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Graduate Courses

PHYS 50100 Physical Science

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Survey of the physical sciences with emphasis on methods of presentation appropriate to the elementary school. Graduate credit is extended only for elementary school teacher programs.

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 52000 Mathematical Physics

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Vectors and vector operators, tensors, infinite series, analytic functions and the calculus of residues, partial differential equations, and special functions of mathematical physics. When interests and preparation of students permit, calculus of variations and/or group theory are covered.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 31000, PHYS 32200, PHYS 33000, or consent of instructor.

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 53300 Principles of Magnetic Resonance

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Magnetic resonance in bulk matter; classical and quantum descriptions, relaxation, CW and pulse experiments, interactions and Hamiltonians. Magnetic interactions between electrons and nuclei; nuclear quadrupole interaction, crystal field interactions, and effect of molecular motion. High-resolution NMR spectra; EPR of free-radical solutions; and powder patterns.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 55000 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 63300 Advanced Topics in Magnetic Resonance

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Course Summary: Rotation operators, coupling of angular momenta, Wigner-Eckhart theorem, and density matrix; theory of magnetic resonance, relaxation in liquids, chemical exchange, double resonance, cross-polarization, and magic angle spinning; two-dimensional NMR, correlation spectroscopy, and exchange and NOE spectroscopies; application to biological macromolecules; time domain EPR; and lineshape under slow motion.
  • Prerequisites: PHYS 53300 or consent of instructor.

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

Physics degree opens door to exciting career with NCIS

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