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Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 400 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism (3-4) Electrostatics and magnetostatics in vacuum; electrical and magnetic properties of matter; electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations, conservation laws, electromagnetic waves and radiation.
Effective: Fall 2014
Prerequisite: PHYS 212, PHYS 213 andPHYS 214;MATH 250 orMATH 251;MATH 231 orMATH 230  

PHYS 402 Electronics for Scientists (4) Circuit and network theory; active devices; amplifiers; introduction to digital electronics; noise theory.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: MATH 250 orMATH 251;PHYS 212, PHYS 213 andPHYS 214  

PHYS 406 Subatomic Physics (3) Introductory treatment of elementary particles, fundamental strong and electroweak interactions, nuclear structure, accelerators, particle detection, nuclear astrophysics.
Effective: Spring 1995
Prerequisite: PHYS 410  

PHYS 410 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I (3-4) Basic postulates; Schrodinger wave equation; stationary states; variational method; scattering in one dimension; orbital angular momentum; hydrogen atom; numerical methods.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: MATH 250 orMATH 251;MATH 230 orMATH 231;PHYS 237  

PHYS 411 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II (3) General theory of angular momentum; approximation methods; scattering theory; radiation theory; applications to atomic, molecular, condensed matter, nuclear and particle physics.
Effective: Spring 1994
Prerequisite: PHYS 410  

PHYS 412 Solid State Physics I (3) Crystal symmetry, x-ray structure analysis, lattice vibrations, thermal properties, free electron transport theory, elementary one-electron quantum theory of solids.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: MATH 230 orMATH 231   Concurrent: PHYS 410

PHYS 413 Solid State Physics II (3) Quantum theory of electronic and optical properties of solids, semiconductors, dielectrics, magnetic properties, crystal imperfections, low- temperature effects, and superconductivity.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: PHYS 412  

PHYS 414 Solid State Physics (3) Crystal structure; reciprocal lattice; X-ray diffraction; lattice vibrations; thermal properties; free electron gas model; energy bands; semiconductors; magnetism.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: MATH 230, PHYS 237  

PHYS 419 (MATH 419) Theoretical Mechanics (3) Principles of Newtonian, Lagrangian, and Hamiltonian mechanics of particles with applications to vibrations, rotations, orbital motion, and collisions.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: MATH 230 orMATH 231;MATH 250 orMATH 251;PHYS 212, PHYS 213 andPHYS 214  

PHYS 420 Thermal Physics (3) Basic postulates of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, microscopic quantum states and macroscopic parameters; partition functions; Maxwell- Boltzmann and quantum statistics.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: MATH 230 orMATH 231;MATH 250 orMATH 251;PHYS 237  

PHYS 421W Research Methods in Physics (3) Methodology focusing on the theory of measurement and experiment design.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 237  

PHYS 444 Topics in Contemporary Physics (2) Modern research topics and career opportunities in physics; employment, graduate education, and tailoring the physics curriculum to meet career goals.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 237 and 3 credits of physics at the 400 level  

PHYS 446 The Year in Physics: A Seminar on the Latest Research (1) Discussion recent research in physics.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 211  

PHYS 457 Experimental Physics (1-3) Selected experiments in various fields of physics.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214 andPHYS 237  

PHYS 457W Experimental Physics (3) Selected experiments in various fields in physics.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214 andPHYS 237  

PHYS 458 Intermediate Optics (4) Geometrical and physical optics: theory of lens systems, aberrations, apertures, interference, diffraction, polarization.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214;MATH 250 orMATH 251;MATH 230 orMATH 231  

PHYS 461 (MATH 461) Theoretical Mechanics (3) Continuation of Math.(Phys.) 419. Theoretical treatment of dynamics of a rigid body, theory of elasticity, aggregates of particles, wave motion, mechanics of fluids.
Effective: Fall 1986
Prerequisite: MATH 419  

PHYS 462 Applications of Physics in Medicine (3) Applications of physics in human physiology and in instrumentation for medical diagnosis and treatment.
Effective: Summer 2002
Prerequisite: PHYS 211, PHYS 212, PHYS 213 andPHYS 214 ; orPHYS 250, PHYS 251  

PHYS 472 Elements of Nuclear Physics and its Applications to Medical Imaging and Treatments (3) Introduction to the theory of nuclei, interactions with fast particles, and applications to medical imaging and radiation oncology.
Effective: Spring 2012
Prerequisite: PHYS 211, PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214 andPHYS 237  

PHYS 479 (MATH 479) Special and General Relativity (3) Mathematical description, physical concepts, and experimental tests of special and general relativity.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 237, PHYS 400, PHYS 419;MATH 250 orMATH 251;MATH 230 orMATH 231  

PHYS 494 Physics Research Project (1-12) Investigation of an original research problem, including a literature search. Preparation of a formal thesis is optional.
Effective: Spring 2007
 

PHYS 494H Physics Research Project (1-12) Investigation of an original research problem, including a literature search. Preparation of a formal thesis is optional.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

PHYS 495 Internship (1-18) Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor  

PHYS 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

PHYS 496H Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Spring 2012
 

PHYS 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

PHYS 499 (IL) Foreign Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

PHYS 510 General Relativity I (3) Foundations of general relativity, elements of differential geometry, Einstein's equation, Newtonian limit, gravity waves, Friedmann cosmologies and Schwarzschild solution.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: PHYS 557  

PHYS 511 Topics in General Relativity (3) Selected topics from: Cauchy problem, Hamiltonian formulation, positive energy theorems, asymptotics, gravitational radiation, singularity theorems, black-holes, cosmology, observational tests.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: PHYS 510  

PHYS 512 Quantum Theory of Solids I (3) Electrons in periodic potentials; single electron approximations; lattice dynamics; electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of solids; transport theory.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: PHYS 412   Concurrent: PHYS 517

PHYS 513 Quantum Theory of Solids II (3) Electron-phonon interaction, BCS theory; Landau Fermi-liquid theory; disorder and localized states; spin-wave theroy; many-body theory.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: PHYS 512  

PHYS 514 Physics of Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films (3) This course focuses on interfacial and surface phenomena; structural, electronic, vibrational and thermodynamic properties; physisorption and chemisorption; phase transitions and ultrathin film nucleation; and growth phenomena.
Effective: Summer 1995
Prerequisite: PHYS 412  

PHYS 517 Statistical Mechanics (3) Thermodynamics, classical and quantum statistics; Bose and Fermi gases; Boltzmann transport equation; phase transitions, critical phenomena; Ising model.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: PHYS 561  

PHYS 518 Critical Phenomena and Field Theory (3) Critical phenomena using field theoretical and renormalization group techni- ques; solvable statistical models and conformal field study; fluctuations and random processes.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: PHYS 517  

PHYS 524 Physics of Semiconductors and Devices (3) Electronic structure, optical and transport properties of crystalline and amorphous semiconductors, quantum wells, superlattices; quantum devices; quantum Hall effect.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: PHYS 412  

PHYS 525 Methods of Theoretical Physics I (3) Complex variables, Hilbert spaces, linear operators, calculus of variations, Fourier analysis, Green's functions, distributions, differential equations, and special functions.
Effective: Spring 1996
 

PHYS 526 Methods of Theoretical Physics II (3) Finite and Lie groups, representations and application to condensed matter and particle physics; selected topics from differential geometry.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: PHYS 525  

PHYS 527 (ASTRO 527) Computational Physics and Astrophysics (3) Introduction to numerical methods for modeling physical phenomena in condensed matter, atomic and high energy physics, gravitation, cosmology and astrophy.
Effective: Fall 2008
 

PHYS 530 Theoretical Mechanics (3) Newtonian mechanics, noninertial coordinate system, Lagrangian mechanics, small oscillations, Hamiltonian formulation, canonical transformations, Hamilton-Jacobi theroy, dynamical systems.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: PHYS 419  

PHYS 541 Elementary Particle Phenomenology (3) Baryons and mesons; leptons and quarks; electromagnetic and weak inter- actions and their unification; quantum chromodynamics; experimental techni- ques.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: PHYS 562  

PHYS 542 Standard Model of Elementary Particles Physics (3) Weinberg-Salam model of electroweak interactions, spontaneous symmetry breaking, quantum chromodynamics; selected topics from grand unified theories and superstring theory.
Effective: Summer 1995
Prerequisite: PHYS 564  

PHYS 545 (ASTRO 545) Cosmology (3) Modern cosmology of the early universe, including inflation, the cosmic microwave background, nucleosynthesis, dark matter and energy.
Effective: Spring 2009
 

PHYS 555 (MATSE 555) Polymer Physics I (3) Introduction to the fundamental concepts needed to understand the physics applicable to polymer melts, solutions and gels.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

PHYS 557 Electrodynamics (3) Special relativity, electromagneti fields, Maxwell's equations, conservation laws, electrostatics and magnetostatics.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: PHYS 400  

PHYS 559 Graduate Laboratory (2) Study and applications of techniques and instrumentation used in modern physics laboratories.
Effective: Spring 1996
 

PHYS 561 Quantum Mechanics I (3) Postulates of quantum mechanics, Hilbert space methods, one dimensional potentials, spin systems, Harmonic oscillator, angular momentum, Hydrogen atom.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: PHYS 410  

PHYS 562 Quantum Mechanics II (3) Addition of angular momenta, perturbation theory, variational principle, scattering theory, density matrices, identical particles, interpretations of quantum mechanics, Dirac theory.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: PHYS 561  

PHYS 563 Quantum Field Theory I (3) Canonical and functional integral quantization of relativistic and non- relativistic field theories; Feynman diagrams; spontaneous symmetry breaking; renormalization group.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: PHYS 562  

PHYS 564 Quantum Field Theory II (3) Abelian and non-Abelian gauge theories; renormalization group and operator product expansions; BRST quantization; scattering theory, other related topics.
Effective: Spring 1996
Prerequisite: PHYS 563  

PHYS 565 Interface of General Relativity and Quantum Physics (3) Limitations of perturbative methods, conceptual problems; selected topics from black hole thermodynamics, canonical quantum gravity, loop space methods and string-theory.
Effective: Summer 1995
Prerequisite: PHYS 510, PHYS 563  

PHYS 571 Modern Atomic Physics (3) Light-atom interactions, atomic structure, laser cooling and trapping, interferometry, and Bose-Einstein condensation.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: PHYS 411, PHYS 561 orCHEM 565  

PHYS 572 Laser Physics and Quantum Optics (3) Theory of modern lasers, non-linear and quantum optics, photon statistics, laser spectroscopies, pulsed lasers.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: PHYS 410, PHYS 561 orCHEM 565  

PHYS 580 Elements of Network Science and Its Applications (3) Introduction to elements of network theory used to describe and model complex networks; applictions in social, biological, and technological networks.
Effective: Spring 2011
Prerequisite: knowledge of basis calculus  

PHYS 590 Colloquium (1-3) Continuing seminars that consist of a series of individual lectures by faculty, students, or outside speakers.
Effective: Summer 1997
 

PHYS 596 Individual Studies (1-9) Creative projects, including nonthesis research, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

PHYS 597 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.
Effective: Spring 1987
 

PHYS 600 Thesis Research (1-15) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

PHYS 601 Ph.D. Dissertation Full-Time (0) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

PHYS 610 Thesis Research Off Campus (1-15) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

PHYS 611 Ph.D. Dissertation Part-Time (0) No description.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

PHYS 897 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given on a topical or special interest subject which may be offered infrequently.
Effective: Summer 2007
 

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