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2006-2007 University Catalog

Physics

PHYS 100 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS I (4)

Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week

A non-calculus based introduction to the concepts and principles of physics. The areas covered include classical mechanics, wave motion and thermal physics. Practical examples will be used to illustrate the relationship between physics and other disciplines, especially the life sciences, and to develop problem-solving skills. Laboratory sessions will include computer-simulated experiments.

GenEd: B1

 

PHYS 101 INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICS II (4) [top]

Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week

Prerequisite: PHYS 100

A non-calculus based introduction to the concepts and principles of physics. The areas covered include electromagnetic theory, light, and atomic and nuclear physics. Practical examples will be used to illustrate the relationship between physics and other disciplines, especially the life sciences, and to develop problem-solving skills. Laboratory sessions will include computer-simulated experiments.

GenEd: B1

 

PHYS 105 INTRODUCTION TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM (4) [top]

Three hours lecture and two hours activities per week

Descriptive introduction to the astronomical properties of the Solar System. Topics include: the historical development of astronomy, the laws that govern the behavior of the Universe, the properties of the stars and galaxies, including their origin and evolution and the Big Bang theory. Activity sessions will include computer-simulated exercises, and two field trips.

Same as ASTR 105

GenEd: B1

 

PHYS 107 THE STARS AND BEYOND (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

A tour through the stars and galaxies will uncover some major mysteries of the Universe. Topics include: the historical development of astronomy; the laws that govern the behavior of the Universe; the birth, life and death of stars; the collision of galaxies; and evidence for the birth and end of the entire Universe.

GenEd: B1

 

PHYS 200 GENERAL PHYSICS I (4) [top]

Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week

Prerequisite: MATH 150

A calculus-based introduction to the concepts and principles of physics. The areas covered include classical mechanics, wave motion and thermal physics. Practical examples will be used to illustrate the relationship between physics and other disciplines, including the life sciences, and to develop problem-solving skills. Laboratory sessions will focus on computer-simulated experiments.

GenEd: B1

 

PHYS 201 GENERAL PHYSICS II (4) [top]

Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week

Prerequisite: PHYS 200

A calculus-based introduction to the concepts and principles of physics. The areas covered include electromagnetic theory, light, and atomic and nuclear physics. Practical examples will be used to illustrate the relationship between physics and other disciplines, including the life sciences, and to develop problem-solving skills. Laboratory sessions will focus on computer-simulated experiments.

GenEd: B1

 

PHYS 208 THE PHYSICS OF ART AND VISUAL PERCEPTION (3) [top]

Two hours lecture and two hours lab per week

A course on the physics of light, color, art and visual perception. The course will cover the nature of light and optical phenomena, the perception and psychology of color, the reproduction of color in different media, and the analysis of art from a science perspective. The emphasis is on factors which permit the artist and observer to understand and more fully control the design and interpretation of images of all kinds. Demonstrations, experiments, and video/computer simulations are used to analyze signals received by the eyes or instruments.

Same as ART 208

GenEd: B1,C1

 

PHYS 304 ELECTROMAGNETISM (4) [top]

Four hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: PHYS 101 or PHYS 201, MATH 151

A calculus-based introduction to the concepts and principles of electricity and magnetism. Topics include: electrostatics, magnetism, electromagnetic theory, fields, electromagnetic waves, Maxwell's equations, and the Special Theory of Relativity. A strong emphasis will be on analytical problem-solving skills and applications.

 

PHYS 310 ELECTRONICS (4) [top]

Three hours lecture and two hours activity per week

Prerequisite: PHYS 101 or PHYS 201

This course covers the basic analog and digital electronic circuits used in a scientific laboratory. Students will be introduced to the operation of simple electronic devices, the basic underlying theory of their operation, and the applications of a few analog and digital ICs. The emphasis is on applications rather than theory. Consequently there is a strong hands-on component to the subject to enable students to gain practical experience. Experiments will include the testing of actual and virtual circuits, and data acquisition

 

PHYS 315 INTRODUCTION TO BIOPHYSICS (4) [top]

Three hours lecture and two hours activity per week

Prerequisite: PHYS 200

Co-requisite: BIOL 300

This course applies physical methods to the study of biological systems, including transport processes and membrane phenomena, bioelectric phenomena, photosynthetic systems and visual systems. Biophysical methods will include the techniques of patch clamping and optical tweezers, and the measurement of action potentials and evoked responses. There will be an emphasis on modeling and on problem solving, with appropriate mathematics when necessary. The practical activity session will include computer modeling and simulation, and laboratory demonstrations and exercises.

Same as BIOL 315

 

PHYS 335 THE PHYSICS OF MUSIC (3) [top]

Two hours lecture and two hours lab activity per week

Provides an understanding of music and sound for students interested in music, speech, and language. Extensive use of demonstrations and sound analysis computer programs will be used. The format will include lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on use of the computer programs.

Same as PAMU 335

GenEd: B1,C1,Interdisciplinary

 

PHYS 338 SCIENCE AND CONSCIENCE (3) [top]

Three hours lecture/discussion per week

This course is a team-taught, interdisciplinary course that examines various ethical issues within the sciences using case studies. The scientific, historical and social aspects of each case study will be examined from different perspectives. Students will learn scientific concepts which will facilitate an informed understanding of the ethical issues involved.

Same as ENGL 338

GenEd: B1,C2,Interdisciplinary

 

PHYS 344 ENERGY AND SOCIETY (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Survey of the physical, chemical, and engineering principles involved in the production of energy from current and potential sources and the economical, environmental, and political issues surrounding energy production. The course will also examine factors that influence worldwide energy policy. Examples of topics included: energy conservation, efficient usage and transportation of energy, energy resources, fossil fuels, active and passive solar energy, biomass, fuel cells, nuclear (fission and fusion) processes, and hydroelectric, tidal, geothermal, and wind power.

Same as CHEM 344

GenEd: B1,Interdisciplinary

 

PHYS 345 DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING (3) [top]

Three hours lecture in the lab per week

Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor

An introduction to the basic concepts and techniques for digital image restoration and enhancement, analysis, coding and compression. The emphasis is on processes which analyze primarily two-dimensional discrete images represented at the pixel level, including filtering, noise reduction and segmentation. Fourier analysis techniques will be explored. Programming exercises will be used to implement the various processes, and their performance on synthetic and real images will be studied.

Same as MATH 345, COMP 345

GenEd: B1,B4,Interdisciplinary

 

PHYS 416 RADIOBIOLOGY & RADIONUCLIDES (3) [top]

Three hours lecture per week

Prerequisite: BIOL 300 and PHYS 201

Topics include: nature and effects of ionizing radiation on biomolecular structures and living cells; applied radiobiology and radionuclides; genetic effects of ionizing radiation and methods of protection and dosimetry.

Same as BIOL 416

 

PHYS 434 INTRODUCTION TO BIOMEDICAL IMAGING (4) [top]

Three hours lecture and two hours lab activity per week

Prerequisite: BIOL 210 or PHYS 200

The course will present an overview of biomedical images and imaging systems. The fundamental concepts used in several imaging modalities (such as projection radiography, mammography, DEXA, computed tomography, ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging) will be examined: the emphasis will be on an intuitive and descriptive presentation of the main components of these systems. Image formation and reconstruction will be addressed. The resulting clinical images will be correlated with the underlying structure and function of the organs, and the diagnostic utility and limitations of the images will be considered.

Same as BIOL 434, HLTH 434

GenEd: B1,E,Interdisciplinary

 

PHYS 436 PHYSICS OF THE PERFORMING ARTS (3) [top]

Three hours lecutre per week

Prerequisites: PA 202

Introduction to the physics of movement, lighting, sound and visual/aural perception. The course emphasizes factors that permit the performance artists to understand and more fully control their performance, with special attention to the study of audience perception. Demonstrations, experiments and video/computer simulations are used to analyze signals received by the performer and the audience.

Same as PA 436

GenEd: B1,Interdisciplinary

 

PHYS 445 IMAGE ANALYSIS AND PATTERN RECOGNITION (3) [top]

Three hours lecture in the lab per week

Prerequisite: PHYS/COMP/MATH 345 or consent of the instructor

The course addresses the issue of analyzing the pattern content within an image. Pattern recognition consists of image segmentation, feature extraction and classification. The principles and concepts underpinning pattern recognition, and the evolution, utility and limitations of various techniques (including neural networks) will be studied. Programming exercises will be used to implement examples and applications of pattern recognition processes, and their performance on a variety of diverse synthetic and real images will be studied

Same as COMP 445, MATH 445

GenEd: B1,B4,Interdisciplinary

 

PHYS 464 MEDICAL INSTRUMENTATION (4) [top]

Three hours lecture and two hours lab activity per week

Prerequisite: PHYS/BIOL/HLTH 434

The detection, acquisition, processing and display of diagnostic clinical images. The course will concentrate on the fundamentals of the design of the instruments and the use of appropriate reconstruction algorithms in (computed) radiography, (digital) fluoroscopy, computed tomography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging and radionuclide imaging. Activities will include image reconstruction examples, investigation of recent innovations, and two trips to local Radiology departments.

Same as BIOL 464

 

PHYS 490 TOPICS IN PHYSICS (3) [top]

Three hours seminar per week

Prerequisite: Upper division standing and consent of the instructor

In-depth analysis of topics in physics. Topics vary each semester.

 

PHYS 492 INTERNSHIP (3) [top]

Six hours activity per week

Prerequisite: Upper division standing and consent of the instructor

Supervised work and study in industrial or scientific setting involving development of skills related to applied physics. All students are required to present their projects at the Senior Colloquium.

Student Option: Graded or CR/NC

 

PHYS 494 INDEPENDENT RESEARCH (1-3) [top]

Variable hours per week

Prerequisite: Senior standing and consent of the instructor

Contracted laboratory and/or library research in selected areas within physics conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. All students are required to present their projects at the Senior Colloquium.

 

PHYS 497 DIRECTED STUDIES (1-3) [top]

Variable hours per week

Prerequisite: Senior standing and program approval

Supervised project involving reading and library research in the field of physics. All students are required to present their projects at the Senior Colloquium.

 

PHYS 499 SENIOR COLLOQUIUM (1) [top]

One hour seminar per week

Prerequisite: Senior standing

Oral presentations of current advances in the field, reports on students' projects in PHYS 492, PHYS 494 or PHYS 497 courses, and invited lectures.

 

PHYS 510 ADVANCED IMAGE ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES (3) [top]

Three hours of lecture in the lab per week

Prerequisite: Admission to the Computer Science or Mathematics Graduate Program

Image processing course in the fundamentals of 2-D digital signal processing with emphasis in image processing techniques, image filtering design and applications. Programming exercises in Matlab (or Octave) will be used to implement the various processes, and their performance on synthetic and real images will be studied. Applications in medicine, robotics, consumer electronics and communications.

 

PHYS 546 PATTERN RECOGNITION (3) [top]

Three hours of lecture in the lab per week.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Computer Science or Mathematics Graduate Program

New and emerging applications of pattern recognition - such as data mining, web searching, multimedia data retrieval, face recognition, and cursive handwriting recognition - require robust and efficient pattern recognition techniques. Statistical decision making and estimation are regarded as fundamental to the study of pattern recognition. The course addresses the issue of analyzing pattern content by feature extraction and classification. The principles and concepts underpinning pattern recognition, and the evolution, utility and limitations of various techniques (including neural networks) will be studied. Programming exercises will be used to implement examples and applications of pattern recognition processes, and their performance on a variety of diverse examples will be studied.

 

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