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Graduate Courses

PHYS 51000 Physical Mechanics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Mechanics of particles, rigid bodies, and vibrating systems.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 31000 or equivalent, and courses in calculus and differential equations.

PHYS 51700 Statistical Physics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Laws of thermodynamics; Boltzmann and quantum statistical distributions, with applications to properties of gases, specific heats of solids, paramagnetism, black-body radiation, and Bose-Einstein condensation; Boltzmann transport equation and transport properties of gases; and Brownian motion and fluctuation phenomena.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 34200, PHYS 51000, and PHYS 51500 or equivalent.

PHYS 52200 Coherent Optics and Quantum Electronics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Recent experimental and theoretical developments in optics, emphasizing concepts of coherence. Fourier optics and the quantum theory of radiation. Applications to lasers and masers, nonlinear optics, holography, and quantum electronics.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 33000, PHYS 44200, and PHYS 55000, or ME 58700.

PHYS 53000 Electricity and Magnetism

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Electrostatic problems; theory of dielectrics; theory of electric conduction; electromagnetic effects due to steady and changing currents; magnetic properties of matter; Maxwell's equations; and electromagnetic radiation.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 33000 or equivalent.

PHYS 54500 Solid-State Physics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Crystal structure; lattice vibrations; free electron theory of solids; band theory of solids; semiconductors; superconductivity; magnetism; and magnetic resonance.
  • Prerequisites: An undergraduate course in modern physics.

PHYS 55000 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Brief historical survey; waves in classical physics; wavepackets; uncertainty principle; operators and wave functions; Schrodinger equation and application to one-dimensional problems; the hydrogen atom; electron spin; multielectron atoms; periodic table; molecules; periodic potentials; and Bloch wave functions.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 34200 and at least one other junior-level course in each of mathematics and physics or equivalent.

PHYS 57000 Selected Topics in Physics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Specialized topics in physics selected from time to time.

PHYS 58500 Intro to Molecular Biophysics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Application of concepts and methods from physics to the understanding of biological systems with a focus on proteins, lipids and nucleic acids.  Introduction of  experimental and theoretical techniques, including X-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance and molecular dynamics simulations in the investigation of structures, forces, dynamics and energetics of these biological molecules.

PHYS 59000 Reading and Research

  • Credit Hours: 1-3

PHYS 60000 Methods of Theoretical Physics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: PHYS 60000 is designed to provide first-year physics graduate students with the mathematical background for subsequent studies of advanced mechanics, electrodynamics, and quantum theory. Topics include functions of a complex variable, ordinary and partial differential equations, eigenvalue problems, and orthogonal functions. Green's functions, matrix theory, and tensor analysis in three and four dimensions.
  • Prerequisites: Graduate standing in physics or consent of instructor.

PHYS 60100 Methods of Theoretical Physics II

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: A continuation of PHYS 60000.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 60000 or equivalent.

PHYS 61000 Advanced Theoretical Mechanics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics; variational principles; canonical transformations; Hamilton-Jacobi theory; theory of small oscillations; and Lagrangian formulation for continuous systems and field.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 51000 or equivalent.

PHYS 61700 Statistical Mechanics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Classical and quantum statistical mechanics.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 66000 or equivalent

PHYS 63000 Advanced Theory of Electricity and Magnetism

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: The experimental origins of Maxwell's equations. Electrostatics and magnetostatics; solution of boundary value problems. Quasistatic currents. Electromagnetic energy and momentum and the Maxwell stress tensor. Foundations of optics. Radiation from antennae, multipole expansion; waveguides.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 53000 and PHYS 60000, or equivalent.

PHYS 63100 Advanced Theory of Electricity and Magnetism

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Covariant formulation of electrodynamics; Lienard-Wiechert potentials; radiation from accelerated particles; Cerenkov radiation; dynamics of relativistic particles; radiation damping; and introduction to magnetohydrodynamics.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 63000 or equivalent.

PHYS 66000 Quantum Mechanics I

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Origins of the quantum theory, the uncertainty and complementarity principles. The Schrodinger equation and its solutions for simple physical systems. Mathematical formulation of the quantum theory. Applications: simple harmonic oscillator, theory of angular momentum, and hydrogen atom. Time-independent and time-dependent perturbation theory. The Pauli exclusion principle. Spin of the electron. Elementary theory of scattering.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 53000, PHYS 55000, PHYS 60000, and PHYS 61000, or equivalent.

PHYS 66100 Quantum Mechanics II

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Symmetry and conservation laws. The Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations. Interaction of radiation with matter. Applications of quantum mechanics to atomic structure. Scattering theory.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 60100, PHYS 63000, and PHYS 66000, or equivalent.

PHYS 67000 Selected Topics in Physics

  • Credit Hours: 1-3
  • Course Summary: Specialized topics in physics, varied from time to time.
  • Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

PHYS 68500 Physics Seminar

  • Credit Hours: 0-1
  • Course Summary: Weekly physics seminar presented by faculty and invited speakers from outside the department.
  • Additional Information: May be repeated for credit.

PHYS 69800 Research M.S. Thesis

  • Credit Hours: Arranged

PHYS 69900 Research Ph.D. thesis.

  • Credit Hours: Arranged

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Christopher Jamell 2010 Alumnus, B.S. & M.S. & Ph.D. Physics
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