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PHY 203
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Prerequisites

 
This course is intended for first year graduate students in Physics.

I assume that the students have completed undergraduate courses in:

  • Quantum mechanics

  • Thermal physics - thermodynamics and statistical mechanics at the level of, say, Kittel and Kroemer

  • Classical mechanics - basic notiions of phase space and canonical variables

In addition, graduate courses taken just prior or concurrently with this course will be valuable background:

  • Quantum mechanics - harmonic oscillator, spin states, the rigid rotator, density matrices

  • Classical mechanics - Liouville's theorem

 

Last modified: 07-Jan-02