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PHYS 1012 : Physics 1112 Supplement
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Provides backup instruction for PHYS 1112. Recommended for students who either feel insecure about taking PHYS 1112 or simply want to develop their problem-solving skills. Emphasis is on getting the student to develop a deep understanding of basic concepts in mechanics. Much class time is spent solving problems and looking at real life applications.
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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 Instructor:
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 1102 : General Physics II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
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 1102: electric and magnetic forces and fields, electric currents and circuits, electromagnetic waves, optics, relativity, quantum physics, nuclear physics. At the level of College Physics vol. 2, fourth ed., by Giambattista, Richardson, and Richardson.
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PHYS 1112 : Physics I: Mechanics & Heat
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
First course in a three-semester introductory physic sequence. This course is taught in a largely "flipped', highly interactive manner. 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, rotational equilibrium, and fluid mechanics.  Temperature, heat, the laws of thermodynamics. At the level of University Physics, Vol. 1, by Young and Freedman.
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PHYS 1112 : Physics I: Mechanics & Heat
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
First course in a three-semester introductory physic sequence. This course is taught in a largely "flipped', highly interactive manner. 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, rotational equilibrium, and fluid mechanics.  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: Spring 2018 Instructor:
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 1116 : Physics I: Mechanics and Special Relativity
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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 Model 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: Spring 2018 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 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:
The world around us is constantly in motion: from the random thermal jostling of atoms to the swimming of bacteria, or the dancing of a ballerina these motions depend strongly on the size of the moving object. What physical laws govern motions on these different length scales? Our class will approach this question from an experiential point of view making use of in class demonstrations, movies, and extracurricular projects where students will construct simple experiments. The course is aimed to spark the curiosity of the general non-science student to engage with and explore the world around them. 
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PHYS 1203 : Physics of the Heavens and the Earth
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Shows how the unification of apparently distinct areas of physics leads to an explosion in the growth of our knowledge and understanding. The material is divided into three parts: the physics of motion on earth, motion in the heavens, and synthesis. Trace how ideas about celestial and terrestrial motion evolved separately at first, from the ancient ideas of Greek philosophers to the dynamics and telescopic discoveries of Galileo during the Renaissance. The two arenas finally melded under Newton's Universal Gravitation. Einstein's special and general theories of relativity eventually supplanted Newton's ideas. There is an emphasis throughout on "how do we know the laws?" These are the stories of breakthrough discoveries and brilliant insights made by fascinating people, offering a humanistic perspective. http://www.sciencewithhumanities.com/
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PHYS 1204 : Physics of Musical Sound
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 1466 Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Explores musical sound from a physics point of view. Topics include how various musical instruments work; pitch, timbre, scales, intervals, and tunings; hearing; human voice and room acoustics. This course is a Writing In The Majors Course: both science writing and physics problem-solving skills are developed through weekly assignments. Student activities include hands-on investigations of musical instruments and field trips. Students write a term paper investigating a topic of their choice. At the level of The Science of Sound by Rossing, Moore, and Wheeler.
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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 2208 : Fundamentals of Physics II
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PHYS 2208 follows PHYS 2207 in the two-semester introduction to physics intended for students majoring in biological science, physical science, or mathematics. PHYS 2208 provides a rich exposure to the methods of physics and to the basic analytical and scientific skills required by all scientists. Lectures are highly interactive and illustrated with applications from the sciences, medicine, and everyday life. Labs highlight lecture topics via a hands-on environment. Recitation sections reinforce the lecture topics via cooperative problem-solving.   The course content includes electricity and magnetism, optics, and topics from quantum mechanics, nuclear physics and particle physics. 
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PHYS 2213 : Physics II: Electromagnetism
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 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: Spring 2018 Instructor:
For majors in engineering (including bio-, civil, and environmental engineering), computer and information science, physics, earth and atmospheric science, and other physical and biological sciences who wish to understand the oscillation, wave, and quantum phenomena behind everyday experiences and modern technology including scientific/medical instrumentation. Covers the physics of oscillations and wave phenomena, including driven oscillations and resonance, mechanical waves, sound waves, electromagnetic waves, standing waves, Doppler effect, polarization, wave reflection and transmission, interference, diffraction, geometric optics and optical instruments, wave properties of particles, particles in potential wells, light emission and absorption, and quantum tunneling.  With applications to phenomena and measurement technologies in engineering, the physical sciences, and biological sciences.  Some familiarity with differential equations, complex representation of sinusoids, and Fourier analysis is desirable but not essential. As with PHYS 1112 and PHYS 2213, pre-class preparation involves reading notes and/or watching videos, and in-class activities focus on problem solving, demonstrations, and applications.
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PHYS 2214 : Physics III: Oscillations, Waves, and Quantum Physics
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
For majors in engineering (including bio-, civil, and environmental engineering), computer and information science, physics, earth and atmospheric science, and other physical and biological sciences who wish to understand the oscillation, wave, and quantum phenomena behind everyday experiences and modern technology including scientific/medical instrumentation. Covers the physics of oscillations and wave phenomena, including driven oscillations and resonance, mechanical waves, sound waves, electromagnetic waves, standing waves, Doppler effect, polarization, wave reflection and transmission, interference, diffraction, geometric optics and optical instruments, wave properties of particles, particles in potential wells, light emission and absorption, and quantum tunneling.  With applications to phenomena and measurement technologies in engineering, the physical sciences, and biological sciences.  Some familiarity with differential equations, complex representation of sinusoids, and Fourier analysis is desirable but not essential. As with PHYS 1112 and PHYS 2213, pre-class preparation involves reading notes and/or watching videos, and in-class activities focus on problem solving, demonstrations, and applications.
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PHYS 2216 : Introduction to Special Relativity
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 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: Spring 2018 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 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
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This course is divided into two parts. The larger segment of the course typically focuses on wave phenomena. Topics include coupled harmonic oscillators, strings, sound and light waves, superposition principle, wave equations, Fourier series and transforms, diffraction and interference. The discussion is at the level of The Physics of Waves by Georgi. The second segment of the course covers thermodynamics and statistical mechanics at the level of Thermal Physics by Schroeder.
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PHYS 2218 : Physics III: Waves and Thermal Physics
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
This course is divided into two parts. The larger segment of the course typically focuses on wave phenomena. Topics include coupled harmonic oscillators, strings, sound and light waves, superposition principle, wave equations, Fourier series and transforms, diffraction and interference. The discussion is at the level of The Physics of Waves by Georgi. The second segment of the course covers thermodynamics and statistical mechanics at the level of Thermal Physics by Schroeder.
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PHYS 3310 : Experiments in Quantum Physics and Electrodynamics
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This is a laboratory course exploring quantum physics and electrodynamics.  Students select 3 labs from approximately 15 available labs that are well-matched to the content of the 3000-level core physics courses for sophomores and juniors, particularly PHYS 3316, PHYS 3317, PHYS 3323, and PHYS 3327. Helps develop a strong physical understanding of the theoretical concepts taught in these core courses.  Emphasis is on using the experiments as tools to illuminate underlying physical principles, integrating physics knowledge accumulated in an uncorrelated way from many courses, and learning good experimental practice.
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PHYS 3314 : Intermediate Mechanics
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Topics include Lagrangian mechanics; Newtonian mechanics based on a variational principle; conservation laws from symmetries; two-body orbits due to a central force.  Also includes additional topics such as; analysis of scattering experiments; small amplitude oscillating systems including normal mode analysis; rigid body motion; motion in non-inertial reference frames; and nonlinear behavior including chaos. Students not only become more familiar with analytic methods for solving problems in mechanics but also gain experience with computer tools. At the level of Classical Dynamics by John R. Taylor.
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PHYS 3316 : Basics of Quantum Mechanics
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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 3316 : Basics of Quantum Mechanics
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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
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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 3318 : Analytical Mechanics
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Covers Newtonian mechanics of particles and systems of particles, including rigid bodies, oscillating systems, gravitation and planetary motion, moving coordinate systems, Euler's equations, Lagrange and Hamilton formulations, normal modes and small vibrations, and perturbation theory. At the level of Classical Mechanics by Goldstein, Mechanics by Landau and Lifshitz, and Analytical Mechanics by Hand and Finch.
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PHYS 3323 : Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism
Semester offered: Fall 2017 Instructor:
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
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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: Spring 2018 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 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: Spring 2018 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 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: Spring 2018 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 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 4443 : Intermediate Quantum Mechanics
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Provides an introduction to concepts and techniques of quantum mechanics, at the level of An Introduction to Quantum Mechanics by Griffiths.
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PHYS 4444 : Introduction to Particle Physics
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Covers the standard model of particle physics; Introduction to fields and particles and relativistic Quantum Mechanics; Symmetries in physics; Basic introduction the Feynman diagrams. At the level of Introduction to Elementary Particles by Griffiths or Modern Elementary Particle Physics by Kane.
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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: Spring 2018 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, communicators and learners. This seminar is especially valuable for those considering teaching physics at some point in their careers. Topics include: Questioning Strategies, Classroom Discourse, Teaching through misconceptions, Argumentation approach to instruction, 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 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, communicators and learners. This seminar is especially valuable for those considering teaching physics at some point in their careers. Topics include: Questioning Strategies, Classroom Discourse, Teaching through misconceptions, Argumentation approach to instruction, 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: Spring 2018 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 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: Spring 2018 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 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: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Continuation of PHYS 4486 . Teaching experience for qualified undergraduate students to help with 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 Instructor:
Continuation of PHYS 4486 . Teaching experience for qualified undergraduate students to help with 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 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 4490 : Independent Study in Physics
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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 4499 : Independent Study PIRIP
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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 6500 : Informal Graduate Laboratory
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 6510 : Advanced Experimental Physics
Crosslisted as: PHYS 4410 Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 6520 : Projects in Experimental Physics
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 6562 : Statistical Physics I
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
A broad, graduate level view of statistical mechanics, with applications to not only physics and chemistry, but to computation, mathematics, dynamical and complex systems, and biology. Some traditional focus areas will not be covered in detail (thermodynamics, phase diagrams, perturbative methods, interacting gasses and liquids).  
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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 6574 : Applications of Quantum Mechanics II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Possible topics include identical particles, many electron atoms, second quantization, quantization of the electromagnetic field, scattering of complex systems, radiative transitions, and introduction to the Dirac equation.
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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 7636 : Solid-State Physics II
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
Continuation of PHYS 7635. Topics include theory of measurements such as response and correlation, spontaneous symmetry breaking, superconductivity, free fermion and interacting topological phases.
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PHYS 7645 : An Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics
Semester offered: Spring 2018 Instructor:
This course is an introduction to the Standard Model of particle physics. Familiarity with Feynman rules, Lagrangians, and relativistic wave equations at the level of PHYS 7651 is required. Topics covered include strong and electro-weak interactions, Higgs mechanism, and phenomenology of weak interactions, the quark model, and particle detectors. The course is taught at the level of Particle Physics: A Comprehensive Introduction by Abe Seiden, and The Standard Model and Beyond by Paul Langacker.
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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 7652 : Relativistic Quantum Field Theory II
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A continuation of PHYS 7651. Introduces more advanced methods and concepts in quantum field theory. Topics include functional integral methods, quantization of spin-1 fields, quantum electrodynamics, non-Abelian gauge theories, renormalization group techniques, spontaneous symmetry breaking, and anomalies.  At the level of An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory by Peskin and Schroeder.  
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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:
This course will cover string theory, from the fundamentals to areas of current research interest.  Topics will include quantization of the bosonic string, the Polyakov path integral, D-branes, orbifolds and orientifolds, and quantization of superstrings.  More advanced topics such as dualities, M-theory, AdS/CFT, and Calabi-Yau compactifications will be included as time permits.
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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: Spring 2018 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, communicators and learners. This seminar is especially valuable for those considering teaching physics at some point in their careers. Topics include: Questioning Strategies, Classroom Discourse, Teaching through misconceptions, Argumentation approach to instruction, Learning Theory, Conceptions and Conceptual Change, Epistemology, Meta cognition, and Cooperative Learning. Text: Articles from science, engineering, and math education journals.
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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, communicators and learners. This seminar is especially valuable for those considering teaching physics at some point in their careers. Topics include: Questioning Strategies, Classroom Discourse, Teaching through misconceptions, Argumentation approach to instruction, Learning Theory, Conceptions and Conceptual Change, Epistemology, Meta cognition, and Cooperative Learning. Text: Articles from science, engineering, and math education journals.
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PHYS 7685 : Special Topics in Physics
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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 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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PHYS 7690 : Independent Study in Physics
Semester offered: Spring 2018 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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