OSPPARIS 53: Electricity, Magnetism and Optics with Laboratory
How are electric and magnetic fields generated by static and moving charges, and what are their applications? How is light related to electromagnetic waves? Represent and analyze electric and magnetic fields to understand electric circuits, motors, and generators. Wave nature of light to explain interference, diffraction, and polarization phenomena; geometric optics to understand how lenses and mirrors form images. Workings and limitations of optical systems such as the eye, corrective vision, cameras, telescopes, and microscopes. Discussions based on the language of algebra and trigonometry. An integrated version of
Physics 23 and 24, targeted to premedical students who are studying abroad with integrated labs. Prerequisite:
PHYSICS 21 or 21S. This course meets the STEM track requirement for the Paris Program during Winter Quarter 20192020.
Terms: Win

Units: 5

UG Reqs: WAYSMA

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors:
Desprat, N. (PI)
OSPSANTG 43: Structure and Shape: From the Colonial Past to the Present
Considering the architectural remnants of South America¿s colonial past, explore how elegant shapes such as arches, vaults and domes stem from structural considerations, the perfect marriage of beauty and function. Through the ages up to today¿s structures, which in Santiago are designed to withstand strong earthquakes. Basic ideas on strength of materials and structural mechanics. Lectures, handson experiments and designs, discussions, and visits to landmark structures.
Terms: Sum

Units: 3

UG Reqs: WAYSMA

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors:
Lew, A. (PI)
OSPSANTG 58: Living Chile: A Land of Extremes
Physical, ecological, and human geography of Chile. Perceptions of the Chilean territory and technologies of study. Flora, fauna, and human adaptations to regional environments. Guest lectures; field trips; workshops.
Terms: Spr, Sum

Units: 5

UG Reqs: GER:DBEngrAppSci, WAYSMA

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors:
Reid, S. (PI)
PEDS 51N: How Discovery and Innovation Have Transformed Medicine
Topics include the science behind vaccines and why some refuse vaccination, how antibiotics are discovered and what can be done about increasing resistance to antibiotics, stem cells and their potential use, the role of genomics in modern medicine, development of drugs to treat HIV/AIDS, discovery of surfactant, personal responsibility in health and wellness and how technology relates to the "cost conundrum" of healthcare in the U.S. Appreciate important connections between science, discovery and human health and think critically about the potential impact of new discoveries on life and death, and their ethical and spiritual boundaries.
Terms: not given this year, last offered Spring 2016

Units: 3

UG Reqs: WAYSMA

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
PHIL 165: Philosophy of Physics: Space, Time and Motion (PHIL 265)
Graduate students register for 265. The problem of absolute vs. relative motion from Descartes, Newton and Leibniz to Einstein and beyond. The principle of relativity: space and time to spacetime. Mach¿s critique of Newton, his agenda to relativize inertia and its influence on Einstein in formulating the general theory of relativity. Spacetime substantivalism and relationalism. The seeming conflict of determinism and general covariance in Einstein¿s Lochbetrachtung. ¿Background independence¿ as a requirement for fundamental physical theory.nNOTE:
Phil 165/265 alternates topics yearly between "Philosophical Issues in Quantum Mechanics" and "Philosophical Problems of Space, Time and Motion". The course may be repeated with a different subject matter. nnIn Winter 201718, the subject is ""Philosophical Issues in QM"nnI. TOPICS: After introducing a simplified version of Dirac's 'braket' vector space formalism for the quantum state (a.k.a. function), the first third of the term is a his
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Graduate students register for 265. The problem of absolute vs. relative motion from Descartes, Newton and Leibniz to Einstein and beyond. The principle of relativity: space and time to spacetime. Mach¿s critique of Newton, his agenda to relativize inertia and its influence on Einstein in formulating the general theory of relativity. Spacetime substantivalism and relationalism. The seeming conflict of determinism and general covariance in Einstein¿s Lochbetrachtung. ¿Background independence¿ as a requirement for fundamental physical theory.nNOTE:
Phil 165/265 alternates topics yearly between "Philosophical Issues in Quantum Mechanics" and "Philosophical Problems of Space, Time and Motion". The course may be repeated with a different subject matter. nnIn Winter 201718, the subject is ""Philosophical Issues in QM"nnI. TOPICS: After introducing a simplified version of Dirac's 'braket' vector space formalism for the quantum state (a.k.a. function), the first third of the term is a historical overview of Heisenberg's uncertainty relations, waveparticle duality, the problem of quantum measurement, and the nonclassical nature of spin. We survey the treatment of these issues within Bohr's doctrine of complementarity and the socalled Copenhagen interpretation of QM. We review Einstein's several arguments for the incompleteness of QM, leading up to the famous EPR (EinsteinPodolskyRosen) paper of 1935, the resulting issue of quantum entanglement as discussed by Einstein and Schrödinger, and the complexities of Bohr's response to EPR. In the second third of the term, we examine a wellknown 'no go' theorem on EPRtype experimental setups stemming from Bell in the 1960s, according to which no hidden variables theory satisfying a certain locality condition (apparently assumed by EPR) can reproduce all the predictions of QM. In the last third, we survey current variations of, or interpretive options for, standard QM: Bohmian mechanics (a.k.a. pilot wave theory), spontaneous collapse theories, and Everett's relativestate interpretation with its many worlds/ many minds variants. We end by scrutinizing the recent decoherence program (a.k.a.localization induced by the scattering of environmental particles) that purports to explain the quantumtoclassical transition, i.e., the emergence of the world of classical physics and macroscopic objects and properties from quantum physics. We consider whether decoherence is justifiably viewed as solving the quantum measurement problem. nnII. PREREQUISITES: No detailed knowledge of quantum physics or advanced mathematics is presumed. Some background in philosophy, natural science or mathematics will be helpful. Students will benefit from possession of a modicum of mathematical maturity (roughly equivalent to a familiarity with elementary singlevariable calculus or the metatheory of firstorder logic).
Terms: Win

Units: 4

UG Reqs: GER:DBHum, WAYAII, WAYSMA

Repeatable for credit

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors:
Ryckman, T. (PI)
;
Zweber, A. (TA)
PHYSICS 14N: Quantum Information: Visions and Emerging Technologies
What sets quantum information apart from its classical counterpart is that it can be encoded nonlocally, woven into correlations among multiple qubits in a phenomenon known as entanglement. We will discuss paradigms for harnessing entanglement to solve hitherto intractable computational problems or to push the precision of sensors to their fundamental quantum mechanical limits. We will also examine challenges that physicists and engineers are tackling in the laboratory today to enable the quantum technologies of the future.
Terms: not given this year, last offered Spring 2018

Units: 3

UG Reqs: WAYFR, WAYSMA

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
PHYSICS 15: Stars and Planets in a Habitable Universe
Is the Earth unique in our galaxy? Students learn how stars and our galaxy have evolved and how this produces planets and the conditions suitable for life. Discussion of the motion of the night sky and how telescopes collect and analyze light. The lifecycle of stars from birth to death, and the end products of that life cycle  from dense stellar corpses to supernova explosions. Course covers recent discoveries of extrasolar planets  those orbiting stars beyond our sun  and the ultimate quest for other Earths. Intended to be accessible to nonscience majors, material is explored quantitatively with problem sets using basic algebra and numerical estimates. Sky observing exercise and observatory field trips supplement the classroom work.
Terms: Aut, Sum

Units: 3

UG Reqs: GER: DBNatSci, WAYSMA

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
PHYSICS 16: The Origin and Development of the Cosmos
How did the present Universe come to be? The last few decades have seen remarkable progress in understanding this ageold question. Course will cover the history of the Universe from its earliest moments to the present day, and the physical laws that govern its evolution. The early Universe including inflation and the creation of matter and the elements. Recent discoveries in our understanding of the makeup of the cosmos, including dark matter and dark energy. Evolution of galaxies, clusters, and quasars, and the Universe as a whole. Implications of dark matter and dark energy for the future evolution of the cosmos. Intended to be accessible to nonscience majors, material is explored quantitatively with problem sets using basic algebra and numerical estimates.
Terms: Win, Sum

Units: 3

UG Reqs: GER: DBNatSci, WAYSMA

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors:
Allafort, A. (PI)
;
Gill, M. (PI)
;
Wechsler, R. (PI)
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Instructors:
Allafort, A. (PI)
;
Gill, M. (PI)
;
Wechsler, R. (PI)
;
McLaughlin, S. (TA)
;
Nadler, E. (TA)
PHYSICS 17: Black Holes and Extreme Astrophysics
Black holes represent an extreme frontier of astrophysics. Course will explore the most fundamental and universal force  gravity  and how it controls the fate of astrophysical objects, leading in some cases to black holes. How we discover and determine the properties of black holes and their environment. How black holes and their event horizons are used to guide thinking about mysterious phenomena such as Hawking radiation, wormholes, and quantum entanglement. How black holes generate gravitational waves and powerful jets of particles and radiation. Other extreme objects such as pulsars. Relevant physics, including relativity, is introduced and treated at the algebraic level. No prior physics or calculus is required, although some deep thinking about space, time, and matter is important in working through assigned problems.
Terms: Spr

Units: 3

UG Reqs: GER: DBNatSci, WAYSMA

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors:
Blandford, R. (PI)
;
Yu, C. (TA)
PHYSICS 18N: Frontiers in Theoretical Physics and Cosmology
Preference to freshmen. The course will begin with a description of the current standard models of gravitation, cosmology, and elementary particle physics. We will then focus on frontiers of current understanding including investigations of very early universe cosmology, string theory, and the physics of black holes.
Terms: Win

Units: 3

UG Reqs: GER: DBNatSci, WAYSMA

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors:
Kallosh, R. (PI)
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