Electromagnetism is beautifully described using vector calculus, yet most treatments of vector calculus emphasize algebraic manipulation, rather than the geometric reasoning that underpins Maxwell's equations. This course attempts to bridge that gap, providing a unified view of both electro- and magneto-statics and the underlying vector calculus.

An introduction to thermal and quantum physics in the context of contemporary challenges faced by our society, such as power generation, energy efficiency, and global warming.

Newtonian, Lagrangian, and Hamiltonian classical mechanics. Special relativity with relativistic mechanics.

Thermodynamics and canonical statistical mechanics.

A project-driven laboratory experience in computational physics. Includes the use of basic mathematical and numerical techniques in computer calculations leading to solutions for typical physical problems. Topics to be covered will coordinate with the Paradigms in Physics course sequence.

Introduction to quantum mechanics through Stern-Gerlach spin measurements. Probability, eigenvalues, operators, measurement, state reduction, Dirac notation, matrix mechanics, time evolution. Quantum behavior of a one-dimensional well.

Theory of static electric, magnetic, and gravitational potentials and fields using the techniques of vector calculus in three dimensions.

A project-driven laboratory experience in computational physics. Includes the use of basic mathematical and numerical techniques in computer calculations leading to solutions for typical physical problems. Topics to be covered will coordinate with the Paradigms in Physics course sequence.

Gravitational and electrostatic forces; angular momentum and spherical harmonics, separation of variables in classical and quantum mechanics, hydrogen atom.

A project-driven laboratory experience in computational physics. Includes the use of basic mathematical and numerical techniques in computer calculations leading to solutions for typical physical problems. Topics to be covered will coordinate with the Paradigms in Physics course sequence.