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Engineering Physics (EP)

Courses

EP 101  Current Topics in Space Science  1 Credit (1,0)

A survey seminar intended to explore contemporary topics encountered in the exploration of the upper atmosphere and near space environment.

EP 199  Special Topics in Engineering Physics  1-6 Credit

Individual, independent, or directed study of topics in the fields of applied physics, space systems, and allied engineering disciplines. Student design projects involve significant engineering design such as microgravity experiments and moon-buggy design. May be considered as an engineering elective with approval of the program coordinator.

EP 299  Special Topics in Engineering Physics  1-6 Credit

Individual, independent, or directed study of topics in the fields of applied physics, space systems, and allied engineering disciplines. Student design projects involve significant engineering design such as microgravity experiments and moon-buggy design. May be considered as an engineering elective with approval of the program coordinator.

EP 320  Electro-Optical Engineering  3 Credits

Geometrical optics of mirrors, thin and thick lenses, prisms, and systems. Ray tracing with optical CAD. Fiber optics applications. Physical optics including interference, diffraction, and polarization. Phaser methods. Engineering considerations in choice of different types of detectors. Space systems applications. Image processing. Emphasis on design.
Prerequisites: EGR 115 or CS 223 and PS 303 Corequisites: MA 345 & PS 305.

EP 335  Nanomaterials and Nanoscience  3 Credits

Nanomaterials are substances that have dimensions on the order of 1 nm to 100 nm. This is an introductory course designed to acquaint upper-level science and engineering students with the new and rapidly changing field of nanotechnology. Topics include the synthesis and characteristics of nanodots, nanowires, and nanotubes; characterization methods such as atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and x-ray diffraction; and the large number of applications that employ nanomaterials; and nanotoxicology.
Prerequisites: PS 139 or PS 140 & PS 228 or PS 250 & MA 242.

EP 340  Introduction to Space Systems Design  2 Credits (2,1.5)

An introduction to space mission analysis and design process, mission characterization, evaluation, and requirements definition. Introduction to computer-aided design (CAD). Numerical modeling and simulation of engineering systems, the finite element method, the finite difference method.
Prerequisites: CS 223 or EGR 115.

EP 345  Space Science Seminar  1 Credit

Seminar-style course, with lectures, readings, and writing on topics of current interest in Space Science.

EP 391  Microcomputers and Electronic Instrumentation  3 Credits (2,3)

This course will provide students with a background as it applies to the design circuits of measuring instruments and to interface sensors and computers. The program of study will concentrate on following the form of the electrical signal from light, pressure temperature and other sensors as it proceeds through signal conditioning circuits and into the microcomputer for further processing.
Prerequisites: PS 228 or PS 250 & PS 228L & EGR 115 or CS 223 Corequisites: MA 345.

EP 391L  Microcomputer and Electronic Instrumentation Laboratory  1 Credit

This course will provide students with a background as it applies to the design circuits of measuring instruments and to interface sensors and computers. The program of study will concentrate on following the form of the electrical signal from light, pressure temperature and other sensors as it proceeds through signal conditioning circuits and into the microcomputer for further processing.
Corequisites: EP 391.

EP 393  Spaceflight Dynamics  3 Credits

Basic topics in analytical dynamics, two body orbits and the initial value problem, the two body orbital boundary value problem, Earth coverage and space mission geometry, non-Keplerian effects, orbital maneuvers and rendezvous, and interplanetary transfer. Fundamentals of ascent flight mechanics, launch vehicle selection, fundamentals of entry flight mechanics, and the associated thermal control problem.
Prerequisites: MA 345 and CS 223 or EGR 115.

EP 394  Space Systems Engineering  3 Credits (3,0)

Development of the fundamental principles used in the engineering and design of space systems. Several major subsystems including power, telemetry and command, communications, thermal control and guidance, navigation, and control subsystems are covered. Topics on space environmental control and life support systems, space system integration and testing, and space system operations are also discussed.
Prerequisites: AE 313 or EP 393.

EP 399  Special Topics in Engineering Physics  1-6 Credit

Individual, independent, or directed study of topics in the fields of applied physics, space systems, and allied engineering disciplines. Student design projects involve significant engineering design such as microgravity experiments and moon-buggy design. May be considered as an engineering elective with approval of the program coordinator.

EP 400  Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics  3 Credits

Basic thermodynamics, entropy, kinetic theory, distribution of molecular velocities, Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics, Bose-Einstein statistics, Fermi-Dirac statistics, microcanonical ensemble, canonical ensemble.
Prerequisites: PS 303.

EP 410  Space Physics  3 Credits

Origin, evolution, and structure of neutral and ionized terrestrial atmosphere. Effect of suns electromagnetic radiation on ozone shield. Photoionization and thermal structure of the neutral atmosphere as well as the ionosphere and magnetosphere. Solar disturbances and their effects on satellite orbit decay and on long-distance communication. Studies of composition, thermodynamics, and physical processes of the near-Earth space environment. Rocket and satellite monitoring and remote sensing. Numerical and instrument design projects.
Prerequisites: PS 320 Corequisites: EP 440.

EP 411  Space Physics II  3 Credits (3,0)

Plasma physics applied to the interplanetary medium and planetary magnetospheres: solar wind. Magneto-hydrodynamics. Interaction between planetary magnetospheres and the solar wind. Auroral dynamics. Planetary atmospheres and ionospheres. Magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. Energetic particle dynamics. Ring currents. The space radiation environment. Space weather. Satellite missions to Earth and other planets.
Prerequisites: EP 410 and EP 440.

EP 420  Planetary Science  3 Credits

Study of the planetary system: origin, evolution, composition, present configuration, dynamics, interiors, surfaces, atmospheres, and magnetospheres of the planets and, where appropriate, similar aspects of the satellites, asteroids, and comets. Interpretations of existing data and definition of future experiments to aid in determination of the origin and evolution of the solar system are stressed.
Prerequisites: PS 303.

EP 425  Observational Astronomy  3 Credits (2,3)

Basic design and use of an optical telescope, fundamentals of astronomical optics including refracting and reflecting systems, principles and applications of optical filters and adaptive optics. Design optimization and trade-offs in an observing system. Telescope system calibration and techniques for enhancing tracking accuracy. Visual observation and analysis of images of the sun, moon, planets, stars, nebulae, and galaxies. Electronic imaging including quantification of radiant energy, spectroscopy, and techniques for reducing the effects of noise sources. Optical and detector design trade-offs for measurement optimization.
Prerequisites: PS 303 and PS 305 and PS 224 and PS 224L or PS 316 and PS 318.

EP 430  Spacecraft Instrumentation  3 Credits

This is a required course in the Engineering Physics degree program with a Spacecraft Instrumentation AOC. The course will undertake the study of space environment and models used for engineering analysis. Topics include considerations for instrument design in space environment, such as plasma interactions, chemical reactions, optical and other radiation effects, and thermal issues. These will include theory, engineering, and data reduction techniques for in situ spacecraft instrumentation and for spacecraft command and telemetry systems.
Prerequisites: CEC 320 & CEC 315 Corequisites: EP 394 & EP 391.

EP 440  Engineering Electricity and Magnetism  3 Credits

Solutions of electrostatics problems using Poisson's equation and Laplace's equation, electrostatic energy, electric current, magnetic field, electromagnetic induction, physics of plasmas, Maxwell's equations, and application of Maxwell's equations (reflection, refraction, waveguides, antenna radiation). Students will write some simple computer programs.
Prerequisites: PS 303 and PS 305 and PS 320 and EGR 115 or CS 223 Corequisites: MA 442.

EP 455  Quantum Mechanics  3 Credits

The Schrodinger equation in one and three dimensions and its solutions for step potentials, the harmonic oscillator, and the hydrogen atom. Operators and their matrix representations: Dirac bracket formalism, angular momentum and spin, and spin-orbit interaction. Identical particles and exchange symmetries. Time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory and approximation methods: transition rates, Fermis rule, scattering theory. Classical and quantum statistical distributions.
Prerequisites: EP 440.

EP 492  Senior Project  3 Credits (3,0)

This is an optional capstone course for senior Space Physics or Astronomy & Astrophysics students. Students will carry out their senior research project in an area of interest that overlaps the interest of the supervising faculty.Pre-Requisite: Must be a senior with grades of a B or better in all-300-level EP and PS courses required in the student's degree program.

EP 496  Space Systems Design I  3 Credits (1,3)

A program of undergraduate research, supervised by physics or engineering faculty, leading to the writing of a technical design report in an area of current interest in engineering physics.
Prerequisites: EP 340 and EP 394.

EP 497  Space Systems Design II  3 Credits (2,4)

This course is a continuation of EP 496 and is the second of the two-semester sequence and completes senior design project requirements.
Prerequisites: EP 496.

EP 499  Special Topics in Engineering Physics  1-6 Credit

Individual, independent, or directed study of topics in the fields of applied physics, space systems, and allied engineering disciplines. Student design projects involve significant engineering design such as microgravity experiments and moon-buggy design. May be considered as an engineering elective with approval of the program coordinator.