PHYS 3050 Descriptive Astronomy for Teachers
Primarily for teachers in service who are planning to teach science in either elementary or secondary schools. Can apply toward a graduate degree. Preparation for teaching earth science and general sciences. Meets jointly with PHYS 1050 in lecture and laboratory; extra term project required. Motions of earth, time, calendar, telescopes, solar system, stars and galaxies. Includes laboratory and observations at Chamberlin Observatory. Prerequisite: instructor's permission required.
PHYS 3111 Quantum Physics I
First of a two-quarter sequence. The Schrödinger equation: interpretation of wave functions; the uncertainty principle; stationary states; the free particle and wave packets; the harmonic oscillator; square well potentials. Hilbert space: observables, commutator algebra, eigenfunctions of a Hermitian operator; the hydrogen atom and hydrogenic atoms. Prerequisites: PHYS 2252, 2260, 2556, 3612; MATH 2070.
PHYS 3112 Quantum Physics II
Second of a two-quarter sequence. Angular momentum and spin; identical particles; the Pauli exclusion principle; atoms and solids: band theory; perturbation theory; the fine structure of hydrogen; the Zeeman effect; hyperfine splitting; the variational principle; the WKB approximation; tunneling; time dependent perturbation theory; emission and absorption of radiation. Scattering: partial wave analysis; the Born approximation. Prerequisite: PHYS 3111.
PHYS 3270 Workshop: Practical Astronomy
Capstone coursework featuring studies in experimental, computational, and/or theoretical work in astronomy and astrophysics.
PHYS 3311 Advanced Laboratory I
First of a three-quarter sequence. Advanced experimental techniques in physics. Meets with PHYS 2311. Prerequisite: instructor's permission.
PHYS 3312 Advanced Laboratory II
Second of a three-quarter sequence. Advanced experimental techniques in physics. Meets with PHYS 2312. Prerequisite: instructor's permission.
PHYS 3313 Advanced Laboratory III
Third of a three-quarter sequence. Advanced experimental techniques in physics. Meets with PHYS 2313. Prerequisite: instructor's permission.
PHYS 3510 Analytical Mechanics
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics. Prerequisites: PHYS 1113, 1213, or 1214; MATH 2070; consent of instructor.
PHYS 3611 Electromagnetism I
First of a two-quarter sequence. Vector algebra; differential vector calculus (gradient, divergence and curl); integral vector calculus (gradient, divergence and Stokes' Theorems); line, surface and volume integrals; Electrostatics: the electric field, electric potential, work and energy in electrostatics; method of images, boundary value problems and solutions to Laplace's equation in Cartesian, spherical and cylindrical coordinates; multipole expansion of the electric potential; electric fields in matter: polarization; the electric displacement vector; boundary conditions, linear dielectrics. Magnetostatics: magnetic fields and forces. Prerequisites: PHYS 1113, 1213, or 1214; MATH 2070.
PHYS 3612 Electromagnetism II
Second of a two-quarter sequence. Magnetic vector potential; magnetic fields in matter: magnetization; fields of magnetized objects; linear and nonlinear magnetic materials; electromotive force, Ohm's law; electromagnetic induction; Faraday's law; Maxwell's equations; the displacement current; boundary conditions; the Poynting theorem; momentum and energy density of the fields; the Maxwell stress tensor; the wave equation and electromagnetic waves in vacuum and matter; absorption and dispersion; wave guides; the potential formulation and gauge transformations; retarded potentials; dipole radiation. Prerequisite: PHYS 3611.
PHYS 3700 Advanced Topics: General
Offered irregularly, depending on demand. May be taken more than once for credit. Prerequisite(s): instructor's permission.
PHYS 3841 Thermal Physics I
First of a two-quarter sequence. Laws of thermodynamics; thermal properties of gases and condensed matter; kinetic theory of gases, classical and quantum statistics. Prerequisites: PHYS 1113, 1213 or PHYS 1214; MATH 2070.
PHYS 3991 Independent Study
PHYS 3992 Directed Study
PHYS 3995 Independent Research
PHYS 4001, PHYS 4002, PHYS 4003: Introduction to Research I, II, III
Fundamental skills to conduct independent research in any physical science disciplines. Prerequisite for PHYS 4001: Graduate Standing. Prerequisite for PHYS 4002: PHYS 4001. Prerequisite for PHYS 4003: PHYS 4002.
PHYS 4111, PHYS 4112: Quantum Mechanics I, II
Angular momentum theory, including vector coupling coefficients; Wigner-Eckart theorem; symmetries; many-body systems; advanced applications in time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory; radiative transitions; Dirac equation; and Feynman diagrams.
PHYS 4113 Quantum Mechanics III
PHYS 4251, PHYS 4252, PHYS 4253: Introduction to Astrophysics I, II, III
Advanced gateway course, examining a variety of methods in modern astrophysics, current research literature related to quantitative interpretation of celestial phenomena, including stellar atmospheres and evolution, stellar and galactic dynamics, gravitation, cosmology and cosmogony. Prerequisite: instructor's permission.
PHYS 4411, PHYS 4412: Advanced Condensed Matter Physics I, II
Materials structure analysis; elastic properties; defects; plastic mechanical properties; thermal properties and phonons; free electron gas; energy bands and Fermi surfaces; crystalline and amorphous semiconductors; quasiparticles and excitations; electrical properties and ferroelectrics; magnetic properties and ferromagnetics; classical and high-Tc superconductors; other advanced materials. Prerequisite: PHYS 4111 and PHYS 4112.
PHYS 4413: Advanced Condensed Matter Physics III*
Materials properties at nanoscale; dimensionality and quantum confinement (quantum wells, wires and dots); nanotubes; optoelectronic nanostructures; novel superconducting and magnetoresistive materials; first principle computational techniques; design of novel smart materials and nanostructures.
PHYS 4511: Advanced Dynamics
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics; rigid body dynamics; small oscillations; and nonlinear mechanics.
PHYS 4512 Advanced Dynamics II
PHYS 4551, 4552 Mathematical Physics I, II
PHYS 4611, PHYS 4612: Advanced Electricity and Magnetism I, II
Review of electrostatics and magnetostatics; vector calculus including Green functions; relationship between microscopic and macroscopic observables; electromagnetic waves; special relativity; applications to optics, including negative refractive index materials, nonlinear optics and short-pulse propagation.
PHYS 4750: Seminar in Physics
PHYS 4811: Statistical Mechanics
Fundamentals of thermodynamics; microcanonical and canonical ensemble; quantum formulation; and noninteracting particle systems.
PHYS 4910: Special Topics in Physics
PHYS 4991: Independent Study
PHYS 4992: Directed Study
PHYS 4995: Independent Research
PHYS 6991: Independent Study
PHYS 6992: Directed Study
PHYS 6995: Independent Research
* Elective quarter
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