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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - PHZ5115

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Current Status: Approved by SCNS - 2015-12-01
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: Change
Course Change Information (for course changes only): Change Pre-req to: MAP 2302 or PHZ 3113
Comments: For PhD in Applied Physics, MS in Physics - Required. Form incomplete. Emailed 2/11/15. Updated 8/28/15. GC approved 10/12/15; to USF Sys 10/12/15; to SCNS 10/28/15. Approved effective 12/1/15

  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    5151 2014-12-15
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Physics AS TPA-10000-125300-000000-0000000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    David Rabson 41207

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    PHZ 5115 Methods of Theoretical Physics I

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? Y
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 2

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Math Methods I
    Course Online? Percentage Online
    C - Face-to-face (0% online) 0


    MAP 2302


    Course Description

    Applications of mathematical techniques to classical and modern physics. Vector spaces including

    Hilbert space, orthogonal functions, generalized functions, Fourier analysis, transform calculus, and variational calculus.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    core course in Ph.D. and master's programs

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    doctorate in physics or related field

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Prepare students for other first-year graduate coursework; prepare a subset of students for research in theoretical physics.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will be able to do calculations at the graduate level in electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, solid-state physics, and other courses using techniques including Fourier analysis, vector calculus, linear algebra, and analysis.

    C. Major Topics

    linear algebra and tensor analysis applied to physics problems;

    quantum operators;

    vector calculus applied to physics;

    Fourier series and integrals applied to physics;

    ordinary differential equations in physics;

    partial differential equations in physics;

    special functions and their applications in physics;

    complex variables

    D. Textbooks

    Example: Riley, Hobson, Bence, "Mathematical Methods for Physics and Engineering" (3rd ed.)

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    Course Attendance at First Class Meeting Policy for Graduate Students: For structured courses, 6000 and above, the College/Campus Dean will set the first-day class attendance requirement. Check with the College for specific information. This policy is not applicable to courses in the following categories: Educational Outreach, Open University (TV), FEEDS Program, Community Experiential Learning (CEL), Cooperative Education Training, and courses that do not have regularly scheduled meeting days/times (such as, directed reading/research or study, individual research, thesis, dissertation, internship, practica, etc.). Students are responsible for dropping undesired courses in these categories by the 5th day of classes to avoid fee liability and academic penalty. (See USF Regulation Registration - 4.0101,

    Attendance Policy for the Observance of Religious Days by Students: In accordance with Sections 1006.53 and 1001.74(10)(g) Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6C-6.0115, the University of South Florida (University/USF) has established the following policy regarding religious observances: (

    In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include but are not limited to: Blackboard, Elluminate, Skype, and email messaging and/or an alternate schedule. Its the responsibility of the student to monitor Blackboard site for each class for course specific communication, and the main USF, College, and department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information.

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

    Ph.D. in Applied Physics and master's degrees in physics

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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