Physics (PHYS)


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1100. Physics Laboratory Science (1). Corequisite: Enrollment in a lab section of the appropriate physics course. For transfer students only. Provides lab credit for a transferred lecture-only Natural Sciences core course in physics.

1171. Physics Fieldwork (1). Interact with public school teachers and students to deliver a limited lesson for students. Texas Tech student will learn and implement a lesson.

1304. Physics: Basic Ideas and Methods (3). Intended to provide physics background to pre-engineering students. Examines basic concepts in physics. Problem-solving techniques, graphical representations, and pertinent mathematics.

1401. [PHYS 1305+1105, 1310+1110, 1405] Physics for Non-Science Majors (4). Covers the basic laws and vocabulary of science using a minimum of mathematics. Partially fulfills core Natural Sciences requirement.

1402. Physics of Living Matter (4). Covers the physics principles found in living matter and techniques useful in biomedical sciences. Not for physics majors.

1403. [PHYS 1301+1101, 1401] General Physics I (4). Prerequisite: MATH 1320 or 1451 or 1550. Non-calculus introductory physics covering mechanics, heat, and sound, thus providing background for study in science-related areas. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.

1404. [PHYS 1302+1102, 1402] General Physics II (4). Prerequisite: PHYS 1403. Non-calculus introductory physics covering electricity, magnetism, light, and modern physics, thus providing background for study in science-related areas. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.

1406. Physics of Sound and Music (4). Designed to acquaint the student with the principles of physics used in the production of sound and music. A minimum of mathematics will be used. Some of the physical principles are exemplified in laboratory sessions. Satisfies natural science requirement in Arts and Sciences. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement.

1408. [PHYS 2325+2125, 2425] Principles of Physics I (4). Prerequisite MATH 1451 or 2323. Calculus-based introductory physics covering mechanics, kinematics, energy, momentum, and thermodynamics. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement. (Honors section offered)



2305. Computation for the Physical Sciences (3). Prerequisites: PHYS 1408 and 2401. Introduces computational tools to solve science problems. Emphasizes interplay between technology application and practical learning. Fulfills core Technology and Applied Science requirement.

2401. [PHYS 2326+2126, 2426] Principles of Physics II (4). Prerequisites: PHYS 1408 and MATH 1452. Calculus-based introductory physics covering electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, and optics. Partially fulfills core Life and Physical Sciences requirement. (Honors section offered)

2402. [PHYS 2427] Principles of Physics III (4). Prerequisite: PHYS 2401. Study of atomic, molecular, and nuclear phenomena. Relativity, quantum effects, hydrogen atom, many electron atoms, some molecular physics. Includes laboratory.



3000. Undergraduate Research (V1-6). Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair. Individual and/or group research projects in basic or applied physics, under the guidance of a faculty member.

3302. Cosmophysics: The Universe as a Physics Lab (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 2402. Deals with topics from astrophysics, cosmology, and cosmic ray physics of interest to all physicists.

3304. Intermediate Physics Laboratory (3). Prerequisite: C or better in PHYS 2402 and PHYS 2305. Laboratory course on advanced physical principles. Experiments in atomic, molecular, solid state, and nuclear, and particle physics as well as relativity, electricity and magnetism including data acquisition and analyses. (Writing Intensive)

3305. Electricity and Magnetism (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 2401 and either MATH 3350 or 3354. Electrostatics, dielectric materials, Maxwell's equations, currents, and magnetostatics.

3306. Electricity and Magnetism (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 3305 and either MATH 3351 or 4354. Magnetic properties of materials, electrodynamics, electromagnetic waves, waveguides and resonators, interaction with matter, AC circuits, radiation.

3400. Fundamentals of Physics (4). Prerequisites: Education majors only; preference given to EC or HDFS; instructor approval. Teaches the fundamentals of physics and strategies for teaching these fundamentals. Not open to engineering, science, or mathematics majors.

3401. Optics (4). Prerequisites: Physics majors only; PHYS 1408 and 2401. Covers geometrical and physical optics, waves, reflection, scattering, polarization, interference, diffraction, modern optics, and optical instrumentation. (Writing Intensive)



4000. Independent Study (V1-4). Prerequisite: Approval of advisor. Study of advanced topics of current interest under direct supervision of a faculty member.

4301. Computational Physics (3). Prerequisites: PHYS 1408, 2305, 2401, 2402. Numerical modeling of physical systems. Data acquisition and analysis. Graphics for displaying complex results. Quadrature schemes, solution of equations.

4302. Statistical and Thermal Physics (3). Prerequisites: PHYS 2402 and knowledge of differential equations. Introduction to statistical methods in physics. Formulation of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics from a unified viewpoint with applications from classical and quantum physics.

4304. Mechanics (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 1408, 2401, or permission of the department chair. Dynamics of particles and extended bodies, both rigid and fluid, using Newtonian mechanics and the Euler-Lagrange equations from Hamilton's principle. Nonlinear systems and chaos with numerical modeling. Applications of the Navier Stokes equation.

4306. Senior Project (3). Prerequisite: Senior standing in physics or engineering physics. Individual research project under the guidance of a faculty member. (Writing Intensive)

4307. Quantum Mechanics I (3). Prerequisite: C or better in MATH 3351 or equivalent. Introduction to fundamental concepts in quantum mechanics: probability, normalization, operators, solutions to Schrodinger equation for various potentials. Discussion of quantum mechanics in 3D, generalized uncertainty principle, angular momentum and hydrogen atom.

4308. Quantum Mechanics II (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 4307. Review of quantum mechanics, time-independent and dependent perturbation theory, variational principle, WKB approximation, the adiabatic approximation and scattering.

4309. Solid State Physics (3). Prerequisites: PHYS 3305 and knowledge of elementary quantum mechanics. The structural, thermal, electric, and magnetic properties of crystalline solids. Free electron theory of metals. Concept of energy bands and elementary semiconductor physics.

4312. Nuclear and Particle Physics (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 4307. Deals with modern nuclear physics covering such topics as nuclear structure models, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, elementary particles, nuclear conservation, forces, and symmetry.

4371. Physics as It Is Taught (3). Discusses the teaching of introductory material. Extends topic coverage into advanced treatments and mathematics. Designed for students seeking teaching certification. (Writing Intensive)

4372. Astronomy as It Is Taught (3). Discusses solar system, stellar, and galactic astronomy and develops the use of activities in the process of instruction. Designed for students seeking teacher certification.

4373. Math Modeling in Physics (3). Motivates extensive use of mathematics in the practice of physics and teaching physics. Designed for students seeking teacher certification. (Writing Intensive)

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5000. Independent Study (V1-3). Prerequisite: Permission of the department chair. Offers independent study under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Not to be used for thesis or dissertation research or writing.

5001. Master's Internship (V1-12). Prerequisite: Permission of the internship coordinator. Internship in an industrial or research laboratory setting. Arranged through the department and directly related to degree program.

5101. Seminar (1). Must be taken by every graduate student for at least the first four semesters. Taken pass-fail.

5104. Instructional Laboratory Techniques in Physics (1). Laboratory organization and instructional techniques. Must be taken by all teaching assistants when on appointment.

5274. Physics Pedagogy (2). A course in teaching methods and pedagogy for physics laboratories and recitations.

5300. Special Topics (3). Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor and/or department chair, Topics in semiconductor, plasma, surface, particle physics, spectroscopy, and others. May be repeated in different areas.

5301. Quantum Mechanics I (3). Experimental basis and history, wave equation, Schrödinger equation, harmonic oscillator, piecewise constant potentials, WKB approximation, central forces and angular momentum, hydrogen atom, spin, two-level systems, and scattering. M.S. and Ph.D. core course.

5302. Quantum Mechanics II (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 5301 or equivalent. Quantum dynamics, rotations, bound-state and time-dependent perturbation theory, identical particles, atomic and molecular structure, electromagnetic interactions, and formal scattering theory. Ph.D. core course.

5303. Electromagnetic Theory (3). Electrostatics and magnetostatics, time varying fields, Maxwell's equations and conservation laws, electromagnetic waves in materials and in waveguides. M.S. and Ph.D. core course.

5304. Solid State Physics (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 5301 or equivalent. A survey of the microscopic properties of crystalline solids. Major topics include lattice structures, vibrational properties, electronic band structure, and electronic transport.

5305. Statistical Physics (3). Elements of probability theory and statistics; foundations of kinetic theory. Gibb's statistical mechanics, the method of Darwin and Fowler, derivation of the laws of macroscopic thermodynamics from statistical considerations; other selected applications in both classical and quantum physics. M.S. and Ph.D. core course.

5306. Classical Dynamics (3). Lagrangian dynamics and variational principles. Kinematics and dynamics of two-body scattering. Rigid body dynamics. Hamiltonian dynamics, canonical transformations, and Hamilton-Jacobi theory of discrete and continuous systems. M.S. and Ph.D. core course.

5307. Methods in Physics I (3). Provides first-year graduate students the necessary skill in mathematical methods for graduate courses in physical sciences; applications such as coordinate systems, vector and tensor analysis, matrices, group theory, functions of a complex variable, variational methods, Fourier series, integral transforms, Sturm-Liouville theory, eigenvalues and functions, Green functions, special functions and boundary value problems. Tools course.

5308. Molecular Biophysics (3). Study of the physics of the structures and dynamics of biological molecules and assemblies at the molecular level. Required for students in biophysics research.

5309. Methods in Biophysics (3). Study of experimental and computational methods in biophysics. Requires an individual research project. Mandatory for students in biophysics research.

5311. Nuclear Physics (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 5301. Deals with nuclear physics covering such topics as nuclear structure models, interactions, reactions, scattering, and resonance. Nuclear energy is discussed as an application.

5312. Elementary Particle Physics (3). Prerequisites: PHYS 5302, 5303. The role of symmetries, gauge theories, and the Standard Model. First-order Feynman diagram calculations aided by computing tools and comparison with the experimental data. Experimental techniques and detectors in particle physics.

5322. Computational Physics (3). Numerical modeling of physical systems. Data acquisition and analysis. Graphics for displaying complex results. Quadrature schemes and solution of equations. Use of minicomputers and microcomputers. Tools course.

5330. Semiconductor Materials and Processing (3). Survey of semiconductor materials deposition, characterization, and processing techniques with emphasis on the fundamental physical interactions underlying device processing steps.

5335. Physics of Semiconductors (3). Theoretical description of the physical and electrical properties of semiconductors; Band structures, vibrational properties and phonons, defects, transport and carrier statistics, optical properties, and quantum confinement.

5336. Device Physics (3). Principles of semiconductor devices; description of modeling of p/n junctions, transistors, and other basic units in integrated circuits; relationship between physical structures and electrical parameters.

5371. Conceptual Physics for Teachers (3). Inquiry-based course in elementary physical principles of mechanics, heat, electricity, and magnetism.

5372. Astronomy for Teachers (3). Inquiry-based course in solar system, stellar, and galactic astronomy. Discusses history of human understanding of the universe.

5373. Mathematical Modeling of the Physical World (3). Studies how and why mathematics is used to model physical situations and uses physical examples extensively.

5374. Research Experience in Physics (3). Motivates physics/education research activities. Discusses scientific method, research plans, literature searches, data collection and analysis. Designed for math/science teachers; not allowed for physics majors.



6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).

6002. Master's Report (V1-6).

6304. Condensed Matter Physics (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 5304. Problems of current interest in condensed matter physics. Topics include transport properties in solids, superconductivity, magnetism, semiconductors, and related topics.

6305. Statistical Mechanics II: Critical Phenomena (3). Equilibrium treatments of strongly interacting systems, phase transitions, and critical phenomena; mean field and Landau theories, scaling and critical exponents, renormalization approach, disorder and percolation.

6306. Advanced Electromagnetic Theory (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 5303. Classical theory of electromagnetic fields, radiation, scattering and diffraction, special theory of relativity and electrodynamics, special topics. Ph.D. core course.

6309. Advanced Quantum Mechanics (3). Prerequisite: PHYS 5302. Scattering, second quantization, charge particle interactions, path integral, Klein-Gordon and Dirac equations, many electron systems.

6312. Quantum Field Theory I (3). Prerequisites: PHYS 5301, 5302. A first course in quantum field theory. Path integral approach to quantization of fields, Feynman diagrams and calculation of quantum electrodynamics (QED) processes.



7000. Research (V1-12).



8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12). 

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