Newtonian mechanics. Topics include kinematics, forces, conservation laws, work and energy, momentum, gravity, and rigidbody motion. Time permitting, the course will conclude with the study of the first two laws of thermodynamics and their application to the prototypical thermodynamics system, the ideal gas. Three twohour class meetings per week. The laboratory is integrated into the course. 
1648 
PHYS14102 
Introductory Mechanics 
1.25 
LEC 
Schwartz, Eyal 
MWF: 1:30PM3:20PM 
TBA 

NAT



Enrollment limited to 36 
Waitlist available: Y 
Mode of Instruction: In Person 


Prerequisite: C or better in Math 131, or concurrent enrollment. Students may not earn credit for both Physics 101L and Physics 141L. 

NOTE: 20 seats are reserved for FirstYear students. 

This course is the first part of a threeterm calculusbased introduction to physics for students intending to major in physics or one of the physical sciences. It is taught in an interactive studio format, which emphasizes collaborative problem solving, handson experimentation, and data analysis. This course is designed to provide the student with a working knowledge of the language and the analytical tools of Newtonian mechanics. Topics include kinematics, forces, conservation laws, work and energy, momentum, gravity, and rigidbody motion. Time permitting, the course will conclude with the study of the first two laws of thermodynamics and their application to the prototypical thermodynamics system, the ideal gas. Three twohour class meetings per week. The laboratory is integrated into the course. 
2368 
PHYS23201 
Optics and Modern Physics 
1.25 
LEC 
Branning, David 
MWF: 11:00AM11:50AM 
TBA 

NAT



Enrollment limited to 16 
Waitlist available: N 
Mode of Instruction: In Person 


Prerequisite: C or better in Physics 141L and concurrent registration in or previous completion of Mathematics 132 with a C or better. Concurrent registration in Mathematics 231 is strongly recommended. 

Concluding the threeterm calculusbased introductory physics sequence, this course begins with the study of interference and diffraction, which provide compelling evidence for the wave nature of light. We then turn to geometrical optics to understand the properties of lenses, mirrors, and optical instruments. The remainder of the course is devoted to the treatment of phenomena at the atomic and subatomic levels using the ideas of quantum physics. From the introduction of the photon, the Bohr atom, and de Broglie’s matter waves, we proceed to the unified description provided by Schrodinger’s wave mechanics. This is used to understand basic properties of atoms, beginning with hydrogen, and to describe the interaction between electromagnetic radiation and matter. As time permits, the course will include a brief introduction to the theory of special relativity and to nuclear physics. Three class meetings and one laboratory per week. 
2369 
PHYS23220 
Optics and Modern Physics 
1.25 
LAB 
Palandage, Kalum 
W: 1:30PM4:10PM 
TBA 

NAT



Enrollment limited to 16 
Waitlist available: N 
Mode of Instruction: In Person 


Prerequisite: C or better in Physics 141L and concurrent registration in or previous completion of Mathematics 132 with a C or better. Concurrent registration in Mathematics 231 is strongly recommended. 

Concluding the threeterm calculusbased introductory physics sequence, this course begins with the study of interference and diffraction, which provide compelling evidence for the wave nature of light. We then turn to geometrical optics to understand the properties of lenses, mirrors, and optical instruments. The remainder of the course is devoted to the treatment of phenomena at the atomic and subatomic levels using the ideas of quantum physics. From the introduction of the photon, the Bohr atom, and de Broglie’s matter waves, we proceed to the unified description provided by Schrodinger’s wave mechanics. This is used to understand basic properties of atoms, beginning with hydrogen, and to describe the interaction between electromagnetic radiation and matter. As time permits, the course will include a brief introduction to the theory of special relativity and to nuclear physics. Three class meetings and one laboratory per week. 
3238 
PHYS30401 
Statistical & Thermal Physics 
1.00 
LEC 
Palandage, Kalum 
MWF: 11:00AM11:50AM 
TBA 

NAT



Enrollment limited to 15 
Waitlist available: N 
Mode of Instruction: In Person 


Prerequisite: C or better in Physics 141L and Mathematics 132. 

This course provides an intermediatelevel presentation of basic principles of statistical physics with applications to scientific inference, stochastic phenomena, and thermodynamics. Classical thermodynamics describes the equilibrium properties and phase transformations of macroscopic physical systems in terms of relations independent of any atomic model of matter. Statistical physics, by contrast, provides a fundamental theoretical foundation for the thermodynamic relations in terms of the specific statistical laws obeyed by the elementary particles of matter and general considerations of probability theory. Together, thermodynamics and statistical physics provide the tools for studying the behavior of aggregates of particles far too numerous to be analyzed by solving directly the equations of motion of either classical or quantum mechanics. Among the concepts, systems, and processes to be discussed are heat, work, temperature, pressure, energy, entropy, chemical potential, chemical equilibria, gases, liquids, solids, solutions, neutron stars, and fluctuation phenomena (not necessarily in that order and subject to time constraints). 
3239 
PHYS31301 
Quantum Mechanics 
1.00 
LEC 
Branning, David 
MWF: 12:00PM12:50PM 
TBA 

NAT



Enrollment limited to 15 
Waitlist available: N 
Mode of Instruction: In Person 


Prerequisite: C or better in Physics 232L. 

A thorough study of the general formalism of quantum mechanics together with some illustrative applications, including the postulates of quantum mechanics; states, observables, and operators; measurements in quantum mechanics; the Dirac notation; simple systems: the square well, the harmonic oscillator, the hydrogen atom; approximation techniques and perturbation theory; and elements of the quantum theory of angular momentum. 
1425 
PHYS39901 
Independent Study 
1.00  2.00 
IND 
TBA 
TBA 
TBA 
Y 
NAT



Enrollment limited to 15 
Waitlist available: N 
Mode of Instruction: In Person 


Submission of the special form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and chairperson are required for enrollment. 
1408 
PHYS40501 
Senior Exercise 
0.50 
IND 
TBA 
TBA 
TBA 
Y 
NAT



Enrollment limited to 15 
Waitlist available: N 
Mode of Instruction: In Person 


This course is open only to senior Physics majors. 

This exercise is intended to familiarize students with a problem of current interest in physics, and to develop their ability to gather and interpret the information relevant to the problem. During the fall semester each senior student will meet with an assigned faculty adviser to plan an essay or research project to be completed during the year. Topics may involve any aspects of physics, including its various applications. While students may write on original research they have undertaken, they are not required to do so. This exercise is required for the physics major. 
1498 
PHYS49001 
Research Assistantship 
0.50  1.00 
IND 
TBA 
TBA 
TBA 
Y 



Enrollment limited to 15 
Waitlist available: N 
Mode of Instruction: In Person 


This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to undertake substantial research work with a faculty member. Students need to complete a special registration form, available online, and have it signed by the supervising instructor. 