|Class Schedule: M W 2pm-3:20pm||Professor: Steve Liebling|
|Classroom: Pell Hall 302||Office: Pell Hall 210|
Thorne's Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy
Vilenkin's Many Worlds in One: The Search For Other Universes
Ford's The Quantum World: Quantum Physics for Everyone
|Office Hours: M W 12:30-1:30pm|
|Web: http://relativity.liu.edu/steve||Phone: 299-3439|
|Classroom Work & Participation||10%|
Class Work & Participation: Everyone starts with 90% participation grade. Subtractions are made for being disruptive (excessive talking, ringing phones, being late, loud yawns, etc) as well as excessive absences. Additions are made for contributing (questions or answers) to class discussions. You also need to keep current with the assigned readings.
Tests: The class will have two tests as scheduled on the syllabus during classtime.
Final: The final will be held during the time dictated by the Registrar during Exam Week.
Project: A project, generally consisting of a paper and an oral presentation, will be due during the last week of classes. A mid-course report on the progress of the project is due as indicated on the syllabus.
Below is the anticipated schedule of what we'll cover. The dates of
the tests are fixed; on principle I do not change them so that students
can plan for them. Near the end of the semester, I generally have
flexibility in what we cover.
If you have a preference for what we might cover, please feel free
to provide feedback.
|Week 1||Sept. 5||Course Overview; Classic Physics|
|Week 2||Sept. 10||Thorne: Relativity (Chs 1 & 2)|
|NO CLASS---Rosh Hashanah|
|Week 3||Sept. 17||Thorne: Collapse of Stars (Chs 3-5)|
|Sept. 19||Movie: Einstein's Big Idea|
|Week 4||Sept. 24||Thorne: Black Holes (Chs 6-10)|
|Sept. 26||Thorne: Exotic Properties of Black Holes (Chs 11-13)|
|Week 5||Oct. 1||Thorne: Worm Holes & Time Machines (Ch. 14)|
|Oct. 3||Test 1|
|Week 6||Oct. 8||Ford: Small & Smaller (Chs. 1-3)|
|Oct. 10||Ford: Force and Particles (Chs. 3-4)|
|Week 7||Oct. 15||Movie:|
|Oct. 17||Ford: Quantized not Continuous (Chs. 5-6)|
|Week 8||Oct. 22||Ford: Particle Behavior (Chs 7-8)|
|Oct. 24||Ford: Quantum Waves (Ch. 9)|
|Week 9||Oct. 29||Ford: A Paradox? (Ch. 10)|
|Oct. 31||Modern Day Particle Physics|
|Week 10||Nov. 5||Review|
|Nov. 7||Test 2|
|Week 11||Nov. 12||Vilenkin:|
|Week 12||Nov. 19||Vilenkin:|
|Nov. 21||Vilenkin: (Project Report Due)|
|Week 13||Nov. 26||Vilenkin:|
|Week 14||Dec. 3||Vilenkin:|
|Dec. 6||Out there: Quantum Information Theory|
|Week 15||Dec. 10||Projects; Out there: Holographic Universe, Branes, Loop Quantum Gravity; the LHC and ILC|
|Dec. 12||Projects; Out there: Holographic Universe, Branes, Loop Quantum Gravity; the LHC and ILC|
|Week 16||Dec. 17-21||Final Exam Period|