91199 |
PHYS 118 A Light and
Color |
TBA |
M . W . . |
1:30 -3:30 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. Class size: 24
91200 |
PHYS 118 B Light and
Color |
TBA |
. T . Th . |
1:30 -3:30 pm |
ROSE 108 |
SCI |
See above. Class size: 24
91561 |
PHYS 124
Climate Change |
Gidon Eshel Lab: |
M . W .
. M . W .
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3:10 - 4:30 pm 12:00 – 2:00 pm |
RKC 103 Albee 100 |
SCI |
Cross-listed: Environmental & Urban Studies 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).
91201 |
PHYS 141
Introduction to Physics I |
Matthew Deady Lab A: Lab B: Lab C: |
M . W . F M . . . . . T . . . . T . . . |
8:30 -9:50 am 1:00 -3:00 pm 1:00 -3:00 pm 3:10 -5:10 pm |
HEG 102 HEG 107 HEG 107 HEG 107 |
SCI |
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. Class size: 40
91202 |
PHYS 221
Mathematical Methods I |
Matthew Deady |
. . . . F |
1:00 -2:50 pm |
HEG 106 |
MATC |
(2 credits) This course presents methods of mathematics that are useful in the physical sciences. While some proofs and demonstrations are given, the emphasis is on the applications. This semester’s topics include: power series, probability and statistics, multi-variable differentiation and integration, and curvilinear coordinate systems. Prerequisites: MATH 141-142, or equivalent. Class size: 15
91221 |
PHYS 241
Modern Physics |
Matthew Deady Lab: |
. . W . F M . . . . |
3:10 -4:30 pm 3:10 -4:30 pm |
HEG 106 |
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. Class size: 20
91203 |
PHYS 314
Thermal Physics |
Peter Skiff |
. . W . F |
10:10 - 11:30 am |
HEG 201 |
SCI |
This course studies the thermal behavior of physical systems, employing thermodynamics, kinetic theory, and statistical mechanics. Thermodynamical topics include equations of state, energy and entropy, and the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Both classical and quantum statistical mechanics are covered, including distribution functions, partition functions, and the quantum statistics of Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein systems. Applications include atoms, molecules, gases, liquids, solids, and phase transitions. Prerequisites: Physics 141-142, Mathematics 141-142.
Class size: 15