Track 2

Track 2 Follower Enrollment Autumn 2023

Graduate students enrolled in a master's or doctoral program who intend to take academic courses, learn core physics, and take part in outreach activities of the Community of Physics (CP) in the forthcoming year should get enrolled through the ongoing procedure of “Track 2 Follower Enrollment."

On the successful completion of the above-mentioned enrollment process, the followers will get the opportunity to take the first of the several consecutive courses on classical electromagnetism and gravitational physics. After completing the course “PHY 441: Modern Gravitational Physics”, the followers can get enrolled in “PHY 561: Gravitational Wave Astrophysics”. The standard general relativity and its application, for instance, gravitational waves will be taught in the two consecutive courses. In a similar way, four consecutive courses “PHY 821: Advanced Classical Electromagnetism I”, “PHY 822: Advanced Classical Electromagnetism II”, “PHY 823: Advanced Classical Electromagnetism III” and “PHY 824: Advanced Classical Electromagnetism IV” will be offered, where the followers will learn from elementary concepts to recent developments of classical electromagnetism with necessary mathematical frameworks.

PHY 441 starts on Sunday, July 09, 2023 and ends on December 17, 2023. PHY 561 will start on January 06, 2024.

Master’s or doctoral students from Physics, Theoretical Physics, Applied Physics, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering can apply for this (Track 2) enrollment process. Graduate students majoring in other science and engineering fields should contact us at before applying.
Upon availability, only 25 applicants will be chosen. There will be a small opening for the applicants.
In all courses, there will be 24 classes (on Sundays, 4 hours each), 24 homework assignments, 2 midterm examinations, and 1 final examinations. All the activities and classes will be conducted online.
PHY 441 is designed on the ideas of standard general relativity. It starts with differential geometry covering exterior calculus, tensor calculus, and extended exterior calculus. Later, Newtonian gravity will be explored in terms of differential geometry. Thereon, Einstein equation and its solution will be discussed extensively. PHY 441 will be concluded with the thorough discussion on ADM formalism. PHY 561 focuses on spacetime perturbation theory which includes perturbation of scalar, vector and gravitational fields in spherical and azimuthal symmetries. It also covers self-force and PPN formalisms along with the detection techniques of gravitational waves. In the two-year-long PHY 820 level integrated course on classical electromagnetism, is designed to teach one of the important core subjects of physics with exceptional details. The course curriculum of PHY 821 contains topics from electrostatics explaining electric multipoles, conducting and dielectric matter along with the necessary mathematics. PHY 822 continues electrostatics focusing on solving Laplace’s and Poisson’s Equations with significant mathematical content which includes theory of orthogonal functions, starts magnetostatics and gradually explicates magnetic force and energy, magnetic multipoles and magnetic matter. PHY 823 introduces dynamic and quasistatic fields discussing slowly varying limits of sources and fields to ac circuit theory, explores general electromagnetic fields which embraces conservation of energy, linear momentum, angular momentum and conservation laws in matter. This course mostly shows an emphasis on application of electromagnetism and analyses the waves in vacuum, simple matter and dispersive medium. PHY 824 explores the most advanced topics of classical electromagnetism to date, which includes guided and confined waves, radiation and retardation, scattering and diffraction. This course exhibits the deep connection between special theory of relativity and electromagnetism and introduces the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods that lead to electromagnetic field theory. Overall, the classical electromagnetism course that we offer is a challenging but rewarding one.
Like all other courses offered by the Community of Physics, the courses offered through Track 2 are free of cost. There is a small application cost of BDT 200 for processing your application.
No, we have a strict policy of not making the recordings of the class lectures public. That is why you should not (and must not) miss the lectures.
The prospective followers must complete their applications properly. On the successful submission of their applications, the applicants will be added to a Google Classroom, where they will be asked to upload their academic documents (e.g., academic transcripts). Then the prospective followers will sit for the “Track 2 Entrance Examination” (a take-home test of 100 marks) and upload their answer scripts on Google Classroom. After finishing the aforesaid sections, the followers will be invited to schedule and attend an interview over Skype. Upon successful completion of all the above-mentioned segments, the “Track 2 Follower Enrollment Committee” will make the decision regarding the application. Accepted followers will be provided with CP Moodle accounts to access the courses they intend to enroll.
The applicants of Track 2 will be informed through their emails. Therefore, all applicants are requested to keep an eye on their email inboxes. We suggest looking into the spam folder once in a while as the emails end up there sometimes.

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