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PHYSICS 401. Intermediate Mechanics.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: PHYSICS 126/128 or 240 (or 260)/241, and MATH 216. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
This course is required for physics concentrators. It presents a systematic development of Newtonian mechanics beginning with single particle motion in one dimension and extending through multiparticle systems moving in three dimensions. The conservation laws of energy and linear and angular momentum are emphasized. Lagrangian mechanics is introduced, and Hamiltonian mechanics may be introduced as well. Physical systems treated in detail include the forced dampedoscillator, inverse square forced orbits, harmonic motion in two dimensions, coupled oscillations and rigid body motion in two and three dimensions. Mathematical topics given extensive treatment include vector algebra, elements of vector calculus, ordinary differential equations, plane and spherical polar coordinates and phasors and/or complex numbers. Grades are based on one or two exams and a twohour final.
PHYSICS 402. Optics.
Section 001 – Meets with Physics 605.001.
Prerequisites: PHYSICS 126/128 or 240 (or 260)/241, and MATH 216. A student can receive credit for only one of EECS 334 or PHYSICS 402. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
This course may be included in a concentration in physics. Topics studied cover the phenomena of physical optics, reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, and polarization interpreted in terms of the wave theory of light. Several topics in modern optics will also be developed.
PHYSICS 405. Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: PHYSICS 126/128 or 240 (or 260)/241, and MATH 216. Prior or concurrent enrollment in PHYSICS 451. PHYSICS 340 recommended. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: http://tenaya.physics.lsa.umich.edu/~keithr/p405/
This is a second course on the classical theory of electromagnetism. Familiarity with Maxwell's equations at the level of PHYSICS 240 is assumed. PHYSICS 340 is strongly recommended. The course elaborates on the theoretical content of the Maxwell theory as well as practical application. Topics: review of vector analysis; electrostatic boundary value problems; magnetostatics; dielectric and magnetic materials; Maxwell's equations and electrodynamics; the wave equation, electromagnetic waves in free space, waves in conducting and dielectric media; guided waves; electromagnetic radiation; sources of EM radiation.
PHYSICS 406. Statistical and Thermal Physics.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: PHYSICS 126/128 or 240 (or 260)/241, and MATH 216. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: http://www.physics.lsa.umich.edu/newman/courses/2002/p406
This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of thermal
physics including classical thermodynamics (the three laws, temperature,
internal energy, and entropy) and statistical mechanics (microscopic
entropy, classical and quantum thermal distributions, ideal gases, Fermi
and Bose gases, thermal radiation, electrons in metals, etc.).
PHYSICS 413 / CMPLXSYS 541. Introduction to Nonlinear Dynamics and the Physics of Complexity.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: PHYSICS 401. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: http://wwwpersonal.umich.edu/~lsander/syll413.html
An introduction to nonlinear science with an elementary treatment from the point of view of the physics of chaos and fractal growth.
PHYSICS 419 / RCNSCI 419 / NRE 574 / PUBPOL 519. Energy Demand.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: Basic college economics and senior standing. (3). May not be included in a concentration plan in physics.
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/nre/574/001.nsf
The natural resource impact of any particular human activity can usually be drastically reduced – given technological development and institutional change. (This is true for a variety of resources: fuels, forests, clean water, clean air...). This course is about the end use of energy and its efficiency – in contrast with a focus on the supply of energy. Thus we will not find out how to provide more electricity or how to clean up power plants, but how we could provide the needed lighting and other services with much less electricity.
The course will examine the use of energy in the U.S. for transportation, for processing of materials by industry and for comfortable buildings. There will be a focus on transportation and the potential for reducing its environmental impacts, including controlling global warming by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases associated with energy use. The study will be done from the perspectives of physics, economics, behavior, social organization and politics. The course will require a paper on an issue involving a particular end use of energy and a project on some aspect of energy use in the locality. Prerequisites are a collegelevel course in mathematics or economics or physical science, and SENIOR standing. The course will require establishment of minimum proficiency in analytical techniques concerning energy.
PHYSICS 435. Gravitational Physics.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: PHYSICS 390 and 401. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
The Einstein theory of general relativity provides the foundation of gravitational physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. After an introduction to the theory, experimental tests of general relativity which were performed in the past, the implications of pulsars, black holes, supernovae, and cosmic background radiation as well as the ongoing experimental detection of gravitational waves are discussed. This is an elective course for concentrators in physical sciences. Regular exams as for any elective course in physics are given.
PHYSICS 441. Advanced Laboratory I.
Prerequisites: PHYSICS 390 and any 400level Physics course. (2).
Credits: (2).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
This is an advanced laboratory course. A wide selection of individual experiments is offered, each covering a fundamental physics concept. Students are required to select five experiments in consultation with the lab instructor. Experiments are to be selected from several different areas of physics. Examples of experiments include the photoelectric effect, electron charge/mass ratio, Xray diffraction, muon lifetime, nuclear magnetic resonance, high Tc superconductors, chaos, and electron microscope imaging. PHYSICS 441 is offered Fall Term and PHYSICS 442 is offered Winter Term. Physics concentrators are required to take both terms and perform different experiments in the two courses.
PHYSICS 451. Methods of Theoretical Physics I.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: MATH 215 and 216. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
This is a course in the mathematical methods used in physics and is considered necessary preparation for graduate school. Among the topics treated are orthogonal functions and vector spaces, complex variables, differential equations and their special functions, Fourier series, and aspects of group theory.
PHYSICS 453. Quantum Mechanics.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: PHYSICS 390. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/physics/453/001.nsf
This course begins with an overview of the experimental and theoretical foundations for quantum mechanics. The theory is developed and applied to simple physical systems, with examples taken from atomic, molecular, condensed matter, nuclear, and particle physics. Topics include: basics of the Schrödinger equations and its solutions in rectangular and spherical coordinates; properties, uses, and interpretations of state functions; expectation values and physical observables; coherence, correlation, and interference. Other topics include spin, the exclusion principle, and some quantum statistical mechanics.
PHYSICS 455. Electronic Devices and Circuits.
Section 001.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites: PHYSICS 240 (or 260) and 241. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
No Description Provided. Contact the Department.
PHYSICS 501. FirstYear MiniColloquium.
Section 001.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (1). May be repeated for a total of two credits.
Credits: (1).
Course Homepage: http://wwwpersonal.umich.edu/~larsenf/minicoll.html
Course objective is to learn about research opportunities within the Physics graduate studies program.
PHYSICS 505. Electricity and Magnetism I.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: http://wwwpersonal.umich.edu/~graithel/P505_02/home.html
Electrostatics, timeindependent magnetic phenomena, timedependent electromagnetic fields, free electromagnetic fields, covariant formalism of electrodynamics, scattering and diffraction of electromagnetic waves, wave guides, radiating systems, radiation from moving charges.
Textbook: J. D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, Wiley
PHYSICS 510. Statistical Physics I.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: PHYSICS 406 and graduate standing. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: http://wwwpersonal.umich.edu/~alexei/Ph510.htm
Review of thermodynamics, statistical bases of second law, entropy and irreversibility, equipartition, the Gibbs paradox. Quantum statistics, ideal Fermi gas, ideal Bose gas, BoseEinstein condensation, phase equilibrium, phase transitions, fluctuations and transport theory.
PHYSICS 511. Quantum Theory and Atomic Structure I and II.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
This is a twoterm sequence on the quantum theory and its applications to nonrelativistic atomic, molecular, nuclear and solid state systems; time independent and time dependent perturbation theory; angular momentum, scattering theory; interaction of photons with nonrelativistic systems; the Dirac equation.
PHYSICS 513. Advanced Quantum Mechanics I.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2002/fall/physics/513/001.nsf
Introduction to the methods of relativistic quantum field theory with applications relevant to high energy and many body physics. Topics include: Feynman diagrams, calculation of cross sections for simple processes in scalar and spinor field theories, and the electron gas problem.
PHYSICS 515. Supervised Research.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (46). (INDEPENDENT).
Credits: (46).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
Four to six credithour courses in research.
PHYSICS 516. Supervised Research.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (46). (INDEPENDENT).
Credits: (46).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
Four to six credithour courses in research.
PHYSICS 518 / APPPHYS 518. Microcomputers in Experimental Research.
Section 001.
Instructor(s):
Ramon TorresIsea (rtorres@umich.edu)
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
See Applied Physics 518.001.
PHYSICS 520. Condensed Matter Physics.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: PHYSICS 510, 511, and graduate standing. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: http://gomez.physics.lsa.umich.edu/~dreis/P520Fall2002/p520.html
Modern theory of solids with emphasis on electron states, band theory, electronelectron interactions, phonons, electronphonon interactions, transport theory, semiconductor physics and superconductors.
PHYSICS 521. Elementary Particle Physics I.
Section 001.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites: PHYSICS 512 and graduate standing. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
Overview for anyone who wants to understand the very successful "Standard Model" of
particle physics, with emphasis on the predictions and tests of the theory, why it is now widely believed to describe nature, and also on open questions. Topics to be studied: the ElectroWeak theory and Quantum Chromodynamics, properties of
quarks and leptons, Higgs bosons, CP violation, a few topics beyond the Standard Model (grand unifications, supersymmetry, and neutrino masses), and existing and future experimental facilities and detectors.
PHYSICS 522. Atomic Physics and Quantum Mechanics.
Section 001 – Meets with Physics 644.001.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
The structure of atoms and the interaction of atoms with fields. Topics: nonrelativistic and relativistic hydrogen and positronium; Lamb shift; hyperfine interactions; group theory and the structure of multipleelectron atoms; coupling schemes; HartreeFock theory; single and multichannel quantumdefect theories; atoms in external fields; atomic transitions; linewidth; photoionization; strongfield effects; time reversal; parity violation; quantum chaos.
PHYSICS 527. Intro Topics in Astrophysics III.
Section 001.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
No Description Provided. Contact the Department.
PHYSICS 529 / APPPHYS 529. Techniques of Experimental Physics.
Section 001.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
No Description Provided. Contact the Department.
PHYSICS 541. Elementary Particle Physics II.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: PHYSICS 521. Graduate standing. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: http://feynman.physics.lsa.umich.edu/541.html
This course will take several topics from Particle Physics I (PHYSICS 521) and develop them in the detail appropriate for students planning to work in particle physics. Will include predictions and tests of the electroweak theory, QCD, supersymmetry, and CP violation.
PHYSICS 605. Applied Group Theory.
Section 001 – Meets with Physics 402.001.
Instructor(s):
Byron P Roe
Prerequisites: Background in quantum mechanics. Graduate standing. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
No Description Provided. Contact the Department.
PHYSICS 608 / BIOPHYS 608 / MCDB 608. Biophysical Principles of Microscopy.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: Knowledge of complex exponential notation, and graduate standing. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
See Biophysics 608.001.
PHYSICS 619 / APPPHYS 619. Advanced Solid State Physics.
Section 001.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
No Description Provided. Contact the Department.
PHYSICS 624. Advanced Statistical Methods.
Section 001.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
No Description Provided. Contact the Department.
PHYSICS 627. Experimental High Energy Physics.
Section 001.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
No Description Provided. Contact the Department.
PHYSICS 630. Concepts and Methods of Quantum Mechanics.
Section 001.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites: Three semesters of introductory physics or equivalent. Facility with calculus and very elementary differential equations. Intended for graduate students whose specialization lies outside of the physical sciences or engineering. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
No Description Provided. Contact the Department.
PHYSICS 644 / APPPHYS 644. Advanced Atomic Physics.
Section 001 – Meets with Physics 522.001.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3).
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
See Physics 522.001.
PHYSICS 645. An introduction to MTheory.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U."
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: http://feynman.physics.lsa.umich.edu/~mduff/645/General.html
An elementary introduction to Mtheory.
PHYSICS 650 / APPPHYS 550 / EECS 538. Lasers and ElectroOptics I.
Section 001.
Instructor(s):
Almantas Galvanauskas
Prerequisites: EECS 434. Graduate standing. (3). CAEN lab access fee required for nonEngineering students.
Credits: (3).
Lab Fee: CAEN lab access fee required for nonEngineering students.
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
See Applied Physics 550.001.
PHYSICS 690. Special Topics in Physics.
Section 001 – Topic?
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. (3). This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U." May be repeated for a total of nine credits.
Credits: (3).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
No Description Provided. Contact the Department.
PHYSICS 715. Special Problems.
Section 001.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (16).
Credits: (16).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
Nonthesis research under the supervision of Physics faculty.
PHYSICS 990. Dissertation/Precandidate.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites: Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (18). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.
Credits: (18; 14 in the halfterm).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate.
PHYSICS 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program.
Section 001.
Prerequisites: Must have Teaching Assistant award. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1).
Credits: (1).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
A seminar for all beginning graduate student instructors, consisting of a two day orientation before the term starts and periodic workshops/meetings during the Fall Term. Beginning graduate student instructors are required to register for this course.
PHYSICS 995. Dissertation/Candidate.
Instructor(s):
Prerequisites: Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. Graduate standing. (8). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.
Credits: (8; 4 in the halfterm).
Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.
Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. N.B. The defense of the dissertation (the final oral examination) must be held under a full term Candidacy enrollment period.
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