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Physics Doctoral Program

Department of Physics / Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Degree: Ph.D.
Duration (Years): 2 - 5
Language: English
Course Code Course Title Semester Credit Lecture Hour (hrs/week) Lab (hrs/week) Tutorial (hrs/week) ECTS

Semester 1

PHYS103 Introduction to Physics 1 3 2 3 -
Introduction. Basic Geometry. Applications using the mass-volume-density relationship. Standards and Units, Functions and their Graphical Properties, Solutions by Graphical Techniques for Algebraic and Mathematical Equations. Basic Trigonometry. Reference Frames and Graphical Representation of Uniform Motion, Vectors, Introduction to Vector Calculus, Motion in One Dimension, Motion in Two Dimensions, Motion in Three Dimension and Their Graphical Representations, Non-Uniform Motion, Relative Motion. Newtons Laws and Circular Motion. Application of Newton's Laws, Hooke's Law.
MATH101 Calculus - I 1 5 - - -
COMP181 Fundamentals of Computer Science - I 1 3 2 3 -
Organization of a digital computer. Number systems. Algorithmic approach to problem solving. Flowcharting. Concepts of structured programming.Programming in at least one of the programming languages. Data types, constants and variable declarations. Expressions. Input/output statements. Control structures, loops, arrays.
CHEM101 General Chemistry 1 4 4 1 -
Atoms, molecules and ions; Mass relations in chemistry, stoichiometry; Gasses, the ideal gas law, partial pressures, mole fractions, kinetic theory of gases; Electronic structure and the periodic table; Thermo chemistry, calorimetry, enthalpy, the first law of thermodynamics; Liquids and Solids; Solutions; Acids and Bases; Organic Chemistry.
NTE NonTechnical Elective 1 3 3 - -

Semester 2

PHYS101 Physics - I 2 4 4 1 -
Physical quantities and units. Vector calculus. Kinematics of motion. Newton`s laws of motion and their applications. Work-energy theorem. Impulse and momentum. Rotational kinematics and dynamics. Static equilibrium.
PHYS182 Physical Properties of Materials 2 3 - - -
Pressure, Temperature and Heat. Density and Specific Volume. Thermal Properties, Heat Capacity, Lalent Heat, Thermal Expansion. Transport Properties, Diffusion, Thermal Conductivity, Electrical Conductivity. Electrical Properties, Thermal emfs and Electrolysis. Mechanical Properties, Modulii of Elasticity, Viscosity and Surface Tension. Optical properties, Refraction and Reflection. The Ideal Gas Law. Atomistic Model, partial description without atomic structure. Atomic Structure, Charge, Coulombs Law, Electric Fields and Polentials. Bonding, Liquids and Solids. Metals and Insulators. Semiconductors, Intrinsic, Hall Effect, Holes, n and p semiconductors, Junction Diodes, BJ Transistors.
MATH102 Calculus - II 2 5 - - -
COMP182 Fundamentals of Computer Science - II 2 3 2 3 -
Advanced programming concepts, strings and string processing. Record structures. Modular programming. Procedures, subroutines and functions. Communication between program modules. Scopes of variables. Recursive programs. Introduction to file processing. Applications in the programming languages.
NTE NonTechnical Elective 2 3 3 - -

Semester 3

PHYS102 Physics - II 3 4 4 1 -
Kinetic theory of ideal gases. Equipartition of energy. Heat, heat transfer and heat conduction. Laws of thermodynamics, applications to engine cycles. Coulombs law and electrostatic fields. Gauss's law. Electric potential. Magnetic field. Amperes law. Faradays law.
PHYS203 Experimental Physics - I 3 1 - - -
This laboratory course deals with the following subjects of physics: mechanics, electric and magnetic fields.
PHYS211 Waves and Optics 3 3 - - -
Basic concepts of wave physics, mechanical/acoustical waves: superposition, standing waves, beats, Doppler effect. Electromagnetic waves and optics: reflection, refraction, dispersion, phase and group velocity, Geometrical optics, optical instruments. Polarization, optical activity, birefringence. Interference. Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction. Holography. Examples of radiation sources.
MATH201 Ordinary Differential Equations and Linear Algebra 3 4 4 1 -
Linear Algebra; Matrix algebra, special matrices and row operations, Gaussian elimination method, determinants, adjoint and inverse matrices, Cramer's rule, linear vector spaces, linear independence, basis and dimension. First order ordinary differential equations; definitions and general properties of solutions, separable, homogeneous and linear equations, exact equations and integration factors. Higher order equations with constant coefficients; Basic theory and the method of reduction of order, second order homogeneous equations with constant coefficients, nonhomogeneous equations, the method of undetermined coefficients, the method of variation of parameters, the Cauchy-Euler equations. Power series solutions; classification of points, ordinary and singular points, power series solutions about ordinary points, power series solutions about regular singular points, the method of frobenius. Systems of differential equations; general properties of constant coefficient systems, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalizable matrices, solutions of linear systems with constant coefficients. Boundary value problems.

Semester 4

PHYS212 Mathematical Physics 4 4 - - -
Vector analysis (definition and elementary approach, vector integration, Gauss’ theorem, Stocks’ theorem, potential theory); Curved coordinates systems; Basics of tensors; Functions of complex variables (Cauchy-Riemann theorem, conformal mapping, calculus of residues, singularities and physical interpretations); Frobenius method and Green’s function; Green's function method for scattering problems; Applications of special functions in quantum mechanics, atomic physics, relativity, and electromagnetic theory; Wave equations and their solutions in curved spacetimes; Hamilton-Jacobi formalism; WKB approximation; Noether theory; Boundary value problems in electrodynamics, diffusion, quantum mechanics, and general relativity.
PHYS222 Electromagnetic Theory 4 3 - - -
Electrostatic problems: Laplace equation in Minkowski spacetime. Green's theorem and the method of images. Boundary conditions; Electromagnetic waves and field energy. Plane waves in isotropic dielectrics and conducting materials, reflection and refraction, filters, transmission lines, and waveguides; Lienard-Wiechert potential; field of accelerated charge; electromagnetic radiation; Thomson cross-section; Lorentz transformation of electromagnetic fields; Maxwell's equations in curved spacetimes.
PHYS232 Thermal Physics 4 3 - - -
Review of Thermodynamics' laws: Zeroth, First, and Second Laws; Thermodynamic potentials; Legendre transformations; Maxwell relations; applications to various thermodynamic processes; Introduction to Black body radiation (treated more fully in Statistical Mechanics); Thermodynamic approach to phase transitions: van der Waals as example, continuous and discontinuous transitions, critical point; Third law; Chemical potential and open systems; Superconductivity and superfluidity as concepts; Statistical mechanical formulation of entropy; Entropy of mixing and the Gibbs paradox; Fermi-Dirac distribution; Bose-Einstein distribution; Thermal properties of black body radiation; Bose-Einstein condensation.
NTE NonTechnical Elective 4 3 3 - -
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