PHYSICS 9HB
winter 2003
Joe Kiskis
jekiskis@ucdavis.edu
PHYSICS is FUN
(at least occasionally)
Einstein as
young rake
This course uses the honor system. You are on your honor to follow the
Code of Academic Conduct
.
Documents for the course:
Course goals
Introduction
If your grade in Physics 9HA was C+ or below or if you were not in Physics 9HA, fall 2002, please read
this
.
How to read physics
.
Readings
Problem sets
Labs
A note on
Unstable particles
.
The
pion decay
example.
Variational principles and physics
.
Lorentz transformation and geometry
ppt
or
pdf
.
Four-vector notation and the metric.
The
Lorentz transformation
in four-vector notation.
Weird units
.
Momentum 4-vector notation
.
General relativity and cosmology
by Dr. R. Harris.
Gravity and Geometry
.
Cosmology
.
Midterm info
.
Winter 2001 midterm
.
First law stuff
.
Foundations
.
Stat. mech. and thermo. main points
.
Photon statistical mechanics and blackbody radiation
.
Blackbody emission
.
More cosmology
.
Winter 2001 final
.
Final information
.
Archive
of messages to class list.
The program StatMech from the text author (T. Moore) is available at the bottom of the list of programs on this
page
.
Links to interesting sites:
Great new cosmology data from the MAP spacecraft
Alternative donut view: Try
this
.
(If doesn't work for you, go to My UCDavis and get to the NY Times and then to the Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2003 science section.)
Cosmology links
collected by Professor Albrecht.
Cosmology.
A nice, readable article on
inflation
by Alan Guth.
A Sober Assessment of Cosmology at the New Millennium
by M. Turner
Read about high energy physics (my research area) and, at the same time, do a non-trivial test of our PDF compatability
here
. (This requires a
PDF reader
, which can be stand-alone or a plug-in for your browser).