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  • PHYSIC 571  Integrated Mathematics and Physical Science for Teachers

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    This course is designed for secondary school mathematics and science teachers. It develops interdisciplinary material from mathematics and the physical sciences to illustrate basic mathematical concepts as they apply to physical problems and phenomena. Participants learn modern techniques of instrumentation and analysis-including calculator- and computer-based systems, e.g., CBL and MBL data acquisition and analysis systems-and utilize them in hands-on data taking and analysis. The course uses inquiry-based methods to develop scientific and quantitative reasoning skills. Special emphasis is given to the development of effective pedagogies for teachers of middle and high school.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 572  Integrating the Sciences through Energy

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    This course is a graduate-level science content course designed for pre-service and in-service middle school science teachers and contextualized to the standards/inquiry-based middle school curricula. It provides graduate-level content while modeling sound pedagogy. Using current and future curriculum materials, as well as State and National standards for the teaching of science at the middle school level, this course offers an in-depth exploration of fundamental principles of energy as they relate to biological, physical, chemical, and earth sciences. Special emphasis will be placed on the interdisciplinary relationships among these topics so that energy can be used to integrate across the disciplinary sciences. Students will exposed to the current state of knowledge in the scientific community through laboratory activities, outside readings, classroom presentations, and in-depth discussions with classmates. Student swill participate in hands-on, inquiry based exercises drawn from National science standards-based middle school instructional materials which will allow them to review these teaching materials and methods, as well as develop research-based strategies for communicating with students, especially English language learners and students with other special needs.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 597  Special Topics

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    This course offers study of selected topics within this subject. Course content and credits vary according to topic and are announced prior to the registration period.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 600  Electronic Instrumentation I: Analog

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    A lecture and laboratory course in analog electronics. Emphasis is placed on pragmatic and intuitive approaches to analog electronic circuit designs. A supervised independent project illustrating an aspect of basic analog electronics is required of each student.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 601  Electronic Instrumentation II: Digital

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    A lecture and laboratory course to provide understanding of digital electronics and microprocessors. Emphasis is placed on digital logic components, digital circuit design, and techniques for incorporating microprocessors and microcomputers into laboratory experiments.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 602  Laser Optics Laboratory

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    A lecture and laboratory course to provide a working understanding of modern optics, lasers, and applications. Topics include optical resonators; solid state, gas and semiconductor lasers; tunable dye lasers; non-linear optics; and spectroscopy applications. Selected topics, which may vary from year to year according to the interests of the faculty and recent developments in technology, will stress practical instrumentation as well as relevant theory.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 610  Topics in Medical Imaging

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    This course focuses on an in-depth study of specific topics in the various medical imaging modalities.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 611  Theory of Classical Mechanics and Fluid Mechanics

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    This course focusses on principles of classical mechanics: generalized coordinates, lagrangian and Hamiltonain formulations, variational principles, multiple periodic systems, non linear dynamics, fluid dynamics.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 612  Electromagnetic Theory

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    A lecture course to develop electromagnetic theory and to treat various applications. Topics include Maxwell's equations in vacuum and in material media, electromagnetic theory of continuous media, reflection, refraction, diffraction and radiation of electromagnetic waves. Applications are selected from such topics as wave guides and resonant cavities, and magneto hydrodynamics and plasma physics.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 613  Quantum Mechanics, Atomic, and Molecular Physics

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    A lecture course on the fundamental principles and applications of the quantum theory of matter. Topics include bound systems (potential well harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom), angular momentum, spin, identical particles, the periodic table, exchange forces, chemical bonding, linear vector spaces, perturbation theory. Such other topics as magnetic resonance, symmetry groups, and elementary particles are selected for study according to student and faculty interests.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 614  Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

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    A lecture course on the principles of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Topics include: fundamentals of thermodynamics, first and second laws, thermodynamic potentials, phase transitions, classical kinetic theory, classical statistical mechanics, and quantum statistical mechanics. Applications of the principles will be made to physical, chemical, and biological systems of special or current interest.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 616  Mathematical Methods for Physicists

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    A course in intermediate mathematics with applications to analytical and quantum mechanics and electromagnetic theory. Selected topics from vector analysis, tensor algebra, linear algebra and group theory, functions of a complex variable, second-order differential equations, Fourier series and transforms, calculus of variations.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 623  Quantum Mechanics: Scattering and Many-Body Physics

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    The goal of this theoretical course is to introduce techniques in two of the most widely used application areas of Quantum Mechanics, namely Scattering Theory and Many-Body Physics. A working knowledge of these methods is particularly relevant to a wide range of modern applications int he broad area of mesoscopic physics, and especially to studies involving ultra-cold atoms.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 630  Solid State Physics

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    The application of quantum mechanics to the theory of the solid state. Topics include periodic structures, lattice waves, band theory of solids, dynamics of electrons in solids and magnetic resonance. Some applications of the theory to semi-conductor devices are made.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 631  Physics of Semiconductor Materials

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    A lecture course on the physics of semiconductor materials. An understanding of the properties of semiconductor devices is related to the underlying physical principles of quantum mechanics and solid state physics. Topics include electrical, optical, and thermal properties of semiconductor materials; theory of transport, scattering, and recombination of free carriers; theory of p-n junctions.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 632  Advanced Laser Optics (with Lab)

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    This is a one-semester lecture and lab course offered as a follow-up to Physic 602. Topics include wave propagation in isotropic and anisotropic media, birefringence, the physical origin of nonlinear polarization, wave propagation in nonlinear media, optical second harmonic generation, parametric oscillation and amplification, electro-optic effects in crystals, third order non-linearities, third harmonic generation, the interaction of light and phase conjugate optics, four-wave mixing, intensity dependent transmission, and selected topics as time permits.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 635  Physics on the Back of an Envelope (Estimation in Physics)

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    The goal of the course is to introduce the students to a comprehensive array of qualitative methods practiced by researchers but rarely taught. The focus will be on occurrences in a wide range of areas, including Quantum Mechanics and Differential Equations. As the course title indicates, these methods allow for the quick, and relatively painless, estimation of magnitude of effects prior to subjecting them to more rigors. The ability to do this is widely regarded as the defining characteristic of physicists.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 636  Nanophotonics

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    Nanophotonics is an emerging field of study concerning light-matter interactions on the nanometer scale that lead to many fascinating phenomena with a wide array of applications involving the generation, propagation, manipulation, and detection of photons in structures and nanometer size devices. This graduate-level course is intended to cover subjects ranging from the basic physical principles to leading edge research in nanophotonics. In addition to organized lectures, students are guided to conduct their own research and/or survey specific topics of their interest and are required to write a report and present their findings towards the end of the semester.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 637  Introduction to Stochastic Processes

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    This class provides an introduction to the mathematical techniques required to model noisy systems, and shows how they are used in a variety of applications. These techniques are important in a diverse range of subjects, including neuroscience, cell biology, pattern formation in chemical reactions, physics of mesoscopic systems, quantitative finance and quantum measurement theory, to name but a few.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 638  Quantum Measurement Theory

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    The issue of measurement has been a topic of debate since the early days of quantum mechanics as the founders attempted to reconcile the fundamental features of the theory with seeming contraditctions associated with measurement. In recent years, these questions have taken on added practical importance in the context of manipulation and control of nano-engineered structures. This course introduces the student to the language of quantum measurement theory, necessary to model measured quantum dynamical systems, ideas which are relevant to a number of applications in the emerging area of quantum information such as quantum computing.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 640  Scientific Computation and Visualization

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    An introduction to scientific computation and visualization with applications to physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics and engineering suitable for first year graduate students and advanced undergraduates in these and related fields. Students will have immersion experiences in computing by working on several projects from start to finish, from developments of numerical algorithms, code writing and debugging, to data processing and visualization. The course provides an ideal environment to learn the fundamentals of high-performance scientific computing and visualization.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 645  Cancer Biophysics

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    This course deals with the application of physics principles and technologies to cancer biology, diagnosis, and treatment, with an emphasis on relevant current literature. Subject matter crosses traditional disciplinary lines to integrate physical, mathematical and molecular descriptions of tumor growth, development, and metastasis as well as physics-based techniques, especially imaging modalities, for both basic investigation and in clinical cancer diagnostics and monitoring. Photomedicine, including photodynamic therapy for treatment of cancer and underlying photophysics is also discussed.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 680  Readings in Physics

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    An opportunity for qualified graduate students to pursue advanced independent readings in specialized topics in applied physics, with the guidance of a faculty member. This course may be taken more than once for credit.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 690  Projects in Physics

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    Qualified graduate students may pursue advanced independent projects in applied physics, with the guidance of a faculty supervisor. This course may be taken more than once for credit.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 694  Master's Internship

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  • PHYSIC 697  Special Topics in Applied Physics

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    The study of a particular topic of current interest in applied physics, such as photonics, nuclear reactor physics, semiconductor device physics, superconductivity, magnetic resonance.   More Info

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  • PHYSIC 699  Master's Thesis Research

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