Physics

Courses

PHYS 501 Mathematical Physics I 3.0 Credits

Covers various topics in mathematical physics and their numerical implementations, including calculus of residues and further applications of complex variables; vector spaces, Fourier series, and generalized functions; integral transforms; theory and application of ordinary and partial differential equations; special functions; boundary value and initial value problems; Green's function theory and applications; and integral equations.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 502 Mathematical Physics II 3.0 Credits

Continues PHYS 501.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 503 Mathematical Physics III 3.0 Credits

Calculus of residues and further applications of complex variables; vector spaces, Fourier series and generalized functions; integral transforms; theory and application of ordinary and partial differential equations; special functions; boundary value and initial value problems; Green's function theory and applications; integral equations; group theory; nonlinear dynamics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 506 Dynamics I 3.0 Credits

Covers Lagrangian-Hamiltonian formulations, variational principles, particle kinematics and dynamics, and small oscillations and normal modes.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 507 Dynamics II 3.0 Credits

Lagrangian-Hamiltonian formulations; variational principles; particle kinematics and dynamics; small oscillations and normal modes; Navier-Stokes equations; statistical description of turbulent flows; thermodynamics and energetics of ideal gases; computational fluid dynamics; viscous and compressible flows; boundary-layer flows; hydrodynamic perturbation and stability theory; nonlinear dynamics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 508 Dynamics III 3.0 Credits

Lagrangian-Hamiltonian formulations; variational principles; particle kinematics and dynamics; small oscillations and normal modes; Navier-Stokes equations; statistical description of turbulent flows; thermodynamics and energetics of ideal gases; computational fluid dynamics; viscous and compressible flows; boundary-layer flows; hydrodynamic perturbation and stability theory; nonlinear dynamics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 511 Electromagnetic Theory I 3.0 Credits

Covers electrostatics, magnetostatics, electromagnetic waves, boundary value problems of electromagnetic theory, theory of Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, classical electrodynamics, special relativity, waveguides, and radiation theory.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 512 Electromagnetic Theory II 3.0 Credits

Continues PHYS 511.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 513 Electromagnetic Theory III 3.0 Credits

Electrostatics; magnetostatics; electromagnetic waves; boundary value problems of electromagnetic theory; theory of Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction; classical electrodynamics; special relativity; waveguides; radiation theory; plasmas.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 516 Quantum Mechanics I 3.0 Credits

Covers axioms of quantum mechanics and the basic mathematical tools, one-dimensional Schrodinger equation, spin and general two-level systems, harmonic oscillator, general theory of angular momentum, hydrogen atom, elements of atomic spectroscopy, quantum theory of scattering, electron spin, addition of angular momenta, stationary and time-dependent perturbation theory, fine and hyperfine structure of the hydrogen atom, interaction of light and matter, and Dirac Equation.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 517 Quantum Mechanics II 3.0 Credits

Continues PHYS 516.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 518 Quantum Mechanics III 3.0 Credits

Continues PHYS 517.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 521 Statistical Mechanics I 3.0 Credits

Covers thermodynamics; probability theory; Gibbs-Boltzmann formulation; relation between density of states and entropy; partition functions; ensembles; Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein, Fermi-Dirac, phonon, photon, and electron systems; and phase transitions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 522 Statistical Mechanics II 3.0 Credits

Continues PHYS 521.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 523 Statistical Mechanics III 3.0 Credits

Thermodynamics; probability theory; Gibbs-Boltzmann formulation; relation between density of states and entropy; partition functions; ensembles; Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein, Fermi-Dirac, phonon, photon, and electron systems; phase transitions.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 531 Galactic Dynamics 3.0 Credits

Covers dynamical problems in astrophysics, including the two-body problem, galactic stability, globular clusters, spiral arms, and galactic collisions. Computational methods such as calculation of grid-based and particle-based potentials will also be discussed and applied.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 532 Cosmology 3.0 Credits

Covers cosmological models, age and distance scales in the universe, the hot big bang, primordial nucleosynthesis, inflation, baryonic and non-baryonic matter, galaxy formation and evolution, dynamics of structure formation, statistics of cosmological density fields, and cosmic background fluctuations.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 541 Atmospheric Physics I 3.0 Credits

Chemical composition, transformation and evolution; radiation spectra, absorption, scattering and heat transfer; thermodynamics and cloud and precipitation microphysics; surface fluxes, thermal structure and energy balance; optics and acoustics: observational methods and remote-sensing techniques.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 542 Atmospheric Physics II 3.0 Credits

Chemical composition, transformation and evolution; radiation spectra, absorption, scattering and heat transfer; thermodynamics and cloud and precipitation microphysics; surface fluxes, thermal structure and energy balance; optics and acoustics: observational methods and remote-sensing techniques.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 543 Atmospheric Physics III 3.0 Credits

Chemical composition, transformation and evolution; radiation spectra, absorption, scattering and heat transfer; thermodynamics and cloud and precipitation microphysics; surface fluxes, thermal structure and energy balance; optics and acoustics: observational methods and remote-sensing techniques.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 544 Large Scale Atmospheric Dynamics I 3.0 Credits

Theoretical thermodynamics and atmospheric energetics; flow on a rotating sphere; general circulation; barotropic and baroclinic instability; cyclonic circulations.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 545 Large Scale Atmospheric Dynamics II 3.0 Credits

Theoretical thermodynamics and atmospheric energetics; flow on a rotating sphere; general circulation; barotropic and baroclinic instability; cyclonic circulations.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 546 Large Scale Atmospheric Dynamics III 3.0 Credits

Theoretical thermodynamics and atmospheric energetics; flow on a rotating sphere; general circulation; barotropic and baroclinic instability; cyclonic circulations.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 547 Small Scale Atmospheric Dynamics I 3.0 Credits

Theory of turbulent flows and perturbation analysis of waves; boundary-layer processes, including diffusion; storm microphysics and dynamics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 548 Small Scale Atmospheric Dynamics II 3.0 Credits

Theory of turbulent flows and perturbation analysis of waves; boundary-layer processes, including diffusion; storm microphysics and dynamics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 549 Small Scale Atmospheric Dynamics III 3.0 Credits

Theory of turbulent flows and perturbation analysis of waves; boundary-layer processes, including diffusion; storm microphysics and dynamics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 553 Nanoscience 3.0 Credits

Physical basis of nanoscale materials and systems including discussion of low-dimensional structures and their physical properties, the self-assembly of nanostructures, applications in various fields of science and technology, and techniques for fabrication and characterization on the nanoscale.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 561 Biophysics 3.0 Credits

A one-course introduction to Biophysics. Topics may include structure of biomolecules, protein stability, electron transfer, protein folding, protein substrates, allostery, and self-assembly. No biological background is assumed.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 562 Computational Biophysics 3.0 Credits

Covers mathematical applications of biological simulations. Using classical and statistical mechanics, we will cover topics including atomic scale simulations, statistical sampling, and models of molecular cellular systems and living processes.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 563 Single Molecule Methods 3.0 Credits

Covers the principles, operations and applications of the most commonly used single molecule methods in biophysics, including scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy, optical trapping and fluorescence resonance energy transfer techniques.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 571 Nonlinear Dynamics 3.0 Credits

This course introduces the basic ideas of the new science of nonlinear dynamics and develops methods to carry out fundamental computations of fractal dimension, Lyapunov exponents, and topological invariants.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 576 Introduction to Particle Physics 3.0 Credits

This course provides an introduction to the physics of fundamental particles. Topics include the fundamental forces, quarks and leptons, Feynman diagrams, symmetries and conservation laws, relativistic kinematics, bound states, and experimental methods.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 601 Advanced Quantum Mechanics I 3.0 Credits

Relativistic one-particle quantum mechanics; Dirac theory radiation theory; free fields; interactions; quantum electrodynamics; introduction to elementary particle theory; quantum chromodynamics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 602 Advanced Quantum Mechanics II 3.0 Credits

Relativistic one-particle quantum mechanics; Dirac theory radiation theory; free fields; interactions; quantum electrodynamics; introduction to elementary particle theory; quantum chromodynamics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 603 Advanced Quantum Mechanics III 3.0 Credits

Relativistic one-particle quantum mechanics; Dirac theory radiation theory; free fields; interactions; quantum electrodynamics; introduction to elementary particle theory; quantum chromodynamics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 626 Solid State Physics I 3.0 Credits

Crystal lattices; Bloch theorem; classical and quantum theory of lattice vibrations; phonons, electron states in solids; calculation of energy bands and Fermi surfaces; dynamics of electrons in metals; electron-electron interactions; plasmons; electron-phonon interactions; polarons; semiconductor and insulator crystals; transport properties of solids; thermal properties; optical properties; magnetism; magnons; superconductivity.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 627 Solid State Physics II 3.0 Credits

Crystal lattices; Bloch theorem; classical and quantum theory of lattice vibrations; phonons, electron states in solids; calculation of energy bands and Fermi surfaces; dynamics of electrons in metals; electron-electron interactions; plasmons; electron-phonon interactions; polarons; semiconductor and insulator crystals; transport properties of solids; thermal properties; optical properties; magnetism; magnons; superconductivity.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 628 Solid State Physics III 3.0 Credits

Crystal lattices; Bloch theorem; classical and quantum theory of lattice vibrations; phonons, electron states in solids; calculation of energy bands and Fermi surfaces; dynamics of electrons in metals; electron-electron interactions; plasmons; electron-phonon interactions; polarons; semiconductor and insulator crystals; transport properties of solids; thermal properties; optical properties; magnetism; magnons; superconductivity.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 631 Relativity Theory I 3.0 Credits

Covers particle and field dynamics in special relativity, tensor calculus for Riemannian space-time manifolds, Einstein's gravitational field equations and their principal solutions in general relativity, black holes, general relativistic variational principles, big bang cosmology, and quantization of general relativity.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 632 Relativity Theory II 3.0 Credits

Continues PHYS 631.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 633 Relativity Theory III 3.0 Credits

Continues PHYS 632.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 643 Physics of the Upper Atmosphere 3.0 Credits

Structure of the methods of probing the upper atmosphere; solar radiation; aurorae; cosmic rays, the ionosphere; geomagnetism, meteors.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 644 Atmospheric Numerical Prediction Techniques 3.0 Credits

Application of modern numerical methods to the prediction of atmospheric motions; initialization and assimilation methods; filtering, verification, and testing.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 645 Atmospheric Analysis Techniques 3.0 Credits

Covers analysis and interpretation of meteorological data, including statistical and objective techniques. Uses data sources including satellites, radars, and special observational networks. Includes evaluation of analysis techniques, and initialization and assimilation in numerical models.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 646 Atmospheric Turbulence and Diffusion 3.0 Credits

Introduction to mechanics of turbulence, structure of atmospheric turbulence and its role in diffusion of contaminants.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 676 Nuclear Physics I 3.0 Credits

Review of systematics of experimental phenomena; nuclear structure theory, including shell model, interacting-boson model, Hartree-Fock approaches, and collective models; intermediate energy theory and experiment, including electron, nucleon, and pion scattering and reactions; group theoretical approaches; interfaces of quark-meson-nucleon coexistence.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 677 Nuclear Physics II 3.0 Credits

Review of systematics of experimental phenomena; nuclear structure theory, including shell model, interacting-boson model, Hartree-Fock approaches, and collective models; intermediate energy theory and experiment, including electron, nucleon, and pion scattering and reactions; group theoretical approaches; interfaces of quark-meson-nucleon coexistence.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 678 Nuclear Physics III 3.0 Credits

Review of systematics of experimental phenomena; nuclear structure theory, including shell model, interacting-boson model, Hartree-Fock approaches, and collective models; intermediate energy theory and experiment, including electron, nucleon, and pion scattering and reactions; group theoretical approaches; interfaces of quark-meson-nucleon coexistence.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 699 Independent Study 1.0-6.0 Credit

Independent study in Physics under direction of a faculty member.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 4 times for 12 credits

PHYS 750 Special Topics 0.5-9.0 Credits

Assignment of readings and study in current topics of experimental and theoretical interest.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PHYS 865 Overview of Gradute Physics I 3.0 Credits

Methodology for efficient solution of Ph.D. candidacy exam-type problems; main quantitative theoretical relations and selected problems reviewed in mathematical physics, classical mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, statistical physics, and atomic physics.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 898 Master's Thesis 0.5-20.0 Credits

Master's thesis.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PHYS 997 Research 1.0-12.0 Credit

Research.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

PHYS 998 Ph.D. Dissertation 1.0-12.0 Credit

Ph.D. dissertation.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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