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PHYS 1103 - Observational Astronomy
This laboratory course is taken in conjunction with PHYS 1304 or PHYS 1305. Emphasis is on using telescopes to observe planets, stars, stellar systems, and galaxies.

PHYS 1106 - Reproduction of Sound Laboratory
This laboratory course accompanies PHYS 1306 and examines the DC and AC electrical circuits and the principles and methods used in the electrical reproduction of sound.

PHYS 1111 - Introductory Physics Laboratory
This lab accompanies PHYS 1309 and 1311. Topics studied include classical mechanics, computer assisted data-acquisition, and data analysis.

PHYS 1112 - Intermediate Physics Laboratory
This lab course accompanies PHYS 1310 and PHYS 1312. Topics examined in this course include transient circuits, AC circuits, geometrical optics, physical optics, spectra, and radioactivity.

PHYS 1194 - Physics and Society Seminar
A discussion course on the historical, sociological, philosophical, and cultural context in which physics research is done and the implications of that research.

PHYS 1302 - Frontiers of Physics
An introduction to the methods and results and philosophical implications of modern physics.

PHYS 1303 - The Earth's Changing Environment
An introduction to the application of physics to understanding environmental processes.

PHYS 1304 - Solar System Astronomy
A survey of the nature of the solar system.

PHYS 1305 - Stellar and Extragalactic Astronomy
A survey of the properties of stars and galaxies and of modern theories of cosmology.

PHYS 1306 - Sound Waves and Light Waves
This course examines wave phenomena with particular emphasis on sound waves and human hearing and on light waves and human vision.

PHYS 1307 - Introduction to Nanotechnology
An introduction to current nanotechnology fabrication methods and applications aimed at non-science majors.

PHYS 1309 - General Physics I
A calculus-level introduction to classical mechanics and its applications.

PHYS 1310 - General Physics II
A calculus-level introduction to electric fields, magnetic fields, light waves, and modern physics.

PHYS 1311 - Introduction to Mechanics
A calculus-level introduction to classical mechanics.

PHYS 1312 - Introduction to Electricity, Magnetism and Waves
A calculus-level introduction to electric fields, magnetic fields, and light waves.

PHYS 2-90 - Directed Studies - Sophomore Level
Individual research under faculty supervision or independent study under faculty supervision in fields not covered by other courses.

PHYS 2094 - Physics Seminar
Attendance at departmental seminars.

PHYS 2128 - Research Participation I
Individual research participation under faculty supervision.

PHYS 2131 - Sophomore Experimental Physics I
Rigorous experimental work, including data handling and scientific writing. Topics include mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, and nuclear physics

PHYS 2132 - Sophomore Experimental Physics II
Continued instruction in experimentation, data analysis, and scientific writing.

PHYS 2311 - An Introduction to Biophysics
A basic introduction to the application of physical principles to biological systems on nanometer-micrometer length scales.

PHYS 3129 - Research Participation II
Individual research participation under faculty supervision.

PHYS 3312 - Geophysics
Introduction to the use of physical principles and measurements in the study of the Earth.

PHYS 3321 - Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics
An introduction to the subjects of statistical mechanics, kinetic theory, thermodynamics, and heat.

PHYS 3322 - Classical Mechanics and Nonlinear Dynamics
Newtonian dynamics and kinematics utilizing the vector calculus.

PHYS 3323 - Introduction to Modern Physics
A quantitative survey of modern physics, including special relativity and introductory quantum mechanics.

PHYS 3325 - Optical Physics
This course looks at the nature and propagation and electromagnetic waves and their interaction with matter.

PHYS 3333 - Quantum Physics I
An introduction to the theory of quantum mechanics.

PHYS 3335 - Electromagnetic Fields
An intermediate course on electromagnetic theory.

PHYS 3336 - Advanced Theoretical Physics
An advanced course on electromagnetic theory and classical mechanics.

PHYS 3348 - Atmospheric Physics
This course examines the physics of planetary atmospheres and the role of the atmosphere in determining climate.

PHYS 3350 - Astrophysics
A study of the application of physics to understanding stars and systems of stars.

PHYS 3-90 - Directed Studies
Individual research under faculty supervision or independent study under faculty supervision.

PHYS 3-92 - Directed Studies for Secondary School Science Teachers - Junior Level
Students work under supervision of a faculty member on a project that will be applicable to their future careers in teaching secondary school science.

PHYS 3398 - Honors Reading
Individual research and study under faculty supervision in preparation for Honors Thesis.

PHYS 4121 - Photonics and Electronics Laboratory I
An introduction to the use of lasers, fiber optics, and semiconductor-based electronics in modern technology and physics research.

PHYS 4122 - Photonics and Electronics Laboratory II
Continued hands-on instruction in the use of lasers, fiber optics, and semiconductor-based electronics in modern technology and physics research.

PHYS 4131 - Advanced Experimental Physics I
Experimental methods of modern physics.

PHYS 4132 - Advanced Experimental Physics II
Advanced experimental techniques in modern physics.

PHYS 4343 - Quantum Physics II
A formal treatment of quantum mechanics emphasizing Dirac notation and matrix methods.

PHYS 4346 - Advanced Modern Physics
An advanced treatment of quantum theories of atoms and solids.

PHYS 4-90 - Directed Studies - Senior Level
Individual research under faculty supervision or independent study under faculty supervision.

PHYS 4395 - Senior Project
Individual research and scholarly investigation under faculty supervision.

PHYS 4396 - Senior Thesis
A continuation of PHYS 4395, including a written preparation of a thesis and oral presentation of results at a department seminar.

PHYS 4398 - Honors Project
Individual research and scholarly investigation under faculty supervision.

PHYS 4399 - Honors Thesis
A continuation of PHYS 4398, including written preparation of a thesis and oral presentation of results at a department seminar.

Physics Courses

Above, Physics and History major Stephen Cahill and Professor Dennis Ugolini work on an electronic circuit for a tunable wavelength diode laser which will trap and supercool cesium atoms. The project is part of Trinity's Summer Research Program.