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PH 315 - Physics of Contemporary Challenges

A 10 week course about thermal and quantum physics related to the engineering Grand Challenges related to climate science and energy sources.

PH 335 - Techniques of Theoretical Mechanics

A 10 week course about using coordinate systems in unusual ways and making sense of algebraic answers to physics problems, done in the context of special relativity and classical mechanics (including velocity-dependent forces, Lagrangian mechanics, and a very brief introductions to Hamiltonians). Lots of math methods. Students in this course should also take PH 315.

PH 365 - Computational Physics Lab

A 10 week introduction to computation aimed at first-time programmers. Students with experience programming can get a waiver (see the course instructor or the undergraduate advisor). Students in this course should also take PH 335. 

PH 366 - Computational Physics Lab

A 10 week lab for the winter term intensive courses (PH 422 & PH 425).

PH 367 - Computational Physics Lab

A 10 week lab for the spring term intensive courses (PH 424 & PH 426).

PH 411 - Electronics

A 10 week lab about building and analyzing basic circuits.

PH 422 - Static Fields

A 5 week intensive course focused on electro- and magneto-statics in vaccuum (Ch. 2, 3, and 5 in Griffiths textbook) and universal gravity.  Emphasis on multivariable and vector calculus and curvilinear coordinates. Students in this course should also take PH 366.

PH 423 - Energy & Entropy

A 5 week intensive course focused on classical thermodynamics and an introduction to statistical mechanics. Includes some experiments.

PH 425 - Quantum Fundamentals

A 5 week intensive course using measurements of spin to introduce the postulates of quantum mechanics, including quantum measurement, uncertainty, and time evolution. Includes a linear algebra review and an introduction to wavefunctions for the particle in a box. Students in this course should also take PH 366.

PH 424 - Oscillations & Waves

A 5 week intensive course about periodic motion for mechanical and electrical systems. Discusses resonance and damped/driven phenomena. Includes discussion of Fourier series/integrals and some experiments. Students in this course should also take PH 367.

PH 426 - Central Forces

A 5 week intensive course about systems with a center pointing force: classical orbital motion and the quantum hydrogen atom. Emphasis on solving differential equations with separation of variables and series solutions. Students in this course should also take PH367.

PH 427 - Periodic Systems

A 5 week intensive course that explores 1-D quantum potentials: steps, wells, and periodic wells. Includes position & momentum representations of quantum states, Bloch's theorem, and an LCAO (linear combination of atomic orbitals) approach.

PH 431 - E & M Capstone

A 10 week course on static electric and magnetic fields in matter, electrodynamics, Maxwell equations, electromagnetic waves, wave guides, dipole radiation.

PH 441 - Statistical Mechanics Capstone

A 10 week course on Entropy and quantum mechanics; canonical Gibbs probability; ideal gas; thermal radiation; Einstein and Debye lattices; grand canonical Gibbs probability; ideal Fermi and Bose gases; chemical reactions and phase transformations.

PH 451 - Quantum Mechanics Capstone

A 10 week course including the quantum harmonic oscillator, additional of angular momentum, and perturbation theory.