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Graduate Level Courses

PHYS 511 Secondary School Physics Laboratory Practice

Credits: 3.00

Designed not only to give the student training in use of PSSC and Harvard Project Physics laboratory materials but also to increase his/her ability to make the lab a more effective teaching tool.

PHYS 520 Advanced Laboratory Practice

Credits: 3.00 Experimental physics

Experiments are made available to supplement students’ previous training. Data interpretation and experimental techniques are emphasized. Topics can include, but are not limited to, various methods of measurement and analysis of radioactivity, interferometry, spectrometry, microwave optics, NMR, mechanical vibrating systems, and thermal properties.

PHYS 531/* Modern Physics

Credits: 3.00

An introduction to particle and wave properties of matter, atomic structure, quantum mechanics, and the quantum mechanical model of the atom.

PHYS 533 Thermal and Statistical Physics

Credits: 3.00

A unified approach to the study of thermodynamics through use of statistical methods. Temperature, entropy, chemical potential, and free energy are introduced and applied to a monatomic ideal gas and systems of fermions and bosons in quantum and classical regions.

PHYS 535/* Electronics

Credits: 4.00

DC and AC circuits, diode circuits, and transistor circuits, such as the common emitter and emitter follower amplifiers, are extensively covered. Negative feedback, operational amplifiers, oscillators, and digital logic are introduced. These topics are discussed in lecture and investigated by the student in the lab.

PHYS 536 Advanced Electronics

Credits: 3.00

Field effect transistors, noise problems, grounding and shielding, applications of digital logic, digital-to-analog-to-digital conversion techniques, transmission lines, and microprocessor applications. Two one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 535, minimum grade: C

PHYS 541 Analytical Mechanics I

Credits: 2.00

Kinematics, particle dynamics, gravitation, free and forced harmonic motion. Treatment of these topics utilizes vector calculus and differential and integral calculus.

PHYS 542 Analytical Mechanics II

Credits: 2.00

Central-force motion, high-energy collisions.

PHYS 545/* Optics

Credits: 3.00

Main concepts of modern optics utilized in areas of geometrical, wave, and quantum optics. Includes presentation of illustrative examples in areas of laser technology, complex optical systems, interferometry, and spectroscopy.

PHYS 551 Electricity and Magnetism I

Credits: 2.00

Coulombs law, electrostatic potential, Gauss’s law, and dielectrics will be presented using vector calculus in a modern field formalism.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 510, minimum grade: C

PHYS 552 Electricity and Magnetism II

Credits: 2.00

Biot and Savarts law, induced emf, vector potential, displacement current, special relativity, and electromagnetic radiation will be presented using techniques introduced in PHYS 551.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 551, minimum grade: C

PHYS 555 Computer Interfacing

Credits: 3.00

Designed to teach the fundamentals of interfacing the personal computer with its physical surroundings. Students will learn to collect data and to control experiments. In addition,they will learn to use digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversion techniques, as well as how to use virtual instruments. Students will also learn to use LabVIEW (or a similar software package) to design icon-based interfacing tools and to investigate the conditioning of analog and digital information. The students will complete a special project determined by the instructor and the student.

Pre-requisites: Experience in writing computer programs in the C language.

PHYS 561 Quantum Mechanics I

Credits: 3.00

Introduction to theory of linear vector spaces, linear operators, eigenvalues, eigenvectors, and eigenfunction and their application to the harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom, electron in a magnetic field, scattering, and perturbations.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 541, minimum grade: C || PHYS 531, minimum grade: C

PHYS 565 Introduction to Nuclear Physics

Credits: 3.00

Survey of introductory nuclear physics including nuclear size, mass, types of decay, models, forces, elementary particles, reaction theory.

PHYS 575/* Physics of Semiconductor Devices I

Credits: 3.00

Develops the basic foundation for a student of the theory of semiconductors. Elementary quantum concepts, the band theory of solids, electrical properties of solids, effective mass theory, and principles of semiconductor devices are discussed.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 533, minimum grade: C || PHYS 535, minimum grade: C || PHYS 545, minimum grade: C

PHYS 581 Special Topic

Credits: 3.00

Special Topic course(s) may be offered at the discretion of the department to fulfill a special necessity.

PHYS 590/* Solid State Physics

Credits: 3.00

Reciprocal lattice, crystal structure, the quantization of fields to produce quasiparticles such as phonons, magnons, and excitons. Fermi gas of electrons, energy bands, semiconductor crystals, and photoconductivity.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 531, minimum grade: C || PHYS 542, minimum grade: C

PHYS 599 Special Studies

Credits: 1.00 to 6.00

A special topic may be offered at the discretion of the department to fulfill a special necessity.

PHYS 600 Methods of Research in Physics

Credits: 2.00

Offers the student practical training in special methods and materials of research in physics. Emphasis on types of research and use of physics and physics-related journals and library facilities.

Pre-requisite: Permission of the department

PHYS 601 Theoretical Physics I

Credits: 3.00

Serves as a preparation in mathematical physics for graduate student. Included will be vector analysis, curvilinear coordinate systems, infinite series, complex variables and the calculus of residues, and ordinary and partial differential equations.

PHYS 602 Theoretical Physics II

Credits: 3.00

A continuation of PHYS 601, covering Tensor analysis, matrices, group theory, Sturm-Lioville theory, special functions, Fourier series, integral transforms, Green's functions, and integral equations.

Pre-requisite: PHYS 601, minimum grade: C

PHYS 611 Computational Physics

Credits: 3.00

This course is an introduction to developments in computational physics. The emphasis will be on physical concepts and applications rather than mathematical proofs, derivations, and code developments. In particular, the course will show how computers can be used to learn about physics concepts and how they can be used as tools in solving physics problems. A familiarity with the concept of programming is assumed.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 473, minimum grade: D || PHYS 561, minimum grade: C

PHYS 634 Statistical Mechanics

Credits: 3.00

A quantum approach to statistical mechanics. Fermi, Bose, ideal gas, and imperfect gas systems are investigated. Special topics in kinetic theory of gases, transport phenomena, magnetic systems, and liquid helium.

Co-requisites: PHYS 561 or its equivalent.

PHYS 641 - Advanced Mechanics I

Credits: 3.00

Includes the following topics: Lagranges equations, Hamiltons Principle. Two-body central force, Eulers Theorem, small oscillations, Hamiltons equations, canonical transformations.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 542 or its equivalent.

PHYS 651 - Adv Electromagnetic Theory I

Credits: 3.00

Solution of boundary value problems using Greens functions and separation of variables techniques. Cartesian and spherical coordinate systems, multipole expansions, macroscopic electrostatistics and magnetostatistics, Maxwells equations, and plane electromagnetic waves.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 552 Minimum Grade: C

PHYS 652 - Adv Electromagnetic Theory II

Credits: 3.00

Solution of electrostatic problems using cylindrical coordinates. Green's function for time-dependent wave equation, conservation laws, wave guides and resonant cavities, Special Theory of Relativity, simple radiating systems, and diffraction.

Pre-requisites: PHYS 651 Minimum Grade: C

PHYS 657 - Solid State Theory

Credits: 3.00

Quantum approach to solid state. Topics include second quantization of fermion and boson systems, electron theory of metals, electron-phonon interactions, and superconductivity. Selected subjects in thermal transport, magnetic phenomena. Co-requisite: PHYS 561 or equivalent.

Co-requisites: PHYS 561 or its equivalent

PHYS 658 - Physics & Appl of Indust Mater

Credits: 3.00

The course is designed to introduce the essential physics and current industrial applications of technologically important materials. The course will have both lecture and lab components. Materials of interest will span semiconductors, ceramics, polymers, andcomposites that find application, and micro machines.

PHYS 661 - Quantum Mechanics II

Credits: 3.00

Fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics, theory of representations, and linear vector spaces. Approximation methods for stationary problems with applications to central potentials and for time-dependent problems with application to scattering and transition theory.

PHYS 662 - Quantum Mechanics III

Credits: 3.00

Classical and quantum fields; interactions between Fermi and Bose fields; relativistic quantum mechanics; and Dirac theory. Introduction to propagators and Feynman diagrams with application to quantum electrodynamics and many- many-particle systems.

PHYS 690 - Research Problems in Physics

Credits: 1.00 to 6.00

Introduction to advanced research problems through individual assignment.

Pre-requisites: Permission of department

PHYS 699 - Independent Study

Credits: 1.00 to 6.00

Individualized in-depth study of an area of physics in the students interest. Work is supervised by a physics faculty member but does not necessarily involve regular lecture or laboratory hours. The topic must be approved by the supervising faculty member and by the administration prior to the semester in which the course is to be taken.

PHYS 795 - Thesis

Credits: 1.00 to 6.00


/* denotes that a course is offered as a dual-level course.

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