Fall 2022 Class Schedule
fall 2022 class Schedule
Course  Title  Instructor  Day/Time 

FIRST YEAR STUDENTS 

MAT SCI 401 (or PHYS 416 in winter Yr1)* 
Chemical & Statistical Thermodynamics of Materials  Ian McCue  MoWeFr 10:00am10:50am 
PHYSICS 4111  Methods of Theoretical Physics  Francis Petriello  MoWeFr 9:00AM  9:50AM 
PHYSICS 4121  Quantum Mechanics  Pallab Goswami  TuTh 12:30PM  1:50PM 
GEN ENG 519  Responsible Conduct of Research Training 
Stephanie Valtierra Deborah Klos
Deborah Klos 
Tu 5:00PM  7:00PM (9/20/22 to 10/23/22), We 4:30PM  6:30PM (9/20/22 to 10/23/22) We 4:30PM  6:30PM (10/24/22 to12/03/22)

SECOND YEAR OR LATER STUDENTS 

PHYSICS 4221 (or MAT SCI 405 in spring Yr1)  CondensedMatter Physics  John Ketterson  TuTh 11:00AM  12:20PM 
Computational Methods of Applied Physics (see course options below)  Computational Methods of Applied Physics  
Experimental Methods of Applied Physics (see course options below)  Experimental Methods of Applied Physics  
Electives (2)  2 additional 400level electives must be chosen before the end of the 3rd year 
* If student chooses to take PHYS 416 in winter Yr1, they should pick a comp. or exp. methods of AP course or an elective in fall Yr 1 instead of MAT SCI 401.
 Download here the list of course options for Computational Methods of Applied Physics and Experimental Methods of Applied Physics.
 During your first eight quarters, when you are not taking at least three courses (i.e. during summers and your second year), you will add 13 units of APP PHYS 590 to reach fulltime registration.
 Third year and beyond, students should register for TGS 500: Advanced Doctoral Studies.
 Funded students should always be registered fulltime (34 units or TGS 500).
fall 2022 course descriptions
MAT SCI 401 – Chemical & Statistical Thermodynamics of Materials
The following topics in classical thermodynamics will be covered: the laws of thermodynamics; conditions for equilibrium; solutions; excess quantities; binary and ternary phase diagrams. Additionally, the following topics in statistical thermodynamics will be covered: statistical definition of entropy; ensembles and the Boltzmann and Gibbs distributions; quantum and classical ideal gasses; and the regular solution model.
PHYSICS 4111 – Methods of Theoretical Physics
The topics covered will include a subset of: techniques for the solution of differential equations; approximations such as the method of steepest descent; techniques for integration; complex analysis; the special functions of mathematical physics; usage of Greens functions and eigen functions to solve differential equations; introduction to groups and group representations.
PHYSICS 4121,2 – Quantum Mechanics
First quarter: Vector spaces and linear operators, postulates of quantum mechanics, observables and Hermitian operators, state vectors and quantum dynamics, stationary states, bound states, the harmonic oscillator, statistical interpretation and the Uncertainty Principle, symmetry and conservation laws, quantization of angular momentum, intrinsic spin, the SternGerlach experiment, spherically symmetric potentials.
Second quarter: Feynman's path integral formulation, the classical limit, Schroedinger's wave equation, electromagnetic potentials, AharonovBohm effects, Landau levels, Coulomb potential, approximation methods, variational principles, boundstate perturbation theory, Dirac's theory of the electron, electron spin, DiracPauli equation, magnetic moment of the electron, fine structure of hydrogen, hyperfine interactions.
GEN ENG 519 – Responsible Conduct of Research Training
Should be taken in the first year. The goal of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training is for anyone involved in research to perform the most ethical research possible. Northwestern University has in place a number of policies that clearly demonstrate our commitment to research integrity. Collectively, these apply to all members of Northwestern's research enterprise: students/trainees, staff and faculty.
PHYSICS 4221 – CondensedMatter Physics
Periodic potentials, crystal lattices, xray diffraction. Electrons in metals: Drude model, electrons in periodic potentials, semiclassical approximation, Fermi surface, band structure. Electronic and thermal transport, Boltzmann equation, electronelectron interactions, screening.
Computational Methods of Applied Physics
Students choose a 400level computational techniques course, with approval of the Director for Graduate Studies
Download here the list of substitutes classes for Computational Methods of Applied Physics and Experimental Methods of Applied Physics.
Experimental Methods of Applied Physics
Students choose a 400level laboratory techniques course, with approval of the Director for Graduate Studies
Download here the list of substitutes classes for Computational Methods of Applied Physics and Experimental Methods of Applied Physics.