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PH522 Theoretical Mechanics II (3 credits)
Topics in classical mechanics including rigid body dynamics, continuum mechanics and nonlinear dynamics and chaos. PH523 Optics (3 credits) Geometrical optics: reflection and refraction at plane and spherical surfaces, thin and thick lenses, effects of stops, lens aberrations; physical optics: interference, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, polarization; absorption, scattering, magneto-optics, electrooptics, photons.

PH525 Thermal Physics (3 credits)
Thermodynamics and applications, kinetic theory, and introduction to classical and quantum statistical mechanics.

PH526 Introduction to Biophysics (3 credits)
This course concentrates on the fundamental physical processes that occur within living organisms, particularly the cell. Topics include the structure and physics of macromolecules, biological membranes, the thermodynamics of living systems, muscle contraction and the propagation of signals in nerve cells.

PH531 Quantum Physics I (3 credits)
Basic principles of quantum mechanics, Schrödinger equation for simple potentials including harmonic oscillator and hydrogen atom. Selected application to atomic, molecular, and nuclear structure.

PH532 Quantum Physics II (3 credits)
An introduction to transformation theory and matrix formulations of quantum mechanics. Topics covered include angular momentum, spin, perturbation theory, variational methods and elastic scattering theory. (Continuation of PH531.)

PH533 Electromagnetic Theory I (3 credits)
The properties of electric and magnetic fields are developed by vector methods: Gauss law, Poisson equation, theory of dielectrics, boundary value problem in electrostatics; vector potential, inductance; Maxwell equations, electromagnetic waves in dielectrics and conductors.

PH534 Electromagnetic Theory II (3 credits)
There will be continued development of the theory of electromagnetic waves, dielectrics and magnetism; filters, transmission lines, waveguides, boundary value problems; theory of the dielectric constant, atomic theory of diamagnetism, paramagnetism, ferro- and anti-ferromagnetism; theory of conduction in solids; magnetic resonance. (Continuation of PH533.)

PH539 Physics of Atoms and Molecules (3 credits)
This course covers models of atomic and molecular structure based on the details of atomic and molecular spectra and simple quantum mechanical descriptions.

PH540 Medical Physics (3 credits)
The physical concepts important to medicine and medical instrumentation and some techniques used in diagnosis and therapy are discussed. Topic areas to be covered include diagnostic radiobiology, radiology and radiation therapy, nuclear medicine, applications of lasers and ultrasound, medical instrumentation, cryobiology and cryosurgery.

PH541 Solid State Physics I (3 credits)
A modern introduction to the physics of solids: nature of solids, crystal structures, lattice vibrations, free electron theory of metals. These topics will be treated from theoretical and experimental viewpoints with applications to real materials.

PH542 Solid State Physics II (3 credits)
This is a higher level treatment of band structure of solids, electrical and thermal transport properties, magnetism, optical properties, and superconductivity, semiconductors and magnetic resonance. (Continuation of PH541.)

PH547 Nuclear Physics (3 credits)
An introduction to nuclear structure physics, nuclear radiation physics and elementary particle physics. Topics include properties of nuclei, the two-nucleon forces, models for complex nuclei, spontaneous transformations of nuclei, interaction of radiation with mater, elements of radiation dosimetry, nuclear radiation detection, accelerators, nuclear reactions, subnuclear particles, and cosmic rays.

PH549 Introduction to Plasma Physics (3 credits)
A study of the properties and methods of description of the plasma state of matter. Depending on class needs, topics will be selected from: motion of charged particles in electromagnetic fields; Boltzmann equation, transport equations, Fokker-Planck equation; diffusion, conductivity, viscosity; plasma diagnostics; gas discharges, wave motion and propagation, magneto-hydrodynamic flow problems, thermonuclear research.

PH551 Statistical Mechanics I (3 credits)

Review of thermodynamics and classical ensembles. Modern theories of phase transitions, critical phenomena, liquid structure. Introduction to Monte Carlo methods, nonequilibrium phenomena.

PH553 Relativity (3 credits)
Review of the special theory of relativity. This will cover general theory, tensor analysis and Riemannian geometry, unified field theories.

PH555 Mathematical Methods in Physics (3 credits)
Mathematics methods especially tailored for the needs of theoretical physics. Topics covered usually include complex variables, Fourier transforms, special functions, eigenfunction expansions, Green's functions, linear algebra and linear spaces, with physical applications. More advanced topics will be discussed if time allows.

PH557 Introduction to Astrophysics (3 credits)
This course explores the methods of measurement of radiation from astrophysical sources and interpretations as measurements of such diverse quantities as position, mass, temperature, velocity, density, composition and age. Emphasis will be given to the most recent discoveries and interpretations.

PH560 Physics of Fluids (3 credits)
The course covers fluid statics, laminar flow, acoustics and turbulence. Topics such as dimensional analysis, polymeric drag reduction and heat transfer are included.

PH570-573 Directed Study Experimental (1-3 credits)
A course of study of subjects not otherwise available in formal courses may be undertaken under the supervision of a faculty member.

PH580-583 Directed Study Theoretical (1-3 credits)
A course of study of subjects not otherwise available in formal courses may be undertaken under the supervision of a faculty member.

PH584-589 Methods in Statistical Physics I-VI (2 credits)
A discussion of contemporary topics in statistical physics. Among these are phase transitions, critical phenomena, and non-equilibrium techniques.

PH591 Experimental Physics I (1-2 credits)
Laboratory experiments in classical and/or modern physics. Choice of experiments depends on students' needs.

PH592 Experimental Physics II (1-2 credits)
Continuation of PH591.

PH651-654 Topics in Statistical Physics (3 credits)
Advanced topics in statistical physics. Will vary from semester to semester and may include phase transitions, transport theory, ergodic theory and other areas.

PH661 Classical Mechanics (3 credits)
Basic concepts of classical mechanics. The two body central force problem. Topics also will include Lagrange equations; kinematics and dynamics of a rigid body; many particle systems; variational principles; Hamilton equations; canonical transformations; Hamilton-Jacobi theory; perturbation theory; small oscillations, and continuous systems and fields.

PH663 Electromagnetic Theory I Electromagnetic Theory I (3 credits)
This course includes theoretical treatment of static electric and magnetic fields; time-dependent fields; electromagnetic waves in a vacuum, in homogeneous isotropic media, and at boundaries. Also included are selected topics from special relativity, wave guides and resonant cavities, radiation and magnetohydrodynamics.

PH664 Electromagnetic Theory II (3 credits)
This course is a continuation of PH663.

PH667 Statistical Mechanics II (3 credits)
A detailed study of the conceptual basis of statistical mechanics. This will include micro-canonical, canonical and grand-canonical ensembles with advanced applications.

PH669 Quantum Mechanics I (3 credits)
Experimental background. General formulation of quantum mechanics, solutions of Schrödinger equation and interpretation of results, matrix formulation, perturbation and variational methods; scattering theory; atomic structure, radiative transitions and further applications to nuclei, molecules and solids.

PH670 Quantum Mechanics II (3 credits)
Continuation of PH669.

PH671 Advanced Quantum Mechanics (3 credits)
This course covers advanced topics in quantum theory not discussed in the sequence PH669-70. These are largely determined by interest. Sample topics include relativistic wave equations, elementary quantum field theory with applications, quantum electrodynamics, formal scattering theory, etc. PH675 High Energy Physics (3 credits) This course includes the survey of elementary particle interactions, strong, weak, electromagnetic couplings; symmetry groups; theoretical and experimental techniques.

PH679 Quantum Theory of Solids (3 credits)
Some of the topics included in PH442 are treated in greater depth and at a more advanced level. Facility in the use of quantum mechanics is assumed.

PH681 Selected Topics in Physics I (variable credit)
An advanced treatment of selected topics in fields of current interest not presently covered in other courses. Topics depend on the needs of the students.

PH682 Selected Topics in Physics II (variable credit)
Similar to PH681. PH683 Graduate Seminar I (1 credit) Faculty and distinguished visiting speakers report on current research. An important objective is to encourage the students to keep informed of current developments in physics and closely related fields. (Note: This course is the departmental colloquium.)

PH684 Graduate Seminar II (1 credit)
Same as PH684. PH685 Theoretical Physics Seminar I (1-3 credits) PH686 Theoretical Physics Seminar II (1-3 credits) PH687-688 Special Seminar (1-3 credits) (Recent topic selected was Statistical Physics; 1 credit.)

PH690-693 Current Literature (1 credit)
This course is designed to give graduate students experience in studying the current literature of physics and related areas, and also in communicating ideas to a group.

PH699 Thesis, Dissertation or Special Project (1-25 credits)
An investigation of a problem undertaken by the student under the guidance of a staff member.