Spring Term Schedule, Physics
Spring 2024
Number  Title  Instructor  Time 

PHYS 04701
Arie Bodek
7:00PM  7:00PM


No description


PHYS 11301
Sheth Nyibule
MW 9:00AM  10:15AM


First semester of a twocourse sequence suitable for students in the life sciences. Newtonian particle mechanics, including Newton's laws and their applications to straightline and circular motions, energy; linear momentum, angular momentum; and harmonic motion; sound, wave properties, and fluid dynamics. Calculus used as needed. In addition to Two 75minute lectures, One threehour laboratory every other week and one workshop per week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is done at the time of the course registration. Students should register for the PHYS 081 lab. This course is offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer Session I (A6). Prerequisites: MATH 141 or 161 (MTH 161 may be taken concurrently)


PHYS 113P01
Sheth Nyibule
7:00PM  7:00PM


First semester of a twocourse sequence suitable for students in the life sciences. Newtonian particle mechanics, including Newton's laws and their applications to straightline and circular motions, energy; linear momentum, angular momentum; and harmonic motion; Kepler's laws; planetary and satellite motions. Calculus used as needed. This is a selfpaced model course. The lectures and demonstrations are videotaped and put on Blackboard for student access. Workshop attendance is strongly recommended. The course material is divided into 17 modules, for each of which the instructors provide a study guide, textbookreading and videoviewing assignments, and homework problems to use to prepare for the module’s quiz. One threehour laboratory every other week is required. The Laboratories (PHYS 081) and workshop registration is at the time of the course registration. Offered Spring. For Workshop & Lab Questions Email: Lysa Wade  lwade3@ur.rochester.edu Please note, this course meets only once on Friday, January 19 from 9am10:30am in B&L 208. All other attendance will be at the workshop section times. Inperson exams are required. Prerequisites: MATH 141 or 161 (MATH 161 may be taken concurrently) *Course is reserved for Hajim students only.


PHYS 11401
Pierre Gourdain
TR 9:40AM  10:55AM


Second course of a twosemester sequence suitable for students in the life science. Electricity and magnetism, optics, electromagnetic waves; modern physics (introduction to relativity, quantum physics, etc.). In addition to the Two 75minute lectures each week, One workshop/recitation each week and One approximately threehour laboratory every other week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is done at the time of the course registration. Students should register for the PHYS 084 lab. Prerequisites: PHY 113; MTH 143 or MTH 162 (MTH 162 may be taken concurrently). This course is offered in both the Spring, Summer Session II (B6).


PHYS 12101
Aran GarciaBellido
TR 12:30PM  1:45PM


Course will make extensive use of geometry, algebra and trigonometry and simple integration and differentiation. Prior knowledge of introductory calculus (simple integration and differentiation) is required. First semester of a threecourse sequence for students planning to major in physics, other physical sciences, and engineering. Motion in one and two dimensions; Newton's laws; work and energy; conservation of energy; systems of particles; rotations; oscillations; gravity; thermodynamics. In addition to Two 75minute lectures each week, One workshop each week and One threehour laboratory every other week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is done at the same time as the course registration. Students should register for the PHYS 081 lab. This course is offered in Spring and Summer session (A6). Prerequisites: PHY 099; MTH 161 and MTH 162 (MTH 162 may be taken concurrently). EAS 101, 102, 103, 104,105 or 108 can be accepted in place of PHY 099.


PHYS 121P01
Arie Bodek
7:00PM  7:00PM


Course will make extensive use of geometry, algebra and trigonometry and simple integration and differentiation. Prior knowledge of introductory calculus (simple integration and differentiation) is required. First semester of a threecourse sequence for students planning to major in physics, other physical sciences, and engineering. Motion in one and two dimensions; Newton's laws; work and energy; conservation of energy; systems of particles; rotations; oscillations; gravity; thermodynamics. Lectures are videotaped and accessed through Blackboard. Laboratory registration is done at the same time as the course registration. Students should register for the PHYS 081 lab. Prerequisites: PHY 099; MTH 161 and MTH 162 (MTH 162 may be taken concurrently). EAS 101, 102, 103, 104,105 or 108 can be accepted in place of PHY 099. Onetime zoom lecture  Friday, January 20th 3:25pm For a description of the differences between PHYS 121/122 and the mastery/selfpaced PHYS 121P/122P, see: http://www.pas.rochester.edu/~dmw/MSP/MSP_Physics.pdf


PHYS 12301
Segev BenZvi
MW 12:30PM  1:45PM


Third semester of a threecourse sequence for students planning to majoring in physics, other physical sciences and engineering. Wave motion, physical optics, special relativity, photoelectric effect, Compton effect, Xrays, wave properties of particles. Schrdinger's equation applied to a particle in a box, penetration of a barrier, the hydrogen atom, the harmonic oscillator, the uncertainty principle, Rutherford scattering, the timedependent Schrdinger equation and radioactive transitions, many electron atoms and molecules, statistical mechanics and selected topics in solid state physics, nuclear physics and particle physics. In addition to Two 75minutes lectures each week, One workshop each week and One threehour laboratory every other week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is at the same time as the course registration. Students should register for the PHYS 083 lab. Offered in the Spring. Prerequisites: PHY 122; MTH 165 (MTH 165 may be taken concurrently)


PHYS 14301
Joseph Eberly
TR 2:00PM  3:15PM


Second semester of a threecourse honors sequence, recommended for prospective departmental concentrators and other science or engineering students with a strong interest in physics or mathematics. Topics are the same as PHYS 123 but in greater depth. Introductory examinations of Bohr's atomic model; Broglie waves; momentum and energy quantization; Heisenberg's uncertainty relation; Schrodinger's cat; electron spin; photon interference, and Bell's inequalities; selected applications to solidstate, nuclear, particle, and astrophysics. The laboratories and workshop registration is required at the same time as the course registration. Textbooks: (1)  'SIX IDEAS THAT SHAPED PHYSICS  UNIT Q: Particles Behave Like Waves' (*please note that the 2nd edition of this book is recommended vs the newer 3rd edition), (2)  'Quantum Theory  a Graphic Guide' MCEvoy and Zarate (3)  'Quantum Physics  Illusion or Reality' (Cambridge Univ. Press) Alistaire Rae Prerequisites: PHYS 141 or permission of the instructor; MATH 162 (MATH 162 may be taken concurrently)


PHYS 18201
Arie Bodek
7:00PM  7:00PM


Laboratory experiments in electricity and magnetism: Coulomb's Law; electric fields; measurement of the absolute voltage and capacitance, electricity and magnetism of the electron; superconductivity; and electric circuits. This Laboratory uses the P/F University grading system.


PHYS 18301
Arie Bodek
7:00PM  7:00PM


Laboratory experiments in modern physics: velocity of sound; geometrical optics and imaging; the wave nature of light and microwaves; the spectrum of atomic hydrogen; and the Frank Hertz experiment. This Laboratory uses the P/F University grading system.


PHYS 18401
Arie Bodek
7:00PM  7:00PM


Laboratory experiments in electricity, magnetism, and modern physics: Coulomb's Law; electric fields; electricity and magnetism ratio of the electron, superconductivity;, electric circuits; geometrical optics and imaging; the wave nature of light; and the spectrum of atomic hydrogen. This Laboratory uses the P/F University grading system.


PHYS 21801
Frank Wolfs
MW 12:30PM  1:45PM


Electromagnetic induction; displacement current; Maxwell's equations; the wave equation; plane electromagnetic waves; Poynting vector; reflection and refraction; radiation; waveguides; transmission lines; propagation of light; radiation by charged particles; relativistic formulation of Maxwell's equations. Prerequisites: PHYS 217


PHYS 22701
Gourab Ghoshal
TR 9:40AM  10:55AM


Multiplicity of physical states, equilibrium entropy and temperature, Boltzmann factor and partition function, statistical approach to free energy, chemical potential, distribution functions for ideal classical and quantum gases. Applications to chemical reactions, thermal engines, equations of state and phase transitions, applications. Prerequisites: PHYS 237; MATH 281 (MATH 281 may be taken concurrently)


PHYS 2331
Michael Heilemann
TR 11:05AM  12:20PM


Blank Description


PHYS 23701
Nicholas Bigelow
TR 12:30PM  1:45PM


Introduction to quantum mechanics with emphasis on applications to physical systems. Includes Schroedinger theory; solutions to the onedimentional Schroedinger equation; the hydrogen atom; and selected applications from atomic and molecular physics; quantum statistics; lasers; solids; nuclei; and elementary particles. Prerequisites: PHY 122/142; PHY 123/143; MATH 165/174 (MATH 164/174 may be taken concurrently).


PHYS 245W01
Wolf Schroeder
TR 2:00PM  4:40PM


The students enrolled in ANSEL will develop a sophisticated understanding of our terrestrial radiation environment and of some of the important applications of nuclear science and technology. They will acquire practical skills in the routine use of radiation detectors, monitors, and electronics, and develop the ability to assess radiation threats and prospects of their abatement. The four indepth ANSEL experiments are designed to help recreate a type of wellrounded, competent experimental nuclear scientist who is able to analyze an experimental problem, to select, design, and set up appropriate nuclear instrumentation, and to conduct required measurements. The laboratory sessions will meet twice a week for 2 hours and 40 minutes. The students are expected to write detailed lab reports on their work, and give a presentation on of their experiments at the end of the semester.In addition to the laboratory component of ANSEL students will attend a weekly lecture (1 hour and 15 minutes per week). Prerequisites: PHY 123/143; not open to firstyears and sophomores.


PHYS 24601
Machiel Blok
MW 3:25PM  4:40PM


Formalism of quantum theory with more advanced applications than PHY 237. Includes postulates of Quantum Mechanics; function spaces, Hermitian operators, completeness of basis sets; superposition, compatible observables, conservation theorems; operations in abstract vector space, spin and angular momentum matrices; addition of angular momentum; perturbation theory, and simple scattering theory. Prerequisites: PHY 237; MTH 281 (or close equivalent).


PHYS 2521
Diane Dalecki
TR 3:25PM  4:40PM


This course provides analyses of the physical bases for the use of highfrequency sound in medicine (diagnosis, therapy, and surgery) and biology. Topics include acoustic interactions of ultrasound with gas bodies (acoustic cavitation and contrast agents), thermal and nonthermal biological effects of ultrasound, ultrasonography, dosimetry, hyperthermia, and lithotripsy.


PHYS 25601
Yongli Gao
MW 2:00PM  3:15PM


Introduction of numerical and computational methods, with special emphasis on their utilities and applications in contemporary physics topics: Intro to programming language, numerical considerations, ordinary differential equations I & II, partial differential equations I & II, analysis of data, random numbers and evaluation, growth and fractal, Monte Carlo method. Prerequisites: PHYS 141143 or PHYS 121123 (PHYS 123/143 may be taken concurrently).


PHYS 2613
Nick Vamivakas
MW 10:25AM  11:40AM


Complex representation of waves; propagation of waves, diffraction; scalar diffraction theory; Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction and application to measurement; partially coherent light; diffraction and image formation; optical transfer function; coherent optical systems, optical data processing, and holography (same as OPT 261).


PHYS 26501
Alice Quillen
TR 4:50PM  6:05PM


The quantum mechanical nature and capabilities of a Qubit based quantum computer will be introduced and explored. Topics covered include: Two state quantum systems, qubits, as components of a quantum computer. Quantum measurements. Tensor products and entanglement. Quantum gates and quantum circuits. Quantum information and vonNeumann entropy. Density operators, partial traces, quantum channels and decoherence. Realizing logical operations and universality on a quantum computer. Black box problems, such as the BernsteinVazirani and Simon’s problems. The quantum Fourier transform. Quantum algorithms such as Shor’s factoring algorithm. Types of quantum computing complexity. Quantum error correction. Quantum search algorithms. Prospects for realizing quantum computing. Prerequisites: Modern physics including some quantum mechanics. Linear algebra at the level of the Math 161165 or the MATH 171174 sequences. Level: upper level for PHY/PAS majors.


PHYS 390A01
Steven Manly
7:00PM  7:00PM


This course is designed for an experienced undergraduate planning to be a Workshop Leader, Laboratory or Recitation Teaching Intern (TI), Students spend the semester teaching one workshop, laboratory or recitation section during the Fall/Spring semester introductory physics courses. This course may be taken more than once.


PHYS 39101
Pierre Gourdain
7:00PM  7:00PM


Independent study project under the direction of a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.


PHYS 393W02
Segev BenZvi
7:00PM  7:00PM


Completion of an independent research project under the direction of a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. This course includes a writing component and can be used to satisfy part of the upperlevel writing requirement.


PHYS 393W03
Frank Wolfs
7:00PM  7:00PM


Completion of an independent research project under the direction of a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. This course includes a writing component and can be used to satisfy part of the upperlevel writing requirement.


PHYS 393W04
Pierre Gourdain
7:00PM  7:00PM


Completion of an independent research project under the direction of a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. This course includes a writing component and can be used to satisfy part of the upperlevel writing requirement.


PHYS 393W05
Kevin McFarland
7:00PM  7:00PM


Completion of an independent research project under the direction of a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. This course includes a writing component and can be used to satisfy part of the upperlevel writing requirement.


PHYS 3957
Alice Quillen
7:00PM  7:00PM


Independent research project under the direction of a faculty member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Spring 2024
Number  Title  Instructor  Time 

Monday and Wednesday  
PHYS 11301
Sheth Nyibule


First semester of a twocourse sequence suitable for students in the life sciences. Newtonian particle mechanics, including Newton's laws and their applications to straightline and circular motions, energy; linear momentum, angular momentum; and harmonic motion; sound, wave properties, and fluid dynamics. Calculus used as needed. In addition to Two 75minute lectures, One threehour laboratory every other week and one workshop per week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is done at the time of the course registration. Students should register for the PHYS 081 lab. This course is offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer Session I (A6). Prerequisites: MATH 141 or 161 (MTH 161 may be taken concurrently) 

PHYS 2613
Nick Vamivakas


Complex representation of waves; propagation of waves, diffraction; scalar diffraction theory; Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction and application to measurement; partially coherent light; diffraction and image formation; optical transfer function; coherent optical systems, optical data processing, and holography (same as OPT 261). 

PHYS 12301
Segev BenZvi


Third semester of a threecourse sequence for students planning to majoring in physics, other physical sciences and engineering. Wave motion, physical optics, special relativity, photoelectric effect, Compton effect, Xrays, wave properties of particles. Schrdinger's equation applied to a particle in a box, penetration of a barrier, the hydrogen atom, the harmonic oscillator, the uncertainty principle, Rutherford scattering, the timedependent Schrdinger equation and radioactive transitions, many electron atoms and molecules, statistical mechanics and selected topics in solid state physics, nuclear physics and particle physics. In addition to Two 75minutes lectures each week, One workshop each week and One threehour laboratory every other week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is at the same time as the course registration. Students should register for the PHYS 083 lab. Offered in the Spring. Prerequisites: PHY 122; MTH 165 (MTH 165 may be taken concurrently) 

PHYS 21801
Frank Wolfs


Electromagnetic induction; displacement current; Maxwell's equations; the wave equation; plane electromagnetic waves; Poynting vector; reflection and refraction; radiation; waveguides; transmission lines; propagation of light; radiation by charged particles; relativistic formulation of Maxwell's equations. Prerequisites: PHYS 217 

PHYS 25601
Yongli Gao


Introduction of numerical and computational methods, with special emphasis on their utilities and applications in contemporary physics topics: Intro to programming language, numerical considerations, ordinary differential equations I & II, partial differential equations I & II, analysis of data, random numbers and evaluation, growth and fractal, Monte Carlo method. Prerequisites: PHYS 141143 or PHYS 121123 (PHYS 123/143 may be taken concurrently). 

PHYS 24601
Machiel Blok


Formalism of quantum theory with more advanced applications than PHY 237. Includes postulates of Quantum Mechanics; function spaces, Hermitian operators, completeness of basis sets; superposition, compatible observables, conservation theorems; operations in abstract vector space, spin and angular momentum matrices; addition of angular momentum; perturbation theory, and simple scattering theory. Prerequisites: PHY 237; MTH 281 (or close equivalent). 

Tuesday and Thursday  
PHYS 11401
Pierre Gourdain


Second course of a twosemester sequence suitable for students in the life science. Electricity and magnetism, optics, electromagnetic waves; modern physics (introduction to relativity, quantum physics, etc.). In addition to the Two 75minute lectures each week, One workshop/recitation each week and One approximately threehour laboratory every other week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is done at the time of the course registration. Students should register for the PHYS 084 lab. Prerequisites: PHY 113; MTH 143 or MTH 162 (MTH 162 may be taken concurrently). This course is offered in both the Spring, Summer Session II (B6). 

PHYS 22701
Gourab Ghoshal


Multiplicity of physical states, equilibrium entropy and temperature, Boltzmann factor and partition function, statistical approach to free energy, chemical potential, distribution functions for ideal classical and quantum gases. Applications to chemical reactions, thermal engines, equations of state and phase transitions, applications. Prerequisites: PHYS 237; MATH 281 (MATH 281 may be taken concurrently) 

PHYS 2331
Michael Heilemann


Blank Description 

PHYS 12101
Aran GarciaBellido


Course will make extensive use of geometry, algebra and trigonometry and simple integration and differentiation. Prior knowledge of introductory calculus (simple integration and differentiation) is required. First semester of a threecourse sequence for students planning to major in physics, other physical sciences, and engineering. Motion in one and two dimensions; Newton's laws; work and energy; conservation of energy; systems of particles; rotations; oscillations; gravity; thermodynamics. In addition to Two 75minute lectures each week, One workshop each week and One threehour laboratory every other week is required. Laboratory and workshop registration is done at the same time as the course registration. Students should register for the PHYS 081 lab. This course is offered in Spring and Summer session (A6). Prerequisites: PHY 099; MTH 161 and MTH 162 (MTH 162 may be taken concurrently). EAS 101, 102, 103, 104,105 or 108 can be accepted in place of PHY 099. 

PHYS 23701
Nicholas Bigelow


Introduction to quantum mechanics with emphasis on applications to physical systems. Includes Schroedinger theory; solutions to the onedimentional Schroedinger equation; the hydrogen atom; and selected applications from atomic and molecular physics; quantum statistics; lasers; solids; nuclei; and elementary particles. Prerequisites: PHY 122/142; PHY 123/143; MATH 165/174 (MATH 164/174 may be taken concurrently). 

PHYS 14301
Joseph Eberly


Second semester of a threecourse honors sequence, recommended for prospective departmental concentrators and other science or engineering students with a strong interest in physics or mathematics. Topics are the same as PHYS 123 but in greater depth. Introductory examinations of Bohr's atomic model; Broglie waves; momentum and energy quantization; Heisenberg's uncertainty relation; Schrodinger's cat; electron spin; photon interference, and Bell's inequalities; selected applications to solidstate, nuclear, particle, and astrophysics. The laboratories and workshop registration is required at the same time as the course registration. Textbooks: (1)  'SIX IDEAS THAT SHAPED PHYSICS  UNIT Q: Particles Behave Like Waves' (*please note that the 2nd edition of this book is recommended vs the newer 3rd edition), (2)  'Quantum Theory  a Graphic Guide' MCEvoy and Zarate (3)  'Quantum Physics  Illusion or Reality' (Cambridge Univ. Press) Alistaire Rae Prerequisites: PHYS 141 or permission of the instructor; MATH 162 (MATH 162 may be taken concurrently) 

PHYS 245W01
Wolf Schroeder


The students enrolled in ANSEL will develop a sophisticated understanding of our terrestrial radiation environment and of some of the important applications of nuclear science and technology. They will acquire practical skills in the routine use of radiation detectors, monitors, and electronics, and develop the ability to assess radiation threats and prospects of their abatement. The four indepth ANSEL experiments are designed to help recreate a type of wellrounded, competent experimental nuclear scientist who is able to analyze an experimental problem, to select, design, and set up appropriate nuclear instrumentation, and to conduct required measurements. The laboratory sessions will meet twice a week for 2 hours and 40 minutes. The students are expected to write detailed lab reports on their work, and give a presentation on of their experiments at the end of the semester.In addition to the laboratory component of ANSEL students will attend a weekly lecture (1 hour and 15 minutes per week). Prerequisites: PHY 123/143; not open to firstyears and sophomores. 

PHYS 2521
Diane Dalecki


This course provides analyses of the physical bases for the use of highfrequency sound in medicine (diagnosis, therapy, and surgery) and biology. Topics include acoustic interactions of ultrasound with gas bodies (acoustic cavitation and contrast agents), thermal and nonthermal biological effects of ultrasound, ultrasonography, dosimetry, hyperthermia, and lithotripsy. 

PHYS 26501
Alice Quillen


The quantum mechanical nature and capabilities of a Qubit based quantum computer will be introduced and explored. Topics covered include: Two state quantum systems, qubits, as components of a quantum computer. Quantum measurements. Tensor products and entanglement. Quantum gates and quantum circuits. Quantum information and vonNeumann entropy. Density operators, partial traces, quantum channels and decoherence. Realizing logical operations and universality on a quantum computer. Black box problems, such as the BernsteinVazirani and Simon’s problems. The quantum Fourier transform. Quantum algorithms such as Shor’s factoring algorithm. Types of quantum computing complexity. Quantum error correction. Quantum search algorithms. Prospects for realizing quantum computing. Prerequisites: Modern physics including some quantum mechanics. Linear algebra at the level of the Math 161165 or the MATH 171174 sequences. Level: upper level for PHY/PAS majors. 

Friday 