Engineering Physics (EP)

EP-235  Computers in Physics    4 Credits

Prerequisites: PHYS-224 and PHYS-225
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore
Terms Offered: Winter, Spring
The multiple ways computers are used by professionals in industry, academia, and government laboratories are provided. Problems in physics will be solved through analytical or symbolic software tools, numerical approaches implemented in spreadsheets and basic scripts written in a structured style, and experimental tools for control and data acquisition. This combination of symbolic, numerical and experimental work will give students a practical toolbox of techniques to solve new problems and meet challenges in upper level classes, graduate school, and/or postgraduate positions.
Lecture: 2, Lab 4, Other 0

EP-342  Materials Science and Nanotechnology    4 Credits

Prerequisites: PHYS-224 and PHYS-225 and (CHEM-135 or CHEM-137)
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore
Terms Offered: Winter, Spring
The relationship between the structure and properties of metals, semiconductors, ceramic and the materials at the micron and nanoscale size will be described. Important crystal structures, imperfections, defects and diffusion in bulk and nano scale materials are discussed. Characterization techniques, such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Scanning Tunneling Microscopy (STM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) are introduced. A brief introduction of quantum mechanics, especially potential well and tunneling through a barrier necessary to understand the behavior of nano size material, is also introduced. Optical properties of the quantum dots, fabrication and applications of MEMS and NEMS, giant magneto resistance (GMR), spintronics, magnetic tunnel junctions and nanophotonics are discussed.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

EP-446  Solid State Physics    4 Credits

Prerequisites: (MATH-204 or MATH-204H) and PHYS-362
Minimum Class Standing: Junior
Terms Offered: As needed
Advanced course in physics of solids will be provided. Topics include: crystal lattices, reciprocal lattice vectors and momentum space, concept of the Brillouin zones, elastic waves in crystals, phonons, phonon heat capacity, density of states, free electron gas model, energy band gap and Bloch functions, Kronig-Penney model for periodic well and reciprocal space, effective mass, Fermi surfaces, semiconductors & semiconductor devices – pn junctions, LEDs and Lasers.
Lecture: 4, Lab 0, Other 0

EP-485  Acoustic Testing and Modeling    4 Credits

Prerequisites: (MATH-204 or MATH-204H) and PHYS-302
Terms Offered: Winter, Spring
This course combines testing and measurement in the Acoustics Laboratory, modeling approaches including the finite element method, and exposure to textbook and journal literature to explore basic phenomena in acoustics. Each time the course is offered, students and the instructor will select three modules from a larger set, so that the course may be tailored to meet the needs and interests of students and faculty. Module topics include acoustics oscillators, structural vibration, source models, three-dimensional wave propagation, impedance and intensity, and transducers. Additional modules may be offered. Students in this course will collaborate to develop understanding through lab work, modeling, and theory. Each module will culminate in a presentation.
Lecture: 2, Lab 4, Other 0