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Many departments that do not offer graduate degrees provide graduate courses for other degree programs such as those in applied science, computer science, education, integrated science and mathematics, journalism, and Interdisciplinary Studies. Degree-seeking students should check with their advisors and/or the UALR Graduate School to determine which of these courses may be accepted toward graduation requirements, to inquire about prerequisites, or other requirements for these courses.

Courses in Astronomy

5301 Astrophysics

PHYS 2322 required. ASTR 2300 recommended, but not required. A graduate level course in astrophysics, with an emphasis on applying the tools of mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics, and quantum theory to understand the processes inherent in galaxies, cosmology and the structure and evolution of stars, including a focus on extragalatic astronomy. This course is dual listed in the UALR Undergraduate Catalog as ASTR 4301. This course is not open to students with credit for ASTR 4301. Three hours of lecture per week.

Courses in Physics

PHYS 5199, 5299, 5399, 5499 Special Topics

Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Advanced, specialized topics of current interest in physics and astronomy. One, two, three, or four hours of lecture, or equivalent, per week.

PHYS 5310 Statistical Thermodynamics

Prerequisites: PHYS 2322, 3323. Microscopic, unified approach to thermodynamics, statistical mechanics with applications to ideal gases; includes blackbody radiation and conduction electronics, magnetic systems, the Debye model, chemical and phase equilibria. Three hours lecture, one hour optional discussion per week. Offered in spring on even years, or when in demand.

PHYS 5311 Classical Mechanics

Prerequisites: PHYS 2321, MATH 2306 or consent of instructor. Concepts of Newtonian mechanics, dynamics of particles and systems of particles, gravitation, vector analysis, dynamics of rigid bodies, moving coordinate systems, continuous media, small oscillations, and the methods of Lagrange and Hamilton. Three hours lecture, one hour optional discussion. Three credit hours.

PHYS 5321 Electromagnetism I

Prerequisite: PHYS 2322. Coulomb, Gauss laws; Poisson, Laplace equations and solutions in several coordinate systems; electric, magnetic energy; AC, DC circuits; Ampere’s, Faraday’s laws; vector potential; Maxwell’s equations; propagation of electromagnetic waves. Three hours lecture, one hour optional discussion per week. Offered in fall on even years.

PHYS 5331 Modern Physics I

More detailed treatment of topics in Physics 3323; relativity, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, atomic and nuclear physics, elementary particles. Three hours lecture, one hour optional discussion per week. Offered in spring on odd years.

PHYS 5340 Solid State Physics

Structure of crystals, dispersion relations, specific heat, phonons, electric and magnetic properties of insulators and metals, band theory of metals, insulators and semiconductors, superconductivity. Three hours lecture, one hour optional discussion. Three credit hours.

PHYS 5350 Quantum Mechanics I

This course covers the concepts and history of quantum mechanics, experimental basis, the uncertainty principle, the Schrodinger equation with applications to simple systems, the hydrogen atom, perturbation theory, and the symmetry principles. Material from the Consortium for Upper-level Physics Software (CUPS) is assigned to enable students to investigate quantum systems in a sophisticated way. Three hours lecture and one hour optional discussion per week.

PHYS 5360 High Energy and Nuclear Physics

Prerequisite: PHYS 3323. Properties of the nuclei, nuclear structure and stability, quark-gluon structure of hadrons, thermodynamics of large ensembles of hadrons, nuclear reactions, instrumentation, and accelerators. Three hours lecture, one hour optional discussion per week. Three credit hours.

PHYS 5380 Wave Motion/Optics

Prerequisite: PHYS 2322. Wave equation and solutions, wave propagation, coherence, interference, diffraction, polarization, refraction and reflection, dispersion, interactions of light with matter, Huygens’ principle, optical instruments, quantum optics. Three hours lecture, one hour optional discussion per week. Offered in spring on even years.

PHYS 7199, 7299, 7399 Selected Topics

Prerequisites: four undergraduate physics hours, professional experience in some physics area, consent of instructor. Topics include modern physics, astronomy; assists professionals to remain current in these fields; laboratory emphasis on physics demonstrations, experiments, simple astronomical observations. One hour lecture or two hours laboratory per week for each semester credit hour.

PHYS 7289, 7389, 7489 Graduate Research

Prerequisite: consent of department chairperson. Scholarly research and individual investigation on a topic in physics or astronomy; student will analyze, plan, and conduct experimental or theoretical work on a research problem. The student will spend four to six hours per week for each hour of credit earned. The exact hourly commitment per week will depend on the nature of the project and will be agreed on in advance by the student and the instructor; a memorandum of understanding must be signed by the student, instructor, and chairperson.