**PHY 100 Introduction to Physics
** Credits: 1

This course covers mostly Newtonian mechanics, emphasizing problem solving and math skills useful for physics. Reviews algebra, geometry, and trigonometry as applied to physics. LEC

**PHY 101 College Physics**

Credits: 4

Corequisites: PHY 151

Presents non-calculus, introductory physics, including mechanics,
heat, waves, and sound. This course satisfies 4 credits as required
by different majors, and also 4 credits (out of the mandated 7
credits total) of UB’s Scientific Literacy & Inquiry
Sequence general education requirements. This course is a
controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have
previously attempted the course and received a grade other than W
may only repeat the course in the winter or summer. Repeating in
the fall or spring semester can be requested by petition submitted
through the Dept. to CAS. LEC/REC

**PHY 102 College Physics II**

Credits: 4

Prerequisites: PHY 101

Corequisites: PHY 152

Presents non-calculus, introductory physics, including electricity
and magnetism, light, optics, and modern physics. This course
satisfies 4 credits as required by different majors, and also 4
credits (out of the mandated 7 credits total) of UB’s
Scientific Literacy & Inquiry Sequence general education
requirements. LEC/REC

**PHY 107 General Physics I**

Credits: 4

Corequisites: MTH 141

A calculus-based introductory course primarily for chemistry,
engineering, and physics majors. Covers kinematics, Newton's laws,
energy, momentum, rotational motion, and oscillations. This course
satisfies 4 credits as required by different majors and also 4
credits (out of the mandated 7 credits total) of UB’s Science
Literacy and Inquiry general education requirement sequence.
Enrollment is not allowed in PHY107 if a student has current
enrollment in PHY101. LEC/REC

**PHY 108 General Physics II**

Credits: 4

Prerequisites: PHY 107

Corequisites: MTH 142, PHY 158

A calculus based introductory course primarily for chemistry,
engineering, and physics majors. Covers the electric field, Gauss'
law, electric potential, capacitance, DC circuits, RC circuits,
magnetic field, Faraday's law, inductance, LR circuits, AC
circuits, and Maxwell's equations. This course satisfies 4 credits
as required by different majors and also 4 credits (out of the
mandated 7 credits total) of UB’s Science Literacy and
Inquiry general education requirement sequence. LEC/REC

**PHY 115 Relativity Seminar for Nonspecialists**

Credits: 3

Examines philosophies of space and time, Mach’s principle and
the role of inertia, curved space-time, unified field theory
(Faraday to Einstein), and implications of extension in all
domains. SEM

**PHY 116 Philosophy of Physics**

Credits: 3

Studies views of space, time, and matter in the ancient world;
European post-Renaissance, nineteenth-century ideas and
discoveries; wave-particle dualism; wave mechanics; Copen hagen
school; theory of relativity; and problems of matter, radiation,
and cosmology. LEC

**PHY 117 Honors Physics I**

Credits: 4

Prerequisites: PHY 117 is especially appropriate for students who
have taken AP Physics C in high school.

Corequisites: MTH 141

PHY 117 is a calculus based Honors physics course, which covers
similar topics as PHY 107, but in greater depth. This course is
intended for potential physics majors, students in the honors
college, and advanced students in other majors (with permission
from the instructor). The class will be taught at a level
comfortable for students who would receive a B or higher in a
typical PHY 107 class. Because of the higher average GPA of
students in this class, grading will be adjusted to reflect this
quality, rather than following the conventional curves used for PHY
107. Introductory materials, such as review of trigonometry,
vectors and calculus, in PHY 107 will not be covered. This leaves
room to expose students to a wider range of interesting
applications of Newtonian mechanics, and recent developments in
topics such as Special Relativity and Cosmology. The class size is
limited, to encourage interactive learning and communications
between students and the instructor. This course satisfies 4
credits (out of the mandated 7 credits total) of UB’s Science
Literacy and Inquiry General Education requirements. Enrollment is
not allowed in PHY117 if a student has current enrollment in
PHY107. LEC/REC

**PHY 118 Honors Physics II**

Credits: 4

Prerequisites: PHY 107 or PHY 117

Corequisites: MTH 142, PHY 158

PHY 118 is a calculus based Honors physics course, which covers the
same topics in electricity and magnetism as PHY 108, but in greater
depth. Class size is limited. In general taken by students in the
University Honors College, but other students may take it with
permission of instructor. This course satisfies 4 credits as
required by different majors and also 4 credits (out of the
mandated 7 credits total) of UB’s Science Literacy and
Inquiry sequence general education requirements. Enrollment is not
allowed in PHY118 if a student has current enrollment in PHY108.
LEC/REC

**PHY 119 How Things Work**

Credits: 3

Describes working principles of devices used in everyday life, such
as the video recorder, fax machine, and television. Reviews the
history of discoveries that made each device possible, as well as
development of the device. Explores the consequences of particular
devices in society. Suitable for non-science majors, but science
and engineering majors are expected to greatly benefit from it
also. LEC

**PHY 121 Descriptive Astronomy I**

Credits: 3 - 4

PHY 121is the first semester of a two-semester survey of astronomy.
In PHY 121 we study the sky, the history of astronomy, telescopes
and light, and the origin and structure of the Solar System. As
part of the laboratory, each student is given a required telescope
observation appointment. This course plus the second semester PHY
122 course satisfy UB’s 7-credit Science Literacy and Inquiry
general education requirement. LEC/LAB

**PHY 122 Descriptive Astronomy II**

Credits: 3 - 4

Prerequisites: PHY 121

PHY 122 is the second semester of a two-semester survey of
astronomy. In PHY 122 we study the stars and stellar evolution, the
sun, neutron stars and black holes, cosmology, and life in the
universe. As part of the laboratory, each student is given a
required telescope observation appointment. This course plus the
first semester PHY 121 course satisfy UB’s 7-credit Science
Literacy and Inquiry general education requirement. LEC/LAB

**PHY 151 College Physics I Lab**

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: PHY 101

Corequisites: PHY 101

PHY-151 is an introductory Physics lab course. This course covers
mechanics, kinematics, forces, vectors and heat. Experiments are
used to demonstrate principles discussed in the lecture course PHY
101. PHY 151 satisfies the SLI General Education 1-credit
laboratory requirement (out of the 7 credits total SLI Gen-Ed
requirement).

Course Prerequisites: PHY 151 has the lecture course PHY-101 as
either a pre-requisite or a co-requisite. (Note: PHY-101 is also a
pre-requisite for the second semester lecture PHY-102.) The PHY-151
laboratory and PHY-101 lecture courses deal with related topics,
however PHY 151 is separate from the lecture. Registration for
lecture does not automatically register you for lab and vice versa.
LAB

**PHY 152 College Physics II Lab**

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: PHY 102

Corequisites: PHY 102

PHY-152 is an introductory Physics lab course. This course covers
electricity, magnetism and optics. Experiments are used to
demonstrate principles discussed in the lecture course PHY 102.
PHY-152 satisfies the SLI General Education 1-credit laboratory
requirement (out of the 7 credits total SLI Gen-Ed
requirement).

Course Prerequisites: PHY 152 has the lecturecourse PHY-102 as
either a pre-requisite or a co-requisite (additionally,PHY-102 has
PHY-101 as a pre-requisite). The PHY 152 laboratory and the PHY 102
lecture courses deal with related topics, however PHY 152 is
separate from the lecture. Registration for lecture does not
automatically register you for lab and vice versa. LAB

**PHY 158 General Physics II Lab**

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: PHY 107

Corequisites: PHY 108

PHY-158 is an introductory Physics lab course. This course covers
mechanics, kinematics, forces, vectors, electricity and magnetism.
Experiments are used to demonstrate principles discussed in the
lecture courses PHY 107 and PHY 108. PHY-158 satisfies the SLI
General Education 1-credit laboratory requirement (out of the 7
credits total SLI Gen-Ed requirement).

Course Prerequisites: PHY-158 has the lecture course PHY-108 as
either a pre-requisite or a co-requisite. (Additionally, a
pre-requisite for the PHY 108 lecture is PHY-107). The PHY 158
laboratory deals with related topics to those covered in the PHY
107 and PHY 108 lectures. However PHY 158 is separate from those
lectures. Registration for PHY 108 lecture does not automatically
register you for the PHY 158 lab and vice versa. LAB

**PHY 207 General Physics III**

Credits: 4

Prerequisites: PHY 107 - PHY 108

Corequisites: MTH 241

Examines sound waves, electromagnetic waves, and geometrical and
physical optics. Introduces modern physics, including discovery of
the electron, the photon, wave-particle duality, the Bohr model of
H-atom, the Schrödinger equation, quantum numbers, the Pauli
principle and periodic table, and lasers. LEC

**PHY 208 General Physics IV**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY 107, PHY108

Corequisites: MTH 306

Examines thermodynamics, including temperature, zeroth law, thermal
expansion, specific heat, first law, second law, entropy, third
law, kinetic theory, Brownian motion, and the ideal gas. Also
explores special relativity, including historical background,
Lorentz transformations, length contraction, time dilation,
invariance of the laws of physics, relativistic dynamics and
kinematics, and paradoxes. LEC

**PHY 217 Honors Physics III**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY 107 and PHY 108, or PHY 117 and PHY 118

Corequisites: MTH 241

Covers the same topics as PHY 207, but in greater depth. Class size
is limited. In general, taken by students in the University Honors
Program, but other students may take it with permission of
instructor. LEC

**PHY 257 General Physics III Lab**

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: PHY 107 and PHY 108/PHY 158, or PHY 117 and PHY
118/PHY 158

Corequisites: PHY 207

Conducts experiments on waves, geometrical and physical optics, and
modern physics. LAB

**PHY 286 Maple in Physics**

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: PHY 107 - PHY 108

Introduces basic syntax and capabilities of this computer
calculus/algebra system as applied to obtain analytical solutions
to problems in physics. Students taking PHY386 learn the same
syntax as PHY 286 students, but are required to do more advanced
problems such as occur in junior-senior physics courses. A student
may receive academic credit for only one of the two courses.
LAB

**PHY 301 Intermediate Mechanics I**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY 107 and MTH 306

Covers vector calculus, kinematics, studies of rigid bodies and
cables, the virtual work principle, damped and forced harmonic
oscillators, dynamics of systems of particles, conservation laws,
and dynamics of rigid bodies in planar motion. LEC

**PHY 302 Intermediate Mechanics II**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY 301

Studies accelerated frames of reference, central force motion,
scattering problems, D'Alembert's principle, Lagrange's equation,
Hamilton's principle, eigenvalue problems, dynamics of rigid
bodies, coupled harmonic oscillators, and normal modes of
vibration. LEC

**PHY 307 Modern Physics Lab**

Credits: 2

Prerequisites: PHY 207 or PHY 217; PHY 208, PHY 257

Conducts experiments in thermodynamics and modern physics. LAB

**PHY 311 Applied Acoustics of Music**

Credits: 3

A general, practical course. Covers the nature of sound; the ear
and the hearing process; consonance and dissonance; scales and
harmonic series; basic physics of musical instruments; high
fidelity systems; and theatre, studio, and room acoustics. LEC

**PHY 386 Maple in Physics**

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: PHY 107, PHY 108, PHY 207, PHY 208, and junior
standing

Introduces basic syntax and capabilities ofthe computer
calculus/algebra system as applied to obtain analytical solutions
to problems in physics. Students taking PHY 386 learn the same
syntax as PHY 286 students, but are required to do more advanced
problems such as occur in junior-senior physics courses. A student
may receive academic credit for only one of the two courses.
LAB

**PHY 401 Quantum Mechanics I**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: MTH 306, PHY 207, PHY 208

Note: It is strongly recommended that physics majors take PHY 401 -
PHY 402 in the junior year, as these courses provide the necessary
background for PHY 406, PHY 407-PHY 408, PHY 410-PHY 411, PHY 412,
and PHY 527-PHY 528.

Origins of quantum theory; wave function and uncertainty principle;
Schrödinger equation; one-dimensional examples; formalism of
quantum mechanics. LEC

**PHY 402 Quantum Mechanics II**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY 401

Angular momentum; three-dimensional problems; hydrogen atom;
time-independent perturbation theory; electron spin and fine
structure; time-dependent perturbation theory; quantum statistics.
LEC

**PHY 403 Electricity and Magnetism I**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: MTH 241, MTH 306, PHY 108

Examines vector calculus, Gauss’ law, scalar and vector
potentials, Laplace and Poisson’s equations, dielectrics,
electrostatic and magnetostatic fields, Ampere’s law,
Faraday’s law, and Maxwell’s equations. LEC

**PHY 404 Electricity and Magnetism II**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY 403

Undertakes further study of Maxwell’s equations, electric and
magnetic susceptibilities, electromagnetic radiation,
electromagnetic fields from a moving charge, waveguides and
transmission lines, Poynting’s vector, and Lorentz force.
Also examines relativistic invariance. LEC

**PHY 405 Thermal and Statistical Physics I**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: MTH 306, PHY 208, PHY 301

Explores statistics and statistical description of particles;
statistical and macroscopic thermodynamics; basic results of
classical statistical mechanics and connections with
thermodynamics; microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical
ensembles; applications to ideal gases, paramagnets, and lattice
vibrations; kinetic theory; and phase equilibrium of one-component
systems. LEC

**PHY 406 Thermal and Statistical Physics II**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY 207 or PHY 217; PHY 401, PHY 405

Critical behavior at continuous phase transitions. Quantum
statistics of ideal Bose and Fermi systems, applications to
electrons in metals, blackbody radiation, Bose condensation,
neutron stars, in teracting systems, lattice vibrations, nonideal
gases, ferromagnets, kinetic theory of transport processes,
irreversible processes, and fluctuations. LEC

**PHY 407 Advanced Laboratory**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY 207 or PHY 217; PHY 307, PHY 401

Covers modern physics, with a choice of experiments: atomic
physics, modern laser optics, solid state, magnetic resonance,
X-ray diffraction, scanning probe microscopy, nuclear, or particle
physics. Two four-hour labs each week. LAB

**PHY 408 Advanced Laboratory**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY 207 or PHY 217; PHY 307, PHY 401

Covers modern physics, with a choice of experiments: atomic
physics, modern laser optics, solid state, magnetic resonance,
X-ray diffraction, scanning probe microscopy, nuclear, or particle
physics. Two four-hour labs each week. LAB

**PHY 410 Computational Physics I**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY 207 or PHY 217; PHY 401

Examines numerical solutions of problems in dynamics,
electrodynamics, and quantum and statistical physics. Also examines
root-finding, numerical differentiation, quadrature, matrix
inversion, and ordinary differential equations. Studies structured
programming in FORTRAN 90, C++, or Java; and explores Computer
graphics. LEC

**PHY 411 Computational Physics II**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY 410

More advanced physics problems involving partial differential
equations. Numerical simulation and Monte Carlo methods, data
analysis and fast Fourier transforms, use of mathematical library
routines and computer algebra programs. LEC

**PHY 412 Nuclear and Particle Physics**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY 401

Explores fundamentals of nuclear physics, including interaction of
radiation with matter; properties of nuclear forces; nuclear
structure described by shell and collective models; nuclear
reactions; radioactive decay processes; and properties of
elementary particles. LEC

**PHY 413 Electronics**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY 108 or permission of instructor

Introduces basic concepts of circuit design, impedance, and
feedback systems; solid-state components; integrated circuits;
digital circuits; and basic instrumentation. LEC/LAB

**PHY 414 Experimental Techniques**

Credits: 2 - 3

Prerequisites: permission of instructor

Involves individual work with faculty in a research laboratory.
TUT

**PHY 415 Experimental Techniques**

Credits: 2 - 3

Prerequisites: permission of instructor

Involves individual work with faculty in a research laboratory.
TUT

**PHY 425 Intermediate Optics**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY 207 or PHY 217

Examines geometrical and physical optics. Explores diffraction,
interference, polarization, and other wave properties of light; and
the quantum nature of light and lasers. LEC

**PHY 431 Introduction to Mathematical Physics 1**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: MTH 417, 418

This course covers fundamentals of Mathematical Physics. It
includes the following topics: linear algebra, multiple integrals,
Fourier series and transforms, Calculus of variation, Special
functions, and Partial Differential Equations. All topics are
covered in the context of specific application and problem solving
in Classical Mechanics, Quantum Mechanics, Electrodynamics and
Fluid Dynamics. LEC

**PHY 434 Solid State Physics**

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY 401, 405

A one semester undergraduate introductory course in solid state
physics that covers the following topics: crystal structures,
diffraction of waves by crystals, crystal binging, phonons in
crystals, thermal properties of phonons, free electron Fermi gas,
energy bands in crystals, semiconductor crystals, optical
properties, devices, magnetism, nanostructures. LEC

**PHY 480 Special Topics in Physics**

Credits: 1 - 3

From time to time courses will be offered on topics not covered in
regularly offered physics courses. LEC

**PHY 497 Honors**

Credits: 3

For students who wish to do a senior thesis. Consult the
Undergraduate Director, Professor Cerne, for details. TUT

**PHY 498 Undergraduate Research**

Credits: 1 - 3

This course allows students to get credit for research activities
carried out under the supervision of a faculty member of the
Department of Physics. TUT

**PHY 499 Independent Study in Physics**

Credits: 1 - 4

Involves individual study arranged between a student and a faculty
member. Not restricted to students with professional goals in
technical areas. TUT