# Current Courses

PHYS
1013 : Physics 2213 Supplement

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Provides backup instruction for PHYS 2213. Recommended for students who either feel insecure about taking PHYS 2213 or simply want to develop their problem-solving skills. Emphasis is on getting the student to develop a deep understanding of basic concepts in Electricity & Magnetism. Much class time is spent solving problems and looking at real life applications.

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PHYS
1101 : General Physics I

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

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PHYS 1101 and PHYS 1102 emphasize quantitative and conceptual understanding of the topics and tools of introductory physics developed without use of calculus. The course offers individualized instruction. There are no scheduled lectures, discussion sections, or labs. Instruction occurs via one-on-one tutoring in the learning center, open Mon-Fri afternoons, Mon-Thurs evenings, and Sundays in fall and spring; Mon-Fri 9am-2pm in summer. Students learn through completing assigned readings, problems, and laboratory exercises and through individualized tutoring. Additionally, videotaped lectures, sample tests, overview sessions, and on-line tutorials are provided. The course format provides flexibility, but in some ways is more demanding than a course with a traditional format. Success requires discipline and well-developed study habits. Students without high school physics can succeed, but should allow extra time. Evaluation includes an oral notebook check and a written test for each unit; these must be completed within a flexible set of deadlines. Major topics for PHYS 1101: kinematics, forces and dynamics, momentum, energy, fluid mechanics, waves and sound, thermal physics, kinetic theory, and thermodynamics. At the level of College Physics vol. 1, 4th ed., by Giambattista, Richardson, and Richardson.

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PHYS
1112 : Physics I: Mechanics & Heat

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

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First course in a three semester introductory physics sequence. Covers the mechanics of particles with focus on kinematics, dynamics, conservation laws, central force fields, periodic motion. Mechanics of many-particle systems: center of mass, rotational mechanics of a rigid body, and static equilibrium. Temperature, heat, the laws of thermodynamics. At the level of University Physics, Vol. 1, by Young and Freedman.

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PHYS
1116 : Physics I: Mechanics and Special Relativity

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

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First in a three semester introductory physics sequence. Explores quantitative modeling of the physical world through a study of mechanics. More mathematical and abstract than a typical mechanics course - for example, considers how choice of coordinate system (Cartesian, cylindrical, etc.) influences the nature of kinematical equations. Fast paced. Includes kinematics, dynamics, conservation laws, inertial and noninertial frames, central force fields, periodic motion, and special relativity. At the level of An Introduction to Mechanics by Kleppner and Kolenkow.

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PHYS
1117 : Concepts of Modern Physics

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Intended for freshmen who plan to major in physics or a closely related field (i.e., applied and engineering physics or astronomy) and would like to learn about the concepts of modern physics early in their physics education. Possible topics of discussion are scientific methodology, symmetry and conservation laws, quantum theory, the unification of forces and matter in the Standard Mode including the Higgs Boson, and big-bang cosmology including Inflation, Dark Matter, Dark Energy and the recent observation of Gravitational Waves.

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PHYS
1190 : Introductory Laboratory (Transfer Supplement)

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Students perform the laboratory component of one of the introductory courses (PHYS 1112, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, PHYS 2213, PHYS 2214) to complement the lecture-related course credit acquired elsewhere. Those wishing to take equivalent of one of these introductory courses at another institution should receive prior approval from the physics director of undergraduate studies.

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PHYS
1201 : Why the Sky Is Blue: Aspects of the Physical World

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

A descriptive physics course aimed specifically at the non-science student. This can be viewed as a "physics appreciation course" where the approach is initially historical allowing the student to understand the classical world we live in and, at the same time, see how these ideas lead to our more modern concepts of the Laws of Nature. The methodology of science and the nature of evidence are emphasized. An overriding theme is the unity and character of the physical laws we believe we have discovered . While a few computational problems may be assigned, the purpose is to help students to understand the concepts rather than to master problem-solving techniques.

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PHYS
2207 : Fundamentals of Physics I

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

PHYS 2207-PHYS 2208 is a two-semester introduction to physics, intended for students majoring in biological science, physical science, or mathematics. The course provides a rich exposure to the methods of physics and to the basic analytical and scientific communication skills required by all scientists. Lectures are illustrated with applications from the sciences, medicine, and everyday life. Labs highlight topics from the lectures and utilize computer-aided data acquisition and analysis. Recitation sections emphasize learning via cooperative problem-solving. The course covers mechanics, conservation laws, gravitation, fluids, oscillations and waves, acoustics and thermal physics. At the level of University Physics for the Physical and Life Sciences, Vol. I, by Kesten and Tauck.

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PHYS
2213 : Physics II: Electromagnetism

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Second in a three semester introductory physics sequence. Topics include electrostatics, behavior of matter in electric fields, DC circuits, magnetic fields, Faraday's law, AC circuits, and electromagnetic waves. At the level of University Physics, Vol. 2, by Young and Freedman, 13th ed.

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PHYS
2214 : Physics III: Oscillations, Waves, and Quantum Physics

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

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For majors in engineering (including biological, biomedical, and biomolecular engineering), computer science, physics, earth and atmospheric science, and other physical and biological sciences who wish to understand the oscillation, wave, and quantum phenomena behind much of modern technology and scientific/medical instrumentation. Covers physics of oscillations and wave phenomena, including driven oscillations and resonance, mechanical waves, sound waves, electromagnetic waves, reflection and transmission of waves, standing waves, beats, Doppler effect, polarization, interference, diffraction, transport of momentum and energy, wave properties of particles, and introduction to quantum physics. With applications to phenomena and measurement technologies in engineering, the physical sciences, and biological sciences. As with PHYS 1112 and PHYS 2213, this course is taught in a largely "flipped", highly interactive manner.

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PHYS
2216 : Introduction to Special Relativity

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Introduction to Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity, including Galilean and Lorentz transformations, the concept of simultaneity, time dilation and Lorentz contraction, the relativistic transformations of velocity, momentum and energy, and relativistic invariance in the laws of physics. At the level of An Introduction to Mechanics by Kleppner and Kolenkow.

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PHYS
2217 : Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism

**Crosslisted as:**AEP 2170

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Second in a three semester introductory physics sequence. Explores quantitative modeling of the physical world through a study of electricity and magnetism. More mathematical and abstract than a typical introductory electricity and magnetism course. Topics include electrostatics, behavior of matter in electric fields, circuits, magnetic fields, Faraday's law, AC circuits, and electromagnetic waves. Makes substantial use of vector calculus. At the level of Electricity and Magnetism by Purcell.

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PHYS
2218 : Physics III: Waves and Thermal Physics

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

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This course is divided into two parts. The larger segment of the course typically focuses on wave phenomena: deriving wave equations, solving wave equations, superposition, Fourier series and transforms. This discussion is at the level of The Physics of Waves by Georgi. The other segment focuses on thermodynamics and statistical mechanics at the level of Thermal Physics by Schroeder.

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PHYS
3316 : Basics of Quantum Mechanics

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

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Topics include breakdown of classical concepts in microphysics; light quanta and matter waves; Schrödinger equation and solutions for square well, harmonic oscillator, and the hydrogen atom; wave packets, scattering and tunneling effects, angular momentum, spin, and magnetic moments. At the level of An Introduction to Quantum Physics by French and Taylor and Introduction to Quantum Physics by Griffiths.

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PHYS
3317 : Applications of Quantum Mechanics

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Covers a number of applications of quantum mechanics to topics in modern physics. Uses the tools developed in PHYS 3316, and does not introduce new formalism. Topics include: the physics of single and multi-electron atoms, introduction to quantum statistics, band theory of solids, superconductivity, nuclear structure, elementary particle physics, and quantum computing. Computational tools will be used to gain insights into the behavior of quantum systems. Previous familiarity with programing is a plus, though the course is self-contained. Students will develop their order-of-magnitude reasoning, and their modeling skills.

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PHYS
3323 : Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

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A survey of electricity and magnetism that exploits the student's growing mathematical capability in order to explore the electromagnetic properties of of matter and vacuum and their consequences. Topics include electro/magnetostatics, boundary value problems, dielectric and magnetic media, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, including guided waves, and sources and sinks of electromagnetic radiation. At the level of Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffiths.

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PHYS
3327 : Advanced Electricity and Magnetism

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Covers electro/magnetostatics, vector and scalar potentials, multipole expansion of the potential solutions to Laplace's Equation and boundary value problems, time-dependent electrodynamics, Maxwell's Equations, electromagnetic waves, reflection and refraction, wave guides, retarded potential, antennas, relativistic electrodynamics, four vectors, Lorentz, and transformation of fields. At the level of Classical Electromagnetic Radiation by Heald and Marion.

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PHYS
3330 : Modern Experimental Optics

**Crosslisted as:**AEP 3300

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

A practical laboratory course in basic and modern optics. Students use lasers and basic optical bench equipment to cover a wide range of topics from geometrical optics to interference, diffraction, and polarization. Each experimental setup is equipped with standard, off-the-shelf optics and opto-mechanical components to provide the students with hands-on experience in practical laboratory techniques currently employed in physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering. Students are also introduced to digital imaging and image processing techniques. Five projects are prescribed and one last project defined and designed by the student with help from the instructor. Each project will be documented by a professional laboratory notebook and a detailed scientific report. At the level of Optics by Hecht.

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PHYS
3360 : Electronic Circuits

**Crosslisted as:**AEP 3630

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Practical electronics as encountered in a scientific or engineering research/development environment. Analyze, design, build, and test circuits using discrete components and integrated circuits. Analog circuits: resistors, capacitors, operational amplifiers, feedback amplifiers, oscillators, comparators, passive and active filters, diodes, and transistor switches and amplifiers. Digital circuits: combinational and sequential logic (gates, flipflops, registers, counters, timers), analog to digital (ADC) and digital to analog (DAC) conversion, signal averaging, and computer architecture and interfacing. Additional topics may include analog and digital signal processing, light wave communications, transducers, noise reduction techniques, and computer-aided circuit design. At the level of Art of Electronics by Horowitz and Hill.

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PHYS
4230 : Statistical Thermodynamics

**Crosslisted as:**AEP 4230

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Quantum statistical basis for equilibrium thermodynamics, microcanonical, canonical and grand canonical ensembles, and partition functions. Classical and quantum ideal gases, paramagnetic and multiple-state systems. Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac, and Bose-Einstein statistics and applications. Introduction to systems of interacting particles. At the level of Introductory Statistical Mechanics by Bowley and Sanchez.

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PHYS
4400 : Informal Advanced Laboratory

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Experiments of widely varying difficulty in one or more areas, as listed under PHYS 4410, may be done to fill the student's special requirements.

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PHYS
4410 : Advanced Experimental Physics

**Crosslisted as:**PHYS 6510

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Over 50 available experiments on various topics including atomic and molecular spectroscopy, optics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, electrical and microwave circuits, x-rays, and magnetic resonance. Each student selects and performs three experiments. Independent work is stressed, and scientific writing and presentation skills are emphasized. Weekly lectures will cover techniques and skills necessary for the class and experimental physics in general.

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PHYS
4445 : Introduction to General Relativity

**Crosslisted as:**ASTRO 4445

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

One-semester introduction to general relativity that develops the essential structure and phenomenology of the theory without requiring prior exposure to tensor analysis. General relativity is a fundamental cornerstone of physics that underlies several of the most exciting areas of current research, including relativistic astrophysics, cosmology, and the search for a quantum theory of gravity. The course briefly reviews special relativity, introduces basic aspects of differential geometry, including metrics, geodesics, and the Riemann tensor, describes black hole spacetimes and cosmological solutions, and concludes with the Einstein equation and its linearized gravitational wave solutions. At the level of Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity by Hartle.

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PHYS
4454 : Introductory Solid State Physics

**Crosslisted as:**AEP 4500

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Introduction the physics of crystalline solids. Covers crystal structures; electronic states; lattice vibrations; and metals, insulators, and semiconductors. Covers optical properties, magnetism, and superconductivity as time allows. The majority of the course addresses the foundations of the subject, but time is devoted to modern and/or technologically important topics such as quantum size effects. At the level of Introduction to Solid State Physics by Kittel or Solid State Physics by Ashcroft and Mermin.

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PHYS
4456 : Introduction to Accelerator Physics and Technology

**Crosslisted as:**PHYS 7656

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

This course covers fundamental physical principles of particle accelerators. starting from an historical approach different accelerator concepts will be review. This includes electrostatic an acceleration with radio frequency fields in linear and circular accelerators. The lecture will cover the enabling technologies like magnets and cavities with an emphasis on the state-of the-art superconductivity in particle accelerators. The concepts of particle dynamics in accelerators, heating and cooling techniques and applications in nuclear physics, elementary particle physics and radiation physics will be included. At the level of The Physics of Particle Accelerators by K. Wille.

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PHYS
4480 : Computational Physics

**Crosslisted as:**ASTRO 7690, PHYS 7680

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Covers numerical methods for ordinary and partial differential equations, linear algebra and eigenvalue problems, integration, nonlinear equations, optimization, and fast Fourier transforms. Find out how and why the "black-box" numerical routines you use work, how to improve and generalize them, and how to fix them when they don't. Based on the text Numerical Recipes by William H. Press, Saul A. Teukolsky, William T. Vetterling, and Brian P. Flannery.

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PHYS
4484 : Teaching and Learning Physics

**Crosslisted as:**PHYS 7684

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

This 1.5-hour weekly seminar provides undergraduate and graduate students with an introduction to core concepts in physics education. Participants discuss articles and videos drawn from physics and science education research and from cognitive science, and engage in collaborative activities that help them become more effective teachers and learners. This seminar is especially valuable for those considering teaching physics at some point in their careers. Topics include: Questioning Strategies, Classroom Discourse and Bloom's Taxonomy, Learning Theory, Conceptions and Conceptual Change and Fixed vs Growth Mind-set. Text: Articles from science, engineering, and math education journals.

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PHYS
4485 : Teaching Experience I

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Designed to give qualified undergraduate students with an interest in teaching careers a structured introduction to teaching physics. This experience includes attending and participating in weekly course staff meetings, partnering with a graduate teaching assistant in teaching cooperative learning sessions or laboratories in PHYS 1112, PHYS 1116, PHYS 1117, PHYS 2207, PHYS 2208, PHYS 2213, PHYS 2214, or PHYS 3316 and mentoring by a master physics teacher. Total weekly time commitment is 3-4 hours, including staff meeting time, preparation time and 2 hours of contact time.

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PHYS
4486 : Teaching Experience II

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Teaching experience for qualified undergraduate students in PHYS 1101/PHYS 1102. Contact time will be in the course's Learning Center, in a team environment with graduate student TAs and faculty. Activities include tutoring individual students, working with small groups, assisting students with lab experiments, and participating in course development initiatives.

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PHYS
4487 : Teaching Experience III

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

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PHYS
4490 : Independent Study in Physics

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Individual project work (reading or laboratory) in any branch of physics. Products vary, but may include a thesis. Evaluation criteria are decided between student and faculty member.

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PHYS
6500 : Informal Graduate Laboratory

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Experiments of widely varying difficulty in one or more areas, as listed under PHYS 6510, may be done to fill special requirements.

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PHYS
6510 : Advanced Experimental Physics

**Crosslisted as:**PHYS 4410

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Over 50 available experiments on various topics including atomic and molecular spectroscopy, optics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, electrical and microwave circuits, x-rays, and magnetic resonance. Each student selects and performs three experiments. Independent work is stressed, and scientific writing and presentation skills are emphasized. Weekly lectures will cover techniques and skills necessary for the class and experimental physics in general.

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PHYS
6520 : Projects in Experimental Physics

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Projects of modern topical interest that involve some independent development work by student. Opportunity for more initiative in experimental work than is possible in PHYS 6510.

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PHYS
6561 : Classical Electrodynamics

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Covers special relativity, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic potentials, conservation laws, Green's functions, electromagnetic waves, dispersion, radiation theory, and scattering. The practical application of appropriate mathematical methods is emphasized. At the level of Classical Electrodynamics by Jackson.

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PHYS
6572 : Quantum Mechanics I

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

First part of the two-semester graduate quantum mechanics sequence. Covers non-relativistic quantum physics, focusing on fundamental conceptual issues and methods. Topics include: fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics using the Dirac notation, theory of angular momentum and spin, symmetries, approximation methods and identical particles, at the level of Sakurai Modern Quantum Mechanics.

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PHYS
6599 : Cosmology

**Crosslisted as:**ASTRO 6599

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Intended to provide a detailed theoretical development of current ideas in cosmology. Topics include Big Bang cosmology and universe's matter content; a cosmological chronology very early universe, symmetry breaking, inflationary scenarios, nucleosynthesis, recombination, growth of irregularities, galaxy formation and clustering, dark energy; current and future cosmological observational approaches.

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PHYS
7601 : Foundations of Fluid Mechanics I

**Crosslisted as:**MAE 6010

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Foundations of fluid mechanics from an advanced viewpoint, including formulation of continuum fluid dynamics; kinematic descriptions of fluid flow, derivation of the Navier-Stokes equations and energy equation for compressible fluids; and sound waves, viscous flows, boundary layers, and potential flows.

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PHYS
7635 : Solid-State Physics I

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Survey of the physics of solids: crystal structures, X-ray diffraction, phonons, and electrons. Selected topics from semiconductors, magnetism, superconductivity, disordered materials, dielectric properties, and mesoscopic physics. The focus is to enable graduate research at the current frontiers of condensed matter physics.

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PHYS
7651 : Relativistic Quantum Field Theory I

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Introduction to relativistic quantum field theory for applications in particle physics. Topics include quantization of Klein-Gordon, Dirac and gauge fields, Lorentz invariance in quantum theory, perturbation theory, Feynman diagrams, calculation of decay rates and cross sections, and an introduction to radiative corrections, renormalization and effective field theories. At the level of Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model by Schwartz.

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PHYS
7653 : Statistical Physics II

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

An advanced, graduate-level exploration of universality and scaling in complex systems exhibiting emergent scale invariance -- random walks, continuous phase transitions, earthquakes and crackling noise, mesoscale plasticity and quasi-brittle fracture. Emphasis on developing scaling descriptions for previously unknown systems.

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PHYS
7656 : Introduction to Accelerator Physics and Technology

**Crosslisted as:**PHYS 4456

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

This course covers fundamental physical principles of particle accelerators. starting from an historical approach different accelerator concepts will be review. This includes electrostatic an acceleration with radio frequency fields in linear and circular accelerators. The lecture will cover the enabling technologies like magnets and cavities with an emphasis on the state-of the-art superconductivity in particle accelerators. The concepts of particle dynamics in accelerators, heating and cooling techniques and applications in nuclear physics, elementary particle physics and radiation physics will be included. At the level of The Physics of Particle Accelerators by K. Wille.

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PHYS
7661 : Advanced Topics in High-Energy Particle Theory

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Presents advanced topics of current research interest. Subject matter varies from year to year. Some likely topics are models of electroweak symmetry breaking, collider physics, flavor physics, topics in string theory and string cosmology, and conformal field theories and their applications.

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PHYS
7680 : Computational Physics

**Crosslisted as:**ASTRO 7690, PHYS 4480

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Covers numerical methods for ordinary and partial differential equations, linear algebra and eigenvalue problems, integration, nonlinear equations, optimization, and fast Fourier transforms. Find out how and why the "black-box" numerical routines you use work, how to improve and generalize them, and how to fix them when they don't. Based on the text Numerical Recipes by William H. Press, Saul A. Teukolsky, William T. Vetterling, and Brian P. Flannery.

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PHYS
7684 : Teaching and Learning Physics

**Crosslisted as:**PHYS 4484

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

This 1.5-hour weekly seminar provides undergraduate and graduate students with an introduction to core concepts in physics education. Participants discuss articles and videos drawn from physics and science education research and from cognitive science, and engage in collaborative activities that help them become more effective teachers and learners. This seminar is especially valuable for those considering teaching physics at some point in their careers. Topics include: Questioning Strategies, Classroom Discourse and Bloom's Taxonomy, Learning Theory, Conceptions and Conceptual Change, Epistemology, Metacognition, and Cooperative Learning. Text: Articles from science, engineering, and math education journals.

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PHYS
7685 : Special Topics in Physics

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Offerings are announced each semester. Typical topics are group theory, analyticity in particle physics, weak interactions, superfluids, stellar evolution, surface physics, Monte Carlo methods, low-temperature physics, magnetic resonance, phase transitions, and the renormalization group.

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PHYS
7690 : Independent Study in Physics

**Semester offered:**Fall 2017

**Instructor:**

Special graduate study in some branch of physics, either theoretical or experimental, under the direction of any professorial member of the staff.

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