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Physics Core
A physics major must satisfactorily complete the following courses: Physics 51, 52, 54, 64, 111, 116, 133, 134, 151, 195 (taken four times), and Mathematics 82. In addition, a physics major must satisfactorily complete the courses in the standard program or in one of the Physics options. A final oral and written report of completed research, Clinic, or independent project work is required for all physics majors. The Physics 195 Colloquium requirement is waived for any semester during which a student is away on a study abroad program.

MATH082 HM Differential Equations
Credits: 3
Instructor: Staff
Offered: Fall
Description: Modeling physical systems, firstorder ordinary differential equations, existence, uniqueness, and longterm behavior of solutions; bifurcations; approximate solutions; secondorder ordinary differential equations and their properties, applications; firstorder systems of ordinary differential equations. Applications to linear systems of ordinary differential equations, matrix exponential; nonlinear systems of differential equations; equilibrium points and their stability. Additional topics.
Prerequisites: (MATH019 HM and MATH073 HM) or equivalent

PHYS051 HM Electromagnetic Theory and Optics
Credits: 3
Instructors: Breznay, Gerbode, Tamayo
Offered: Fall
Description: An introduction to electricity and magnetism leading to Maxwell’s electromagnetic equations in differential and integral form. Selected topics in classical and quantum optics.
Prerequisites: PHYS023 HM and PHYS024 HM
Corequisites: MATH082 HM or MATH056 HM

PHYS052 HM Quantum Physics
Credits: 3
Instructor: Staff
Offered: Spring
Description: The development and formulation of quantum mechanics, and the application of quantum mechanics to topics in atomic, solid state, nuclear, and particle physics.
Prerequisites: PHYS051 HM and MATH082 HM

PHYS054 HM Modern Physics Laboratory
Credit: 1
Instructors: Eckert, Staff
Offered: Spring
Description: Classical experiments of modern physics, including thermal radiation and Rutherford scattering. Nuclear physics experiments, including alpha, beta and gamma absorption, and gamma spectra by pulse height analysis. Analysis of the buildup and decay of radioactive nuclei.
Corequisites: PHYS050 HM and PHYS052 HM

PHYS064 HM Mathematical and Computational Methods for Physicists
Credits: 3
Instructor: Staff
Offered: Spring
Description: This course combines mathematical and computational methods that are useful for studying physical systems. Topics include: Linear algebra, Hilbert spaces, the eigenvalue problem and numerical algorithms for solving problems in linear algebra, including various modes of decomposition; Fourier series and transforms, convolution, correlation and numerical methods using fast Fourier transforms; computer simulation methods based on integrating coupled differential equations and also using pseudorandom numbers, including Monte Carlo methods; partial differential equations, separation of variables, Laplace and Poisson equations in various dimensions, the wave equation, and numerical approaches to solution.
Prerequisites: (CSCI005 HM or CSCI042 HM) and MATH082 HM

PHYS111 HM Theoretical Mechanics
Credits: 3
Instructor: Tamayo
Offered: Fall
Description: The application of mathematical methods to the study of particles and of systems of particles; Newton, Lagrange, and Hamilton equations of motion; conservation theorems; central force motion, collisions, damped oscillators, rigid body dynamics, systems with constraints, variational methods.
Prerequisites: PHYS023 HM, PHYS024 HM, and (MATH082 HM or PHYS064 HM)

PHYS116 HM Quantum Mechanics
Credits: 3
Instructor: Gerbode
Offered: Spring
Description: The elements of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. Topics include the general formalism, onedimensional and threedimensional problems, angular momentum states, perturbation theory and identical particles. Applications to atomic and nuclear systems.
Prerequisites: PHYS052 HM

PHYS133 HM Electronics Laboratory
Credit: 1
Instructors: Gallicchio, Staff
Offered: Fall
Description: An intermediate laboratory in electronics involving the construction and analysis of rectifiers, filters, transistor and operational amplifier circuits.
Prerequisites: PHYS054 HM

PHYS134 HM Optics Laboratory
Credits: 2
Instructor: Staff
Offered: Spring
Description: A laboratorylecture course on the techniques and theory of classical and modern optics. Topics of study include diffraction, interferometry, Fourier transform spectroscopy, grating spectroscopy, lasers, quantum mechanics and quantum optics, coherence of waves and leastsquares fitting of data.
Prerequisites: PHYS051 HM and PHYS054 HM

PHYS151 HM Electromagnetic Fields
Credits: 3
Instructor: Sahakian
Offered: Fall
Description: The theory of static and dynamic electromagnetic fields. Topics include multipole fields, Laplace’s equation, the propagation of electromagnetic waves, radiation phenomena and the interaction of the electromagnetic field with matter.
Prerequisites: PHYS051 HM and (PHYS111 HM or PHYS116 HM) and (MATH180 HM or PHYS064 HM)

PHYS195 HM Physics Colloquium (taken four times)
Credit: 0.5
Instructor: Staff
Offered: Fall and spring
Description: Oral presentations and discussions of selected topics, including recent developments. Participants include physics majors, faculty members, and visiting speakers. Required for all junior and senior physics majors. No more than 2.0 credits can be earned for departmental seminars/colloquia.
Astrophysics Option

ASTR062 HM Introduction to Astrophysics
Credits: 3
Instructors: Esin, Tamayo
Offered: Spring
Description: A general survey of modern astrophysics. Topics covered include electromagnetic radiation, gravitation, stellar structure and evolution, the interstellar medium and the birth of stars, supernovae and the death of stars (including the physics of neutron stars and black holes), synthesis of the elements, and the formation, structure and evolution of galaxies and of the universe. Offered jointly with Pomona and Joint Sciences.
Prerequisites: PHYS051 HM

PHYS117 HM Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics
Credits: 3
Instructors: Esin, Saeta
Description: Classical and quantum statistical mechanics, including their connection with thermodynamics. Kinetic theory of gases. Applications of these concepts to various physical systems.
Prerequisites: PHYS052 HM
 Two astronomy or physics half courses
AND

PHYS181 HM Advanced Laboratory
Credits: 2
Instructor: Breznay
Offered: Fall
Description: Experiments are selected from the fields of nuclear and solidstate physics, biophysics, quantum mechanics and quantum optics, and atomic, molecular and optical physics. Fasttime coincidence instrumentation and photoncounting detectors are employed, as well as an Xray machine and a UV/VIS/ NIR spectrophotometer.
Prerequisites: PHYS134 HM
OR

ASTR101 HM Observational Astronomy
Credits: 3
Instructor: Staff
Offered: Fall
Description: Complete survey of the techniques of observational astronomy, including optical, infrared, radio and Xray astronomy. Four to six observational projects, including observations using The Claremont Colleges Table Mountain Observatory, plus computer projects analyzing radio and infrared data. Observational techniques used include CCD photometry, stellar spectroscopy, radio interferometry and analysis of infrared satellite data. In addition to observational techniques, the course will also cover the physics of basic emission mechanisms at the various wavelengths. Offered jointly with Pomona and Joint Sciences.
Prerequisites: ASTR062 HM
AND
4 to 6 credits of Physics Thesis:

PHYS199 HM Senior Thesis in Physics
Credits: 13
Instructor: Staff
Offered: Fall and spring
Description: Original experimental or theoretical investigations in physics undertaken in consultation with a faculty member. Projects may be initiated by the student or by a faculty member. Present faculty research areas include astrophysics, biophysics, optics, solidstate and lowtemperature physics, general relativity, quantum mechanics, particle physics, geophysics, and soft matter physics. Students are responsible for an oral presentation on progress and plans in the first half of the thesis research.
Prerequisites: Permission of department. Senior standing.