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Undergraduate Physics at The Ohio State University
Semester Information
A conversion table for physics courses under semsters can be found on the Physics Semester Courses webpage.
For complete information about the semester switch, including new requirements for both Arts &
Sciences Physics and Engineering Physics majors can be found on the
Physics Semester Transistion webpage.
CourseRelated Links
Alternative Physics Courses  optional physics courses that can be used as physics substitutions
Webpages for all courses in the Physics Department
780 Courses for the 20102011 Academic Year
Private Physics
Tutors for the 20102011 Academic
Year
This page summarizes the individual physics courses required for both the Physics
and Engineering Physics Majors.
Physics Major Course Descriptions
 Physics H131: Mechanics and Conservation Laws U 5
 Au Qtr. Major concepts of physics from a contemporary point of view; challenging, flexible format; includes honors lab; for students strong in physical sciences, mathematics, or engineering.
 Physics H132: Electricty, Magnetism, and Special Relativity U 5

Wi Qtr. We will develop qualitative and quantitative understanding of forces that electrically charged particles exert on each other.
Magnetic forces that moving charges exert on other moving charges will be seen as a consequence of electric forces through
Einstein's special relativity.
 Physics H133:Thermal Physics, Waves, and Quantum Physics U 5

Sp Qtr. Thermal Physics, Waves and Quantum Physics
 Physics 261: Dynamics of Particles and Waves I U 4
 Au Qtr. Vectors and Kinematics
Foundations of Newtonian Mechanics
Momentum, Work, and Energy
Conservative and Nonconservative Forces
Potentials
Angular Momentum
Rotation About a Fixed Axis
Also ... introduction to Mathematica
 Physics 262: Dynamics of Particles and Waves II U 4
 Wi Qtr. Angular Momentum (ch 6)
Rigid Body Motion (ch 7)
Noninertial Systems and Fictious Forces (ch 8)
Central Force Motion (ch 9)
Special Theory of Relativity (ch 11)
Relativistic Kinematics (ch 12)
Relativistic Momentum and Energy (ch 13)
 Physics 263: Dynamics of Particles and Waves III U 4

Sp Qtr. The focus is on ensuring a solid foundation in mathematics
and computational methods upon which subsequent physics (or other science or engineering) courses can build. It is neither a
substitute for the standard math prerequisites nor is it a remedial math course. The goals of the computational component are to
introduce selected concepts of numerical analysis and visualization along with a gentle introduction to programming by example
 Physics 295: Undergraduate Seminar U 1
 Au Qtr. Introduction to departmental research programs and to selected topics of interest in contemporary physics.
 Physics 367: Energy in a Modern Society
 Au Qtr.
This course stresses the use of science in a modern society. The course focuses on four topics: energy and fossil resources for
energy; environmental problems of energy generation; nuclear energy; and energy alternatives. The first three topics mesh
together seamlessly; the fourth topic grows out of their discussion. The textbook for the course is Energy by G. Aubrecht which
is supplemented by readings from Scientific American.
This course is designed as a second reading course in the Physics Department. As such it focuses on the following skills:
scientific reasoning, problem solving, outlining, summarizing, and presentation (oral and written).
 Physics 416: Methods in Experimental Physics U 4

Au Wi Sp Qtrs. This course stresses data analysis in a physics laboratory setting. We will start with some fundamental concepts from
probability and statistics and build on them until we are doing very sophisticated things like nonlinear least squares curve
fitting and computer simulation of experiments.
 Physics 517: U 4
 Su Au Wi Sp Qtrs. Intermediate level introduction to electronic circuits, devices, and instrumentation with emphasis on laboratory experience.
 Physics 616: Advanced Physics Laboratory U 4
 Au Wi Sp Qtrs. The purpose of this course is to expose you to a wide variety of physics experiments and gain experience collecting and
analyzing data. You are expected to complete 3 experiments in addition to 2 mandatory introductory experiments.
The purpose of the course is threefold:
 To help you extend your breadth and depth of basic physics knowledge.
 To help you learn how to plan and conduct a good experiment.
 To help you learn how to correctly analyze data and prepare a good report.
This course emphasizes independent work and critical reasoning. In this course, a student normally completes three experiments
in various areas of physics. In some of these areas you will have had no formal classroom training. This course allows you to
explore such areas.
 Physics 555: Fields and Waves U 4
 Au Qtr. Introduction to the description of electrostatic fields; dielectrics; boundaryvalue problems.
 Physics 656: Fields and Waves 2 U 4
 Wi Qtr. magnetic fields of steady currents; induction; Maxwell's equations; plane waves; special relativity
 Physics 657: Fields and Waves 3 U 4
 Sp Qtr. plane waves in matter; physical optics; coherence, interference, diffraction, and dispersion.
 Physics 596: Senior Seminar: Speaking and Writing for Physics and Astronomy U 3
 Au Wi Sp Qtrs.
Effective writing and speaking are essential skills for success in business, government or academe. A series of peerreviewed
writing and speaking projects emphasize tailoring to both technical and nontechnical audiences, delivering a wellhoned,
takehome message and responding effectively to criticism.
 Physics 621: Statistical Physics I U 4
 Au Qtr. Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics; applications to noninteracting classical and quantum systems.
 Physics 622: Statistical Physics II U 4
 Wi Qtr. Interacting systems, special states of matter, critical phenomena and phase transitions.
 Physics 631: Introductory Quantum Mechanics I U 4
 Au Qtr.
Topics to be covered:
Origins of Quantum Mechanics,
Complex Numbers & Linear Operators,
The Schrodinger Equation,
OneDimensional Schrodinger Equation,
OneDimensional Quantum Physics.
 Physics 632: Introductory Quantum Mechanics II U 4
 Wi Qtr.
Topics to be covered:
Angular Momentum and Spin,
Threedimensional Quantum Mechanics,
Matrix Mechanics,
Hydrogenlike atoms,
Timeindependent perturbation theory,
Variational Principle and Helium.
 Physics 633: Introductory Quantum Mechanics III U 4
 Sp Qtr.
Topics to be covered:
Variational Principle & Helium,
TimeDependent Perturbation Theory,
Scattering Theory,
ManyBody Quantum Mechanics,
Relativistic Quantum Mechanics,
Quantum Computing.
 Physics 664: Theoretical Mechanics U 4
 Sp Qtr.
In this class, we will deepen our understanding of classical mechanics. We will first review Newtonian mechanics of single
particles and specifically discuss oscillators. Then, we will develop the Lagrangian formulation of mechanics. We will close the
quarter with the discussion of rigid body rotations and an introduction to the mechanics of continuous media.
 Physics 670: The Power of Physics: Energy and Technology U5
 Wi Qtr.
A 5hour course for graduate credit for inservice teachers and preeducation majors. This course is designed to address the Ohio
Technology Academic Content Standards.
Focuses on the physics of energy, energy efficiency and the impact of energy on technology and the
environment.
The course is a handson, inquiryoriented, cooperative learning environment that effectively develops physical science
literacy.
 Physics 730: Methods of Theoretical Physics
 Sp Qtr.
Topics to be covered:
Complex Variables,
Differential Equations,
Fourier Series and Transforms,
Special Functions,
SturmLiouville Theory.

