Past Undergraduate Courses

This list of prior courses is representative of the types of courses the Department of Physics & Astronomy offers in its evolving curricular programming.

Fall 2016

Course #Course NameInstructorSchedule
171.101Gen Physics for Phys Sci Maj IM. SwartzTTh 10:30 - 11:45
171.102Gen Physics for Phys Sci Maj IIP. MaksimovicMWF 11:00 - 11:50
171.103Gen Physics for Bio Sci Maj IC. BroholmMWF 9:00 - 9:50
171.105Classical Mechanics ID. ReichMWF 11:00 - 11:50
171.107General Physics for Phys. Sci. MajorsR. LehenyTTh 9:00 - 10:15
171.107General Physics for Phys. Sci. MajorsR. WyseTTh 10:30 - 11:45
171.113Subatomic WorldB. BlumenfeldMWF 11:00 - 11:50
171.127The Unsolved Mysteries of the CosmosM. RahmanMWF 10:00 - 10:50
171.127The Unsolved Mysteries of the CosmosM. RahmanMWF 11:00 - 11:50
171.201Special Relativity and WavesN. ZakamskaTTh 10:30 - 11:45
171.205Introduction to Practical Data Science: Beautiful DataA. SzalayMW 1:30 - 2:45
171.207Special RelativityN. ZakamskaTTh 10:30 - 11:45
171.301Electromagnetic Theory IIA. GritsanTTh 10:30 - 11:45
171.303Quantum Mechanics IC. L. ChienMWF 9:00 - 9:50
171.310Biological PhysicsM. RobbinsMW 3:00 - 4:15
171.312Stat Phys & ThermodynamicsP. ArmitageMF 1:30 - 2:45
171.321Intro to Space Science and TechS. McCandlissTTh 12:00 - 1:15
171.333Planets, Life & the UniverseC. NormanMWF 11:00 - 11:50
171.405Condensed Matter PhysicsTBDMW 3:00 - 4:15
Spring 2016

Course # (Sections)Course NameProfessorSchedule
AS.171.101 (6)General Physics:Physical Science Major IA. GritsanMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM, Th 8:00AM - 8:50AM
AS.171.102 (10)General Physics: Physical Science Majors IIM. RobbinsTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM, F 12:00PM - 12:50PM
AS.171.104 (10)General Physics/Biology Majors IIP. ArmitageMWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM, T 10:30AM - 11:20AM
AS.171.106 (2)Electricity and Magnetism IC. BennettMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM, Th 10:30AM - 11:20AM
AS.171.108 (4)General Physics for Physical Science Majors (AL)P. MaksimovicTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM, F 8:00AM - 8:50AM
AS.173.111 (6)General Physics Laboratory IC. Chien, J. MumfordSchedule Dependant on Section
AS.173.112 (23)General Physics Laboratory IIC. Chien, J. MumfordSchedule Dependant on Section
AS.171.118Stars and the Universe: Cosmic EvolutionA. RiessMW 1:30PM - 2:45PM
AS.171.125 (2)It's not magic, it's physics: Extraordinary ExperimentsValdivia Leiva(1) W 1:30PM - 4:20PM, (2) Th 1:30PM - 4:00PM
AS.171.202Modern PhysicsA. TurnerMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM, T 1:30PM - 2:20PM
AS.171.204 (2)Classical Mechanics IIJ. KrolikTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM, F 1:30PM - 2:20PM
AS.171.304 (2)Quantum Mechanics IIO. TchernyshyovMWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM, Th 1:30PM - 2:20PM
AS.173.308 (2)Advanced Physics LaboratoryT. Marriage(1) M 1:30PM - 4:20PM, (2) M 10:00AM - 12:50PM
AS.173.312Mentoring in General Physics LaboratoryC. Chien
AS.171.309Wave Phenomena with Biophysical ApplicationD. ReichMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM, T 3:00PM - 3:50PM
AS.171.406Condensed Matter PhysicsC. BroholmMW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
AS.171.408Nuclear and Particle PhysicsB. BlumenfeldMW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
AS.171.416Numerical Methods for PhysicistsC. NormanTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
AS.171.502Undergraduate Independent ResearchStaff
AS.171.504Senior ThesisStaff
Fall 2015

Course #Course nameProfessorSchedule
AS.171.101
(10 sections)
General Physics: Physical Science Major ISwartzTTH 10:30AM - 11:45AM,
(section times vary)
AS.171.102
(6 sections)
General Physics: Physical Science Major IIMaksimovicMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM,
(section times vary)
AS.171.103
(10 sections)
General Physics I for Biological Science MajorsBroholmMWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM,
(section times vary)
AS.171.105
(2 sections)
Classical MechanicsReichMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM, Th 10:30AM - 11:20AM
AS.171.107
(4 sections)
General Physics for Physical Science Majors (AL)LehenyTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM,
(section times vary)
AS.171.113Subatomic WorldBlumenfeldMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
AS.171.131Physics and Technology in SocietyValdiviaTTh 9:00AM - 10:15AM
AS.171.201
(2 sections)
Special Relativity and WavesZakamskaTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM;
(1)Th 1:30PM - 3:00PM
(2)Th 3:00PM - 4:30PM
AS.171.205Introduction to Practical Data Science: Beautiful DataSzalayMW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
AS.171.207
(2 Sections)
Special RelativityZakamskaTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM;
(1)Th 1:30PM - 3:00PM
(2)Th 3:00PM - 4:30PM
AS.171.301
(2 sections)
Electromagnetic Theory IIGritsanTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM;
(1) F 10:00AM - 10:50AM
(2) Th 1:30PM - 2:20PM
AS.171.303Quantum Mechanics IChienMWF 9:00AM - 9:50AM, T 1:30PM - 2:20PM
AS.171.310Biological Physics Click here for SyllabusRobbinsMW 3:00PM - 4:15PM, F 3:00PM - 3:50PM
AS.171.312Statistical Physics/
Thermodynamics
ArmitageMF 1:30PM - 2:45PM, W 1:30PM - 2:20PM
AS.171.321Introduction to Space, Science, and TechnologyMcCandlissTTh 12:00PM - 1:15PM
AS.171.333Planets, Life and the UniverseNormanMWF 11:00AM - 11:50AM
AS.171.405Condensed Matter PhysicsTurnerMW 3:00PM - 4:15PM
AS.171.410Physical CosmologyBennettTTh 10:30AM - 11:45AM
AS.171.501Independent Research: UndergraduatesValdivia
AS.171.503Senior Thesis
AS.172.203Contemporary Physics SeminarDrichkoT 1:30PM - 2:20PM
AS.173.111
(24 sections)
General Physics
Laboratory I
Chien(lab times dependent
upon section)
AS.173.112
(6 sections)
General Physics
Laboratory II
Chien(lab times dependent
upon section)
AS.173.115
Classical Mechanics
Laboratory
ChienM 6:00PM - 8:50PM
AS.173.125 Understanding the World Through PhysicsValdiviaW 1:30PM - 4:20PM
AS.173.311Mentoring in General Physics Laboratory
Chien(Approval Required)
Spring 2015

Course Sites and Syllabi: Spring 2015

  • 171.101 General Physics for Physical Science Majors I (Gritsan)
  • 171.102 General Physics for Physical Science Majors II (Broholm) [Course on Blackboard]
  • 171.104 General Physics for Biological Science Majors II (Armitage)
  • 171.106 Electricity & Magnetism I [Course on Blackboard] 171.106 Syllabus (Robbins)
  • 171.108 General Physics for Physical Science Majors (AL) [Course on Blackboard] (Maksimovic)
  • 173.111 General Physics Lab I (Swartz)
  • 173.112 General Physics Lab II (Swartz)
  • 173.116 Electricity and Magnetism Lab (Swartz)
  • 171.118 Stars and the Universe (Riess)
  • 171.202 Modern Physics (Chien)
  • 171.204 Classical Mechanics II (Krolik)
  • 171.304 Quantum Mechanics II (Tchernyshyov)
  • 173.308 Advanced Physics Lab (Marriage)
  • 171.410 Physical Cosmology (Bennett)
  • 171.411 Light and Optics (Ménard)
  • 171.416 Numerical Methods for Physicists (Norman)
  • 171.472 Introduction to Plasma Physics & Atomic Processes in Hot Plasma (Finkenthal)
Fall 2014

Spring 2014