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2007/2008 Graduate Catalog

Admission | Courses | Program | Requirements

Department Chairperson: Vivian Incera

Graduate Committee Chairperson: Mark S. Boley

E-mail: MS-Boley@wiu.edu

Department Office: Currens Hall 212

Department Telephone: 309/298-1596

Fax: 309/298-2850

Department E-mail: ED-Hagan@wiu.edu

Website: www.wiu.edu/physics

Location of Program Offering: Macomb

**Graduate Faculty**

**Professors**- Mark S. Boley, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
- Efrain J. Ferrer, Ph.D., P. N. Lebedev Physical Institute
- Vivian Incera, Ph.D., P. W. Lebedev Physical Institute
- James A. Rabchuk, Ph.D., University of Illinois-Chicago

**Associate Graduate Faculty **

**Assistant Professors**- Igor Shovkovy, Ph.D., Bogoliubov Institute of Theoretical Physics
- Pengqian Wang, Ph.D., Peking University

The Department of Physics offers a program of graduate study leading
to the Master of

Science degree. The program serves as preparation for a) further advanced
study in

physics or related fields, b) a career in government or industrial research,
or c) teaching at
the secondary or postsecondary level.

Students entering the program should have received their bachelor’s degree with a major in physics. At the discretion of the Departmental Graduate Committee, other students may be admitted to the program; however, they may have to remedy deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation. The Graduate Record Examination is not required in physics.

Applications for admission are accepted at any time, but decisions concerning
graduate

assistantships are generally made by March 1 for the following academic
year.

Students must complete 33 semester hours of graduate credit including

**I. Core Courses:
16 s.h.**

PHYS 510 Classical Mechanics I (3)

PHYS 520 Electromagnetic Theory I (3)

PHYS 530 Quantum Mechanics I (3)

PHYS 555 Statistical Mechanics (3)

PHYS 567 Mathematical Physics (3)

PHYS 600 Seminar (1)

**II. Select one of the following plans of study:
17 s.h. **

InternshipPHYS 572 Internship Preparation (to be completed before the internship is begun) (1)

PHYS 578 Graduate Physics Internship (8)

Directed Electives (PHYS 577 not to exceed 2 s.h.) (8)

Oral report to the Graduate Committee following the internship is required.

Thesis PlanPHYS 571 Introduction to Thesis (must take prior to Thesis) (1)

PHYS 601 Thesis/Thesis Research (3)

PHYS 577 Special Problems in Physics (4)

Directed Electives (PHYS 577 not to exceed 3 s.h.) (9)

Course Work PlanDirected Electives (PHYS 577 not to exceed 5 s.h.) (17)

**TOTAL PROGRAM:
33 s.h. **

Only two of the following 400-level physics courses can be counted toward the 33 credit hour requirement:

- PHYS 410G Computational Methods (3)
- PHYS 421G Electricity and Magnetism II (3)
- PHYS 431G Introductory Quantum Mechanics II (3)
- PHYS 468G Mathematical Methods of Physics II (3)
- PHYS 477G Special Problems in Experimental and Theoretical Physics (1–4)

**410G Computational Methods. (3) **Applications of
FORTRAN and/or MATHEMATHICA to programming of
numerical and analytical calculations, data fitting,
simulation of physical problems, and individualized
work on problems chosen from the student’s field of
interest. *Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of FORTRAN, one
year of general physics, one year of calculus, or
permission of the instructor.*

**421G Electricity and Magnetism II. (3) **Maxwell’s
equations, plane EM waves in infinite media, reflection
and refraction of EM waves, guided EM waves, radiation
of EM waves, relativistic treatment of electricity and
magnetism. *Prerequisites: PHYS 320, PHYS 467 or
permission of the instructor.*

**427G Advanced Electronics. (3) **Mathematical and
practical treatment of electronic devices with emphasis
on digital circuitry. *Prerequisite: PHYS 115 or 125 or
198.*

**428G Applied Optics. (4)** Geometrical optics,
diffraction, interferometry, polarization, laser
construction, optical materials, holography. Modern
optical techniques and instrumentation are emphasized. *Prerequisite: PHYS 125 or 200.*

**430G Introductory Quantum Mechanics I. (3)** Atomic
nature of matter, introduction to quantum mechanics
including the Schrodinger equation. *Prerequisite: PHYS
201.*

**431G Introductory Quantum Mechanics II. (3) **Spin,
fine structure, atomic spectroscopy, perturbation theory,
applications. *Prerequisite: PHYS 430.*

**439G Physics Methods. (3) **Preparation for student
teaching. Includes analysis of objectives; new
approaches; development of laboratory experiences;
resources and utilization of instructional materials; test
and evaluation; prestudent-teaching instructional
experiences. *Prerequisites: Graduate standing and
permission of instructor.*

**467G Mathematical Methods of Physics I. (3) **Vector
analysis, matrices, determinants, infinite series,
applications of differential equations, numerical
solutions. *Prerequisite: PHYS 201, MATH 333, or
permission of the instructor.*

**468G Mathematical Methods of Physics II. (3)** Complex
variables, orthogonal functions, special functions, general solution of
partial differential
equations in physics. Fourier series and Fourier
integrals. *Prerequisite: PHYS 467.*

**470G Modern Experimental Physics. (2)** Laboratory
experiments including both those fundamental to the
development of modern physics and those which
illustrate modern experimental systems techniques. *Prerequisite: PHYS 201.*

**476G Special Topics in Physics. (1–4, repeatable)** Lecture
course in topics of current interest are given under this number. Topics
based on the student’s
previous training and interests. Subjects announced in
the class schedule. *Prerequisite: Permission of the
instructor.*

**477G Special Problems in Experimental and
Theoretical Physics. (1–4, repeatable) **Individual
investigations or studies of any phase of physics not
provided for in the regular subjects. Opportunity for
undergraduates to engage in experimental or theoretical
research under the supervision of staff member. *Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.*

**482G (cross-listed with CHEM 482 and BIOL 482)
Science in Context. (3)** Interdisciplinary course
designed for middle and high school science teachers as
well as students pursuing secondary science teacher
certification. Students explore science as inquiry, the
unifying principles of science, and the role of social
contexts and ethics in science.* Prerequisite: Graduate
standing.*

**490G Seminar. (2)** Reading, discussion, and criticism
of selected topics. Oral presentation and formal paper on a
chosen topic. Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID)
course. *Prerequisite: ENG 280.*

**510 Classical Mechanics I. (3)** Variational principles:
Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics;
applications to central force motion, dynamics of rigid
bodies, and small oscillations. *Prerequisite: PHYS 311 or
equivalent.*

**520 Electromagnetic Theory I. (3)** General solutions
of boundary-value problems in electrostatics and
magnetostatics, multipoles, macroscopic media,
Maxwell’s equations, conservation laws, plane EM waves, wave guides,
resonant cavities. *Prerequisite:
PHYS 320 or equivalent.*

**528 Advanced Modern Optics. (3)** Diffraction theory
utilizing Fourier analysis, transformation properties of
lens systems, spatial filtering, information processing. *Prerequisite: PHYS 428 or equivalent.*

**530 Quantum Mechanics I. (3) **Mathematically
sophisticated treatment of the basic concepts of
quantum mechanics. The Schroedinger equation is
applied to one- and three-dimensional problems,
stationary perturbation theory, and other selected topics. *Prerequisite: PHYS 430 or equivalent.*

**554 Thermal Physics. (3) **A survey of thermodynamic
principles and the statistical approach to classical and
quantum systems. Applications to kinetic theory,
transport phenomena, entropy, specific heat, and phase
changes for systems of practical interest. *Prerequisite:
PHYS 354 or equivalent.*

**555 Statistical Mechanics. (3)** Study of classical and
quantum mechanical distributions with Maxwell-
Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac, and Bose-Einstein statistics.
Topics include equations of state, electron and photon
gases, liquid helium, and behavior of metals. *Prerequisite: PHYS 554.*

**560 Topics in Solid State Physics. (3)** A study of the
electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties of
crystalline solids, including lattice bonding, phonon
dynamics, band theory, electrons in metals,
semiconductors, and superconductivity. *Prerequisite:
PHYS 430 or equivalent.*

**567 Mathematical Physics. (3) **Distributions,
Green
Functions, complex variables and special functions,
ordinary and partial differential equations. *Prerequisite:
PHYS 468 or equivalent.*

**570 Experimental Techniques in Physics.
(3)** Introduction to experimental research techniques
including equipment design, machining, vacuum
techniques, cryogenics, and practical electronics.

**571 Introduction
to Thesis. (1)** A course intended to
familiarize the student with technical literature searches,
selection of research areas, and thesis writing
techniques. Graded S/U.

**572 Internship Preparation. (1)** A course intended to
prepare the student for PHYS 578, Graduate Physics
Internship. Graded S/U.

**576 Special Topics in Physics. (1–4, repeatable)** Lecture
courses in topics of current interest.

**577 Special Problems in
Physics. (1–8, repeatable)** Individual problems
in the field of physics are selected according to the interest and needs
of the student. (No
more than seven hours of PHYS 577 may be applied
toward the 30 hour degree requirement.) Graded S/U.

**578 Graduate Physics Internship. (8) **A one-semester
on-the-job experience in an industrial facility or research
laboratory. Graded S/U. *Prerequisite: PHYS 572.*

** 600 Seminar. (1, repeatable)**

**601 Thesis/Thesis Research. (3)** Graded S/U.