MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP 2013

IAP 2013 Subjects: Physics

Introduction to Special Relativity
Prof. Josh Winn
Mon-Fri, Jan 7-11, 14-18, 22-25, 28-1, 09:30-11:30am, 34-101

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq: GIR:PHY1, GIR:CAL1
Level: U 9 units Standard A - F Grading    REST

Introduces the basic ideas and equations of Einstein's special theory of relativity. Topics include Lorentz transformations, length contraction and time dilation, four vectors, Lorentz invariants, relativistic energy and momentum, relativistic kinematics, Doppler shift, space-time diagrams, relativity paradoxes, and some concepts of general relativity. Intended for freshmen and sophomores. Not usable as a restricted elective by Physics majors. Credit cannot be received for 8.20 if credit for 8.033 is or has been received in the same or prior terms.
Optional recitation sections:

R01 TR 2:00 ? 3:00 Room 4-145
R02 TR 3:00 ? 4:00 Room 4-145
Contact: Josh Winn, 37-664B, 253-5928,

Classical Mechanics II
Pablo Jarillo-Herrero
Mon-Fri, Jan 7-11, 14-18, 22-25, 28-1, 10-11:30am, 2-190

Prereq: GIR:PHY1, GIR:CAL2
Level: U 6 units Standard A - F Grading   

A broad, theoretical treatment of classical mechanics, useful in its own right for treating complex dynamical problems, but essential to understanding the foundations of quantum mechanics and statistical physics. Generalized coordinates, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations, canonical transformations, and Poisson brackets. Applications to continuous media. The relativistic Lagrangian and Maxwell?s equations. Contact: Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, 13-2017, 253-3653,