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PHYS: Physics

5311. Mathematical Physics I (3) Same as MATH 5311
P: MATH 4331; PHYS 2360; or consent of instructor. Mathematical methods important in physics. Emphasis on application. Functions of complex variables, ordinary and partial differential equations, integrals and integral transforms, and special functions.
5410. Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (3)
P: PHYS 4416, 4560; or consent of instructor. Survey of the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics and their application to the solution of selected problems in atomic, molecular, condensed matter, and biological physics.
5600, 5601. Modern Electronics (3,0)
2 lecture and 2 lab hours per week. P: PHYS 4610. Theory and application of modern electronic devices. Circuit design using linear, nonlinear, and hybrid integrated circuits and their application in a graphical (GUI), computer-based environment for scientific instrument and process control.
5900, 5901. Computational Physics (3,0)
1 lecture and 4 lab hours per week. P: MATH 4331; PHYS 2360 or 5311. Applies modern computer program with symbolic, numerical, and graphical capabilities to problems in physics.
6200. Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics (3)
P: Intermediate thermodynamics. Classical thermodynamics with applications and introduction to statistical thermodynamics. Topics include heat engines, thermodynamic potentials, Maxwell relations, phase changes, ideal gases, kinetic theory of gases, and quantum statistics.
6250. Classical Mechanics (3)
P: Intermediate mechanics. Theoretical classical mechanics including Lagrange’s equations, central force motion, rigid body motion, special relativity, and oscillations.
6300. Electrodynamics I (3)
P: Intermediate electromagnetic theory. Boundary value problems in electrostatics. Emphasis on use of Green’s functions and special functions, multipoles and dielectrics, magnetostatics Maxwell’s equations, and plane EM waves, wave guides and resonant cavities.
6410. Quantum Mechanics I (3) Formerly PHYS 5400
P: PHYS 5410 or consent of instructor. Intermediate study of the principles of quantum mechanics and their application to selected subfields of physics.
6526, 6527, 6528. Readings in Physics I, II, III (1,2,3)
Equivalent of 1 classroom hour per week, per credit hour. P: Consent of chair. Intensive readings or problem research in some physics-related field under supervision of faculty.
6620, 6621. Advanced Techniques in Experimental Physics (2,1)
2 classroom and 3 lab hours per week. P: Graduate standing in PHYS or CHEM. Experimental techniques in radio frequency spectroscopy (NMR, ESR, and NEQR), microwave applications, and accelerator-based atomic physics (trace element analysis using x-rays), which includes theory of phenomena and operation of lab instruments.
6700. Health Physics (3) Formerly PHYS 5700
P: Consent of instructor. Broad spectrum of topics in radiation protection. Emphasis on interactions of radiation with matter, methods of radiation detection, dosimetry, principles of shielding, and regulations pertaining to work with radiation.
6710. Nuclear Medicine Physics (3)
P: PHYS 4417 or consent of director of medical physics. Comprehensive overview of physical aspects of diagnostic and therapeutic applications of radionuclides, radiation beams and measurements, imaging systems, and related equipment with lab activities in facility design, instrumentation essentials, quality assurance, and survey techniques.
6715. Biomedical Physics (3) Formerly PHYS 5715
P: Consent of instructor. Applies physics principles in biology and medicine.
6718. Therapeutic Radiological Physics (3) Same as RONC 6718
P: Consent of director of medical physics. Production, application, and measurement of electromagnetic radiation and high energy particle beams in therapeutic practice. Emphasis on conceptual, instrumental, and methodological aspects of therapeutic radiology.
6720, 6722. Physics of Medical Imaging (4,0)
3 classroom and 2 lab hours per week. P: Consent of director of medical physics program. Physical principles of diagnostic radiology. X-ray radiography (including mammography), fluoroscopy, and computed tomography. Principles and applications of ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, SPECT and PET.
6750. Risk Assessment, Risk Communication and Regulations (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Risk assessment and communication including relative risks, voluntary and coerced risks with focus in the nuclear industry.
6810. Topics in Atomic Collisions (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Review of processes in atomic collisions and their quantitative understanding, Introduces theories required to describe experimentally-observed behavior in electron-atom, ion-atom, and/or molecule collisions, and methods of observations. Emphasis on general topics of interest as found in current literature and particular areas of research at ECU Accelerator Laboratory.
6816, 6817. Seminar (1,1)
Equivalent of 1 lecture hour per week. Areas of research in progress in physics department.
6900. Introduction to Research (3)
Literature and lab research on individual problems in major field.
6992. Radiation Therapy Physics (3) Same as RONC 6992
P: PHYS 6718 or RONC 6718. Radiation dose calculation and measurement of high energy photon and electron beams, high and low dose rate brachytherapy sources in clinical radiation therapy, cavity theory in ion chamber calibrations of photon and electron beams. Quality assurance, acceptance testing, and commissioning of equipment for clinical radiation therapy (linear accelerators, HDR, TLD, simulator, CT scanner).
6993. Clinical and Medical Dosimetry (3) Same as RONC 6993
P: PHYS 6992 or RONC 6992. Practical patient dosimetry problems in radiation oncology. Irregular field calculations, two-and three dimensional treatment planning, isodose distribution, high and low dose rate brachytherapy planning for intracavitary, and interstitial radioactive sources.
7000. Thesis (1-6)
May be repeated. May count maximum of 6 s.h.
7001. Thesis: Summer Research (1)
May be repeated. No credit may count toward degree. Students conducting thesis research may only register for this course during the summer.
7110. Mathematics Physics II (3) Formerly PHYS 6100
P: MATH 5311 or PHYS 5311; or consent of instructor. Math methods important in physics. Emphasis on application, including conformal mapping and other applications of functions of complex variables, eigenfunctions, eigenvalues, and Green’s functions, special functions, partial differential equations, boundary value problems, integral equations, calculus of variations, numerical methods, probability and statistics, and group theory.
7310. Electrodynamics II (3) Formerly PHYS 6310
P: PHYS 6300. Advanced electromagnetic theory and related numerical methods, including plane wave and wave propagation, waveguides and resonant cavities, radiating systems, multipole fields and radiation, scattering and diffraction, dynamics of relativistic particles, collisions between charged particles, finitedifference methods, moment methods, and finite element method.
7410. Quantum Mechanics II (3) Formerly PHYS 6400
P: PHYS 6410 or consent of instructor. A rigorous, advanced study of the principles of quantum mechanics and their application to selected subfields of physics.
7450. Solid State Physics (3) Formerly PHYS 6450
P: PHYS 6410 or consent of instructor. Coherent picture for understanding complex properties of solids. Topics include periodic structure of crystal lattice, phonons, electronic properties in framework of energy band theory, basic concepts of quasiparticles and their interactions in solid materials.
7715. Biomedical Optics (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Fundamental concepts in optics and spectroscopy and to acquire basic skills for modeling and experimental research in selected biomedical applications.
7730. Radiation Instrumentation (3)
1 lecture and 4 lab hours per week. P: PHYS 6700; or consent of instructor. Laboratory study of fundamental concepts in radiation detection and the use of health physics monitoring equipment.
7740. Special Problems in Radiation Dosimetry and Modeling (3)
P: Consent of instructor. Advanced study of external and internal dosimetry. Assessment of dose from internal and external radiation exposure using analytic and statistical models.
7992. Clinical Rotation in Radiation Therapy Physics (8)
1 lecture and 21 practicum hours per week. P: PHYS 6992 or RONC 6992 and consent of assistant chair for graduate studies. Students participate in all aspects of clinical radiation therapy physics, gaining practical expertise in the major clinical applications of radiation to the treatment of disease.
8526, 8527, 8528. Advanced Readings in Physics I, II, III (1,2,3)
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 s.h. Equivalent of 1 classroom hour per week, per credit hour. P: Consent of assistant chair for graduate studies. Intensive readings at the advanced PhD level in a physics field under supervision of faculty.
8910. Research Problems in Biomedical Physics (3) Formerly PHYS 6910
May be repeated. P: Consent of instructor and chair. Research on specialized topic or topics related to biomedical application of physics under supervision of faculty member.
9000. Dissertation (3-12)
May be repeated. May count maximum of 18 s.h.
9001. Dissertation: Summer Research (1)
May be repeated. No credit may count toward degree. Students conducting dissertation research may only register for this course during the summer.
PHYS Banked Courses
5630. Gaseous Conductors (3)