|Course Descriptions - 3000 level courses|
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3000 level courses
Note: These courses are offered on an irregular schedule, depending on demand and on the needs of current students.
Advanced Mechanics (PHY 3010). 4 credits. This course offers an advanced formal treatment of classical mechanics, building on Mechanics (PHY2010). Topics include: Calculus of variations, Hamilton's Principle, Lagrangian formulation of mechanics, Hamilton's formulation of mechanics, rigid body, coupled oscillations and normal modes, canonical transformations, Hamilton-Jacobi theory. Prerequisites: Calculus III, Differential Equations, and Mechanics.
Quantum Mechanics (PHY 3020). 4 credits. This course provides a formal treatment of non-relativistic quantum mechanics following PHY 2030 Quantum Physics. Topics include: the formulation of quantum mechanics in terms of state vectors and linear operators, three-dimensional spherically symmetric potentials, the theory of angular momentum and spin, time-independent and time dependent perturbation theory, scattering theory and identical particles. Prerequisites: Calculus III, Differential Equations, Mechanics, and Quantum Physics.
Electrodynamics (PHY 3030). 4 credits. This course offers a rigorous treatment of classical electrodynamics following PHY 2021 Electromagnetism. Topics include: Electrostatics; magnetostatics, quasi-stationary phenomena, and Maxwell's equation; Special mathematical methods for problems in electrostatics; Electromagnetic waves and boundary value problems; Potentials and gauge transformations; Radiation from charge and current distributions, including multipole expansion of the field, and the field of moving charges. Prerequisites: Calculus III, Differential Equations, Mechanics, and Electromagnetism.
Mathematical Methods of Physics (PHY 3040). 4 credits. This course covers the necessary mathematics for treatment of advanced physics topics. Topics may include: complex analysis, partial differential equations, integral equations, Green's functions, special functions, boundary problems, Fourier and other transforms, group theory and representations. Emphasis is placed on applications to physical problems. Prerequisites: Calculus III, Differential equations.
Solid-State Physics (PHY 3050). 4 credits. This course is a rigorous introduction to solid-state physics. Topics include: crystal structures, properties of periodic lattice, electrons in metals, band structure, transport properties, semi-conductors, magnetism, and superconductivity. Prerequisites: Electromagnetism, Quantum Physics, & Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics.
Statistical Mechanics (PHY 3060). 4 credits. This course provides a rigorous treatment of both classical and quantum statistical mechanics following PHY 2040 Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics. Topics include: Fundamentals of statistical mechanics; theory of ensembles; quantum statistics; imperfect gases; cooperative phenomena. Prerequisites: Electromagnetism, Quantum Physics, & Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics.
Research Internship (PHY 3080). 3 credits. Students may choose to take any intermship in physics for credit using this course designation. Doing an internship, particularly recommended during the junior-senior summer, provides opportunities for students to engage in actual research at universities, institutes, or other laboratory facilities. This supplements the academic-year theoretical courses and gives enhanced experimental training, while helping students make career decisions. Prerequisites: Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Quantum Physics, & Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics, or by approval by the Department.
Senior Research Project and Seminar (PHY 3090). 3 credits. This course is the capstone experience for physics majors. It includes advanced readings in a selected field of physics or an extended experimental investigation of a particular topic, under the supervision of a faculty member, and leads to a significant final paper. Prerequisite: Written permission of the faculty member who agrees to act as supervisor and the permission of the department.