PHYSICS 96N: Harmony and the Universe
Harmony is a multifaceted concept that has profoundly connects music, mathematics, physics, philosophy, physiology, and psychology. We will explore the evolution of our understanding of harmony and its immediate application in the function of musical instruments, and employ it as a nexus to understand its role in revolutionary scientific advances in gravity, relativity, quantum mechanics, and cosmology. In these explorations, we will examine some of the fundamental mathematical tools which provide us our current understanding of harmony. We will also see how the some concepts surrounding harmony are in tension, if not conflict, and how some great thinkers have followed them down down blind alleys and dead ends. The aim of the course is to show the enormous consequences of harmony in the evolution of our understanding of the universe, and how science itself progresses in fits, starts, and setbacks as old ideas intermingle with new developments. We will also see how objective/quantitative aspects of harmony interact with subjective/qualitative considerations, and how cultural perspectives and prejudices can affect the progression of science.
Terms: Spr

Units: 3

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
PHYSICS 100: Introduction to Observational Astrophysics
Designed for undergraduate physics majors but open to all students with a calculusbased physics background and some laboratory and coding experience. Students make and analyze observations using the telescopes at the Stanford Student Observatory. Topics covered include navigating the night sky, the physics of stars and galaxies, telescope instrumentation and operation, imaging and spectroscopic techniques, quantitative error analysis, and effective scientific communication. The course concludes with an independent project where student teams propose and execute an observational astronomy project of their choosing, using techniques learned in class to gather and analyze their data, and presenting their findings in the forms of professionalstyle oral presentations and research papers. Enrollment by permission. To get a permission number please complete form:
http://web.stanford.edu/~elva/physics100prelim.fb If you have not heard from us by the beginning of class, please come to the first class session.
Terms: Spr

Units: 4

UG Reqs: GER: DBNatSci, WAYAQR, WAYSMA

Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
PHYSICS 108: Advanced Physics Laboratory: Project
Have you ever gotten to come up with a scientific question you'd like to explore, then worked with a small group to plan, design, build, and carry out an experiment to pursue this? Most projects pursued (drawn from condensed matter or particle physics) have never before been done in the class. This is an accelerated, guided "simulation" of real frontier experimental research. We provide substantial resources to help your team. Prerequisites
PHYSICS 105,
PHYSICS 107.
PHYSICS 130 preferred.
Terms: Spr

Units: 5

UG Reqs: WAYAQR, WAYSMA

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors:
GoldhaberGordon, D. (PI)
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Holland, C. (TA)
PHYSICS 113: Computational Physics
Numerical methods for solving problems in mechanics, astrophysics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics. Methods include numerical integration; solutions of ordinary and partial differential equations; solutions of the diffusion equation, Laplace's equation and Poisson's equation with various methods; statistical methods including Monte Carlo techniques; matrix methods and eigenvalue problems. Short introduction to Python, which is used for class examples and active learning notebooks; independent class projects make up more than half of the grade and may be programmed in any language such as C, Python or Matlab. No Prerequisites but some previous programming experience is advisable.
Terms: Spr

Units: 4

UG Reqs: GER: DBNatSci, WAYAQR, WAYFR

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors:
Cabrera, B. (PI)
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Hazelton, R. (SI)
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Bentsen, G. (TA)
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Cabrera, B. (PI)
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Hazelton, R. (SI)
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Bentsen, G. (TA)
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Markovic, O. (TA)
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Periwal, A. (TA)
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Yu, T. (TA)
PHYSICS 121: Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism II
Conservation laws and electromagnetic waves, Poynting's theorem, tensor formulation, potentials and fields. Plane wave problems (free space, conductors and dielectric materials, boundaries). Dipole and quadruple radiation. Special relativity and transformation between electric and magnetic fields. Prerequisites: PHYS 120 and PHYS 111 or
MATH 131P or
MATH 173; Recommended: PHYS 112.
Terms: Spr

Units: 4

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
PHYSICS 131: Quantum Mechanics II
Identical particles; Fermi and Bose statistics. Timeindependent perturbation theory. Fine structure, the Zeeman effect and hyperfine splitting in the hydrogen atom. Timedependent perturbation theory. Variational principle and WKB approximation. Prerequisite:
PHYSICS 120,
PHYSICS 130,
PHYSICS 111 or
MATH 131P, or
MATH 173. Pre or corequisite:
PHYSICS 121.
Terms: Spr

Units: 4

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
PHYSICS 152: Introduction to Particle Physics I (PHYSICS 252)
Elementary particles and the fundamental forces. Quarks and leptons. The mediators of the electromagnetic, weak and strong interactions. Interaction of particles with matter; particle acceleration, and detection techniques. Symmetries and conservation laws. Bound states. Decay rates. Cross sections. Feynman diagrams. Introduction to Feynman integrals. The Dirac equation. Feynman rules for quantum electrodynamics and for chromodynamics. Undergraduates register for
PHYSICS 152. Graduate students register for
PHYSICS 252. (Graduate students will be required to complete additional assignments in a format determined by the instructor.) Prerequisite:
PHYSICS 130. Pre or corequisite:
PHYSICS 131.
Terms: Spr

Units: 3

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors:
Tompkins, L. (PI)
;
Cheong, S. (TA)
PHYSICS 161: Introduction to Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics (PHYSICS 261)
What do we know about the physical origins, content, and evolution of the Universe  and how do we know it? Students learn how cosmological distances and times, and the geometry and expansion of space, are described and measured. Composition of the Universe. Origin of matter and the elements. Observational evidence for dark matter and dark energy. Thermal history of the Universe, from inflation to the present. Emergence of largescale structure from quantum perturbations in the early Universe. Astrophysical tools used to learn about the Universe. Big open questions in cosmology. Undergraduates register for
Physics 161. Graduates register for
Physics 261. (Graduate students will be required to complete additional assignments in a format determined by the instructor.) Prerequisite:
PHYSICS 121 or equivalent.
Terms: Spr

Units: 3

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors:
Michelson, P. (PI)
PHYSICS 172: Solid State Physics (APPPHYS 272)
Introduction to the properties of solids. Crystal structures and bonding in materials. Momentumspace analysis and diffraction probes. Lattice dynamics, phonon theory and measurements, thermal properties. Electronic structure theory, classical and quantum; free, nearlyfree, and tightbinding limits. Electron dynamics and basic transport properties; quantum oscillations. Properties and applications of semiconductors. Reduceddimensional systems. Undergraduates should register for
PHYSICS 172 and graduate students for
APPPHYS 272. Prerequisites:
PHYSICS 170 and
PHYSICS 171, or equivalents.
Terms: Spr

Units: 3

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors:
Hwang, H. (PI)
;
Kapitulnik, A. (PI)
PHYSICS 190: Independent Research and Study
Undergraduate research in experimental or theoretical physics under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisites: superior work as an undergraduate Physics major and consent of instructor.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum

Units: 19

Repeatable for credit

Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors:
Abel, T. (PI)
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Akerib, D. (PI)
;
Allen, S. (PI)
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Baer, T. (PI)
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Blandford, R. (PI)
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Block, S. (PI)
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Bucksbaum, P. (PI)
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Burchat, P. (PI)
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Burke, D. (PI)
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Byer, R. (PI)
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Cabrera, B. (PI)
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Chang, H. (PI)
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Diehn, M. (PI)
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Dimopoulos, S. (PI)
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Doniach, S. (PI)
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Drell, P. (PI)
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Feldman, B. (PI)
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Fisher, G. (PI)
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Fisher, I. (PI)
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Glenzer, S. (PI)
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GoldhaberGordon, D. (PI)
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Graham, P. (PI)
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Gratta, G. (PI)
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Hartnoll, S. (PI)
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Hayden, P. (PI)
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Hogan, J. (PI)
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Hollberg, L. (PI)
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Irwin, K. (PI)
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Kachru, S. (PI)
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Kahn, S. (PI)
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Kapitulnik, A. (PI)
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Kasevich, M. (PI)
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Kuo, C. (PI)
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Lev, B. (PI)
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Lipa, J. (PI)
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Macintosh, B. (PI)
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Manoharan, H. (PI)
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Maxim, P. (PI)
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McGehee, M. (PI)
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Moler, K. (PI)
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Palanker, D. (PI)
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Pande, V. (PI)
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Perl, M. (PI)
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Petrosian, V. (PI)
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Su, D. (PI)
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Susskind, L. (PI)
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Suzuki, Y. (PI)
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Tanaka, H. (PI)
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Tantawi, S. (PI)
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Vasy, A. (PI)
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