|Week 1: 8/28||The size of the solar system and Galileo||l1 and slides. Based on M. Fowler's Lecture 5.|
|Week 2: 9/XX||The motion of the stars and planets||l2a, l2b, l2c, slides. Based on M. Fowler's Lectures 4 and 18 .|
|Week 3: 9/18||Galileo and Accelrating Bodies||Based on M. Fowler's Lectures 15,16,17|
|Week 4: 9/25||Law of Gravitation, Derivation of Kepler, Precession of the Perihelion of Mercury, First hint of GR||l4a, l4b, l4c, l4d, typed notes, l4_slides|
|Week 5: 10/2||The makings of General Relativity||l5a l5b l5c l5_slides|
|Week 6: 10/9||More distance measures and Special Relativity||l6_typed_notes relativity_note l6_slides|
|Week 7: 10/16||Review and more General Relativity||l7a l7b l7c l7_slides and notes|
|Week 8: 10/23||Final bit of GR, standard candles, shape of the galaxy, the expanding universe||l8_slides_and_scans|
|Week 9: 10/30||NO CLASS DUE TO HURRICANE|
|Week 10: 11/6||Type Ia supernova and end of greatness||l9|
|Week 11: 11/13||The accelerating universe and black body radiation||l10 and l11|
|Week 12: 11/20||Accelerating universe -- Black body radiation||l10 and l11|
|Week 13: 11/27||The cosmic microwave background||l12|
|Week 14: 12/04||Reionization and the Gunn-Peterson Trough||l13|
This course is an attempt to explain with minimal mathematics the physics of today. We will start with human size physics -- classical mechanics. Then we will discuss ever smaller length scales, placing the recent discoveries of the Higgs Boson into context. Then we will study the physics at ever larger length scales, discussing Einstein's theory of special and general relativity. Finally we will survey modern cosmology and discuss the experimental basis for dark energy and dark matter.
The course will start with Gallileo and Newton and basic notions of momentum and energy will be introduced. A minimal number Physics 121 type problems in mechanics will be assigned to build a common language.
Your grade will be based on
|First Four HW||33%|
|Last two HW and take home final||33%|
Finally, I will examine your in class work to decide borderline cases.
The class meets Tuesday in Physics 116.
Please feel free to contact me at anytime. My official office hours are,
The final exam is on Tuesday, December 18 from 11:15--1:45 p.m in P116.
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