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Undergraduate

Undergraduate Course Descriptions


PHYS-201 Fundamental Physics Lab I:
Experiments selected from classical mechanics, electromagnetics, optics and modern physics, designed to demonstrate fundamental physical phenomena. Objectives of this experimental work include:
  • To acquaint students with some of the techniques and basic apparatuses, used in experimental physics.
  • To demonstrate physical concepts and principles in the laboratory.
  • Introduce students to the methods of data analysis, and error analysis.
  • Acquire familiarity with proper lab report writing.

PHYS-202 Fundamental Physics Lab II:
Experiments selected from classical mechanics, electromagnetics, optics and modern physics, designed to demonstrate fundamental physical phenomena. Objectives of this experimental work include:
  • To acquaint students with some of the techniques and basic apparatuses, used in experimental physics.
  • To demonstrate physical concepts and principles in the laboratory.
  • Introduce students to the methods of data analysis, and error analysis.
  • Acquire familiarity with proper lab report writing.

PHYS-210 Mechanics:
Newtonian dynamics of particles will be described with a more advanced, elegant formalism than the one used in the basic physics course. Topics to be covered are: Equations of motion, conservation laws, linear and nonlinear oscillators, collisions, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian dynamics, central-force fields, non-inertial frames, rigid-body motion, and systems of coupled oscillators.

PHYS-231 Mathematical Physics I:
The mathematical methods that are necessary for the required advanced courses in the Physics Department are presented. Topics include: Advanced calculus, series, matrices, complex variables, and differential equations.

PHYS-232 Mathematical Physics II:
The mathematical methods that are necessary for the required advanced courses in the Physics Department are presented. Topics include: Special functions, integral transformations, variational principles, and integral equations.

PHYS-301 Modern Physics and Experiments:
This course teaches the basic concepts of quantum mechanics as a fundamental theory of nature, and introduces applications for atomic, molecular, nuclear, particle, statistical, and solid state physics. In addition, students conduct experiments that have made significant contributions in developing modern physics.

PHYS-302 Electronics and Experiments:
Students learn basic theory in electrical engineering, and perform experiments on electronic circuits. They acquire the ability for constructing electric circuits and skills in operating electronic equipment.

PHYS-224 Electromagnetism I:
The aim of this course is to learn basic electrostatics and magnetostatics to formulate Maxwell's equations. Underlying mathematical principles including vector analysis and special functions will be provided. Also, the application of basic electromagnetic principles to modern technologies will be explored.

PHYS-331 Electromagnetism II:
The aim of this course is to formulate Maxwell's equations, and go on to understand the properties of electromagnetic waves, such as transmission, scattering, and radiation. Also, applications of electromagnetism in modern technologies will be investigated.

PHYS-361 Quantum Mechanics I:
Fundamental concepts of quantum physics are introduced in the non-relativistic regime with an emphasis on links to classical mechanics. Topics to be covered include: Basic structure of quantum mechanics, Schrödinger equation, and bound-state problems in one to three dimensions. The quantization of angular momentum is also investigated.

PHYS-362 Quantum Mechanics II:
A continuation of the study of non-relativistic quantum mechanics at the undergraduate level. Topics include: Semiclassical approximations, symmetry and conservation laws, addition of angular momentum, bound state perturbation theory and its applications, and scattering theory using time-dependent perturbation theory.

PHYS-391 Educational Principles for Teaching Physics:
For teaching candidates of middle and high school physics education. Students learn teaching methods focusing on general physics.

PHYS-394 Textbook Study and Teaching Methods in Physics
For teaching candidates of middle and high school physics education.

PHYS-344 Statistical Physics I:
This course focuses on the physical understanding of macroscopic behaviors. To this end, we cover classical thermodynamics and the basic concepts of statistical mechanics. We develop the mathematical tools for the statistical approach to macroscopic phenomena.

PHYS-433 Statistical Physics II:
This course covers the main topics in equilibrium statistical mechanics. Both classical and quantum statistical mechanics will be explored. Using this framework, we will understand various phenomena such as phase transitions.

PHYS-451 Advanced Physics Lab:
In this advanced lab course, students will gain the knowledge and experience of experiments and theory in physics that are necessary for graduate school and industrial physics applications. This course provides an internship for students in the fields of theory and experimental statistical physics, condensed matter physics, quantum optics, nuclear physics, and particle physics.

PHYS-461 Computational Physics:
An introduction to the numerical methods used in physics and other branches of science. An emphasis is given to the development of tools for realistic computer simulations. Topics include: an introduction to Linux based systems, introductory numerical methods and their implementation in computer programs using C/C++, Fortran, and Python.

PHYS-462 Atomic Physicss:
In this course, students will learn about the characteristics of both single atom and several atoms. Specially, the course will focus on the understanding of fundamental principle for the interaction between light and materials.

PHYS-472 Modern Optics:
Students begin with a review of electromagnetic wave and learn the wave properties of light such as interference and diffraction. In addition, the course will cover topics like polarization, Fourier optics, as well as principles of lasers and other optical instruments.

PHYS-482 Solid State Physics:
Properties of condensed matters such as crystal structures, lattice vibration, and energy band structures will be studied. Physical properties of metals, semiconductors, and insulators will also be understood.

PHYS-491 Biophysics:
The main purpose of this course is to elucidate various phenomena in biological systems from the viewpoint of modern physics. The history of biophysics, various up-to-date tools for examining biological systems, and new scientific paradigms for understanding biological phenomena will be discussed.

PHYS-492 Nuclear &Particle Physics:
This course covers the structure of nuclei, nuclear forces, the decay of the nuclei and particles, and conservation laws in nuclear and particle physics. It also covers the basic concepts of elementary particle physics, detectors, and accelerators.