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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2004

T C Phy341 • Phy 341: Problems in Modern Physics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
60600 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
PAI 4.42
Gleeson

Course Description

The discoveries and the methods of analysis that are the basis of Twentieth Century Physics have dominated our lives and in many cases set the tone of our intellectual debate. Unfortunately, in most undergraduate university curricula, this material is not covered. This omission is usually due to the need to prepare the students in both the requisite classical physics and mathematics. This course covers these subjects without the use of sophisticated mathematics but in a coherent and correct presentation of the discoveries of modern physics. The emphasis in the course will be on the conceptual development of the ideas. The course begins with a general review of several of the basic ideas that are relevant to all of physics but quickly relates them to discoveries made in the twentieth century. From this basis, we move into the modern theory of microscopic phenomena. From this we hope to develop a coherent description of the nature of matter. Following that, we will study the modern theory of space and time. We will conclude with a look at the modern interpretation of the origins of the universe. Again the emphasis is on conceptual foundations.

About the Professor Dr. Austin Gleeson, Professor of Physics, works on the field theory of strong interactions, the physics of superdense matter, and high-energy acoustic sources. Plan II students presented him the Chad Oliver Plan II Teaching Award for 1999-2000.

Texts

Introduction to Modern Physics. U.T. Physics Department. QED. Richard P. Feynman. A Traveler's Guide to Spacetime. Thomas A. Moore. Innumeracy. John Alan Paulos.

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