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This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

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Fall 2016

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
PHYS B101-001 Introductory Physics I Semester / 1 Post Bacc Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Park 243 McCormack,E.
PHYS B101-002 Introductory Physics I Semester / 1 Undergraduate Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Park 243 Cheng,X.
PHYS B101-00A Introductory Physics I Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:40 PM- 3:30 PM M Park 234 Department staff,T., Matlin,M.
PHYS B101-00B Introductory Physics I Semester / 1 Laboratory: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM M Park 234 Department staff,T., Matlin,M.
PHYS B101-00C Introductory Physics I Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 3:00 PM T Park 234 Department staff,T., Matlin,M.
PHYS B101-00D Introductory Physics I Semester / 1 Laboratory: 3:40 PM- 5:30 PM T Park 234 Department staff,T., Matlin,M.
PHYS B101-00E Introductory Physics I Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 3:00 PM W Park 234 Department staff,T., Matlin,M.
PHYS B101-00F Introductory Physics I Semester / 1 Laboratory: 3:40 PM- 5:30 PM TH Park 234 Department staff,T., Matlin,M.
PHYS B121-001 Modern Physics Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Park 243 Daniel,K., Schulz,M.
PHYS B121-00H Modern Physics Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM TH Park 154 Beckmann,P., Cheng,X.
PHYS B121-00J Modern Physics Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM F Park 154 Beckmann,P.
PHYS B121-00Z Modern Physics Semester / 1
PHYS B201-001 Electromagnetism Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Park 337 Schaffner,D.
PHYS B201-00A Electromagnetism Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Park 241 Schaffner,D.
PHYS B303-001 Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Park 336 Daniel,K., Schulz,M.
PHYS B306-001 Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWF Park 337 Schulz,M.
PHYS B324-001 Optics Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Park 337 Noel,M.
PHYS B398-001 Senior Seminar Semester / 0.5 Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM M Park 337 Dept. staff, TBA
PHYS B403-001 Supervised Research Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
PHYS B403-001 Supervised Research Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
PHYS B503-001 Electromagnetic Theory I Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Park 336 Matlin,M.
PHYS B701-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Beckmann,P., Matlin,M., Noel,M., Schulz,M.
GEOL B260-001 Origin Stories: From the Big Bang to Mother Earth Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:55 PM- 2:15 PM TTH Park 337 Schulz,M., Weil,A.
MATH B101-001 Calculus I Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Park 338 Sudparid,D.
MATH B101-002 Calculus I Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Park 349 Myers,A.
MATH B101-003 Calculus I Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Park 349 Myers,A.
MATH B102-001 Calculus II Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Park 338 Kasius,P.
MATH B102-002 Calculus II Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTH Park 338 Kasius,P.
MATH B201-001 Multivariable Calculus Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Park 338 Milicevic,D.
MATH B201-002 Multivariable Calculus Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWF Park 338 Myers,A.

Spring 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
PHYS B102-001 Introductory Physics II Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Park 243 Beckmann,P.
PHYS B102-002 Introductory Physics II Semester / 1 Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWF Park 243 Schaffner,D.
PHYS B102-00A Introductory Physics II Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:40 PM- 3:30 PM M Park 234 Department staff,T., Matlin,M.
PHYS B102-00B Introductory Physics II Semester / 1 Laboratory: 4:10 PM- 6:00 PM M Park 234 Department staff,T., Matlin,M.
PHYS B102-00C Introductory Physics II Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 3:00 PM T Park 234 Department staff,T., Matlin,M.
PHYS B102-00D Introductory Physics II Semester / 1 Laboratory: 3:40 PM- 5:30 PM T Park 234 Department staff,T., Matlin,M.
PHYS B102-00E Introductory Physics II Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 3:00 PM W Park 234 Department staff,T., Matlin,M.
PHYS B102-00F Introductory Physics II Semester / 1 Laboratory: 3:40 PM- 5:30 PM TH Park 234 Department staff,T., Matlin,M.
PHYS B122-001 Classical Mechanics Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Park 243 Matlin,M.
PHYS B122-00H Classical Mechanics Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 3:00 PM TH Park 234 Department staff,T., Matlin,M.
PHYS B122-00J Classical Mechanics Semester / 1 Laboratory: 1:10 PM- 3:00 PM F Park 234 Department staff,T., Matlin,M.
PHYS B214-001 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Park 337 Daniel,K.
Lab: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM T Park 264
PHYS B309-001 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTH Park 337 McCormack,E.
PHYS B325-001 Advanced Theoretical Physics Semester / 1 Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWF Park 337 Schulz,M.
PHYS B331-001 Advanced Experimental Physics Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 4:00 PM MW Park 241 Cheng,X.
PHYS B403-001 Supervised Research Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
PHYS B403-001 Supervised Research Semester / 1 Dept. staff, TBA
PHYS B504-001 Electromagnetic Theory II Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Schulz,M.
PHYS B701-001 Supervised Work Semester / 1 Lecture: Date/Time TBA Beckmann,P., Matlin,M., Noel,M., Schulz,M.
MATH B102-001 Calculus II Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Park 338 Myers,A.
MATH B102-002 Calculus II Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWF Park 338 Myers,A.
MATH B203-001 Linear Algebra Semester / 1 Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWF Park 349 Donnay,V.
MATH B203-002 Linear Algebra Semester / 1 Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWF Park 349 Kasius,P.
MATH B203-003 Linear Algebra Semester / 1 Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MW Park 349 Kasius,P.

Fall 2017

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

Physics and Astronomy Courses at Haverford

Fall 2014

COURSE TITLE MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
Physics H308A-001 Mechanics of Discrete and Continuous Systems MWF 9:30AM - 10:30AM HLS 108 Smith, W.
Physics H326A-001 Advanced Physics Laboratory MF 1:15PM - 4:00PM HLS 106 Smith, W.
Astronomy H205A-001 Introduction to Astrophysics I TTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM OBS Narayanan,D
Astronomy H341A-001 Advanced Topics: Observational Astronomy M 7:00PM - 9:30PM OBS Willman, B.

Spring 2015

COURSE TITLE MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTRUCTOR(S)
Physics H302-001 Advanced Quantum Mechanics TTh 8:30-10:00   Love, P.
Physics H335-001 Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics       TTh 2:30-4:00 Ochoa, J.
Astronomy H206-001 Introduction to Astrophysics II TTh 10:00-11:30 TBD Willman, B.
Astronomy H343-001 Advanced Topics: Stellar Structure and Evolution TTh 2:30-4:00 TBD Desika N

2016-17 Catalog Data

PHYS B101 Introductory Physics I Fall 2016 PHYS 101/102 is an introductory sequence intended primarily for students on the pre-health professions track. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of how we study the universe, the ideas that have arisen from that study, and on problem solving. Topics are taken from among Newtonian kinematics and dynamics, relativity, gravitation, fluid mechanics, waves and sound, electricity and magnetism, electrical circuits, light and optics, quantum mechanics, and atomic and nuclear physics. An effective and usable understanding of algebra and trigonometry is assumed. First year students who will take or place out of MATH 101 should take PHYS 121. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PHYS B102 Introductory Physics II Spring 2017 PHYS 101/102 is an introductory sequence intended primarily for students on the pre-health professions track. Emphasis is on developing an understanding of how we study the universe, the ideas that have arisen from that study, and on problem solving. Topics are taken from among Newtonian kinematics and dynamics, relativity, gravitation, fluid mechanics, waves and sound, electricity and magnetism, electrical circuits, light and optics, quantum mechanics, and atomic and nuclear physics. An effective and usable understanding of algebra and trigonometry is assumed. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PHYS B106 The Interplay of Physics and Music Not offered 2016-17 The course is intended for non-science majors and will explore the deep connection between physics and music. Basic principles of physics and scientific reasoning will be taught in the context of the production and perception of music, emphasizing the historic and scientific interplay between physics and music. No previous knowledge of physics or music is assumed. Through learning the physical concepts used to describe music, students will be able to extend their understanding to additional examples of physical phenomena. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours, per week. Also see PHYS156 for the lecture only course. Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PHYS B121 Modern Physics Fall 2016 This course presents current conceptual understandings and mathematical formulations of fundamental ideas used in physics. Students will develop physical intuition and problem-solving skills by exploring key concepts in physics such as conservation laws, symmetries and relativistic space-time, as well as topics in modern physics taken from the following: fundamental forces, nuclear physics, particle physics, and cosmology. This course can serve as a stand-alone survey of physics or as the first of a four-semester sequence designed for those majoring in the physical sciences. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Co-requisite: MATH B101. Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PHYS B122 Classical Mechanics Spring 2017 The lecture material covers Newtonian Mechanics of single particles, systems of particles, rigid bodies, and continuous media with applications, one-dimensional systems including forced oscillators, scattering and orbit problems. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisites: PHYS 121 and MATH 101. Corequisite: MATH 102. Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PHYS B142 The Search for Life in the Universe Not offered 2016-17 This course will investigate the biological, chemical, and astrophysical factors believed to be necessary for extraterrestrial life to exist, and perhaps to communicate with us. It also will explore possible homes to such life in both our solar system and the greater Milky Way galaxy. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Also see PHYS B172 for the lecture only course. Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PHYS B156 The Interplay of Physics and Music Not offered 2016-17 The course is intended for non-science majors and will explore the deep connection between physics and music. Basic principles of physics and scientific reasoning will be taught in the context of the production and perception of music, emphasizing the historic and scientific interplay between physics and music. No previous knowledge of physics or music is assumed. Through learning the physical concepts used to describe music, students will be able to extend these to understand many of the physical concepts of modern physics. Also see PHYS B106 for the lecture/laboratory course. Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PHYS B172 The Search for Life in the Universe Not offered 2016-17 This course will investigate the biological, chemical, and astrophysical factors believed to be necessary for extraterrestrial life to exist, and perhaps to communicate with us. It also will explore possible homes to such life in both our solar system and the greater Milky Way galaxy. Also see PHYS B142 for the lecture/laboratory course. Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PHYS B201 Electromagnetism Fall 2016 The lecture material covers electro- and magneto-statics, electric and magnetic fields, induction, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic radiation. Scalar and vector fields and vector calculus are developed as needed. The laboratory involves passive and active circuits and projects in analog and digital electronics. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: PHYS 102 or 122. Corequisite: MATH 201. Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PHYS B214 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics Spring 2017 An introduction to the principles governing systems at the atomic scale and below. Topics include the experimental basis of quantum mechanics, wave-particle duality, Schrödinger's equation and its solutions, and the time dependence of quantum states. Recent developments, such as paradoxes calling attention to the counter-intuitive aspects of quantum physics, will be discussed. Additional topics may be included at the discretion of the instructor. The laboratory involves quantum mechanics, solid state physics, and optics experiments. Lecture three hours, laboratory three hours. Prerequisite: MATH 201, PHYS 121 and 122, or permission of the instructor. Corequisite: MATH 203. Quantitative Methods (QM) Scientific Investigation (SI)

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PHYS B302 Advanced Quantum Mechanics and Applications Not offered 2016-17 This course presents nonrelativistic quantum mechanics, including Schrodinger's equation, the eigenvalue problem, the measurement process, the hydrogen atom, the harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, spin, the periodic table, perturbation theory, and the relationship between quantum and Newtonian mechanics. Lecture three hours and additional recitation sessions as needed. Prerequisites: PHYS B214 and PHYS B306 or PHYS H213

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PHYS B303 Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics Fall 2016 This course presents the statistical description of the macroscopic states of classical and quantum systems, including conditions for equilibrium, the microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical ensembles, and Bose-Einstein, Fermi-Dirac, and Maxwell Boltzmann statistics. The statistical basis of classical thermodynamics is investigated. Examples and applications are drawn from among solid state physics, low temperature physics, atomic and molecular physics, electromagnetic waves, and cosmology. Lecture three hours and additional recitation sessions as needed. Prerequisite: PHYS B214 or H214. Co-requisite: PHYS B306 or H213.

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PHYS B305 Advanced Electronics Lab Not offered 2016-17 This laboratory course is a survey of electronic principles and circuits useful to experimental physicists and engineers. Topics include the design and analysis of circuits using transistors, operational amplifiers, feedback and analog-to-digital conversion. Also covered is the use of electronics for automated control and measurement in experiments, and the interfacing of computers and other data acquisition instruments to experiments. Laboratory eight hours a week. Prerequisite: PHYS B201 Writing Intensive

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PHYS B305 Advanced Electronics Lab Not offered 2016-17 This laboratory course is a survey of electronic principles and circuits useful to experimental physicists and engineers. Topics include the design and analysis of circuits using transistors, operational amplifiers, feedback and analog-to-digital conversion. Also covered is the use of electronics for automated control and measurement in experiments, and the interfacing of computers and other data acquisition instruments to experiments. Laboratory eight hours a week. Prerequisite: PHYS B201 Writing Intensive

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PHYS B306 Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences Fall 2016 This course presents topics in applied mathematics useful to students, including physicists, engineers, physical chemists, geologists, and computer scientists studying the natural sciences. Topics are taken from Fourier series, integral transforms, advanced ordinary and partial differential equations, special functions, boundary-value problems, functions of complex variables, and numerical methods. Lecture three hours and additional recitation sessions as needed. Prerequisite: MATH 201 and 203.

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PHYS B308 Advanced Classical Mechanics Not offered 2016-17 This course presents kinematics and dynamics of particles and macroscopic systems using Newtonian, Lagrangian, and Hamiltonian mechanics. Topics include oscillations, normal mode analysis, inverse square laws, nonlinear dynamics, rotating rigid bodies, and motion in noninertial reference frames. Lecture three hours and additional recitation sessions as needed. Prerequisite: PHYS B201 or PHYS B214 or PHYS H214. Co-requisite: PHYS B306 or H213.

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PHYS B309 Advanced Electromagnetic Theory Spring 2017 This course presents electrostatics and magnetostatics, dielectrics, magnetic materials, electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, and special relativity. Some examples and applications may come from superconductivity, plasma physics, and radiation theory. Lecture three hours and additional recitation sessions as needed. Prerequisites: PHYS B201 and B306 OR H213 and H214.

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PHYS B322 Solid State Physics Not offered 2016-17 This course presents the physics of solids and nanomaterials. Topics include crystal structure and diffraction, the reciprocal lattice and Brillouin zones, crystal binding, lattice vibrations and normal modes, phonon dispersion, Einstein and Debye models for the specific heat, the free electron model, the Fermi surface, electrons in periodic structures, the Bloch theorem and band structure. Additional topics are taken from nanoscale structures (0-D nanodots, 1-D nanowires, and 2-D thin films), nanomagnetism, spintronics, superconductivity, and experimental methods for fabrication and characterization of nanomaterials. Lecture three hours and additional recitation sessions as needed. Prerequisites: PHYS B201 and PHYS B214 and B306 OR PHYS H213 and H214.

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PHYS B324 Optics Fall 2016 This course covers principles of geometrical and physical optics. Topics include electromagnetic waves and their propagation in both isotropic and anisotropic media; interference, diffraction, and Fourier optics; coherence theory; ray optics and image formation; and, as time permits, an introduction to the quantum nature of light. Prerequisites: PHYS B201 (or H106); Co-Requisites: PHYS B306 (or H213)

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PHYS B325 Advanced Theoretical Physics Spring 2017 This course presents one or more of several subjects, depending on instructor availability and student interest. The possible subjects are (1) special relativity, general relativity, and gravitation, (2) the standard model of particle physics, (3) particle astrophysics and cosmology, (4) relativistic quantum mechanics, (5) grand unified theories, (6) string theory, loop quantum gravity, and causal set theory. Lecture three hours and additional recitation sessions as needed. Prerequisites: PHYS 306 and 308. Corequisite: PHYS 302.

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PHYS B331 Advanced Experimental Physics Spring 2017 This laboratory course consists of set-piece experiments as well as directed experimental projects to study a variety of phenomena in atomic, molecular, optical, nuclear, and solid state physics. The experiments and projects serve as an introduction to contemporary instrumentation and the experimental techniques used in physics research laboratories in industry and in universities. Students write papers in a format appropriate for research publications and make a presentation to the class. Laboratory eight hours a week. Corequisite: PHYS 214. Writing Intensive

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PHYS B350 Computational Methods in the Physical Sciences Not offered 2016-17 This course provides an introduction to a variety of computational tools and programming techniques that physical science graduates might encounter in graduate work or employment in STEM-related fields. Tools explored will include both command-line and GUI programming environments, both scripting and scientific programming languages, basic programming concepts such as loops and function calls, and key scientific programming applications such as integration, finding of roots and minima/maxima, least-square fitting, solution of differential equations, boundary-value problems, finite-element analysis, Fourier analysis, matrix operations, Monte Carlo techniques, and possibly neural networks. Where possible, examples will be taken from multiple scientific disciplines, in addition to physics. This course is intended for second semester sophomores, juniors and seniors. Co-requisite: MATH B203 and three units of science (Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Geology).

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PHYS B380 Physics Pedagogy Not offered 2016-17 Students work with a faculty member as assistant teachers in a college course in physics, or as assistants to a faculty member developing new teaching materials. Students will be involved in some combination of the following: directed study of the literature on teaching and learning pedagogy, construction and design of parts of a course, and actual teaching in a lecture course or laboratory. Corequisite: PHYS 201 or 214.

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PHYS B390 Independent Study Not offered 2016-17 At the discretion of the department, juniors or seniors may supplement their work in physics with the study of topics not covered in regular course offerings.

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PHYS B398 Senior Seminar Required for senior Physics majors. Students meet weekly with faculty to discuss recent research findings in physics as well as career paths open to students with a major in Physics. Students are required to attend all colloquia and student research presentations hosted by the Bryn Mawr College Physics department. Prerequisite: Senior Standing.

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PHYS B399 Senior Seminar II Required for senior Physics majors. Students meet weekly with faculty to discuss recent research findings in physics as well as career paths open to students with a major in Physics. Students are required to attend all colloquia and student research presentations hosted by the Bryn Mawr College Physics department. Prerequisites: Senior Standing.

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PHYS B403 Supervised Research At the discretion of the department, juniors and seniors may supplement their work in physics with research in one of the faculty research groups. Students provide a written paper and give an oral presentation at the end of the semester or year. Students are encouraged to contact individual faculty members and the departmental Web pages for further information.

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PHYS B403 Supervised Research At the discretion of the department, juniors and seniors may supplement their work in physics with research in one of the faculty research groups. Students provide a written paper and give an oral presentation at the end of the semester or year. Students are encouraged to contact individual faculty members and the departmental Web pages for further information.

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PHYS B503 Electromagnetic Theory I Fall 2016 This course is the first semester of a year-long standard sequence on electromagnetism. This semester begins with topics in electrostatics, including Coulomb's and Gauss's Laws, Green functions, the method of images, expansions in orthogonal functions, boundary-value problems, and dielectric materials. The focus then shifts to magnetic phenomena, including the magnetic fields of localized currents, boundary-value problems in magnetostatics, and the interactions of fields and magnetic materials. The last portion of the course treats Maxwell's equations, transformation properties of electromagnetic fields, electromagnetic waves and their propagation and, time permitting, the basics of waveguides. This course is taught in a seminar format, in which students are responsible for presenting much of the course material in class meetings.

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PHYS B504 Electromagnetic Theory II Spring 2017 This course is the second semester of a two semester graduate level sequence on electromagnetic theory. Topics include electromagnetic radiation, multiple fields, scattering and diffraction theory, special relativity, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian descriptions, radiation from point particle motion, Lienard-Wiechert potentials, classical electron theory and radiation reaction. Additional topics may be included at the discretion of the instructor. This course is taught in a seminar format, in which students are responsible for presenting much of the course material in class meetings. Prerequisite: PHYS 503

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PHYS B505 Classical Mechanics I Not offered 2016-17 This course will cover mechanics topics familiar from the undergraduate curriculum, but from deeper theoretical and mathematical perspectives. Topics will include Lagrange & Hamilton methods, the central force problem, rigid body motion, oscillations, and canonical transformations. Time permitting, other topics that might be explored include chaos theory, special relativity, and the application of Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods to continuous systems. This course is taught in a seminar format, in which students are responsible for presenting much of the course material in class meetings.

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PHYS B507 Statistical Mechanics I Not offered 2016-17 Review of Thermodynamics; Equilibrium statistical mechanics -- microcanonical and canonical ensembles; Ideal gases, photons, electrons in metals; Phase transitions; Monte Carlo techniques; Classical fluids, Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.

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PHYS B522 Solid State Physics Not offered 2016-17 This course presents the physics of solids and nanomaterials. Topics include crystal structure and diffraction, the reciprocal lattice and Brillouin zones, crystal binding, lattice vibrations and normal modes, phonon dispersion, Einstein and Debye models for the specific heat, the free electron model, the Fermi surface, electrons in periodic structures, the Bloch theorem and band structure. Additional topics are taken from nanoscale structures (0-D nanodots, 1-D nanowires, and 2-D thin films), nanomagnetism, spintronics, superconductivity, and experimental methods for fabrication and characterization of nanomaterials. Lecture three hours and additional recitation sessions as needed. Prerequisites: PHYS B201 and PHYS B214 and B306.

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PHYS B701 Supervised Work Fall 2016, Spring 2017 Supervised Research

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GEOL B260 Origin Stories: From the Big Bang to Mother Earth Fall 2016 This is a co-taught intermediate science course, instructed by a Geology and Physics professor, that will focus on the core scientific principals related to Cosmology, Physics and Geology that help address fundamental questions regarding the origin of the Universe, the origin of time, the origin of stars and our own solar system, and the origin of Earth, its atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. The course will be a mix of fundamental scientific principles used to scaffold a deeper understanding of how scientists have come to understand and question stories of origin. Group discussions will be informed by close reading of scientific texts, and occasional problem sets. Scientific Investigation (SI)

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MATH B101 Calculus I Fall 2016 A first course in one-variable calculus: functions, limits, continuity, the derivative, differentiation formulas, applications of the derivative, the integral, integration by substitution, fundamental theorem of calculus. May include a computer component. Prerequisite: adequate score on calculus placement exam, or permission of the instructor. Students should have a reasonable command of high school algebra, geometry and trigonometry. Quantitative Methods (QM) Quantitative Readiness Required (QR)

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MATH B102 Calculus II Fall 2016, Spring 2017 A continuation of Calculus I: transcendental functions, techniques of integration, applications of integration, infinite sequences and series, convergence tests, power series. May include a computer component. Math 102 assumes familiarity of the content covered in Math 101 or its equivalent. Quantitative Methods (QM)

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MATH B201 Multivariable Calculus Fall 2016 Vectors and geometry in two and three dimensions, partial derivatives, extremal problems, double and triple integrals, vector analysis (gradients, curl and divergence), line and surface integrals, the theorems of Gauss, Green and Stokes. May include a computer component. Prerequisite: MATH 102 or permission of instructor. Quantitative Methods (QM)

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MATH B203 Linear Algebra Spring 2017 Systems of linear equations, matrix algebra, determinants, vector spaces and subspaces, linear independence, bases and dimension, linear transformations and their representation by matrices, eigenvectors and eigenvalues, orthogonality, and applications of linear algebra. Prerequisite or corequisite: MATH 102, or permission of the instructor. Quantitative Methods (QM)

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MATH B251 Chaotic Dynamical Systems Not offered 2016-17 Topics to be covered may include iteration, orbits, graphical and computer analysis, bifurcations, symbolic dynamics, fractals, complex dynamics and applications. Prerequisite: MATH B102

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Current Semester Courses: Fall 2016

Physics 101: Introductory Physics I
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Physics 121: Modern Physics

Physics 201: Electromagnetism
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Physics 306: Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences
Course web page

Physics 308: Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Physics 324: Optics
Course web page

Physics 398: Senior Seminar

B260 (360 Course): Origin Stories: From the Big Bang to Mother Earth

Previous Semester Courses: Spring 2016

Physics 102: Introductory Physics II

Physics 122: Classical Mechanics

Physics 214: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

Physics 302: Advanced Quantum Mechanics and Applications

Physics 305: Advanced Electronics Lab

Physics 322: Solid State Physics

Fall 2015

Physics 101: Introductory Physics I

Physics 121: Modeling the Physical World

Physics 201: Electromagnetism
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Physics 306: Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences

Physics 308: Advanced Classical Mechanics

Physics 398: Senior Seminar

Spring 2015

Physics 102: Introductory Physics II

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Physics Introductory Lab

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Physics 122: Classical Mechanics

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Physics 106/156: The Interplay of Physics and Music

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Physics 214: An Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

Course Webpage

Physics 309: Advanced Electromagnetic Theory

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Physics 325: Advanced Theoretical Physics

Course Webpage

Physics 331: Advanced Experimental Physics

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Physics 350: Computational Methods in the Physical Sciences

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Fall 2014

Physics 101: Introductory Physics I
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Introductory Physics Lab
Course Moodle page

Physics 121: Modeling the Physical World
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Physics 201: Electromagnetism
Course webpage

Physics 303: Statistical & Thermodynamics
Course Moodle page

Physics 306: Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences
Course Moodle page

Physics 398: Senior Seminar I
Course Moodle page

Advanced courses taught at Haverford (alternating between Bryn Mawr and Haverford):

Physics H308: Mechanics of Discrete and Continuous Systems
Course webpage at Haverford

 

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