| PHYSCI 12A - Mechanics from an Analytic, Numerical and Experimental Perspective (109274 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Christopher Stubbs More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 9:30 a.m. - 10:59 a.m. |
Description: This is the first term of a two-semester introductory physical science and engineering course sequence. The focus is on quantitative scientific reasoning, with the first term's exploration framed in the context of basic mechanics. Students will gain competence in both analytic (using pencil, paper and single-variable calculus) and numerical (using computer modeling) approaches to modeling simple physical systems and for the analysis of experimental data. Topics include kinematics, linear and rotational motion, forces, energy, collisions, gravitation, simple fluids and a brief introduction to waves. Examples are drawn from across the physical sciences and engineering. The course is aimed at first year students who have an interest in pursuing a concentration in the sciences and/or engineering. The course structure includes lecture, discussion and laboratory components. Credits: 4 Location: Science Ctr Hall A (FAS) |
| PHYSCI 3 - Electromagnetism, Circuits, Waves, Optics, and Imaging (122576 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Louis Deslauriers and Gregory Kestin More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 9:30 a.m. - 10:59 a.m. |
Description: This course is an introduction to electromagnetism, digital information, waves, optics and sound. Topics covered include: electric and magnetic fields, electrical potential, circuits, simple digital circuits, wave propagation in various media, microscopy, sound and hearing. The course will draw upon a variety of applications to the biological sciences and will use real-world examples to illustrate many of the physical principles described. There are six laboratories. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Physical Sciences 2 (or Physics 1a or 11a), Mathematics 1b, or equivalent. Location: Science Ctr Hall C (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 123 - Laboratory Electronics (124108 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Thomas Hayes, Michael Hegg, Erika McDonald, Michael Burke, Howard Georgi and David J. Morin More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 1:30 p.m. - 5:29 p.m. |
Description: A lab-intensive introduction to electronic circuit design. Develops circuit intuition and debugging skills through daily hands-on lab exercises, each preceded by class discussion, with minimal use of mathematics and physics. Moves quickly from passive circuits, to discrete transistors, then concentrates on operational amplifiers, used to make a variety of circuits including integrators, oscillators, regulators, and filters. The digital half of the course treats analog-digital interfacing, emphasizes the use of microcontrollers and programmable logic devices (PLDs). Credits: 4 Location: Science Ctr 206 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 123 - Laboratory Electronics (124108 – Section 002)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Thomas Hayes, Michael Hegg and Erika McDonald More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 1:30 p.m. - 5:29 p.m. |
Description: A lab-intensive introduction to electronic circuit design. Develops circuit intuition and debugging skills through daily hands-on lab exercises, each preceded by class discussion, with minimal use of mathematics and physics. Moves quickly from passive circuits, to discrete transistors, then concentrates on operational amplifiers, used to make a variety of circuits including integrators, oscillators, regulators, and filters. The digital half of the course treats analog-digital interfacing, emphasizes the use of microcontrollers and programmable logic devices (PLDs). Credits: 4 Location: Science Ctr 206 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 129 - Energy Science (125656 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Lene Hau, Howard Georgi and David J. Morin More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 11:30 a.m. - 12:59 p.m. |
Description: Non-fossil energy sources and energy storage are important for our future. We cover four main subjects to which students with a background in physics and physical chemistry could make paradigm changing contributions: photovoltaic cells, nuclear power, batteries, and photosynthesis. Fundamentals of electrodynamics, statistical/thermal physics, and quantum mechanics are taught as needed to give students an understanding of the topics covered. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Physics 15a (or 16), 15b,c or 11a,b. Pre/co-requisite Physics 143a or Chemistry 160 or equivalent. Location: Jefferson 256 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 140 - Introduction to the Physics of Living Systems (127814 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Aravinthan Samuel, Howard Georgi and David J. Morin More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 2:30 p.m. - 3:59 p.m. |
Description: We will discuss how theoretical and experimental tools derived from physics - e.g., statistical mechanics, fluid mechanics - have been used to gain insight into molecular and cellular biology including the structure and regulation of DNA, genomes, proteins, the cytoskeleton, and the cell. Students will gain an intensive introduction to biological systems, as well as physical and mathematical modeling. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Physics 15a,b,c. Location: Jefferson 356 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 143A - Quantum Mechanics I (108465 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Matthew Reece, Howard Georgi and David J. Morin More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 10:00 a.m. - 11:29 a.m. |
Description: Introduction to nonrelativistic quantum mechanics: uncertainty relations; Schrodinger equation; Dirac notation; matrix mechanics; one-dimensional problems including particle in box, tunneling, and harmonic oscillator; angular momentum, hydrogen atom, spin, Pauli principle; time-independent perturbation theory; scattering. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Linear algebra including matrix diagonalization; Physics 15c or written permission of the Head Tutor. Location: Jefferson 356 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 153 - Electrodynamics (111822 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Girma Hailu, Howard Georgi and David J. Morin More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 10:00 a.m. - 11:29 a.m. |
Description: Aimed at advanced undergraduates. Emphasis on the properties and sources of the electromagnetic fields and on the wave aspects of the fields. Course starts with electrostatics and subsequently develops the Maxwell equations. Topics: electrostatics, dielectrics, magnetostatics, electrodynamics, radiation, wave propagation in various media, wave optics, diffraction and interference. A number of applications of electrodynamics and optics in modern physics are discussed. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Physics 15a, b, and c, or written permission of the Head Tutor; Mathematics 21a, b or equivalent. Location: Jefferson 256 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 15A - Introductory Mechanics and Relativity (111164 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Jenny Hoffman, Howard Georgi and David J. Morin More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 11:30 a.m. - 12:59 p.m. |
Description: Newtonian mechanics and special relativity. Topics include vectors; kinematics in three dimensions; Newton's laws; force, work, power; conservative forces, potential energy; momentum, collisions; rotational motion, angular momentum, torque; static equilibrium, oscillations, simple harmonic motions; gravitation, planetary motion; fluids; special relativity. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Mathematics preparation at least at the level of Mathematics 1b concurrently is required. However, some elementary ideas from multivariable calculus may be used and students are encouraged to take Mathematics 21a concurrently. Location: Science Ctr Hall A (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 15B - Introductory Electromagnetism and Statistical Physics (111896 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
David J. Morin, Amir Yacoby and Howard Georgi More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 11:30 a.m. - 12:59 p.m. |
Description: Electricity and magnetism. Topics include electrostatics, electric currents, magnetic field, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell?s equations, electromagnetic radiation, magnetic fields in materials, and some basic notions in kinetic theory, entropy, temperature, and phase transition associated with electricity and magnetism. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Physics 15a, Physics 16, or written permission of the Head Tutor in Physics. Mathematics preparation at least at the level of Mathematics 21a taken concurrently is required. Vector calculus, (div, grad and curl) are used extensively--in principle, this is taught in the course. Students taking Mathematics 21a concurrently will likely find that some concepts are introduced in Physics 15b before they have seen them in Mathematics 21a. Some students may wish to postpone Physics 15b until they have completed Mathematics 21a. Location: Science Ctr Hall D (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 15C - Wave Phenomena (124154 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Cora Dvorkin, Mara Prentiss, Howard Georgi and David J. Morin More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 1:00 p.m. - 2:29 p.m. |
Description: Forced oscillation and resonance; coupled oscillators and normal modes; Fourier series; Electromagnetic waves, radiation, longitudinal oscillations, sound; traveling waves; signals, wave packets and group velocity; two- and three-dimensional waves; polarization; geometrical and physical optics; interference and diffraction. Optional topics: Water waves, holography, x-ray crystallography, solitons, music, quantum mechanics, and waves in the early universe. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Physics 15a, Physics 15b, or written permission of the Head Tutor in Physics. Mathematics preparation at least at the level of Mathematics 21b taken concurrently is required. Some prior knowledge of complex numbers (for example as taught in Mathematics 1b) is helpful. Linear algebra and differential equations are used extensively. Students taking Mathematics 21b concurrently will likely find that some concepts are introduced in Physics 15c before they have seen them in Mathematics 21b. Some students may wish to postpone Physics 15c until they have completed Mathematics 21b. Location: Science Ctr Hall D (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 175 - Laser Physics and Modern Optical Physics (121941 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Markus Greiner, David J. Morin and Howard Georgi More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 12:00 p.m. - 1:29 p.m. |
Description: Introduction to laser physics and modern optical physics aimed at advanced undergraduates. Review of electromagnetic theory and relevant aspects of quantum mechanics. Wave nature of light. Physics of basic optical elements. Propagation of focused beams, optical resonators, dielectric waveguides. Interaction of light with matter, introduction to quantum optics. Lasers. Physics of specific laser systems. Introduction to nonlinear optics. Modern applications. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Physics 15b, 15c, 143a, or permission of the instructor. Location: Jefferson 356 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 181 - Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics (143450 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Ashvin Vishwanath, Howard Georgi and David J. Morin More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 11:00 a.m. - 11:59 a.m. |
Description: Introduction to thermal physics and statistical mechanics: basic concepts of thermodynamics (energy, heat, work, temperature, and entropy), classical and quantum ensembles and their origins, and distribution functions. Applications include the specific heat of solids, black body radiation; classical and quantum gases; magnetism; phase transitions; propagation of heat and sound. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Physics 143a or equivalent. Location: Jefferson 356 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 191 - Advanced Laboratory (121993 – Section 001L)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Isaac F. Silvera, Robert Westervelt, David J. Morin and Howard Georgi More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 1:00 p.m. - 4:59 p.m. |
Description: Students carry out three experimental projects selected from those available representing condensed matter, atomic, nuclear, and particle physics. Included are pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance (with MRI), microwave spectroscopy, optical pumping, Raman scattering, scattering of laser light, nitrogen vacancies in diamond, neutron activation of radioactive isotopes, Compton scattering, relativistic mass of the electron, recoil free gamma-ray resonance, lifetime of the muon, studies of superfluid helium, positron annihilation, superconductivity, the quantum Hall effect, properties of semiconductors. The facilities of the laboratory include several computer controlled experiments as well as computers for analysis. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Physics 15a or 16, 15b, 15c. Physics 143a is highly recommended. Location: Science Ctr 204 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 201 - Data Analysis for Physicists (161201 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Vinothan Manoharan, Howard Georgi and David J. Morin More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 10:00 a.m. - 11:29 a.m. |
Description: This course covers what to do with experimental data after acquiring it. We will start with how to load, parse, filter, and visualize data using modern computational tools, then proceed to more advanced methods including Markov chain Monte Carlo and time-series analysis. Throughout, students will learn methods of statistical inference from both frequentist and Bayesian frameworks. Applications to particle physics, biophysics, condensed matter, applied physics, astrophysics, and more. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Research experience commensurate with that of a first-year (or higher) PhD student in experimental physics. Students without such experimental experience are recommended to take Physics 191r or Physics 247r (or equivalent) first. Location: Lyman 425 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 210 - General Theory of Relativity (114266 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Daniel Jafferis, David J. Morin and Howard Georgi More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 3:00 p.m. - 4:29 p.m. |
Description: An introduction to general relativity: the principle of equivalence, Riemannian geometry, Einstein's field equation, the Schwarzschild solution, the Newtonian limit, experimental tests, black holes. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Physics 151 and 153, and Mathematics 21 or equivalents. Location: Jefferson 356 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 211R - Topics in Cosmology and Particle Physics (117201 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Lisa Randall, Howard Georgi and David J. Morin More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 11:00 a.m. - 12:59 p.m. |
Description: This course will be about particle physics and cosmology, focusing on those aspects of cosmology most relevant to people studying particle model building and phenomenology. Topics will include inflation, dark matter, and dark energy. The course will be seminar style, with presentations by the lecturer and by students. The aim is to gear up for topics relevant to current research. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: General relativity at level of Physics 210 or equivalent. Physics 253a helpful, but not required. Location: Jefferson 453 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 223 - Electronics for Scientists (109346 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Thomas Hayes, Michael Hegg, David J. Morin and Howard Georgi More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 1:30 p.m. - 5:29 p.m. |
Description: An introduction to electronic circuit design intended to develop circuit intuition and debugging skills through daily design exercises, discussion and hands-on lab exercises. The approach is intensely practical, minimizing theory. Moves quickly from passive circuits to discrete transistors, then concentrates on operational amplifiers, used to make a variety of circuits including integrators, oscillators, regulators, and filters. The digital half of the course treats analog-digital interfacing, emphasizes the use of microcontrollers and programmable logic devices (PLDs). Credits: 4 Location: Science Ctr 206 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 223 - Electronics for Scientists (109346 – Section 002)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Thomas Hayes, Michael Hegg and Erika McDonald More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 1:30 p.m. - 5:29 p.m. |
Description: An introduction to electronic circuit design intended to develop circuit intuition and debugging skills through daily design exercises, discussion and hands-on lab exercises. The approach is intensely practical, minimizing theory. Moves quickly from passive circuits to discrete transistors, then concentrates on operational amplifiers, used to make a variety of circuits including integrators, oscillators, regulators, and filters. The digital half of the course treats analog-digital interfacing, emphasizes the use of microcontrollers and programmable logic devices (PLDs). Credits: 4 Location: Science Ctr 206 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 232 - Advanced Classical Electromagnetism (112263 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Jacob Barandes, Howard Georgi and David J. Morin More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 1:30 p.m. - 2:59 p.m. |
Description: Special relativity, relativistic field theories, gauge invariance, the Maxwell equations, conservation laws, time-independent phenomena, multipole expansions, electrodynamics and radiation theory, radiation from rapidly-moving accelerating charges, scattering and diffraction, and macroscopic averaged fields and propagation in matter. Additional topics may include relativistic particles with spin, coherent states, superconductors, accelerator physics, renormalization, and magnetic monopoles. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Prerequisites: Physics 153 and Physics 143a, or equivalent. Location: Jefferson 356 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 247 - Laboratory Course in Contemporary Physics (145024 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Isaac F. Silvera, Robert Westervelt, David J. Morin and Howard Georgi More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 1:00 p.m. - 4:59 p.m. |
Description: Three experimental projects are selected representing condensed matter, atomic, nuclear, and particle physics. Examples: experiments on pulsed nuclear magnetic resonance, microwave spectroscopy, optical tweezers, and non-linear optics, optical pumping, Raman scattering, scattering of laser light, nitrogen vacancies in diamond, neutron activation of radioactive isotopes, Compton scattering, relativistic mass of the electron, recoil free gamma-ray resonance, lifetime of the muon, studies of superfluid helium, positron annihilation, superconductivity, the quantum Hall effect, properties of semiconductors. The facilities of the laboratory include several computer controlled experiments as well as computers for analysis. Credits: 4 Location: Science Ctr 204 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 251B - Advanced Quantum Mechanics II (111876 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Girma Hailu, Howard Georgi and David J. Morin More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 11:00 a.m. - 11:59 a.m. |
Description: Path integrals; identical particles and second quantization; time-dependent perturbations; quantized radiation field; absorption and emission of radiation; symmetry principles; the Dirac equation and the Dirac field; inelastic scattering. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Physics 251a. Location: Jefferson 256 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 253B - Quantum Field Theory II (115442 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Matthew D. Schwartz, David J. Morin and Howard Georgi More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 1:00 p.m. - 2:29 p.m. |
Description: A continuation of Physics 253a. Topics include: the renormalization group, implications of unitarity, Yang-Mills theories, spontaneous symmetry breaking, weak interactions, anomalies, and quantum chromodynamics. Additional advanced topics may be covered depending on time and interest. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Physics 253a. Location: Jefferson 453 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 264 - Lie Algebras, Representations and Quantum Mechanics (203512 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Howard Georgi and David J. Morin More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 11:30 a.m. - 12:59 p.m. |
Description: Lie algebras and their representations are indispensible tools in quantummechanics. Starting from the operator treatment of angular momentum, thiscourse explores some of the (many) useful approaches to this subject withapplications in various areas of physics. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Some quantum mechanics beyond the level of Physics 143a. Location: Jefferson 453 (FAS) |
| PHYSICS 268R - Special Topics in Condensed Matter Physics. Quantum Many-Body Systems (160744 – Section 001)
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2016-2017
Eugene Demler, David J. Morin and Howard Georgi More Detail▼Less Detail▲ | 12:00 p.m. - 1:29 p.m. |
Description: This course will review field theory methods and Green's function approach to quantum many-body systems. Subjects discussed will include interacting electron systems, electron-phonon interaction and superconductivity, polarons, systems with dissipation, nonequilibrium phenomena and Keldysh Green's functions. Credits: 4 Prerequisite(s): Recommended: Applied Physics 295a or equivalent. Location: Jefferson 256 (FAS) |