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CE 714 Stress Waves 3. Prerequisite: MA 341; CE 313 or PY 411 or MA 401.

Theory of stress waves in solids. Origins and nature of longitudinal transverse and surface waves originating at an impact site or from other transient disturbances. Determination of stresses, particle velocities, wave velocities. Wave interaction with other waves and with boundaries and dissimilar materials. Modern instrumentation and seismic refraction exploration.

AES 411 Agricultural Machinery and Power Units 4. Prerequisite: CH 101, CH 102, and PY 211 or PY 205..

Agricultural machinery principles, energy requirements, operation, calibration and environmental considerations. Diesel engine principles and their application to engine power, efficiencies and systems. Power trains and hydraulic systems. Application of basic machinery and power principles to mechanical needs in environmental systems.

MEA 411 Marine Sediment Transport 3. Prerequisite: MEA 101 or MEA 200, MA 241, PY 201 or PY 205.

Quantitative study of sediment transport in the marine environment including an introduction to fluid mechanics and sediment transport theory. Discussion of the processes and products of sediment transport in specific marine environments from estuaries to the deep sea and interpretation of sediment transport processes from sedimentary structures. Credit not allowed for both MEA 411 and MEA 562.

MEA 743 Ocean Circulation 3. Prerequisite: MEA 700 or PY 411.

Basic study of mechanics of ocean circulation with emphasis on various simple models of circulation systems.

PY 401 Quantum Physics I 3. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or better in PY 411 and grade of C- or better in PY 203..

An introduction to the basic principles of quantum physics with an emphasis on selected applications to atoms, molecules, solids, nuclei and elementary particles.

PY 501 Quantum Physics I 3. Prerequisite: C- or better in PY 411.

Basic principles of quantum physics with emphasis on selected applications to atoms, molecules, solids, nuclei and elementary particles. PY 501 - first semester in two-semester sequence in quantum mechanics; PY 501 - second semester of sequence. Credit for both PY 401 and PY 501 is not allowed.

PY 543 Astrophysics 3. Prerequisite: PY 203 or 407; PY 411.

Basic physics necessary to investigate, from observational data, internal conditions and evolution of stars. The formation and structure of spectral lines, methods of energy generation and transport, stellar structure, degeneracy, white dwarfs and neutron stars.

PY 781 Quantum Mechanics I 3. Prerequisite: MA 512; PY 411 or 414; Graduate standing.

Fundamental concepts and formulations, including interpretation and techniques, and the application of theory to simple physical systems, such as the free particle, the harmonic oscillator, the particle in a potential well and central force problems. Other topics including approximation methods, identical particles and spin, transformation theory, symmetries and invariance, and an introduction to quantum theory of scattering and angular momentum.

PY 782 Quantum Mechanics II 3. Prerequisite: MA 512; PY 411 or 414; Graduate standing.

Fundamental concepts and formulations, including interpretation and techniques, and the application of theory to simple physical systems, such as the free particle, the harmonic oscillator, the particle in a potential well and central force problems. Other topics including approximation methods, identical particles and spin, transformation theory, symmetries and invariance, and an introduction to quantum theory of scattering and angular momentum.

PY 412 Mechanics II 3. Prerequisite: C- or better in PY 411.

Second semester of a two-semester sequence in particle and continuum mechanics at the intermediate level. Focuses on dynamics of systems of particles and continua: Center of mass, collisions, rigid bodies, inertia tensor, principal axes, stress andstrain tensors, mechanical properties of fluids and solids; Waves in discrete and continuum systems, coupled oscillators, normal modes, elements of special relativity.

PY 411 Mechanics I 3. Prerequisite: C- or better in PY 203 or C- or better in PY 407Co-requisite: MA 341.

First semester of a two-semester sequence in particle and continuum mechanics at the intermediate level. Focuses on single-particle dynamics: Elementary Newtonian mechanics, harmonic oscillator, central force motion, conservation laws, motion in non-inertial frames, Coriolis and centrifugal forces, Lagrangian dynamics, Hamilton's equations.