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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.)
PH541 Solid State Physics I (3 credits)
This course focuses on the fundamental physical processes that occur in solid state materials. Topics include crystal structure of solids, point defects and
dislocations, crystal bonding, X-ray diffraction, lattice vibrations, thermal properties, specific heat, thermal conductivity, free electron gas theory of
metals, energy bands, theory of semiconductors, band gaps, doping, and a brief introduction to device physics.

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, nuclear radiation and elementary particle physics. Topics include properties of nuclei, the two-nucleon forces, complex nuclei, interaction of radiation with matter, accelerators, nuclear reactions, elementary particles and their classification.  

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)
Discussion of the mechanics of fluids based on the Navier-Stokes equation. Laminar and turbulent flows, dimensional analysis. Special topics with applications.

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 Electromagnetic Theory I (3 credits)
Fundamental properties of electric and magnetic fields. Gauss law, Poisson equation, dielectrics, boundary value problems, vector potential, inductance, Maxwell equations, electromagnetic waves.

PH581 Electromagnetic Theory II (3 credits)
Continuation of PH 580. Detailed discussion of electromagnetic waves and their applications: filters,
transmission lines, waveguides. Atomic theory of diamagnetism, paramagnetism, ferro- and anti-ferromagnetism. Theory of conduction in solids, magnetic resonance.

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 
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.

PH669 Quantum Mechanics I (3 credits)
General formulation of quantum mechanics and its interpretation, matrix formulation, advanced perturbation and variational methods, scattering theory, atomic structure, radiative transitions and applications to atoms, 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)
Advanced treatment of the band structure of solids, electrical and thermal transport properties, magnetism, optical properties, superconductivity, semiconductors, magnetic resonance, and other topics.

PH681 Selected Topics in Physics I (1-3 variable credit)
An advanced treatment of selected topics in fields of current interest not presently covered in other courses. 
PH682 Selected Topics in Physics II (1-3 variable credit)
Similar to PH681. An advanced treatment of selected topics in fields of current interest not presently covered in other courses.

PH683 Graduate Seminar I (1 credit) 
Faculty, distinguished visiting speakers and graduate students report on current research. An important objective is to encourage the students to keep informed of current developments in physics and closely related fields, and practice presentation techniques of research results. (Note: This course is the departmental colloquium.)
PH684 Graduate Seminar II (1 credit)
Continuation of PH683. 
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.