Physics (8) - ArchivedPhysics (8)https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/340012024-10-15T23:16:54Z2024-10-15T23:16:54Z8.323 Relativistic Quantum Field Theory I, Spring 2008Guth, Alanhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/1539212024-03-23T03:07:31Z2008-06-01T00:00:00Z8.323 Relativistic Quantum Field Theory I, Spring 2008
Guth, Alan
8.323, Relativistic Quantum Field Theory I, is a one-term self-contained subject in quantum field theory. Concepts and basic techniques are developed through applications in elementary particle physics, and condensed matter physics.
2008-06-01T00:00:00ZSTS.042J / 8.225J Einstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman: Physics in the 20th Century, Spring 2011Kaiser, Davidhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/1520322023-09-06T03:10:34Z2011-06-01T00:00:00ZSTS.042J / 8.225J Einstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman: Physics in the 20th Century, Spring 2011
Kaiser, David
This course covers the role of physics and physicists during the 20th century, focusing on Einstein, Oppenheimer, and Feynman. Beyond just covering the scientific developments, institutional, cultural, and political contexts will also be examined.
2011-06-01T00:00:00Z8.03 Physics III, Spring 2003Mavalvala, NergisGreytak, Thomashttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/1517552023-08-16T03:21:18Z2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.03 Physics III, Spring 2003
Mavalvala, Nergis; Greytak, Thomas
Mechanical vibrations and waves, simple harmonic motion, superposition, forced vibrations and resonance, coupled oscillations and normal modes, vibrations of continuous systems, reflection and refraction, phase and group velocity. Optics, wave solutions to Maxwell's equations, polarization, Snell's law, interference, Huygens's principle, Fraunhofer diffraction, and gratings.
2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.022 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism, Fall 2002Katsavounidis, ErikFisher, Peterhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/1508532023-06-03T03:54:27Z2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.022 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism, Fall 2002
Katsavounidis, Erik; Fisher, Peter
Parallel to 8.02: Physics II, but more advanced mathematically. Some knowledge of vector calculus assumed. Maxwell's equations, in both differential and integral form. Electrostatic and magnetic vector potential. Properties of dielectrics and magnetic materials. In addition to the theoretical subject matter, several experiments in electricity and magnetism are performed by the students in the laboratory.
2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.022 / ES.8022 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism, Fall 2006Shaw, Michaelhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/1503812023-04-05T03:03:34Z2006-12-01T00:00:00Z8.022 / ES.8022 Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism, Fall 2006
Shaw, Michael
This course runs parallel to 8.02, but assumes that students have some knowledge of vector calculus. The class introduces Maxwell's equations, in both differential and integral form, along with electrostatic and magnetic vector potential, and the properties of dielectrics and magnetic materials. This class was taught by an undergraduate in the Experimental Study Group (ESG). Student instructors are paired with ESG faculty members, who advise and oversee the students' teaching efforts.
2006-12-01T00:00:00Z8.20 Introduction to Special Relativity, January IAP 2005Knuteson, Brucehttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/1408632022-03-02T03:09:12Z2005-01-01T00:00:00Z8.20 Introduction to Special Relativity, January IAP 2005
Knuteson, Bruce
This course introduces the basic ideas and equations of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. If you have hoped to understand the physics of Lorentz contraction, time dilation, the "twin paradox", and E=mc2, you're in the right place.AcknowledgementsProf. Knuteson wishes to acknowledge that this course was originally designed and taught by Prof. Robert Jaffe.
2005-01-01T00:00:00Z8.701 Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics, Spring 2004Surrow, Berndhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/1311362021-08-03T03:25:36Z2004-06-01T00:00:00Z8.701 Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics, Spring 2004
Surrow, Bernd
The phenomenology and experimental foundations of particle and nuclear physics are explored in this course. Emphasis is on the fundamental forces and particles, as well as composites.
2004-06-01T00:00:00Z8.962 General Relativity, Spring 2006Bertschinger, EdmundHughes, Scotthttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/1279412020-10-10T03:23:46Z2006-06-01T00:00:00Z8.962 General Relativity, Spring 2006
Bertschinger, Edmund; Hughes, Scott
8.962 is MIT's graduate course in general relativity, which covers the basic principles of Einstein's general theory of relativity, differential geometry, experimental tests of general relativity, black holes, and cosmology.
2006-06-01T00:00:00Z8.13-14 Experimental Physics I & II "Junior Lab", Fall 2007 - Spring 2008Faculty, Lecturers, and Technical Staff, Physics DepartmentBecker, Ulrich J.https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/1196262019-09-12T09:05:20Z2008-06-01T00:00:00Z8.13-14 Experimental Physics I & II "Junior Lab", Fall 2007 - Spring 2008
Faculty, Lecturers, and Technical Staff, Physics Department; Becker, Ulrich J.
Junior Lab consists of two undergraduate courses in experimental physics. The courses are offered by the MIT Physics Department, and are usually taken by Juniors (hence the name). Officially, the courses are called Experimental Physics I and II and are numbered 8.13 for the first half, given in the fall semester, and 8.14 for the second half, given in the spring. The purposes of Junior Lab are to give students hands-on experience with some of the experimental basis of modern physics and, in the process, to deepen their understanding of the relations between experiment and theory, mostly in atomic and nuclear physics. Each term, students choose 5 different experiments from a list of 21 total labs.
2008-06-01T00:00:00Z8.321 Quantum Theory I, Fall 2002Taylor, Washingtonhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/1159222019-09-13T02:00:09Z2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.321 Quantum Theory I, Fall 2002
Taylor, Washington
8.321 is the first semester of a two-semester subject on quantum theory, stressing principles. Topics covered include: Hilbert spaces, observables, uncertainty relations, eigenvalue problems and methods for solution thereof, time-evolution in the Schrodinger, Heisenberg, and interaction pictures, connections between classical and quantum mechanics, path integrals, quantum mechanics in EM fields, angular momentum, time-independent perturbation theory, density operators, and quantum measurement.
2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.01T Physics I, Fall 2004Surrow, BerndLitster, J. DavidDourmashkin, PeterPritchard, David E.https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/1107172019-09-12T11:15:07Z2004-12-01T00:00:00Z8.01T Physics I, Fall 2004
Surrow, Bernd; Litster, J. David; Dourmashkin, Peter; Pritchard, David E.
This freshman-level course is an introduction to classical mechanics. The subject is taught using the TEAL (Technology Enabled Active Learning) format which features small group interaction via table-top experiments utilizing laptops for data acquisition and problem solving workshops. Acknowledgements The TEAL project is supported by The Alex and Brit d'Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in MIT Education, MIT iCampus, the Davis Educational Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Class of 1960 Endowment for Innovation in Education, the Class of 1951 Fund for Excellence in Education, the Class of 1955 Fund for Excellence in Teaching, and the Helena Foundation.
2004-12-01T00:00:00Z8.01 Physics I, Fall 2003Kowalski, Stanleyhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/1102902019-09-12T20:54:51Z2003-12-01T00:00:00Z8.01 Physics I, Fall 2003
Kowalski, Stanley
Physics I is a first-year physics course which introduces students to classical mechanics. Topics include: space and time; straight-line kinematics; motion in a plane; forces and equilibrium; experimental basis of Newton's laws; particle dynamics; universal gravitation; collisions and conservation laws; work and potential energy; vibrational motion; conservative forces; inertial forces and non-inertial frames; central force motions; rigid bodies and rotational dynamics.
2003-12-01T00:00:00Z8.333 Statistical Mechanics, Fall 2002Todadri, Senthilhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/358572019-09-12T11:45:01Z2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.333 Statistical Mechanics, Fall 2002
Todadri, Senthil
8.333 is the first course in a two-semester sequence on statistical mechanics. Basic principles are examined in 8.333: the laws of thermodynamics and the concepts of temperature, work, heat, and entropy. Postulates of classical statistical mechanics, micro canonical, canonical, and grand canonical distributions; applications to lattice vibrations, ideal gas, photon gas. Quantum statistical mechanics; Fermi and Bose systems. Interacting systems: cluster expansions, van der Waal's gas, and mean-field theory.
2002-12-01T00:00:00Z5.95J / 6.982J / 7.59J / 8.395J / 18.094J / 1.95J / 2.978J Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering, Fall 2012Rankin, Janethttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/1071852019-09-12T11:00:30Z2012-12-01T00:00:00Z5.95J / 6.982J / 7.59J / 8.395J / 18.094J / 1.95J / 2.978J Teaching College-Level Science and Engineering, Fall 2012
Rankin, Janet
This participatory seminar focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching science and engineering in higher education. This course is designed for graduate students interested in an academic career, and anyone else interested in teaching. Topics include theories of adult learning; course development; promoting active learning, problem-solving, and critical thinking in students; communicating with a diverse student body; using educational technology to further learning; lecturing; creating effective tests and assignments; and assessment and evaluation. Students research and present a relevant topic of particular interest. The subject is appropriate for both novices and those with teaching experience.
2012-12-01T00:00:00Z8.333 Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles, Fall 2005Kardar, Mehranhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/455822019-09-12T18:32:46Z2005-12-01T00:00:00Z8.333 Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles, Fall 2005
Kardar, Mehran
Statistical Mechanics is a probabilistic approach to equilibrium properties of large numbers of degrees of freedom. In this two-semester course, basic principles are examined. Topics include: thermodynamics, probability theory, kinetic theory, classical statistical mechanics, interacting systems, quantum statistical mechanics, and identical particles.
2005-12-01T00:00:00Z8.334 Statistical Mechanics II: Statistical Mechanics of Fields, Spring 2004Kardar, Mehranhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/455862019-09-12T20:02:36Z2004-06-01T00:00:00Z8.334 Statistical Mechanics II: Statistical Mechanics of Fields, Spring 2004
Kardar, Mehran
A two-semester course on statistical mechanics. Basic principles are examined in 8.333: the laws of thermodynamics and the concepts of temperature, work, heat, and entropy. Postulates of classical statistical mechanics, microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical distributions; applications to lattice vibrations, ideal gas, photon gas. Quantum statistical mechanics; Fermi and Bose systems. Interacting systems: cluster expansions, van der Waal's gas, and mean-field theory. Topics from modern statistical mechanics are explored in 8.334: the hydrodynamic limit and classical field theories. Phase transitions and broken symmetries: universality, correlation functions, and scaling theory. The renormalization approach to collective phenomena. Dynamic critical behavior. Random systems.
2004-06-01T00:00:00Z8.333 Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles, Fall 2007Kardar, Mehranhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/925252019-09-12T18:02:36Z2007-12-01T00:00:00Z8.333 Statistical Mechanics I: Statistical Mechanics of Particles, Fall 2007
Kardar, Mehran
Statistical Mechanics is a probabilistic approach to equilibrium properties of large numbers of degrees of freedom. In this two-semester course, basic principles are examined. Topics include: thermodynamics, probability theory, kinetic theory, classical statistical mechanics, interacting systems, quantum statistical mechanics, and identical particles.
2007-12-01T00:00:00Z8.231 Physics of Solids I, Fall 2002Greytak, Thomas John, 1940-Ashoori, Raymondhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/419332019-09-12T22:53:31Z2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.231 Physics of Solids I, Fall 2002
Greytak, Thomas John, 1940-; Ashoori, Raymond
Introduction to the basic concepts of the quantum theory of solids. Topics: periodic structure and symmetry of crystals; diffraction; reciprocal lattice; chemical bonding; lattice dynamics, phonons, thermal properties; free electron gas; model of metals; Bloch theorem and band structure, nearly free electron approximation; tight binding method; Fermi surface; semiconductors, electrons, holes, impurities; optical properties, excitons; and magnetism. From the course home page: Course Highlights Physics of Solids I provides an introduction to the basic concepts of the quantum theory of solids. This website features comprehensive problem sets. Course Description The topics covered in this course include: * Periodic Structure and Symmetry of Crystals * Diffraction, Reciprocal Lattice * Chemical Bonding * Lattice Dynamics * Phonons * Thermal Properties * Free Electron Gas * Model of Metals * Bloch Theorem and Band Structure * Nearly Free Electron Approximation * Tight Binding Method * Fermi Surface * Semiconductors * Electrons * Holes * Impurities * Optical Properties * Excitons and * Magnetism
2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.422 Atomic and Optical Physics II, Spring 2005Chuang, IsaacKetterle, Wolfganghttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/903742019-09-12T22:53:00Z2005-06-01T00:00:00Z8.422 Atomic and Optical Physics II, Spring 2005
Chuang, Isaac; Ketterle, Wolfgang
This is the second of a two-semester subject sequence beginning with Atomic and Optical Physics I (8.421) that provides the foundations for contemporary research in selected areas of atomic and optical physics. Topics covered include non-classical states of light, multi-photon processes, coherence, trapping and cooling, atomic interactions, and experimental methods.
2005-06-01T00:00:00Z8.012 Physics I, Fall 2002Wilczek, FrankKleppner, DanielBurles, Scott M.https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/348842019-09-12T12:01:31Z2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.012 Physics I, Fall 2002
Wilczek, Frank; Kleppner, Daniel; Burles, Scott M.
Elementary mechanics, presented at greater depth than in 8.01. Newton's laws, concepts of momentum, energy, angular momentum, rigid body motion, and non-inertial systems. Uses elementary calculus freely. Concurrent registration in a math subject more advanced than 18.01 is recommended. In addition to the theoretical subject matter, several experiments in classical mechanics are performed by the students in the laboratory.
2002-12-01T00:00:00Z22.611J / 6.651J / 8.613J Introduction To Plasma Physics I, Fall 2002Molvig, Kimhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/419412019-09-12T09:36:11Z2002-12-01T00:00:00Z22.611J / 6.651J / 8.613J Introduction To Plasma Physics I, Fall 2002
Molvig, Kim
Introduces plasma phenomena relevant to energy generation by controlled thermonuclear fusion and to astrophysics. Basic plasma properties and collective behavior. Coulomb collisions and transport processes. Motion of charged particles in magnetic fields; plasma confinement schemes. MHD models; simple equilibrium and stability analysis. Two-fluid hydrodynamic plasma models; wave propagation in a magnetic field. Introduces kinetic theory; Vlasov plasma model; electron plasma waves and Landau damping; ion-acoustic waves; streaming instabilities. A subject description tailored to fit the background and interests of the attending students distributed shortly before and at the beginning of the subject.
2002-12-01T00:00:00Z9.29J / 8.261J Introduction to Computational Neuroscience, Spring 2002Seung, H. Sebastianhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/358592019-09-12T19:31:15Z2002-06-01T00:00:00Z9.29J / 8.261J Introduction to Computational Neuroscience, Spring 2002
Seung, H. Sebastian
Mathematical introduction to neural coding and dynamics. Convolution, correlation, linear systems, Fourier analysis, signal detection theory, probability theory, and information theory. Applications to neural coding, focusing on the visual system. Hodgkin-Huxley and related models of neural excitability, stochastic models of ion channels, cable theory, and models of synaptic transmission.
2002-06-01T00:00:00Z8.044 Statistical Physics I, Spring 2004Greytak, Thomas John, 1940-https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/463182019-09-12T16:14:24Z2004-06-01T00:00:00Z8.044 Statistical Physics I, Spring 2004
Greytak, Thomas John, 1940-
Introduction to probability, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics. Random variables, joint and conditional probability densities, and functions of a random variable. Concepts of macroscopic variables and thermodynamic equilibrium, fundamental assumption of statistical mechanics, microcanonical and canonical ensembles. First, second, and third laws of thermodynamics. Numerous examples illustrating a wide variety of physical phenomena such as magnetism, polyatomic gases, thermal radiation, electrons in solids, and noise in electronic devices. Concurrent enrollment in 8.04 [Quantum Physics I] is recommended.
2004-06-01T00:00:00Z8.21 The Physics of Energy, Fall 2008Jaffe, Robert L.Taylor, Washingtonhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/534142019-09-12T19:27:34Z2008-12-01T00:00:00Z8.21 The Physics of Energy, Fall 2008
Jaffe, Robert L.; Taylor, Washington
This course is designed to give you the scientific understanding you need to answer questions like - How much energy can we really get from wind? - How does a solar photovoltaic work? - What is an OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Converter) and how does it work? - What is the physics behind global warming? - What makes engines efficient? - How does a nuclear reactor work, and what are the realistic hazards? The course is designed for MIT sophomores, juniors, and seniors who want to understand the fundamental laws and physical processes that govern the sources, extraction, transmission, storage, degradation, and end uses of energy. Special note about this course: The Physics of Energy is a new subject at MIT, offered for the first time in the Fall of 2008. The materials for the course, as such, are not yet ready for wider distribution. However, given the relevance of this topic worldwide, OCW is presenting a basic version of the course now to provide insight into how this subject is being developed at MIT. We expect to add more content after it is taught again in the Fall of 2009.
2008-12-01T00:00:00Z8.05 Quantum Physics II, Fall 2004Stewart, Iainhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/971842019-09-12T20:43:35Z2004-12-01T00:00:00Z8.05 Quantum Physics II, Fall 2004
Stewart, Iain
Together, this course and 8.06: Quantum Physics III cover quantum physics with applications drawn from modern physics. Topics covered in this course include the general formalism of quantum mechanics, harmonic oscillator, quantum mechanics in three-dimensions, angular momentum, spin, and addition of angular momentum.
2004-12-01T00:00:00Z8.04 Quantum Physics I, Spring 2006Vuletic, Vladanhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/903722019-09-12T15:56:36Z2006-06-01T00:00:00Z8.04 Quantum Physics I, Spring 2006
Vuletic, Vladan
This course covers the experimental basis of quantum physics, introduces wave mechanics, Schrödinger's equation in a single dimension, and Schrödinger's equation in three dimensions.
2006-06-01T00:00:00Z8.02 Electricity and Magnetism: TEAL:Studio Physics Project, Fall 2002Belcher, John W.Dourmashkin, Peterhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/352622019-09-12T20:42:30Z2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.02 Electricity and Magnetism: TEAL:Studio Physics Project, Fall 2002
Belcher, John W.; Dourmashkin, Peter
Introduction to electromagnetism and electrostatics: electric charge, Coulomb's law, electric structure of matter; conductors and dielectrics. Concepts of electrostatic field and potential, electrostatic energy. Electric currents, magnetic fields and Ampere's law. Magnetic materials. Time-varying fields and Faraday's law of induction. Basic electric circuits. Electromagnetic waves and Maxwell's equations. Subject taught using the TEAL (Technology Enabled Active Learning) format which utilizes small group interaction and current technology. The TEAL/Studio Project at MIT is a new approach to physics education designed to help students develop much better intuition about, and conceptual models of, physical phenomena.
2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.09 Classical Mechanics II, Fall 2004Wyslouch, Boleslawhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/396652019-09-12T16:13:58Z2004-12-01T00:00:00Z8.09 Classical Mechanics II, Fall 2004
Wyslouch, Boleslaw
Formal introduction to classical mechanics, Euler-Lagrange equations, Hamilton's equations of motion used to describe central force motion, scattering, perturbation theory and Noether's theorem. Extension to continuous and relativistic systems and classical electrodynamics.
2004-12-01T00:00:00Z8.286 The Early Universe, Spring 2004Guth, Alanhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/882562019-09-12T11:29:56Z2004-06-01T00:00:00Z8.286 The Early Universe, Spring 2004
Guth, Alan
The Early Universe provides an introduction to modern cosmology. The first half deals with the development of the big-bang theory from 1915 to 1980, and latter half with recent impact of particle theory.
2004-06-01T00:00:00Z8.512 Theory of Solids II, Spring 2004Lee, P. A. (Patrick A.), 1946-https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/495342019-09-12T10:27:51Z2004-06-01T00:00:00Z8.512 Theory of Solids II, Spring 2004
Lee, P. A. (Patrick A.), 1946-
Second term of a theoretical treatment of the physics of solids. Interacting electron gas: many-body formulation, Feynman diagrams, random phase approximation and beyond. General theory of linear response: dielectric function; sum rules; plasmons; optical properties; applications to semiconductors, metals, and insulators. Transport properties: non-interacting electron gas with impurities, diffusons. Quantum Hall effect: integral and fractional. Electron-phonon interaction: general theory, applications to metals, semiconductors and insulators, polarons, and field-theory description. Superconductivity: experimental observations, phenomenological theories, and B.C.S. theory. From the course home page: Course Description This is the second term of a theoretical treatment of the physics of solids. Topics covered include linear response theory; the physics of disorder; superconductivity; the local moment and itinerant magnetism; the Kondo problem and Fermi liquid theory.
2004-06-01T00:00:00Z8.20 Introduction to Special Relativity, January (IAP) 2003Jaffe, Robert L.https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/358972019-09-12T11:31:22Z2003-01-01T00:00:00Z8.20 Introduction to Special Relativity, January (IAP) 2003
Jaffe, Robert L.
Introduces the basic ideas and equations of Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity. Topics include: Lorentz transformations, length contraction and time dilation, four vectors, Lorentz invariants, relativistic energy and momentum, relativistic kinematics, Doppler shift, space-time diagrams, relativity paradoxes, and some concepts of General Relativity.
2003-01-01T00:00:00Z8.334 Statistical Mechanics II, Spring 2003Levitov, Leonidhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/359022019-09-12T16:08:23Z2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.334 Statistical Mechanics II, Spring 2003
Levitov, Leonid
A two-semester course on statistical mechanics. Basic principles are examined in 8.333: the laws of thermodynamics and the concepts of temperature, work, heat, and entropy. Postulates of classical statistical mechanics, microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical distributions; applications to lattice vibrations, ideal gas, photon gas. Quantum statistical mechanics; Fermi and Bose systems. Interacting systems: cluster expansions, van der Waal's gas, and mean-field theory. Topics from modern statistical mechanics are explored in 8.334: the hydrodynamic limit and classical field theories. Phase transitions and broken symmetries: universality, correlation functions, and scaling theory. The renormalization approach to collective phenomena. Dynamic critical behavior. Random systems.
2003-06-01T00:00:00Z9.641J / 8.594J Introduction to Neural Networks, Fall 2002Seung, H. Sebastianhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/363272019-09-12T18:17:04Z2002-12-01T00:00:00Z9.641J / 8.594J Introduction to Neural Networks, Fall 2002
Seung, H. Sebastian
Organization of synaptic connectivity as the basis of neural computation and learning. Single and multilayer perceptrons. Dynamical theories of recurrent networks: amplifiers, attractors, and hybrid computation. Backpropagation and Hebbian learning. Models of perception, motor control, memory, and neural development. Alternate years.
2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.334 Statistical Mechanics II: Statistical Physics of Fields, Spring 2008Kardar, Mehranhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/925242019-09-12T20:31:32Z2008-06-01T00:00:00Z8.334 Statistical Mechanics II: Statistical Physics of Fields, Spring 2008
Kardar, Mehran
This is the second term in a two-semester course on statistical mechanics. Basic principles are examined in 8.334, such as the laws of thermodynamics and the concepts of temperature, work, heat, and entropy. Topics from modern statistical mechanics are also explored including the hydrodynamic limit and classical field theories.
2008-06-01T00:00:00Z5.95J / 7.59J / 8.395J / 18.094J Teaching College-Level Science, Spring 2006Breslow, Lorihttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/772482019-09-12T21:27:30Z2006-06-01T00:00:00Z5.95J / 7.59J / 8.395J / 18.094J Teaching College-Level Science, Spring 2006
Breslow, Lori
This seminar focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for teaching science and engineering in higher education. Topics include: using current research in student learning to improve teaching; developing courses; lecturing; promoting students' ability to think critically and solve problems; communicating with a diverse student body; using educational technology; creating effective assignments and tests; and utilizing feedback to improve instruction. Students research and teach a topic of particular interest. This subject is appropriate for both novices and those with teaching experience.
2006-06-01T00:00:00Z8.033 Relativity, Fall 2003Rappaport, S. A., 1942-https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/391312019-09-13T01:11:15Z2003-12-01T00:00:00Z8.033 Relativity, Fall 2003
Rappaport, S. A., 1942-
Normally taken by physics majors in their sophomore year. Einstein's postulates; consequences for simultaneity, time dilation, length contraction, clock synchronization; Lorentz transformation; relativistic effects and paradoxes; Minkowski diagrams; invariants and four-vectors; momentum, energy and mass; particle collisions. Relativity and electricity; Coulomb's law; magnetic fields. Brief introduction to Newtonian cosmology. Introduction to some concepts of General Relativity; principle of equivalence. The Schwarzchild metric; gravitational red shift, particle and light trajectories, geodesics, Shapiro delay.
2003-12-01T00:00:00ZSTS.010 Neuroscience and Society, Fall 2008Schüll, Natashahttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/696182019-09-12T23:17:24Z2008-12-01T00:00:00ZSTS.010 Neuroscience and Society, Fall 2008
Schüll, Natasha
This class explores the social relevance of neuroscience, considering how emerging areas of brain research reflect and reshape social attitudes and agendas. Topics include brain imaging and popular media; neuroscience of empathy, trust, and moral reasoning; new fields of neuroeconomics and neuromarketing; ethical implications of neurotechnologies such as cognitive enhancement pharmaceuticals; neuroscience in the courtroom; and neuroscientific recasting of social problems such as addiction and violence. Guest lectures by neuroscientists, class discussion, and weekly readings in neuroscience, popular media, and science studies.
2008-12-01T00:00:00Z8.13-14 Experimental Physics I & II "Junior Lab", Fall 2004-Spring 2005Becker, Ulrich J.https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/455942019-09-12T11:55:55Z2005-06-01T00:00:00Z8.13-14 Experimental Physics I & II "Junior Lab", Fall 2004-Spring 2005
Becker, Ulrich J.
Junior Lab consists of two undergraduate courses in experimental physics. The courses are offered by the MIT Physics Department, and are usually taken by Juniors (hence the name). Officially, the courses are called Experimental Physics I and II and are numbered 8.13 for the first half, given in the fall semester, and 8.14 for the second half, given in the spring. The purposes of Junior Lab are to give students hands-on experience with some of the experimental basis of modern physics and, in the process, to deepen their understanding of the relations between experiment and theory, mostly in atomic and nuclear physics. Each term, students choose 5 different experiments from a list of 21 total labs.
2005-06-01T00:00:00ZSTS.042J / 8.225J Einstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman: Physics in the 20th Century, Fall 2002Kaiser, Davidhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/349392019-09-12T12:25:26Z2002-12-01T00:00:00ZSTS.042J / 8.225J Einstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman: Physics in the 20th Century, Fall 2002
Kaiser, David
This class will study some of the changing ideas within modern physics, ranging from relativity theory and quantum mechanics to solid-state physics, nuclear and elementary particles, and cosmology. These ideas will be situated within shifting institutional, cultural, and political contexts. The overall aim is to understand the changing roles of physics and of physicists over the course of the twentieth century.
2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.323 Relativistic Quantum Field Theory I, Spring 2003Guth, Alan H.https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/534122019-09-13T02:12:35Z2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.323 Relativistic Quantum Field Theory I, Spring 2003
Guth, Alan H.
In 8.323, Relativistic Quantum Field Theory I, concepts and basic techniques are developed through applications in elementary particle physics, and condensed matter physics. Topics include: Classical field theory, symmetries, and Noether's theorem. Quantization of scalar fields and spin 1/2 fields. Interacting fields and Feynman diagrams.
2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.09 Classical Mechanics, Fall 2006Wyslouch, Boleslawhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/973852019-09-12T10:32:17Z2006-12-01T00:00:00Z8.09 Classical Mechanics, Fall 2006
Wyslouch, Boleslaw
This class provides a formal introduction to classical mechanics, Euler-Lagrange equations, Hamilton's equations of motion used to describe central force motion, scattering, perturbation theory and Noether's theorem. The course also extends to continuous and relativistic systems and classical electrodynamics.
2006-12-01T00:00:00Z8.044 Statistical Physics I, Spring 2008Lee, Younghttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/838442019-09-12T21:23:12Z2008-06-01T00:00:00Z8.044 Statistical Physics I, Spring 2008
Lee, Young
This course offers an introduction to probability, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics. Numerous examples are used to illustrate a wide variety of physical phenomena such as magnetism, polyatomic gases, thermal radiation, electrons in solids, and noise in electronic devices.
2008-06-01T00:00:00Z8.05 Quantum Physics II, Fall 2002Rajagopal, Krishna, 1965-https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/358012019-09-12T09:13:50Z2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.05 Quantum Physics II, Fall 2002
Rajagopal, Krishna, 1965-
Together 8.05 and 8.06 cover quantum physics with applications drawn from modern physics. General formalism of quantum mechanics: states, operators, Dirac notation, representations, measurement theory. Harmonic oscillator: operator algebra, states. Quantum mechanics in three-dimensions: central potentials and the radial equation, bound and scattering states, qualitative analysis of wavefunctions. Angular momentum: operators, commutator algebra, eigenvalues and eigenstates, spherical harmonics. Spin: Stern-Gerlach devices and measurements, nuclear magnetic resonance, spin and statistics. Addition of angular momentum: Clebsch-Gordan series and coefficients, spin systems, and allotropic forms of hydrogen.
2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.592 Statistical Physics in Biology, Spring 2003Kardar, MehranMirny, Leonid A.https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/349062019-09-12T19:01:28Z2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.592 Statistical Physics in Biology, Spring 2003
Kardar, Mehran; Mirny, Leonid A.
A survey of problems at the interface of statistical physics and modern biology: Bioinformatic methods for extracting information content of DNA; gene finding, sequence comparison, phylogenetic trees. Physical interactions responsible for structure of biopolymers; DNA double helix, secondary structure of RNA, elements of protein folding. Considerations of force, motion, and packaging; protein motors, membranes. Collective behavior of biological elements; cellular networks, neural networks, and evolution.
2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.07 Electromagnetism II, Fall 2005Bertschinger, Edmundhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/903732019-09-12T21:56:18Z2005-12-01T00:00:00Z8.07 Electromagnetism II, Fall 2005
Bertschinger, Edmund
This course is the second in a series on Electromagnetism beginning with Electromagnetism I (8.02 or 8.022). It is a survey of basic electromagnetic phenomena: electrostatics; magnetostatics; electromagnetic properties of matter; time-dependent electromagnetic fields; Maxwell's equations; electromagnetic waves; emission, absorption, and scattering of radiation; and relativistic electrodynamics and mechanics.
2005-12-01T00:00:00ZSTS.042J / 8.225J Einstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman: Physics in the 20th Century, Spring 2006Kaiser, Davidhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/696172019-09-13T02:06:04Z2006-06-01T00:00:00ZSTS.042J / 8.225J Einstein, Oppenheimer, Feynman: Physics in the 20th Century, Spring 2006
Kaiser, David
This class explores the changing roles of physics and physicists during the 20th century. Topics range from relativity theory and quantum mechanics to high-energy physics and cosmology. The course also examines the development of modern physics within shifting institutional, cultural, and political contexts, such as physics in Imperial Britain, Nazi Germany, U.S. efforts during World War II, and physicists' roles during the Cold War.
2006-06-01T00:00:00Z15.389 G-Lab: Global Entrepreneurship Lab, Fall 2007Morse, KennethLehrich, M. JonathanLocke, RichardLoessberg, ShariHuang, Yashenghttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/696192019-09-12T18:20:15Z2007-12-01T00:00:00Z15.389 G-Lab: Global Entrepreneurship Lab, Fall 2007
Morse, Kenneth; Lehrich, M. Jonathan; Locke, Richard; Loessberg, Shari; Huang, Yasheng
Entrepreneurship in the 21st century is evolving. Because of global changes in technology, communications, and capital markets, today's innovative startups are building successful companies in countries around the globe, in many instances with investors, vendors, customers, and employees located thousands of miles away. The challenges these leading-edge companies face, particularly in emerging markets, are some of the most sophisticated issues both for businesses and governments alike. These challenges are the focus of G-Lab.
2007-12-01T00:00:00Z8.07 Electromagnetism II, Fall 2002Zwiebach, BartonLevitov, Leonidhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/358022019-09-12T19:01:10Z2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.07 Electromagnetism II, Fall 2002
Zwiebach, Barton; Levitov, Leonid
Survey of basic electromagnetic phenomena: electrostatics, magnetostatics; electromagnetic properties of matter. Time-dependent electromagnetic fields and Maxwell's equations. Electromagnetic waves, emission, absorption, and scattering of radiation. Relativistic electrodynamics and mechanics.
2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.13 / 8.14 Experimental Physics I & II "Junior Lab", Fall 2002Sewell, Scott D.Clark, George W.Becker, Ulrich J.Kirsch, Jordanhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/363902019-09-12T23:47:52Z2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.13 / 8.14 Experimental Physics I & II "Junior Lab", Fall 2002
Sewell, Scott D.; Clark, George W.; Becker, Ulrich J.; Kirsch, Jordan
Junior Lab consists of two undergraduate courses in experimental physics. The courses are offered by the MIT Physics Department, and are usually taken by Juniors (hence the name). Officially, the courses are called Experimental Physics I and II and are numbered 8.13 for the first half, given in the fall semester, and 8.14 for the second half, given in the spring. The purposes of Junior Lab are to give students hands-on experience with some of the experimental basis of modern physics and, in the process, to deepen their understanding of the relations between experiment and theory, mostly in atomic and nuclear physics.
2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.962 General Relativity, Spring 2002Bertschinger, Edmund W.https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/368592019-09-12T20:05:29Z2002-06-01T00:00:00Z8.962 General Relativity, Spring 2002
Bertschinger, Edmund W.
This course covers the basic principles of Einstein's general theory of relativity. Also discussed are differential geometry, experimental tests of general relativity, black holes, and cosmology.
2002-06-01T00:00:00Z12.620J / 6.946J / 8.351J Classical Mechanics: A Computational Approach, Fall 2002Sussman, Gerald JayWisdom, Jackhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/523212019-09-12T11:09:35Z2002-12-01T00:00:00Z12.620J / 6.946J / 8.351J Classical Mechanics: A Computational Approach, Fall 2002
Sussman, Gerald Jay; Wisdom, Jack
Classical mechanics in a computational framework. Lagrangian formulation. Action, variational principles. Hamilton's principle. Conserved quantities. Hamiltonian formulation. Surfaces of section. Chaos. Liouville's theorem and Poincar, integral invariants. Poincar,-Birkhoff and KAM theorems. Invariant curves. Cantori. Nonlinear resonances. Resonance overlap and transition to chaos. Properties of chaotic motion. Transport, diffusion, mixing. Symplectic integration. Adiabatic invariants. Many-dimensional systems, Arnold diffusion. Extensive use of computation to capture methods, for simulation, and for symbolic analysis. From the course home page: Course Description 12.620J covers the fundamental principles of classical mechanics, with a modern emphasis on the qualitative structure of phase space. The course uses computational ideas to formulate the principles of mechanics precisely. Expression in a computational framework encourages clear thinking and active exploration. The following topics are covered: the Lagrangian formulation, action, variational principles, and equations of motion, Hamilton's principle, conserved quantities, rigid bodies and tops, Hamiltonian formulation and canonical equations, surfaces of section, chaos, canonical transformations and generating functions, Liouville's theorem and Poincaré integral invariants, Poincaré-Birkhoff and KAM theorems, invariant curves and cantori, nonlinear resonances, resonance overlap and transition to chaos, and properties of chaotic motion. Ideas are illustrated and supported with physical examples. There is extensive use of computing to capture methods, for simulation, and for symbolic analysis.
2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.851 Strong Interactions, Spring 2003Stewart, Iainhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/368382019-09-13T01:26:43Z2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.851 Strong Interactions, Spring 2003
Stewart, Iain
The strong force which bind quarks together is described by a relativistic quantum field theory called quantum chromodynamics (QCD). Subject surveys: The QCD Langrangian, asymptotic freedom and deep inelastic scattering, jets, the QCD vacuum, instantons and the U(1) problem, lattice guage theory, and other phases of QCD. From the course home page: Course Description Strong Interactions is a course in the construction and application of effective field theories, which are a modern tool of choice in making predictions based on the Standard Model. Concepts such as matching, renormalization, the operator product expansion, power counting, and running with the renormalization group will be discussed. Topics will be taken from heavy quark decays and CP violation, factorization in hard processes (deep inelastic scattering and exclusive processes), non-relativistic bound states in field theory (QED and QCD), chiral perturbation theory, few-nucleon systems, and possibly other Standard Model subjects.
2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.06 Quantum Physics III, Spring 2003Rajagopal, Krishna, 1965-https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/357942019-09-13T02:12:18Z2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.06 Quantum Physics III, Spring 2003
Rajagopal, Krishna, 1965-
Continuation of 8.05. Units: natural units, scales of microscopic phenomena, applications. Time-independent approximation methods: degenerate and non-degenerate perturbation theory, variational method, Born-Oppenheimer approximation, applications to atomic and molecular systems. The structure of one- and two-electron atoms: overview, spin-orbit and relativistic corrections, fine structure, variational approximation, screening, Zeeman and Stark effects. Charged particles in a magnetic field: Landau levels and integer quantum hall effect. Scattering: general principles, partial waves, review of one-dimension, low-energy approximations, resonance, Born approximation. Time-dependent perturbation theory. Students research and write a paper on a topic related to the content of 8.05 and 8.06. From the course home page: Course Description This course is a continuation of 8.05, Quantum Physics II. Content includes: Natural Units Charged particles in a magnetic field Time-independent perturbation theory Variational and semi-classical methods Quantum Computing The adiabatic approximation and Berry’s phase Scattering Time-dependent perturbation theory
2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.251 String Theory for Undergraduates, Spring 2005Zwiebach, Bartonhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/419362019-09-12T09:13:49Z2005-06-01T00:00:00Z8.251 String Theory for Undergraduates, Spring 2005
Zwiebach, Barton
Introduction to the main concepts of string theory to undergraduates. Since string theory is quantum mechanics of a relativistic string, the foundations of the subject can be explained to students exposed to both special relativity (8.033) and basic quantum mechanics (8.05). Subject develops the aspects of string theory and makes it accessible to students familiar with basic electromagnetism (8.02) and statistical mechanics (8.044). This includes the study of D-branes and string thermodynamics. From the course home page: Course Description This course introduces string theory to undergraduate and is based upon Prof. Zwiebach's textbook entitled A First Course in String Theory. Since string theory is quantum mechanics of a relativistic string, the foundations of the subject can be explained to students exposed to both special relativity and basic quantum mechanics. This course develops the aspects of string theory and makes it accessible to students familiar with basic electromagnetism and statistical mechanics.
2005-06-01T00:00:00Z8.282J / 12.402J Introduction to Astronomy, Spring 2003Rappaport, S. A., 1942-Elliot, James, 1943-https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/349412019-09-12T23:12:07Z2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.282J / 12.402J Introduction to Astronomy, Spring 2003
Rappaport, S. A., 1942-; Elliot, James, 1943-
Quantitative introduction to physics of the solar system, stars, interstellar medium, the Galaxy, and Universe, as determined from a variety of astronomical observations and models. Topics: planets, planet formation; stars, the Sun, "normal" stars, star formation; stellar evolution, supernovae, compact objects (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes), plusars, binary X-ray sources; star clusters, globular and open clusters; interstellar medium, gas, dust, magnetic fields, cosmic rays; distance ladder; galaxies, normal and active galaxies, jets; gravitational lensing; large scaling structure; Newtonian cosmology, dynamical expansion and thermal history of the Universe; cosmic microwave background radiation; big-bang nucleosynthesis. No prior knowledge of astronomy necessary. Not usable as a restricted elective by physics majors. Description from course home page: Introduction to Astronomy provides a quantitative introduction to physics of the solar system, stars, interstellar medium, the galaxy, and universe, as determined from a variety of astronomical observations and models. Topics include: planets, planet formation; stars, the Sun, "normal" stars, star formation; stellar evolution, supernovae, compact objects (white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes), plusars, binary X-ray sources; star clusters, globular and open clusters; interstellar medium, gas, dust, magnetic fields, cosmic rays; distance ladder; galaxies, normal and active galaxies, jets; gravitational lensing; large scaling structure; Newtonian cosmology, dynamical expansion and thermal history of the Universe; cosmic microwave background radiation; big-bang nucleosynthesis. No prior knowledge of astronomy necessary.
2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.044 Statistical Physics I, Spring 2003Greytak, Thomas John, 1940-https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/363822019-09-12T17:31:36Z2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.044 Statistical Physics I, Spring 2003
Greytak, Thomas John, 1940-
Introduction to probability, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics. Random variables, joint and conditional probability densities, and functions of a random variable. Concepts of macroscopic variables and thermodynamic equilibrium, fundamental assumption of statistical mechanics, microcanonical and canonical ensembles. First, second, and third laws of thermodynamics. Numerous examples illustrating a wide variety of physical phenomena such as magnetism, polyatomic gases, thermal radiation, electrons in solids, and noise in electronic devices. Concurrent enrollment in 8.04 [Quantum Physics I] is recommended.
2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.592J / HST.452J Statistical Physics in Biology, Spring 2005Mirny, LeonidKardar, Mehranhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/812982019-09-12T22:29:39Z2005-06-01T00:00:00Z8.592J / HST.452J Statistical Physics in Biology, Spring 2005
Mirny, Leonid; Kardar, Mehran
Statistical Physics in Biology is a survey of problems at the interface of statistical physics and modern biology. Topics include: bioinformatic methods for extracting information content of DNA; gene finding, sequence comparison, and phylogenetic trees; physical interactions responsible for structure of biopolymers; DNA double helix, secondary structure of RNA, and elements of protein folding; considerations of force, motion, and packaging; protein motors, membranes. We also look at collective behavior of biological elements, cellular networks, neural networks, and evolution.
2005-06-01T00:00:00Z8.012 Physics I: Classical Mechanics, Fall 2005Chakrabarty, Deeptohttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/467362019-09-13T01:04:44Z2005-12-01T00:00:00Z8.012 Physics I: Classical Mechanics, Fall 2005
Chakrabarty, Deepto
Elementary mechanics, presented at greater depth than in 8.01. Newton's laws, concepts of momentum, energy, angular momentum, rigid body motion, and non-inertial systems. Uses elementary calculus freely. Concurrent registration in a math subject more advanced than 18.01 is recommended. In addition to the theoretical subject matter, several experiments in classical mechanics are performed by the students in the laboratory. Description from course home page: This class is an introduction to classical mechanics for students who are comfortable with calculus. The main topics are: Vectors, Kinematics, Forces, Motion, Momentum, Energy, Angular Motion, Angular Momentum, Gravity, Planetary Motion, Moving Frames, and the Motion of Rigid Bodies.
2005-12-01T00:00:00Z8.324 Relativistic Quantum Field Theory II, Fall 2005Zwiebach, Bartonhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/803192019-09-13T01:11:42Z2005-12-01T00:00:00Z8.324 Relativistic Quantum Field Theory II, Fall 2005
Zwiebach, Barton
This course is the second course of the quantum field theory trimester sequence beginning with Relativistic Quantum Field Theory I (8.323) and ending with Relativistic Quantum Field Theory III (8.325). It develops in depth some of the topics discussed in 8.323 and introduces some advanced material. Topics include functional path integrals, renormalization and renormalization groups, quantization of nonabelian gauge theories, BRST symmetry, renormalization and symmetry breaking, critical exponents and scalar field theory, and perturbation theory anomalies.
2005-12-01T00:00:00Z8.251 String Theory for Undergraduates, Spring 2003Zwiebach, Bartonhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/357452019-09-12T18:38:07Z2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.251 String Theory for Undergraduates, Spring 2003
Zwiebach, Barton
Introduction to the main concepts of string theory to undergraduates. Since string theory is quantum mechanics of a relativistic string, the foundations of the subject can be explained to students exposed to both special relativity (8.033) and basic quantum mechanics (8.05). Subject develops the aspects of string theory and makes it accessible to students familiar with basic electromagnetism (8.02) and statistical mechanics (8.044). This includes the study of D-branes and string thermodynamics.
2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.811 Particle Physics II, Fall 2004Chen, Minhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/368732019-09-12T23:40:50Z2004-12-01T00:00:00Z8.811 Particle Physics II, Fall 2004
Chen, Min
Survey of current research in High Energy Physics. Topics include electron-positron and proton-antiproton collisions; electroweak phenomena, heavy flavor physics, and high-precision tests of the Standard Model. Other topics include searches for new phenomena (compositeness, supersymmetry, and GUTs), discussion of our new experimental results (e.g. the Top Quark), and expectations from future accelerators (B factory, LHC).
2004-12-01T00:00:00Z8.324 Quantum Field Theory II, Fall 2002Hanany, Amihayhttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/352692019-09-12T11:51:25Z2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.324 Quantum Field Theory II, Fall 2002
Hanany, Amihay
Second semester of a three-semester subject sequence on quantum field theory stressing the relativistic quantum field theories relevant to the physics of the Standard Model. Develops in depth some of the topics discussed in 8.323 and introduces some advanced material. Topics: Quantization of nonabelian gauge theories. BRST symmetry. Perturbation theory anomalies. Renormalization and symmetry breaking. The renormalization group. Critical exponents and scalar field theory. Conformal field theory.
2002-12-01T00:00:00Z8.04 Quantum Physics I, Spring 2003Lee, Young S.https://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/346882019-09-13T00:48:49Z2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.04 Quantum Physics I, Spring 2003
Lee, Young S.
Experimental basis of quantum physics: photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, photons, Franck-Hertz experiment, the Bohr atom, electron diffraction, deBroglie waves, and wave-particle duality of matter and light. Introduction to wave mechanics: Schroedinger's equation, wave functions, wave packets, probability amplitudes, stationary states, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle and zero-point energies. Solutions to Schroedinger's equation in one dimension: transmission and reflection at a barrier, barrier penetration, potential wells, the simple harmonic oscillator. Schroedinger's equation in three dimensions: central potentials, and introduction to hydrogenic systems.
2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.08 Statistical Physics II, Spring 2003Wen, Xiao-Ganghttps://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/358992019-09-12T11:53:49Z2003-06-01T00:00:00Z8.08 Statistical Physics II, Spring 2003
Wen, Xiao-Gang
Probability distributions for classical and quantum systems. Microcanonical, canonical, and grand canonical partition-functions and associated thermodynamic potentials. Conditions of thermodynamic equilibrium for homogenous and heterogenous systems. Applications: non-interacting Bose and Fermi gases; mean field theories for real gases, binary mixtures, magnetic systems, polymer solutions; phase and reaction equilibria, critical phenomena. Fluctuations, correlation functions and susceptibilities, and Kubo formulae. Evolution of distribution functions: Boltzmann and Smoluchowski equations.
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