PHYS 305: The Art of Communication in Scientific Presentation (Offered in Spring)


    Level:  Graduate Course

    Prerequisites:  None, though it is preferred that the students will have already started engaging in research as

    this will form a convenient topic for their presentations, though it is not strictly necessary.


    Material Covered:  The lectures will cover elements of storytelling (e.g., exposition, conflict/driving moment, 

    rising/falling action, climax/critical event) and their application to the development of your presentation. We will

    also focus via different exercises on verbal/ nonverbal communication skills, including but not limited to: 

    posture, voice volume/ projection, speed of delivery, intonation, pauses, hand gestures, physical movements and

    eye contact. Other items we will cover: technical aspects of slides - colors, effects, animations, etc; how to field 

    questions; how to prepare oneself in general.


    Book(s) Used:  There is no textbook for the course. Lectures will be self-contained and based on my notes. 

    Copies of notes as well as supplementary materials/reading will be distributed, when appropriate.

PHYS 015: Introduction to Modern Physics (Offered in Fall)


    Level:  Undergraduate Course

    Prerequisites:  Calculus and Algebra


    Material Covered:  Special Relativity, Quantum Mechanics and their applications in different fields of Physics


    Book(s) Used:  Modern Physics by Serway, Moses & Moyer (3rd Edition)

PHYS 226: Solid State Physics - I (Offered in Spring)


    Level:  Graduate and Undergraduate Course

    Prerequisites:  Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory, and (some) Thermal & Statistical Mechanics (all 

    prerequisites - at least at the undergraduate level)


    Material Covered: 

            (1)  Static and dynamic aspects of structural properties of crystalline materials

            (2)  Electronic properties of solids

            (3)  Semiconductor Physics


    Book(s) Used:  

            (1)  Introduction to Solid State Physics by Kittel (7th edition or later)

            (2)  Solid State Physics by Ashcroft & Mermin (1st edition)

PHYS 220: Quantum Mechanics - I (Offered in Fall)

    Level:  Graduate Course

    Prerequisites:  Undergraduate-level Quantum Mechanics (or at the minimum, Modern Physics), Electromagnetic 

    Theory, and Mathematical Physics (all prerequisites - at least at the undergraduate level)


    Material Covered:  This is the first of the two-semester course. We will cover a range of topics over the course of 

    two semesters (not necessarily in this order): brief discussion of old quantum theory, wavefunctions and 

    Schrodinger’s equation, abstract formulation of quantum mechanics, Dirac notation, operators, vector spaces, 

    symmetry, spins, addition of angular momentum, approximation methods (perturbation theory and variational 

    method) and scattering theory, etc. Along the way, we will look at the application of quantum mechanical ideas to

    explain phenomena within different fields of physics and chemistry. 


    Book(s) Used:  There is no textbook for the course. I will try to make my lectures as self-contained as possible. 

    However, you are encouraged to acquire one or more of the following books to supplement the notes (a non-

    comprehensive list):

            (1)  Quantum Mechanics, C. Cohen-Tannoudji, B. Diu and F. Laloe: Two volumes, good for self study. Highly 


            (2)  Quantum Mechanics, L.I. Schiff: A solid old-fashioned graduate textbook. 

            (3)  Lectures on Quantum Mechanics, G. Baym: A very good graduate textbook, with a concise and

                    sophisticated exposition. 

            (4)  Modern Quantum Mechanics, J.J. Sakurai: Another good book, with good examples.

            (5)  The Feynman Lectures on Physics, vol. III, R.P. Feynman: Great for gaining physical insights. 

            (6)  Quantum Mechanics, F. Schwabl: Concise text.

Phys 221: Quantum Mechanics - II (Offered in Spring)

    Level:  Graduate Course

    Prerequisites:  Graduate-level Quantum Mechanics - I (PHYS-220)

    Material Covered:  This is the second of the two-semester course. We will cover a range of topics over the course 

    of the semester: addition of angular momentum, approximation methods (perturbation theory and variational

    method) and scattering theory, etc. 

    Book(s) Used:  There is no textbook for the course. To supplement the notes, and for purposes of self-study, I 

    recommend the same books that are listed above for PHYS 220 (Quantum Mechanics  - I).