Courses

PH 110  Descriptive Physics (GT-SC2)  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Conceptual aspects of physics applied to phenomena in everyday life and to problems in other fields of science.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both PH 110 and PH 121.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.
Additional Information: Biological & Physical Sciences 3A, Natural & Physical Sciences w/o lab (GT-SC2).

PH 111  Descriptive Physics Laboratory (GT-SC1)  Credit: 1 (0-2-0)

Course Description: Experiments dealing with basic physics concepts including explorations of everyday phenomena.
Prerequisite: PH 110, may be taken concurrently.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.
Additional Information: Biological & Physical Sciences 3A, Natural & Physical Sciences w/ lab (GT-SC1).

PH 121  General Physics I (GT-SC1)  Credits: 5 (3-2-1)

Course Description: Concepts of force, torque, energy, momentum, work used to cover fluids, waves, sound, temperature, heat; biological, physical examples (noncalculus).
Prerequisite: MATH 125, may be taken concurrently or MATH 155, may be taken concurrently or MATH 157, may be taken concurrently or MATH 160, may be taken concurrently.
Registration Information: Must register for lecture, laboratory and recitation. Credit not allowed for both PH 121 and PH 110; or for both PH 121 and PH 141.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.
Additional Information: Biological & Physical Sciences 3A, Natural & Physical Sciences w/ lab (GT-SC1).

PH 122  General Physics II (GT-SC1)  Credits: 5 (3-2-1)

Course Description: Electricity including electrostatics and simple circuits; magnetism; optics; nuclear physics, radiation; biological, physical examples (noncalculus).
Prerequisite: PH 121 or PH 141.
Registration Information: Must register for lecture, laboratory, and recitation. Credit not allowed for both PH 122 and PH 142.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.
Additional Information: Biological & Physical Sciences 3A, Natural & Physical Sciences w/ lab (GT-SC1).

PH 141  Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)  Credits: 5 (3-2-1)

Course Description: Forces, energy, momentum, angular momentum, oscillations, waves, heat, thermodynamics (calculus based).
Prerequisite: MATH 126, may be taken concurrently and MATH 155, may be taken concurrently or MATH 155, may be taken concurrently or MATH 159, may be taken concurrently or MATH 160, may be taken concurrently.
Registration Information: Must register for lecture, laboratory and recitation. Credit not allowed for both PH 141 and PH 121.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.
Additional Information: Biological & Physical Sciences 3A, Natural & Physical Sciences w/ lab (GT-SC1).

PH 142  Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)  Credits: 5 (3-2-1)

Course Description: Electricity and magnetism, circuits, light, optics (calculus based).
Prerequisite: (PH 141) and (MATH 161, may be taken concurrently or MATH 255, may be taken concurrently or MATH 271, may be taken concurrently).
Registration Information: Must register for lecture, laboratory and recitation. Credit not allowed for both PH 142 and PH 122.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.
Additional Information: Biological & Physical Sciences 3A, Natural & Physical Sciences w/ lab (GT-SC1).

PH 192  The Flying Circus of Physics  Credits: 2 (0-0-2)

Course Description: Richness and variety of physical phenomena; physical world view including appreciation for the academic community.
Prerequisite: None.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 245  Introduction to Electronics  Credits: 3 (2-3-0)

Course Description: AC circuits, physical bases and applications of electronic devices.
Prerequisite: MATH 161 and PH 142.
Registration Information: Must register for lecture and laboratory.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 293  Selected Topics in Physics  Credit: 1 (1-0-0)

Course Description: Selected topics in physics with emphasis on depth of understanding.
Prerequisite: PH 142.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 298  Introductory Research  Credits: Var[1-6] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 314  Introduction to Modern Physics  Credits: 4 (4-0-0)

Course Description: Relativity; quantum mechanics; atomic structure; applications to solid-state, nuclear, and elementary particle physics.
Prerequisite: (MATH 261, may be taken concurrently) and (PH 142).
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 315  Modern Physics Laboratory  Credits: 2 (0-4-0)

Course Description: Experiments in modern physics.
Prerequisite: PH 314, may be taken concurrently.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 327  Analytical Techniques for Physics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Applications to physics of curvilinear coordinate systems, line/surface integrals, linear algebra, ordinary/partial differential eqs., probability.
Prerequisite: (MATH 261) and (MATH 340 or MATH 345) and (PH 142 and PH 314).
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 341  Mechanics  Credits: 4 (4-0-0)

Course Description: Particle dynamics, translation and rotation of rigid bodies, moving coordinate systems, Lagrangian mechanics, matrix and tensor methods.
Prerequisite: (MATH 340 or MATH 345) and (PH 141).
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 351  Electricity and Magnetism  Credits: 4 (4-0-0)

Course Description: Electrostatics, magnetostatics, currents, time-dependent electric and magnetic fields, radiation.
Prerequisite: (MATH 340 or MATH 345) and (PH 142).
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 353  Optics and Waves  Credits: 4 (3-3-0)

Course Description: Geometrical optics; wave optics; interference, diffraction, and polarization; quantum optics.
Prerequisite: MATH 261 and PH 142.
Registration Information: Must register for lecture and laboratory.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 361  Physical Thermodynamics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Laws of thermodynamics; thermodynamic potentials; applications such as fluids, phase transitions, electrical and magnetic systems, binary mixtures.
Prerequisite: MATH 261 and PH 142.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 384  Supervised College Teaching  Credits: Var[1-5] (0-0-0)

Course Description: Participation as a physics tutor.
Prerequisite: PH 121 or PH 141.
Registration Information: Written consent of department chair required. A maximum of 10 combined credits for all 384 and 484 courses are counted towards graduation requirements.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 425  Advanced Physics Laboratory  Credits: 2 (0-4-0)

Course Description: Advanced experiments in electricity and magnetism, statistical physics and quantum mechanics.
Prerequisite: PH 315 and PH 451.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 451  Introductory Quantum Mechanics I  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Schrodinger's theory of wave mechanics, potential wells, harmonic oscillators, wave packets, operators, angular momentum.
Prerequisite: (MATH 340 or MATH 345) and (PH 314).
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 452  Introductory Quantum Mechanics II  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Approximation techniques, perturbation theory, identical particles and spin, structure and spectra of atoms and molecules, hydrogen atom.
Prerequisite: PH 451.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 462  Statistical Physics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac, and Bose-Einstein distribution functions; kinetic theory; applications to solids, metals, semiconductors, and gases.
Prerequisite: MATH 340 and PH 314 and PH 361.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 492  Seminar  Credit: 1 (0-0-1)

Course Description: Preparation and presentation of seminars on selected modern topics.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor required.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 495  Independent Study  Credits: Var[1-6] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 498  Research  Credits: Var[1-6] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 517  Chaos, Fractals, and Nonlinear Dynamics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Strange attractors, fractal dimensions, Lyapunov exponents, multifractal spectrum, period doubling, universality, intermittency, time-delay embedding.
Prerequisite: (MATH 261 and PH 341) and (MATH 340 or MATH 345).
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 521  Introduction to Lasers  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Stimulated emission; laser resonators; theory of laser oscillation; specific laser systems; applications.
Prerequisite: (MATH 340 and PH 353) and (CHEM 476 or PH 451).
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 522  Introductory Laser Laboratory  Credit: 1 (0-2-0)

Course Description: Experiments providing hands-on experiences with lasers.
Prerequisite: PH 521, may be taken concurrently.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 531  Introductory Solid State Physics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Crystal structures and bonding, electronic levels and vibrations, dielectric, optical and magnetic properties, quasiparticles, superconductivity.
Prerequisite: PH 451 and PH 361.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 561  Elementary Particle Physics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Particle interactions and detection techniques. Quark model, scattering models and standard model of electroweak interactions, physics of colliders.
Prerequisite: PH 451.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 571  Mathematical Methods for Physics I  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Vector analysis, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, infinite series, method of Frobenius, complex variables, contour integration.
Prerequisite: MATH 340.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 572  Mathematical Methods for Physics II  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Partial differential equations, Sturm-Liouville theory, special functions, Green's functions, Fourier series, Fourier and Laplace transforms.
Prerequisite: PH 571.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 621  Classical Mechanics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Central forces, scattering, noninertial reference frames, Coriolis force, Lagrange's and Hamilton's equations, small oscillations, continuum mechanics.
Prerequisite: (PH 341) and (PH 571, may be taken concurrently).
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 631  Solid State Physics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Electronic band structure and conduction phenomena; cohesive energy; lattice dynamics and thermal properties; metals; insulators; semiconductors.
Prerequisite: PH 531.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 641  Electromagnetism I  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Electrostatics in a vacuum and a medium, general solution of Laplace's equation, Green's functions, magnetostatics in a vacuum and a medium.
Prerequisite: (PH 351) and (PH 572).
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 642  Electromagnetism II  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, radiation by accelerated charges, special relativity, Lagrangian formulation of electromagnetism.
Prerequisite: PH 641.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 651  Quantum Mechanics I  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: WKB theory, Heisenberg picture, 3D wells, hydrogen atom, time-independent perturbation theory, angular momentum and spin, Clebsch-Gordan coefficients.
Prerequisite: (PH 452) and (PH 571, may be taken concurrently).
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 652  Quantum Mechanics II  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Wigner-Eckhart theorem, symmetries, density matrix, identical particles, interaction picture, time-dependent perturbation theory, scattering.
Prerequisite: PH 651.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 671  Statistical Mechanics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Canonical and grand-canonical ensembles; Maxwell-Boltzmann, Bose-Einstein, and Fermi-Dirac statistics; density operator; Bose-Einstein condensation.
Prerequisite: (PH 452 and PH 462) and (PH 571, may be taken concurrently).
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 672  Principles of Semiconductors  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Also Offered As: ECE 672.
Course Description: Electronic properties of semiconductors; band structure, statistics, transport properties, photoelectronic properties, potential barriers, interfaces.
Prerequisite: PH 531 or ECE 471B.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Credit not allowed for both PH 672 and ECE 672.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 692  Seminar  Credit: 1 (0-0-1)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 693  Current Topics in Physics Research  Credits: 3 (0-0-3)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 698  Research  Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 699  Thesis  Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 722  Quantum Electronics  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: One- and two-photon spectroscopy; broadening mechanisms; nonlinear optics; coherent phenomena; experimental methods.
Prerequisite: PH 521.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Term Offered: Spring.
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 731  Condensed Matter Theory  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Second quantization; electrons; phonons; electron-phonon interaction; superconductivity; magnetism; spin waves; density-functional methods; symmetry.
Prerequisite: (PH 462) and (PH 531) and (PH 652).
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Term Offered: Fall (odd years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 762  Elementary Particle Theory  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Symmetries, electrodynamics, renormalization, and the running coupling constant. Hadron structure, QCD, gauge symmetry and electroweak interaction.
Prerequisite: PH 561 and PH 652.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Term Offered: Fall (even years).
Grade Mode: Traditional.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 770  Quantum Theory  Credits: 3 (3-0-0)

Course Description: Formal scattering theory; relativistic quantum mechanics, quantum theory of radiation, symmetries and statistics, many-body theory.
Prerequisite: PH 652.
Restriction: Must be a: Graduate, Professional.
Term Offered: Fall.
Grade Modes: S/U within Student Option, Trad within Student Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 784  Supervised College Teaching  Credits: Var[1-5] (0-0-0)

Course Description: Supervised teaching of general physics laboratory and recitation sections.
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 793A  Seminar: Condensed Matter Physics  Credits: Var[1-5] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 793B  Seminar: Laser Spectroscopy/Quantum Electronics  Credits: Var[1-5] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 793C  Seminar: Statistical Mechanics  Credits: Var[1-5] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 793D  Seminar: Mathematical Physics  Credits: Var[1-5] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 793E  Seminar: High Energy Physics  Credits: Var[1-5] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 795  Independent Study  Credits: Var[1-6] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.

PH 799  Dissertation  Credits: Var[1-18] (0-0-0)

Course Description:
Prerequisite: None.
Registration Information: Written consent of instructor.
Terms Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Grade Mode: Instructor Option.
Special Course Fee: No.