MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP 2014

IAP 2014 Subjects: Physics

Introduction to Special Relativity
Prof. Markus Klute
Mon-Fri, Jan 6-10, 13-17, 21-24, 27-31, 03-04:30pm, 26-152

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 4:30 to 5:00 Room 26-152
Contact: Markus Klute, 24-508, 253-1589,

Classical Mechanics II
Pablo Jarillo-Herrero
Mon-Fri, Jan 6-10, 13-17, 21-24, 27-31, 10-11:30am, 54-100

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
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.
R01 MTWRF 1:00 - 2:00 room 8-205
Contact: Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, 13-2017, 253-3653,

Introduction to Particle Accelerators
Dr. Barletta
Mon-Fri, Jan 20-24, 27-31, 09am-05:00pm, Knoxville, Tennessee

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 01-Oct-2013
Prereq: 6.013 or 8.07; permission of instructor
Level: U 8 units Standard A - F Grading Can be repeated for credit   

Principles of acceleration: beam properties; linear accelerators, synchrotrons, and storage rings. Accelerator technologies: radio frequency cavities, bending and focusing magnets, beam diagnostics. Particle beam optics and dynamics. Special topics: measures of accelerators performance in science, medicine and industry; synchrotron radiation sources; free electron lasers; high-energy colliders; and accelerators for radiation therapy. May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 units. Contact: Dr. Barletta,