91785 
PHYS 124
Climate
Change 
Gidon Eshel

T Th 10:10
am11:30 am 
HDR
106 
LS 
SCI 
Crosslisted: 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 onedimensional
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 millionyear scale geological record. We will conclude the
course with some discussion about the objective of 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). Class size: 24
LAB OPTIONS:
(register separately)
91786 
PHYS 124
LBA Climate
Change Lab 
Gidon Eshel

T 2:00
pm4:00 pm 
ALBEE
100 
LS 
SCI 
Class size: 12
91787 
PHYS 124
LBB Climate
Change Lab 
Gidon Eshel

T 4:01
pm6:00 pm 
ALBEE
100 
LS 
SCI 
Class size: 12
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91788 
PHYS 141
I Introduction
to Physics I 
Matthew Deady

M W F 8:30
am9:50 am 
HEG
102 
LS 
SCI 
A calculusbased survey of Physics. This first semester covers topics in
mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, and wave motion. The course stresses ideasthe 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 four Lab
options, see below. Class size: 24
91789 
PHYS 141
II Introduction
to Physics I 
Antonios Kontos

M W F 10:10
am11:30 am 
HEG
102 
LS 
SCI 
See above. Class size: 24
LAB OPTIONS: (register
separately)
91790 
PHYS 141
LBA Intro to
Physics I Lab 
Matthew Deady

M 1:00
pm3:00 pm 
HEG
107 


Class size: 12
91791 
PHYS 141
LBB Intro to Physics
I Lab 
Matthew Deady

M 3:10
pm5:10 pm 
HEG
107 


Class size: 12
91792 
PHYS 141
LBC Intro to
Physics I Lab 
Antonios Kontos 
T 1:00
pm3:00 pm 
HEG
107 


Class size: 12
91793 
PHYS 141
LBD Intro to
Physics I Lab 
Matthew Deady 
T 3:10
pm5:10 pm 
HEG
107 


Class size: 12
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91794 
PHYS 221
Mathematical
Methods I 
Matthew Deady
Lab: 
T Th 8:30
am9:50 am Th
1:30 pm2:50 pm 
HEG
106 HEG
107 
MC 
MATC 
This course presents mathematical methods that are
useful in the physical sciences. While some proofs and demonstrations are
given, the emphasis is on the applications. Topics include: complex functions,
vector spaces, matrices, coordinate transformations, power series, probability
and statistics, and multivariable differentiation and integration.
Prerequisites: Mathematics 141142, or equivalent, and strong preparation in
physics comparable to Physics 141. Class size: 12
91795 
PHYS 241
Modern
Physics 
Paul CaddenZimansky
Lab: 
M W F 1:30
pm2:50 pm W 3:00
pm4:00 pm 
HEG
106 HEG
107 
LS 
SCI 
An extension of introductory physics
concentrating on developments in physics that stem from the theory of
relativity, quantum mechanics, and
statistical
mechanics. A major focus will be
understanding classical and quantum waves, but there will also be overviews of
particle physics,
nuclear
physics, optical and molecular physics, condensed matter physics, astronomy,
and cosmology. Prerequisites: Physics 141142 and
Mathematics 141142. Class
size: 16
91796 
PHYS 314
Thermal
Physics 
Paul CaddenZimansky

M W F 10:10
am11:30 am 
HEG
106 
MC 
MATC 
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 FermiDirac and BoseEinstein
systems. Applications include atoms, molecules, gases, liquids, solids,
and phase transitions. Prerequisites: Physics 141142, Mathematics 141142. Class size: 16