# Teaching

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

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### 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.

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### 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.

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### 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)

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### Level: Undergraduate Course

### Prerequisites: Calculus and Algebra

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

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

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

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### Level: Graduate and Undergraduate Course

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

### prerequisites - at least at the undergraduate level)

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### Material Covered:

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

### (2) Electronic properties of solids

### (3) Semiconductor Physics

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### 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)

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### 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.

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### 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

### recommended.

### (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).