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Introduction to Quantum Mechanics– This course explains the fundamentals of modern physics with special emphasis on quantum mechanics. It covers key concepts of quantum mechanics. The basic principles of statistical physics and solid state physics are also described based on the quantum mechanics. Topics include wave and particle duality, history of formation of quantum mechanics, Schrodinger equation, tunneling phenomenon, atomic model of hydrogen and molecular energy levels. Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, Bose-Einstein distribution and Fermi-Dirac distribution are also explained. The basic concepts related to solid state physics that are essential in understanding semiconductor physics are also covered in the course.
Greek and Roman Mythology – Myths are traditional stories that have endured over a long time. Some of them have to do with events of great importance, such as the founding of a nation. Others tell the stories of great heroes and heroines and their exploits and courage in the face of adversity. Still others are simple tales about otherwise unremarkable people who get into trouble or do some great deed. What are we to make of all these tales, and why do people seem to like to hear them? This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations.
Arthurian Literature and Celtic Colonization – The course examines the earliest emergence of stories about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in the context of the first wave of British Imperialism and the expanded powers of the Catholic Church during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The morphology of Arthurian romance will be set off against original historical documents and chronicle sources for the English conquests in Brittany, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland to understand the ways in which these new attitudes towards Empire were being mythologized.