Physics and Astronomy Course Offerings

General Information

For brief descriptions of courses and scheduled instructors, please consult the ORC published by the Office of the Registrar.  For detailed information about the terms and times that courses will be offered, the most reliable source is the Timetables page on the Registrar's site. The Physics Major Tentative Courses document is a concise listing.

Summer 2021

Summer 2021

Astro 1 (Chaboyer)
Time Block:  None for lectures; 'OT' for tutorials
Delivery Method Choice: Choice 2 for lectures, 1 for tutorials
Tentative Plan: Remote with asynchronous lectures and synchronous recitation sections conducted virtually.  Recitation sections will be offered multiple times per week.  Students must register for the course, and for a single tutorial section. Labs will be asynchronous and remote. 
Text book:  Astronomy by Fraknoi, Morrison and Wolff, published by OpenStax and available for free: https://openstax.org/details/books/astronomy
Final Exam: NO
Xhour use: NO
Students MUST sign up for Section 1, and then they sign up for ONE of the tutorial sections 2,3, 4, or 5.

ASTR 1, Section 1:  Solar System and Exoplanets (remote, entirely asynchronous)   Period code: AS Period: Asynchronous
ASTR 1, Section 2:  Solar System and Exoplanets Tutorial (remote, with synchronous) Period code: OT  Period: Wednesday 4-5pm.
ASTR 1, Section 3:  Solar System and Exoplanets Tutorial (remote, with synchronous) Period code: OT  Period: Thursday 12:30-1:30pm
ASTR 1, Section 4:  Solar System and Exoplanets Tutorial (remote, with synchronous) Period code: OT  Period: Thursday 3-4pm
ASTR 1, Section 5:  Solar System and Exoplanets Tutorial (remote, with synchronous) Period code: OT  Period: Thursday 7-8pm

Astro 2 (Hickox)
Time Block: 10 maps to C
Delivery Method Choice: Section 1- 1 (Remote with Synchronous Components); Section 2- 4 (On-Campus)
Tentative Plan: My preference is to do one section with on-campus classes. I would like to explore doing the course outside in large areas with a big screen. If on-campus classes are not viable, I would run it as a synchronous remote course. In either case, if some students are not able to be on campus, lectures and activities will be recorded and made available for asynchronous learning, as I've done for A2 last summer and P13 this winter.
Final Exam (Yes or No): No
X hour Use: Yes
Multiple Sections: Yes, both block C
Textbook: Astronomy by Andrew Fraknoi, David Morrison and Sidney Wolff. OpenStax

Phys 3 (Dotter) 
Time Block: 12 maps to E
Delivery Method Choice: 1
Tentative Plan: Remote, synchronous. Remote labs. Lectures will be prerecorded, while there will be twice-weekly scheduled class office hours (one given by lecturer, other by learning fellow) for discussing homework problems, class material etc.
Final Exam (Yes or No): Yes. Given as a "take-home" with original problems that integrate the material presented throughout the course.
X hour Use: Some. Used for one of the two weekly class office hours (see above); other office hour held during one of the course scheduled hours.
Multiple Sections: No
Textbook: Vol.1 Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, 4th Edition, by Giancoli. An electronic version will be provided via the Canvas site, in case students are unable to purchase their own copy.

Phys 44 (Millan)
Time Block: 11 (maps to D)
Delivery Method Choice: Section 1- 1 (Remote with Synchronous Components); Section 2- 3 (Remote with On-Campus Components)
Tentative Plan: Remote synchronous class discussion/group work and asynchronous pre-lecture content. Resident students will have on-campus classroom options with section 2.
Final Exam (Yes or No): Yes
X hour Use: Occasional
Multiple Sections: Yes, both block D
Textbook: Taylor, Classical Mechanics

Fall 2021

Fall 2021

Astro 2 (Hickox)
Time Block: 11
X hour Use: Frequent (some mandatory)
Room Request/Preferences: Wilder 104
Textbook: OpenStax Astronomy

Astro 3 (Hickox)
Time Block: 11
X hour Use: Frequent (some mandatory)
Room Request/Preferences: Wilder 104
Textbook: OpenStax Astronomy

Astro 61 (Dotter)
Time Block: 3A
X hour Use: occasional
Room Request/Preferences:
Textbook: Reading material will be provided via Canvas

Physics 3 (Brown)
Time Block: 12
X hour Use: All X-hours used
Room Request/Preferences: Wilder 104
Textbook:  Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, 4th edition, Vol 1

Physics 13-01 (LaBelle)
Time Block: 10
X hour Use: occasional
Room Request/Preferences: 111
Textbook: Tipler (Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Vol 1, Paul Tipler & Gene Mosca, 978-1429201322 - TM)

Physics 13-02 (LaBelle)
Time Block: 11
X hour Use: occasional
Room Request/Preferences: 111
Textbook: Tipler (Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Vol 1, Paul Tipler & Gene Mosca, 978-1429201322 -TM)

Physics 15 (Blencowe)
Time Block: 10
X hour Use: Occasional
Room Request/Preferences: 115
Textbook: Recommended textbook reading material provided via Canvas

Physics 19 (Walker)
Time Block: 9L
X hour Use: yes
Room Request/Preferences: Wilder 102
Textbook: Recommended textbook reading material provided via Canvas

Physics 40 (Blencowe)
Time Block: 2
X hour Use: Occasional
Room Request/Preferences: 115
Textbook: Recommended textbook reading material provided via Canvas

Physics 43 (Rogers)
Time Block: 9L
X hour Use: Occasionally
Room Request/Preferences: 115
Textbook: Reif: fundamentals of statistical in Thermal physics (Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics, R. Reif, 978-9380663142 - TM)

Physics 47 (Rimberg)
Time Block: 11
X hour Use: Sometimes
Room Request/Preferences: 102
Textbook: Introduction to Optics, 3rd Ed., by Pedrotti et al. (Introduction to Optics, Frank Pedrotti, 978-1108428262 - TM)

Physics 50 (Ramanathan)
Time Block: 10A
X hour Use: Occasional
Room Request/Preferences: Prefer Wilder 102 or 202.  Wilder 115 is okay too, or failing that somewhere in Fairchild complex
Textbook: Quantum Mechanics: A Paradigmatic Approach by David H. McIntyre (978-0321765796-TM)

Physics 68 (Mueller)
Time Block: Arrange
X hour Use:   Occasional
Room Request/Preferences: room with A/V equipment
Textbook:    F. F. Chen, Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion,
Third Edition, Springer, 2016

Physics 73 (Whitfield)
Time Block: Arranged
X hour Use:  sometimes
Room Request/Preferences: Same as prior years
Textbook: Simons, "introduction to solid state physics"

Physics 77 (Caldwell)
Time Block: 2A
X hour Use: Sometimes
Room Request/Preferences: 115
Textbook: "Gravity: An Introduction to Einstein's General Relativity" by James B. Hartle (978-0805386622-TM)

Physics 100 (Viola)
Time Block: 11
X hour Use: Frequent
Room Request/Preferences: 115
Textbook: Mathematics of Classical and Quantum Physics, by F. W. Byron & R. W. Fuller (Dover Reprint, 1992) [plus, additional recommended reading and learning material]

Physics 101 (Wright)
Time Block: 10A
X hour Use: Infrequent
Room Request/Preferences: 115, 202, or 102 acceptable
Textbook: Required: Theoretical Mechanics of Particles and Continua by Fetter and Walecka. (978-0486432618 - TM) Secondary/recommended: Classical Mechanics by Goldstein (978-0201657029-TM) and Mechanics by Landau and Lifshitz (978-0750628969-TM)

Physics 256 (Rimberg)
Time Block: Arranged
X hour Use: NA
Room Request/Preferences: 202
Textbook: NA