Minor in Physics

Physics Minor for Scientists and Engineers

Non-physics majors in all Colleges at Alfaisal University are eligible to earn a Physics minor. This is particularly helpful to those students who would like to have a strong foundation in physics, but don't have the time to complete the full major. Admission to the minor requires the following courses to be completed with a grade of C or better to be counted towards the minor.

Course requirements for a Minor in Physics:

PHU 103 – Mechanics and Waves for Engineers
The material of this course requires knowledge of differential and integral calculus. The covered material includes the basics of vectors, kinematics, Newtonian Mechanics, energy and momentum conservation, harmonic motion, mechanical waves, and sound. The course includes a mandatory laboratory.

PHU 124 –Electromagnetism and Optics for Engineers
The material of this course requires knowledge of differential and integral calculus. The covered material includes the basics of electricity and magnetism, electromagnetic radiation, and optics. The course includes a mandatory laboratory.
Prerequisite: PHU 103, MAT 101

PHU 212 Modern Physics
Special relativity; quantum mechanics: the particle and wave aspects of matter; quantum mechanics in one and three dimensions, quantum theory of the hydrogen atom; atomic physics; statistical physics; selected topics in solid state physics; nuclear physics.
Prerequisite: PHU 124

PHU 311 Classical Mechanics I
This course investigates various aspects of classical mechanics, including kinematics and dynamics of motion, rigid bodies, oscillatory motion, central forces and gravitation, and Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of classical mechanics.
Prerequisites: MAT 213, PHU 212

PHU 323 Electromagnetism I
Electric and magnetic fields will be studied. Introduction to classical electromagnetic theory based on vector calculus. Electrostatics; Laplace and Poisson's equations; Dielectric media and magnetostatics fields in matter. Maxwell's equations.
Prerequisites: PHU 124, MAT 213

PHU 411 Quantum Mechanics I
This course extends the investigation of quantum mechanics begun in modern Physics to include the full mathematical development of the theory. It deals with the fundamentals of non-relativistic quantum mechanics. Failures of classical physics in describing microscopic phenomena. Mathematical tools and basic postulates of Quantum Mechanics. The Schrödinger equation and its application to various one-dimensional systems. Orbital angular momentum. Applications of Quantum Mechanics to three-dimensional systems.
Prerequisite: PHU 311, MAT 320, MAT 212

PHU 412: Introductory to Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics
Introduction to probability, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics. Random variables, joint and conditional probability densities, and functions of a random variable. Concepts of macroscopic variables and thermodynamic equilibrium, fundamental assumption of statistical mechanics, microcanonical and canonical ensembles. First, second, and third laws of thermodynamics. Numerous examples illustrating a wide variety of physical phenomena such as magnetism, polyatomic gases, thermal radiation, electrons in solids, and noise in electronic devices.
Prerequisite: PHU 411

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