Engineering Physics

Undergraduate Program Information

The Engineering Physics program is offered jointly by the Department of Physics and the College of Engineering. The faculty is drawn from the Departments of Physics, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.

Professor, Stefan Zollner, Department Head

Professor, Heinz Nakotte, Engineering Physics Program Head

PHYS 110G. The Great Ideas of Physics

4 Credits (3+3P)

Conceptual, quantitative, and laboratory treatments of the great ideas and discoveries that have influenced lives and changed perceptions of nature, from Johannes Kepler's laws of planetary motion and Isaac Newton's and Albert Einstein's laws of motion and gravity to the modern concepts of the quantal structure of nature and the big bang universe.

PHYS 120G. Introduction to Acoustics

4 Credits (3+2P)

Lecture, demonstration, and laboratory treatment of the general properties of waves, the production, transmission, and reception of sound waves, including musical and vocal sounds, and characteristics of the human ear and several kinds of sources.

PHYS 150. Elementary Computational Physics

3 Credits (2+2P)

Introduction to computational techniques for the solution of physics-related problems.

Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in MATH 121G.

PHYS 203. Supplemental Instruction to PHYS 213

0.5-1 Credits (.5-1)

Optional workshop as a supplement to PHYS 213. The tutorial sessions focus on reasoning and hands-on problem solving. May be repeated up to 1 credits.

Corequisite(s): PHYS 213.

PHYS 204. Supplemental Instruction to PHYS 214

0.5-1 Credits (.5-1)

Optional workshop as a supplement to PHYS 214. The tutorial sessions focus on reasoning and hands-on problem solving. May be repeated up to 1 credits.

Corequisite(s): PHYS 214.

PHYS 205. Supplemental Instruction to PHYS 215G

0.5-1 Credits (.5-1)

Optional workshop as a supplement to PHYS 215G. The tutorial sessions focus on reasoning and hands-on problem solving. May be repeated up to 1 credits.

Corequisite(s): PHYS 215G.

PHYS 206. Supplemental Instruction to PHYS 216G

0.5-1 Credits (.5-1)

Optional workshop as a supplement to PHYS 216G. The tutorial sessions focus on reasoning and hands-on problem solving. May be repeated up to 1 credits.

Corequisite(s): PHYS 216G.

PHYS 211G. General Physics I

3 Credits

Non-calculus treatment of mechanics, waves, sound, and heat. Knowledge of simple algebra and trigonometry is required.

PHYS 211GL. General Physics I Laboratory

1 Credit

Laboratory experiments in topics associated with material presented in PHYS 211G.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PHYS 211G.

PHYS 212G. General Physics II

3 Credits

Non-calculus treatment of electricity, magnetism, and light.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 211G or PHYS 221G.

PHYS 212GL. General Physics II Laboratory

1 Credit

Laboratory experiments in topics associated with material presented in PHYS 212G.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PHYS 212G.

PHYS 213. Mechanics

3 Credits

Newtonian mechanics. Pre/

Corequisite(s): MATH 191G.

PHYS 213 L. Experimental Mechanics

1 Credit

Laboratory experiments associated with the material presented in PHYS 213. Science majors. Pre/

Corequisite(s): PHYS 213.

PHYS 214. Electricity and Magnetism

3 Credits

Charges and matter, the electric field, Gauss law, the electric potential, the magnetic field, Ampere's law, Faraday's law, electric circuits, alternating currents, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MATH 192G. Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in PHYS 213 or PHYS 215G.

PHYS 214 L. Electricity and Magnetism Laboratory

1 Credit

Laboratory experiments associated with the material presented in PHYS 214.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PHYS 214. Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in PHYS 213L or PHYS 215GL.

PHYS 215G. Engineering Physics I

3 Credits

Calculus-level treatment of kinematics, work and energy, particle dynamics, conservation principles, simple harmonic motion. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in MATH 191G.

PHYS 215GL. Engineering Physics I Laboratory

1 Credit

Laboratory experiments associated with the material presented in PHYS 215G. Students wishing to use the PHYS 215G-216G sequence to satisfy the basic natural science general education requirement must register for either PHYS 215GL or PHYS 216GL. Pre/

Corequisite(s): PHYS 215G.

PHYS 216G. Engineering Physics II

3 Credits

A calculus-level treatment of topics in electricity, magnetism, and optics. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in PHYS 213 or PHYS 215G and MATH 192G.

PHYS 216GL. Engineering Physics II Laboratory

1 Credit

Laboratory experiments associated with the material presented in PHYS 216G.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PHYS 216G. Prerequisite(s): A C- or better in PHYS 213L or PHYS 215GL.

PHYS 217. Heat, Light, and Sound

3 Credits

Calculus-level treatment of thermodynamics, geometrical and physical optics, and sound. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in PHYS 213 or PHYS 215G.

PHYS 217 L. Experimental Heat, Light and Sound

1 Credit

Laboratory experiments associated with the material presented in PHYS 217. Science majors.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PHYS 217. Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in PHYS 213L or PHYS 215GL.

PHYS 221G. General Physics for Life Sciences I

3 Credits

This algebra-based introduction to general physics covers mechanics, waves, sound, and heat. Special emphasis is given to applications in the life sciences. This course is recommended for students in the life sciences and those preparing for the physics part of the MCAT.

Prerequisites: a C or better in MATH 120 or higher.

PHYS 221GL. Laboratory to General Physics for Life Science I

1 Credit

Laboratory experiments in topics associated with material presented in PHYS 221G.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PHYS 221G. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

PHYS 222G. General Physics for Life Sciences II

3 Credits

This algebra-based course covers electricity, magnetism, light, atomic physics, and radioactivity. Special emphasis is given to applications in the life sciences This course is recommended for students in the life sciences and those preparing for the physics part of the MCAT.

Prerequisite: PHYS 211G or PHYS 221G.

PHYS 222GL. Laboratory to General Physics for Life Sciences II

1 Credit

Laboratory experiments in topics associated with material presented in PHYS 222G.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PHYS 222G. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

PHYS 223. Supplemental Instruction to PHYS 221

1 Credit

This optional workshop supplements Physics for Life Sciences I. The tutorial sessions focus on reasoning and hands-on problem solving.

Corequisite(s): PHYS 221G.

PHYS 224. Supplemental Instruction to PHYS 222

1 Credit

This optional workshop is a supplement to Physics for Life Science II. The tutorial sessions focus on reasoning and hands-on problem solving.

Corequisite(s): PHYS 222G.

PHYS 280. Independent Study

1-3 Credits

Individual analytical or laboratory studies directed by a faculty member. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

PHYS 290. Special Topics

1-3 Credits

Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

PHYS 303V. Energy and Society in the New Millennium

3 Credits

Traditional and alternative sources of energy. Contemporary areas of concern such as the state of depletion of fossil fuels; nuclear energy, solar energy, and other energy sources; environmental effects; nuclear weapons; and health effects of radiation. Discussion of physical principles and impact on society. Focus on scientific questions involved in making decisions in these areas. No physics background required.

PHYS 304. Forensic Physics

4 Credits (3+3P)

Theories, laboratory, and field techniques in the area of forensic physics.

PHYS 305V. The Search for Water in the Solar System

3 Credits

Examines the formation, abundance and ubiquity of water in our Solar System stemming from comets, Martian and Lunar poles, Earth's interior and into the outer reaches of the Solar System. Topics will include nuclear synthesis, Solar System formation, remote sensing, as well as past, present and future NASA missions for water.

PHYS 315. Modern Physics

3 Credits

An introduction to relativity and quantum mechanics, with applications to atoms molecules, solids, nuclei, and elementary particles. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in MATH 291 and PHYS 214 or PHYS 216G.

PHYS 315 L. Experimental Modern Physics

3 Credits (1+6P)

Elementary laboratory in modern physics which supports the subject matter in PHYS 315. Required for physics majors. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PHYS 315. Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in PHYS 214L or 216GL.

PHYS 350. Special Topics

1-3 Credits

Lectures, demonstrations, and discussions on such topics as lasers and holography, energy sources, clouds, and biophysics. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits under different subtitles.

PHYS 380. Individual Study

1-3 Credits

Individual analytical or laboratory studies directed by a faculty member. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

PHYS 395. Intermediate Mathematical Methods of Physics

3 Credits

Introduction to the mathematics used in intermediate-level physics courses. Topics include vector calculus, curvilinear coordinates, matrices, linear algebra, function spaces, partial differential equations, and special functions. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MATH 392. Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in MATH 291G.

PHYS 400. Undergraduate Research

1-3 Credits

May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

PHYS 420. Capstone Project I

3 Credits

Application of engineering physics principles to a significant design project. Includes teamwork, written and oral communication and realistic technical, economic and public safety requirements.

PHYS 421. Capstone Project II

3 Credits

Continuation of PHYS 420.

PHYS 450. Selected Topics

1-3 Credits

Readings, lectures or laboratory studies in selected areas of physics. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

PHYS 451. Intermediate Mechanics I

3 Credits

Vector calculus, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of Newtonian mechanics. Topics include central force motion, dynamics of rockets and space vehicles, rigid body motion, noninertial reference frames, oscillating systems, relativistic mechanics, classical scattering, and fluid mechanics. Pre/

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 213 or PHYS 215G, and MATH 291G.

Corequisite(s): MATH 392.

PHYS 454. Intermediate Modern Physics I

3 Credits

Introduction to quantum mechanics, focusing on the role of angular momentum and symmetries, with application to many atomic and subatomic systems. Specific topics include intrinsic spin, matrix representation of wave functions and observables, time evolution, and motion in one dimension. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MATH 392 and PHYS 395. Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in PHYS 315.

PHYS 455. Intermediate Modern Physics II

3 Credits

Continuation of subject matter of PHYS 454. Specific topics include rotation and translation in three dimensions, solution of central potential problems, perturbation theory, physics of identical particles, scattering theory, and the interaction between photons and atoms. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in PHYS 454.

PHYS 461. Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism I

3 Credits

The first part of a two-course sequence in classical electrodynamics. Covered topics include static electric and magnetic fields, Laplace's and Poisson's equations, electromagnetic work and energy, Lorentz force, Gauss's, Biot-Savart, and Ampere's laws, Maxwell's equations, as well as electric and magnetic fields in matter. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): MATH 392 and PHYS 395. Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in PHYS 214 or PHYS 216G or equivalent and a C- or better in MATH 291G.

PHYS 462. Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II

3 Credits

Continuation of subject matter of PHYS 461. Covered topics include Maxwell's equations and their applications, electromagnetic waves, reflection, refraction, dispersion, radiating systems, interference and diffraction, as well as Lorentz transformations and relativistic electrodynamics. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in PHYS 461.

PHYS 467. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

3 Credits

See CHME 467. Crosslisted with: CHME 467. ).

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 112 and (PHYS 211 or PHYS 215) and (EH&S Safety training to include the courses: (1) Employee & Hazard Communication Safety (HazCom); (2) Hazardous Waste Management; and (3) Laboratory Standard.

PHYS 468. Intermediate X-ray Diffraction

3 Credits

Introduction to x-ray diffraction and reflectivity spectra. Topics include X-ray sources and detectors, atomic spectra, characteristic x-rays, thermionic emission, synchrotron radiation, instrument components, and beam conditioners. Crosslisted with: CHME 488.

Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in PHYS 315 and PHYS 315L.

PHYS 471. Modern Experimental Optics

3 Credits (1+6P)

Advanced laboratory experiments in optics related to the material presented in PHYS 473.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 315 and PHYS 315L.

PHYS 473. Introduction to Optics

3 Credits

The nature of light, Geometrical optics, basic optical instruments, wave optics, aberrations, polarization, and diffraction. Elements of optical radiometry, lasers and fiber optics. Crosslisted with: E E 473

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 216G or PHYS 217.

PHYS 475. Advanced Physics Laboratory

1-3 Credits (1+6P)

Advanced undergraduate laboratory involving experiments in atomic, molecular, nuclear, and condensed-matter physics. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

Prerequisite(s): a C- or better in PHYS 315 and 315L.

PHYS 476. Computational Physics

3 Credits

An introduction to finite difference methods, Fourier expansions, Fourier integrals, solution of differential equations, Monte Carlo calculations, and application to advanced physics problems.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 150 or equivalent and MATH 392.

PHYS 477. Fiber Optic Communication Systems

4 Credits (3+3P)

See E E 477 Crosslisted with: E E477.

Prerequisite(s): C- or better in E E 315 or PHYS 461.

PHYS 478. Fundamentals of Photonics

4 Credits (3+3P)

See E E 478. Crosslisted with: E E478.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 216G or PHYS 217.

PHYS 479. Lasers and Applications

4 Credits (3+3P)

See E E479 Crosslisted with: E E479.

Prerequisite(s): C- or better in E E 315 or PHYS 461.

PHYS 480. Thermodynamics

3 Credits

Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Basic concepts of temperature, heat, entropy, equilibrium, reversible and irreversible processes. Applications to solids, liquids, and gases.

Prerequisites: PHYS 217, PHYS 315 and MATH 291G.

PHYS 485. Independent Study

1-3 Credits

Individual analytical or laboratory studies directed by a faculty member. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

PHYS 488. Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics

3 Credits

Crystal structure, X-ray diffraction, energy band theory, phonons, cohesive energy, conductivities, specific heats, p-n junctions, defects, surfaces, and magnetic, optical, and low-temperature properties.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 315.

PHYS 489. Introduction to Modern Materials

3 Credits

Structure and mechanical, thermal, electric, and magnetic properties of materials. Modern experimental techniques for the study of material properties.

Prerequisite: PHYS 315.

PHYS 491. High Energy Physics I

3 Credits

Particle detectors, accelerators, and experimental techniques. Fundamental particles and interactions. Symmetries in particle physics. Quark model of hadrons. Electroweak theory. Strong interactions and QCD. Nuclear interactions at high energies. Grand unification. Super symmetry.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 455.

PHYS 493. Experimental Nuclear Physics

3 Credits (1+6P)

Selected experimental investigations in nuclear physics such as measurement of radioactivity, absorption of radiation, nuclear spectrometry.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 315 and PHYS 315L.

PHYS 495. Mathematical Methods of Physics I

3 Credits

Applications of mathematics to experimental and theoretical physics. Topics selected from: complex variables; special functions; numerical analysis; Fourier series and transforms, Laplace transforms.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 392 and PHYS 395.

PHYS 497. Introduction to Space Plasma Physics

3 Credits

Properties of plasmas, especially those in the heliosphere such as the solar wind, planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres, cosmic rays, and the Sun. Topics include both independent-particle and fluid descriptions of plasmas such as magnetohydrodynamics, the solar cycle and solar flares, planetary magnetic substorms and aurorae, Van Allen radiation belts, shocks in the solar wind, and wave propagation in plasmas.

Prerequisite(s): (PHYS 461 or E E 351) and MATH 392.

PHYS 500. Special Topics Seminar

1-2 Credits

Treatment of topics not covered by regular courses. Graded S/U. May be repeated.

PHYS 511. Mathematical Methods of Physics I

3 Credits

Same as PHYS 495. Additional work required at a more advanced level.

PHYS 520. Selected Topics

1-3 Credits

Formal treatment of graduate-level topics not covered in regular courses. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor, and selection of a specific topic prior to registration.

PHYS 521. Individual Study

1-3 Credits

Individual analytical or laboratory studies directed by a faculty member. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of instructor, and selection of a specific topic prior to registration.

PHYS 527. Fiber Optic Communication Systems

4 Credits (3+3P)

Same as E E 527 Crosslisted with: E E 527

PHYS 528. Fundamentals of Photonics

4 Credits (3+3P)

Same as E E 528. Crosslisted with: E E528.

PHYS 529. Lasers and Applications

4 Credits (3+3P)

Same as E E 529 Crosslisted with: E E 529

PHYS 551. Classical Mechanics

3 Credits

Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation of dynamics. Advanced treatments of most topics listed under PHYS 451, plus canonical transformations and Hamilton-Jacobi theory. PHYS 451 strongly recommended.

PHYS 554. Quantum Mechanics I

3 Credits

Wave function, indeterminacy, classical limit. Schrodinger equation. Atomic and nuclear systems. Angular momentum, intrinsic spin, identical particles. Scattering theory. Mathematical formalism, symmetry and conserved quantities. Perturbation theory. Dirac theory, introduction to quantized fields. PHYS 451 and PHYS 454 strongly recommended.

PHYS 555. Quantum Mechanics II

3 Credits

Continuation of topics in PHYS 554.

Prerequisites: PHYS 554 or consent of instructor.

PHYS 561. Electromagnetic Theory I

3 Credits

Detailed advanced treatments of most topics listed under PHYS 461, PHYS 462, plus multipole radiation, collisions of charged particles and bremsstrahlung, scattering, and radiation reaction. PHYS 461 and PHYS 462 strongly recommended.

PHYS 562. Electromagnetic Theory II

3 Credits

Continuation of topics in PHYS 561.

Prerequisites: PHYS 561 or consent of instructor.

PHYS 567. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

3 Credits

See CHME 567. Crosslisted with: CHME 567.

PHYS 568. Elements of X-ray Diffraction

3 Credits

Same as PHYS 468, but additional work required. Crosslisted with: CHME 588.

PHYS 571. Advanced Experimental Optics

3 Credits

Taught with PHYS 471 with additional work required at the graduate level. Consent of Instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 473 or PHYS 562.

PHYS 575. Advanced Physics Laboratory

1-3 Credits (1+6P)

Selected experiments in atomic, molecular, nuclear and condensed-matter physics.

PHYS 576. Advanced Computational Physics I

3 Credits

Advanced treatment of topics listed under PHYS 476, plus additional required work. Applications of numerical methods to complex physical systems. Recommended knowledge of Fortran or C, and MATH 377 or MATH 392. Same as PHYS 476, but additional work required.

PHYS 577. Fourier Methods in Electro-Optics

3 Credits

Same as E E 577 Crosslisted with: E E 577

PHYS 578. Optical System Design

3 Credits

See E E 578. Crosslisted with: E E 578

PHYS 584. Statistical Mechanics

3 Credits

Thermodynamics review. Probability, entropy, equilibrium. Canonical and grand canonical ensembles. Classical and quantum statistics. Degenerate and classical gases. Application to the equilibrium properties of solids, liquids, and gases. Kinetic theory and transport processes.

PHYS 588. Condensed Matter Physics

3 Credits

Same as PHYS 488, but additional work required.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 554 or consent of instructor.

PHYS 589. Modern Materials

3 Credits

Same as PHYS 489 with differentiated assignments for graduate students.

Prerequisite: PHYS 554 or consent of instructor.

PHYS 591. Advanced High-Energy Physics I

3 Credits

Taught with PHYS 491 with additional work required at the graduate level.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 555 or consent of instructor.

PHYS 592. Advanced High-Energy Physics II

3 Credits

Continuation of topics in PHYS 591

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 591.

PHYS 593. Advanced Experimental Nuclear Physics

3 Credits (1+6P)

Advanced experimental investigation of topics such as measurement of radioactivity, absorption of radiation, and nuclear spectrometry.

PHYS 597. Space Plasma Physics

3 Credits

Same as PHYS 497 but with added requirements.

PHYS 599. Master's Thesis

15 Credits

Thesis.

PHYS 600. Research

1-15 Credits

Doctoral research. May be repeated.

PHYS 620. Advanced Topics in Physics

1-3 Credits

Advanced formal treatment of topics not covered in regular courses. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

PHYS 650. General Relativity I

3 Credits

Basic foundations and principles of general relativity, derivation of the Einstein field equations and their consequences, the linearized theory, the Bel-Petrov classification of the curvature tensor, derivation of the Schwarzschild solution and the four basic tests of general relativity.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 511 or PHYS 561 or consent of instructor.

PHYS 680. Independent Study

1-3 Credits

Individual analytical or laboratory studies directed by a faculty member. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: graduate standing or consent of instructor.

PHYS 688. Advanced Condensed Matter Physics

3 Credits

Continuation of the advanced condensed matter physics presented in PHYS 588. Topics include electronic structure methods, optical, magnetic, and transport properties of solids, semiconductors, crystalline defects, nanostructures, and noncrystalline solids. PHYS 588 strongly recommended.

PHYS 689. Advanced Modern Materials

3 Credits

Advanced topics in the physics of modern materials, such as crystalline, amorphous, polymeric, nanocrystalline, layered, and composite materials and their surfaces and interfaces.

Prerequisites: PHYS 555, PHYS 588, or consent of instructor.

PHYS 691. Quantum Field Theory I

3 Credits

Path integrals, gauge invariance, relativistic quantum mechanics, canonical quantization, relativistic quantum field theory, introduction to QED.

Prerequisites: PHYS 555 and PHYS 562, or consent of instructor.

PHYS 692. Quantum Field Theory II

3 Credits

QED, running coupling constant, QCD, electroweak theory, asymptotic freedom, deep inelastic scattering, basic QCD phenomenology, path integrals in quantum field theory, lattice QCD.

Prerequisite: PHYS 691 or consent of instructor.

PHYS 700. Doctoral Dissertation

15 Credits

Dissertation.

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