99288

PHYS 118 A Light and Color

Burton Brody

M T . . .

10:30 - 12:30 pm

ROSE 108

SCI

An introduction to light, optical phenomena, and related devices, including some historical perspective; classical and modern models of light; light and color in nature, and vision; the geometrical optics of lenses, mirrors, and related devices; the physical optics of interference and diffraction; spectroscopy and polarization; lasers, and holography. Without assuming either prior knowledge of physics or heavier mathematics, we will develop models and explore them in intermixed lecture -discussion and experiment-demonstration modes.

 

99289

PHYS 118 B Light and Color

Burton Brody

M T . . .

1:30 -3:30 pm

ROSE 108

SCI

See above.

 

99488

PHYS 124 Climate Change

Gidon Eshel

. T . Th .

9:00 10:20 am

OLINLC 115

SCI

 

 

 

. T . Th .

1:00 2:20 pm

ALBEE 100

 

This lab course explores the physical principles underlying climate and anthropogenic climate change. We will start with a survey of the most compelling lines of evidence for climate change, how they are obtained/derived and some of their limitations. We will then discuss in some depth idealized one-dimensional planetary radiative and thermal balance, first in the absence of an atmosphere, and then in the presence of a radiatively active one, with variable number of layers. In this context, it will become interesting to explore atmospheric opacity with respect to various radiative types, and what natural and anthropogenic effects affect this opacity. A related topic will be natural feedbacks, such as water vapor and could feedbacks. We will next place current (modern) observations of climate change in the broader context of past climates, emphasizing the last couple millennia, hundreds of millennia, and finally the ten million-year scale geological record. We will conclude the course with some discussion about the objective of a successful policy mitigation efforts, and their implementation obstacles. While not technical per se, participation in this course does require the ability to solve a couple of linear algebraic equations (like solving x + 4 = 2y and 2x - 3y = 6 for x and y) and to perform some very basic manipulation of data and plot the results (using, e.g., Microsoft's Excel).

 

99285

PHYS 141 Introduction to Physics I

Christian Bracher

M . W . F

10:30 - 11:50 am

HEG 102

SCI

 

 

Lab A:

M . . . .

1:30 -3:30 pm

HEG 107

 

 

 

Lab B:

M . . . .

4:00 -6:00 pm

HEG 107

 

 

 

Lab C:

. T . . .

1:30 -3:30 pm

HEG 107

 

A calculus-based survey of Physics. This first semester covers topics in mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, and wave motion. The course stresses ideas--the unifying principles and characteristic models of physics. Labs develop the crucial ability to elicit understanding of the physical world. Corequisite: MATH 141. This course has three Lab options.

 

99287

PHYS 303 Mechanics

Peter Skiff

. . W . F

10:30 - 12:00 pm

ROSE 108

SCI

Particle kinematics and dynamics in one, two, and three dimensions. Conservation laws, coordinate transformations, and problem‑solving techniques in differential equations, vector calculus, and linear algebra. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation of dynamics. Prerequisites: Physics 141‑142, Mathematics 141‑142.

 

99286

PHYS 321 Modern Physics

Burton Brody /

Christian Bracher

. . W . F

2:20 -4:20 pm

ROSE 108

SCI

A topical course in the development of modern physics from the theory of relativity to quantum mechanics. Relativity, photoelectric effect, X‑ray production and scattering, nuclear transmutation, alpha and beta radiation processes, particles and quasiparticles. Prerequisites: Physics 141‑142, Mathematics 141-142.