Physics and Astronomy Course Offerings

Course Delivery Modes

Choice:

  1. Remote with synchronous components: The course section is delivered remotely and includes some regularly scheduled synchronous components delivered in a fixed time block.
  2. Remote, entirely asychronous: The course section is delivered remotely and has no scheduled synchronous components that require a time block.
  3. Remote, with optional on-campus components: The course will be delivered remotely but requires a classroom for some optional on-campus/in-person course activities.
  4. On Campus: The course is delivered with an on-campus component
  5. Individualized Study: The course section is delivered to single students by the instructor.

Fall 2020

Astro 2/3 (Isler)  
11 maps to D
Choice 1
Plan: I intend to conduct the class completely remotely with some synchronous components during the assigned time block. Lecture content and discussion sections will often be synchronous. However, in-class demos, some lectures and the A3 lab component will be held remotely, but asynchronously.

Physics 3 (Brown)  
12 maps to E
Choice 1
I intend to conduct the class completely remotely and largely synchronously.  Class meetings will be held in the regular time slot, and labs at scheduled times.  Office hours will be on Zoom.  Simulation-based labs as in P4 last spring will be used for P3.  Demos will be pre-recorded this summer.

Physics 13 (Caldwell)
10 maps to C;  11 maps to D
Choice 1
Plan: Remote, with synchronous components.
Lectures will be pre-recorded. Labs will be entirely online.

Physics 15 (Millan)
10 maps to C
Choice 3 (note re classroom - not required during timeblock, lab classroom can be used).
Plan: remote with synchronous components. Will use regular time block for synchronous online components (C-hour).
Labs will be converted to online and independent projects (all remote)
May include optional discussion sections some of which could be on-campus. These will occur outside of scheduled time block. Will depend on the situation and it’s highly likely that this class will revert to Choice 1 (fully remote).
Classroom not necessary during timeblock;  use will be ad hoc using teaching lab space.

Physics 19 (Walker)
9L maps to BL
Choice 1
Plan: remote online course, with synchronous components.
Remote labs; lectures will be taped so that students can take the course asynchronously if their commitments require that.

Physics 40 (Blencowe)
2 maps to F
choice 3
Plan: Remote, with synchronous components.

Physics 43 (Thorstensen)
9L maps to BL
Choice 1
Remote, with synchronous components.  Plan is to rely on two very good textbooks, and record lectures to reinforce them.   I’ll hold synchronous on-line discussion and problem-solving sections, assign a good bit of homework, and have quite a few remote office hours for different time zones.   As with Astro 74, this will have the feeling of a reading course, but with rather more structure.  

Physics 47 (Rimberg)
11 maps to D
Choice 3 (classroom for ad hoc lab only;  pending ongoing grade choice)
Plan: Lectures/problem solving will be remote, with synchronous components.  Lectures will be recorded and supplemented with remote problem solving sessions.  Laboratory will probably involve some at home labs (either components sent by mail or virtual).  Some labs may have an in-person component either concurrently or when students are next on campus.
 The Dept will be requesting permission to allow a grade of “ongoing” (“ON”) for this course, allowing students the option to complete in-residence labs during a residential term within the following 3 terms.
Classroom not necessary during timeblock;  use will be ad hoc using teaching lab space.

Physics 50 (Blencowe)
10A maps to J
Choice 3
Plan: Remote, with synchronous components.

Physics 73 (Whitfield)
12 maps to E
Choice 3
Plan: Remote, with possible on-campus component. This is contingent on simplicity and student preference. Lectures to be given synchronously in the timeslot and uploaded afterwards.

ASTR 74 (Mueller):  
12 maps to E
Choice 3
Plan: Remote, with synchronous components, together with in-person
component for students (e.g., international)  who are on campus. The
latter may be in-class sessions at least once a week, or weekly
one-on-one meeting sessions.

Physics 100 (Viola)
11 maps to D
Choice 1
Plan: an online course, with both a synchronous and an asynchronous component. During Spring I taught in entirely synchronous mode during the scheduled slot; since some students expressed a preference for more asynchronous meetings, I was intending to ask the class.

Physics 101 (Wright)
10A maps to J
Choice 1
Plan: remote, synchronous;  TTh time block.

Physics 256 (Rimberg)
ARR maps to ARR
Choice 1
Plan: Remote, with synchronous components.  Discussion and student presentation will take place via video conference.

Grad and undergrad research and reading courses:
Choice 5: individualized study

Grad teaching courses:
Choice 3 (“optional on campus”)

Winter 2021 Course Offerings

Winter 2021

Physics 3 (Blencowe)
12 maps to E
Choice 1
Tentative Plan: Remote, with synchronous group discussion and problem solving. Lectures will be pre-recorded. Labs will be entirely online.
Textbook: (Req) Volume 1 Physics for Scientists & Engineers with Modern Physics, 4th Edition, 978-0132273589, Giancoli

Physics 4 (Brown)
12 maps to E
Choice 1
Plan:  Remote with synchronous components.  Class will generally meet at the scheduled time.  Labs will be based on simulations and will meet at the scheduled time so TAs can be present to assist.
Textbook:  Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Volume 2, 4th Edition, Douglas Giancoli, 978-0132273596
 Cap:  yes, number: 60

Physics 13-01, 02, 03, 04  (Hickox, Whitfield)
10A maps to J (Hickox), 11 maps to D (Whitfield)
Choice 1, and 2
Remote, synchronous, with asynchronous option. Class and labs will generally meet at the scheduled time, but will be recorded to accommodate who cannot attend synchronously. Labs will be run online. The two sections will run separately, but their weekly schedules will be coordinated.
Textbook:  Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Volume 1 (Chs 1-20), 4th Edition, Douglas Giancoli, 978-0132273589
Each section has a fully asynchronous section as an option (needs IP).

Physics 14  (Wright)
10 maps to C
Choice 1
Remote with synchronous components. Lectures primarily pre-recorded. Scheduled class meetings will be used for discussion and problem-solving and will be recorded for those who cannot attend synchronously. Labs will be fully remote with multiple scheduled meeting times with TAs available. Lab assignments may be completed asynchronously; lab meeting attendance is not mandatory.
Textbook(s): (Req) Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 6th Edition, 978-1429201247, Tipler & Mosca

Physics 15 (Rimberg)
11 maps to D
Choice 1
Remote, with synchronous group discussion and problem solving.  Labs will be fully remote, either online or independent projects.
Textbook(s): (Req) An Introduction to Mechanics, 2nd Edition, 978-0521198110, Kleppner & Kolenkow; (Req) Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles, 2nd Edition, Eisberg & Resnick, 978-0471873730.

Physics 16 (Mueller)
10 maps to C
Choice 1
Plan: Remote, with synchronous content and discussion, plus online preview and review videos. Remote lab exercises in lab time slot(s) as well as remote independent project(s). If desired and feasible, occasional in-person review sessions for those on campus will be considered.
Textbook(s): (Req) Electricity and Magnetism, 3rd Edition, 978-1107014022, Purcell & Morin; (Rec) Introduction to Electrodynamics, 4th Edition, 978-1108420419, Griffiths; (Rec) Div, Grad, Curl, and All That, 4th Edition, 978-0393925166, Schey.   

Astro 25 (Isler)
10A maps to J
Choice 1
Plan: Completely remotely with some synchronous components during the assigned time block. Lecture content and discussion sections will often be synchronous.
Textbook:  Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology (2nd edition, Peter Schneider) ISBN 13:978-3642540820
Cap: Yes 25

Physics 41 (Lynch)
10 maps to C
Choice 1
Plan:  remote, synchronous.  Some optional on-campus elements may be considered.
Textbook:  Introduction to Electrodynamics, 4th Edition, David Griffiths, 978-1108420419

Physics 72  (Walker)
ARR
Choice 1
Plan: remote online course, with synchronous components.
Lectures will be taped so that students can take the course asynchronously if their commitments require that.  Synchronous timeblock will be arranged to best meet enrolled students' schedules.
Textbook (req):  Introduction to Elementary Particles 2nd Edition by David Griffiths
Optional textbook (not required):  Lie Algebras In Particle Physics: from Isospin To Unified Theories (Frontiers in Physics) by Howard Georgi

Physics  82.02  (Braasch)
ARR
Choice 1
Plan:  Remote, with synchronous group discussion and problem solving. Lecture material will be pre-recorded.
Textbook: (Req) Basic Training in Mathematics - A Fitness Program for Science Students, 978-0306450365, Shankar
Cap yes/no number:  yes, 24

Physics 90  (Ramanathan)
12 maps to E
Choice 1
tentative plan: Online course with both synchronous and asynchronous meetings.  Pre-recorded lecture material, small-group problem solving sessions.
Textbook(s): Modern Quantum Mechanics, 3rd Edition, Sakurai & Napolitano, 978-1108473224

Physics 92 (Caldwell)
2A maps to K
Choice: Remote, with synchronous components.
Plan: Lectures will be online and synchronous in the K block.
Textbook(s): (Req) Modern Cosmology, 2nd Edition, 978-0128159484, Dodelson & Schmidt

Physics 105 (Rogers)
10A maps to J
Choice 1
Plan: remote, synchronous
Textbook(s): (Req) Classical Electrodynamics, 3rd Edition, 978-0471309321, Jackson

Physics 111 (Liu)
ARR maps to ARR
Choice 1
Tentative Plan: Remote. Synchronous lecturing & discussion during the arranged time block.
Textbooks (not required): D. Gurnett and A. Bhattacharjee, Introduction to Plasma Physics- with Space and Laboratory and Astrophysical applications, Cambridge University Press 2017.

Astro 117 (Newton)
ARR Maps to ARR
Choice 1
Tentative Plan: Fully remote, synchronous during time block to be arranged.
Textbook: No textbook required

Physics 256 (Rimberg)
ARR maps to ARR
Choice 1
Plan:  Remote, with synchronous components.  Discussion and student presentation will take place via video conference.  
Textbook(s): No textbook required

Grad and undergrad research and reading courses:
Choice 5: individualized study, ARR  
The graduate one-credit research course includes a section with "optional on campus elements"

Grad teaching courses:
Choice 3 ("optional on campus")  ARR

 

 

Spring 2021

Spring 2021

Astro 1 (Chaboyer)
Choice 2 for lectures
Remote with asynchronous lectures and synchronous recitation sections conducted virtually.  Recitation sections will be offered multiple times per week and students will sign up using Canvas  for a single time slot after the start of term.  Labs will be asynchronous and remote. 
"IP" yes/no? No permission needed to enroll.
Enrollment cap? Yes; 125.  Seniors first, then juniors, then sophomores, then first years

Text book?  Astronomy by Fraknoi, Morrison and Wolff, published by OpenStax and available for free: https://openstax.org/details/books/astronomy

Physics 1/2 (Gleiser)
12 maps to E
Choice 1
remote with synchronous components, a model that worked well for me this past Spring with 118 students. I will maintain the same format of classes, and will again keep an open enrolment.   Labs for Physics 1 (P2 is the no lab option) will remain online as they worked quite well for students and TAs, who put a huge amount of work into them.
"IP" yes/no? NO
Text book? The Dancing Universe: From Creation Myths to the Big Bang (as last year)

Physics 4 (Brown)
12 maps to E
Choice: 1
Plan:  remote, synchronous.  Remote labs.
IP: no
Enrollment cap: 70;  priority to seniors
Text book Giancoli, Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics 4th edition.  Pearson, Vols. 2 and 3. (Same as 21W)

Physics 7.07 (Wybourne)
Block K
Choice 1
Plan:  Remote, with synchronous classes/ discussions.  Office-hours will be held virtually at times to be arranged with students.
Enrollment cap? 16
Text book? None.  All reading material will be provided.

Physics 14-01/02 (LaBelle)
10 maps to C, 11 maps to D
Choice 1
Plan: Remote but classes run synchronously at the scheduled times. Labs will be remote. Some labs or parts of labs will change to recitation sessions, also held remotely.
Enrollment cap? (priorities?) none
Text book? Tipler and Mosca, Physics for scientists  and engineers, 6th edition
Students will be required to enroll in webassign.org; enrollment cost include the electronic version of the Tipler book

Astro 15 (Newton)
Astro 15.02 with on campus components is also available - email Professor Newton
10A maps to J
Choice 1
Plan: Remote with asynchronous lectures and synchronous small group work conducted virtually, following Astro 15 format from Spring 2020. Asynchronous option available. No in-person component; office hours will be held virtually. No lab or demos are associated with this course.
Enrollment cap? 40 (priority:majors)
Text book? ONE OF: Foundations of Astrophysics Editors: Ryden & Peterson ISBN: 978-0-321-59558-4  OR  Fundamental Astrophysics
 Editors: Karttunen et al.
 ISBN: 978-3662530449   

Physics 16 (Mueller)
10 maps to C
Choice 1
Plan: Remote, with synchronous content and discussion, plus online preview and review videos. Remote lab exercises as well as a remote independent project. If desired and feasible, occasional in-person review sessions for those on campus will be considered.
Textbook(s): (Req) Purcell & Morin: Electricity and Magnetism, 3rd Edition, 978-1107014022; (Rec) Schey: Div, Grad, Curl, and All That, 4th Edition, 978-0393925166.   

Physics 19 (Walker)
9L maps to BL
M, W, F: 8:55-10:00; X period is Th: 9:10-10:00.
Choice 1
Plan:  Remote, with synchronous classes/ discussions.  Office-hours will be held virtually at times to be arranged with students.  Optional extra-credit remote lab exercises.

Physics 40 (Whitfield)
10 maps to C
Choice 1
Plan: continue with synchronous zoom sessions recorded.
Text book? Eisberg and Resnik

Physics 50 (Onofrio)
2 maps to F
Choice 1
Plan: Remote, with asynchronous lectures (unless all students are on the same time zone) and synchronous components for one-on-one office hours.
Text book? D.J. Griffiths, 'Introduction to Quantum Mechanics', Second Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall

Physics 66 (Liu)
10A maps to J
Choice 1
Plan: The course includes synchronous virtual lecturing and discussion during the arranged time block, which will be recorded for asynchronous use.
Text book?
Primary: Introduction to Electrodynamics by David J. Griffiths, 4th edition
Suggested/Relevant: Classical Electromagnetic Radiation, Heald and Marion
Lectures on Physics, Vol.II Feynman, Richard
Foundations of electromagnetic theory, Reitz, Milford, and Christy
Classical Electrodynamics, Jackson, J. D.

Physics 75  (Ramanathan)
block D.
Choice 1
plan: Online course with both synchronous and asynchronous meetings.  Pre-recorded lecture material, small-group problem solving sessions.  Second half of the course is research intensive - with both individual and small group projects.  Considering on-line experiments using one of the spectrometers in my lab as well as the IBM cloud system.
Text book? No required textbooks.  A number of suggested references will be provided

Physics 76  (Wright)
2A maps to K
Choice 4 (on campus) (P76.02 is remote/synchronous option)
This class will have remote synchronous components but will also involve scheduled in-person work in the physics advanced lab. Enrollment will be capped at 8. Priority will be given to graduating seniors, and students who are in-residence. Any students not in residence will be required to take an "ongoing" grade, with on-campus lab work to be completed when they are in residence over the following 3 terms. In the exceptional case that a graduating senior needs the course for credit and is not in residence, Prof. Wright will work with the student to develop a fully remote alternative for that student only. Instructor permission will be required to register, and all students hoping to enroll should contact Prof. Wright as early as possible before the start of the term.
Instructor Permission: Yes
Enrollment cap: Yes, 8 (Priority: Graduating seniors and students in-residence.)

Physics 104 (Viola)
11 maps to D
Choice: 1
Plan: Online course with both synchronous and asynchronous meetings. No in-person component; office hours will be held virtually.
Text book?  The following two textbooks will be used for different portions of the course: (1) Statistical Physics of Particles, by M. Kardar (Cambridge University Press, 2007) ISBN-13: 978-1108448239; (2) Statistical Mechanics, Third Edition, by R. K. Pathria and P. D. Beale (Elsevier, 2011) ISBN-13: 978-0123821881. 

Physics 106 (Rogers)
10A maps to J
Choice 1
Plan: Remote with synchronous components
Text book:  Jackson electrodynamics 3rd ed

Physics 109 (Onofrio)
ARR maps to ARR
Choice 1
Plan: Remote course all synchronous (if all students are in residence). Time block to be determined at time of course offering based on students preference.
Text book? H. Nishimori and G. Ortiz, 'Elements of Phase Transitions and Critical Phenomena', Oxford University Press, 2011

Astro 116 (Isler)
ARR maps to ARR
Choice 1
Plan: Remote with synchronous components including lecture and relevant discussion sections. Time block to be determined at time of course offering.
Enrollment cap? (priorities?) Yes 10 first year grad students, second, third
Text book? Cimatti, Fraternali and Nipoti, "Introduction to Galaxy Formation and Evolution: From Primordial Gas to Present Day Galaxies"

Grad and undergrad research and reading courses:
Choice 5: individualized study, ARR 
"IP" yes/no? Yes for reading, no for research
The graduate one-credit research course includes an extra section with choice  "optional on campus elements"

Grad teaching courses:
Choice 3 ("optional on campus")  ARR

Summer 2021

Astro 1 (Chaboyer & Newton)
11 and 12 maps to D and E
Choice 1 and 4
Plan: Two sections would be offered, one on campus and the other remote with asynchronous lectures and synchronous recitation sections conducted virtually.  Recitation sections will be offered multiple times per week and students will sign up for a single time slot after the start of term.  Labs will be asynchronous and remote for both sections. Optional on campus telescope viewing sessions.  Students could switch from the on campus to the remote section if needed.

Astro 2 (TBD)
10 maps to C
Choice 1
Plan: Remote, synchronous;  remote labs.

Phys 3 (TBD)
12 maps to E
Choice 1 (3)
Plan:  remote, synchronous.  Remote labs.

Phys 31.02 (Ramanathan)
Time block D or E
Choice 4
Tentative Plan:  In person regularly scheduled class.

Phys 44 (TBD)
Time block
Choice 1 or 3
Plan:  remote synchronous perhaps with optional on-campus