Courses

Fall 2009

Physics 11a. Mechanics
Catalog Number: 3131
Joao Pedro Guimaraes Da Costa and Markus Greiner
Half course (fall term). Tu., Th., 11:30–1; and a weekly 90-minute section to be arranged. EXAM GROUP: 13, 14
Physics 11a is the first half of a one-year physics sequence. It introduces classical mechanics, including the laws of conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum; translational motion of particles, rigid bodies, and fluids; rotational motion of rigid bodies; and description of waves. Physics 11a may be taken by students who have taken or who are concurrently taking Math 1b. Calculus is used routinely but the emphasis is placed on the basic concepts.
Note: Physics 11a may not be taken for credit by students who have passed Physics 15a or 16. This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for Science of the Physical Universe or the Core area requirement for Science A.

Spring 2009

Physics 11b. Electricity, Magnetism, and Waves
Catalog Number: 5472
Charles M. Marcus and Markus Greiner
Half course (spring term). Tu., Th., 9:30–11. EXAM GROUP: 11, 12
Physics 11b is the second half of a one-year physics sequence. It covers the basic phenomena of electricity and magnetism, elements of circuits with selected applications, Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves, and a brief introduction to quantum physics.
Note: May not be taken for credit by students who have passed Physics 15b or Physics 15c. This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the Core area requirement for Science A.
Prerequisite: Physics 11a; Mathematics 21a or 23a.

Fall 2008

Physics 175. Quantum Electronics and Modern Optics
Catalog Number: 9076
Markus Greiner
Half course (fall term). W., F., 1:30–3. EXAM GROUP: 6, 7
Introduction to quantum electronics (laser physics) and modern optical physics aimed at advanced undergraduates. Review of electromagnetic theory and relevant aspects of quantum mechanics. Wave nature of light. Physics of basic optical elements. Propagation of focused beams, optical resonators, dielectric waveguides. Interaction of light with matter. Lasers. Physics of specific laser systems. Introduction to nonlinear optics. Modern applications.
Prerequisite: Physics 15b, 15c, 143a, or permission of the instructor.

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