Introduction to classical mechanics and thermodynamics, focusing on concepts and rigorous problem solving skills. We discuss free fall, projectile motion, Newton's laws, energy, momentum, angular momentum, collisions, rotations, rolling, equilibrium, fluids, gravitation, temperature, thermodynamic energy conservation, and entropy. This course is most suitable for students in the fields of engineering and science.
Introduction to electromagnetic and optical phenomena, including electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic waves, Maxwell's equations, electric circuits, optical imaging, interference and diffraction. This course is most suitable for students in the fields of engineering and science.
Introduction to the principles and methods of physical reasoning, for pre-professional students in fields such as medicine and architecture and for any students interested in learning physics and strengthening their problem solving and critical thinking skills. This is a rigorous, quantitative course, requiring a solid knowledge of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, and a basic facility with differentiation and integration. We discuss the concepts of measurement and order-of-magnitude, and many aspects of motion such as free fall, projectile motion, rotation, forces, equilibrium, energy and momentum conservation, and oscillations. We also cover topics such as fluids, waves, and sound.
Principles and techniques essential for research in and appreciation of modern atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) physics. We focus on the interactions of light and atoms, and discuss magnetic and optical resonance, precise laser spectroscopy, cooling and trapping of atoms, and the interface with condensed matter physics. This course is strongly recommended for all graduate students interested in pursuing AMO or condensed matter physics research. This course is also accessible to advanced undergraduates who have mastered one year of quantum mechanics.