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8.334 Statistical Mechanics II, Spring 2003
(200306)A twosemester 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, ... 
8.282J / 12.402J Introduction to Astronomy, Spring 2003
(200306)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, ... 
8.323 Relativistic Quantum Field Theory I, Spring 2003
(200306)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, ... 
8.851 Strong Interactions, Spring 2003
(200306)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, ... 
8.04 Quantum Physics I, Spring 2003
(200306)Experimental basis of quantum physics: photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, photons, FranckHertz experiment, the Bohr atom, electron diffraction, deBroglie waves, and waveparticle duality of matter and light. ... 
8.06 Quantum Physics III, Spring 2003
(200306)Continuation of 8.05. Units: natural units, scales of microscopic phenomena, applications. Timeindependent approximation methods: degenerate and nondegenerate perturbation theory, variational method, BornOppenheimer ... 
8.01 Physics I, Fall 2003
(200312)Physics I is a firstyear physics course which introduces students to classical mechanics. Topics include: space and time; straightline kinematics; motion in a plane; forces and equilibrium; experimental basis of Newton's ... 
8.033 Relativity, Fall 2003
(200312)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 ... 
8.512 Theory of Solids II, Spring 2004
(200406)Second term of a theoretical treatment of the physics of solids. Interacting electron gas: manybody formulation, Feynman diagrams, random phase approximation and beyond. General theory of linear response: dielectric ... 
8.286 The Early Universe, Spring 2004
(200406)The Early Universe provides an introduction to modern cosmology. The first half deals with the development of the bigbang theory from 1915 to 1980, and latter half with recent impact of particle theory. 
8.334 Statistical Mechanics II: Statistical Mechanics of Fields, Spring 2004
(200406)A twosemester 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, ... 
8.044 Statistical Physics I, Spring 2004
(200406)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 ... 
8.701 Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics, Spring 2004
(200406)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. 
8.01T Physics I, Fall 2004
(200412)This freshmanlevel 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 tabletop experiments utilizing ... 
8.05 Quantum Physics II, Fall 2004
(200412)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, ... 
8.09 Classical Mechanics II, Fall 2004
(200412)Formal introduction to classical mechanics, EulerLagrange equations, Hamilton's equations of motion used to describe central force motion, scattering, perturbation theory and Noether's theorem. Extension to continuous and ... 
8.811 Particle Physics II, Fall 2004
(200412)Survey of current research in High Energy Physics. Topics include electronpositron and protonantiproton collisions; electroweak phenomena, heavy flavor physics, and highprecision tests of the Standard Model. Other topics ... 
8.20 Introduction to Special Relativity, January IAP 2005
(2005)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, ... 
8.251 String Theory for Undergraduates, Spring 2005
(200506)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 ... 
8.422 Atomic and Optical Physics II, Spring 2005
(200506)This is the second of a twosemester 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 ...