About the course - General

  • I understand what an equation means if I have a way of figuring out the characteristics of its solution without actually solving it(P. Dirac, quoted by R. Feynman in his lectures)

    Week Topic Class notes
     Lecture notes
     Extra & material
    1 Order of magnitude physics
    Lec1Intro1Intro2 scales
    2 Elasticity
    3 Elasticity, Fluid dynamics  
     4  Fluid dynamics
    6 Atoms
    7 Atoms, molecules, materials properties  
    8 Applying extreme cases  
    9 Random walk and all that  
    10 Quantum processes1  
    11 Quantum processes 2
    Special relativity

    12 Boson exchange

    13 Standard model

      1. “Order-of-Magnitude Physics”, by P. Goldreich, S. Mahajan, S. Phinney.  University of Cambridge (1999).
      2. “Search for Simplicity”. A series of papers by V.Weisskopf, Am.J.Phys. 1984-1986
      3. “Street-fighting mathematics: the art of educated guessing and opportunistic problem solving”, by S. Mahajan (MIT, 2010).
      4. “How many licks? Or, how to estimate damn near anything”, by Aaron Santos, Running press (2009)
      5. "Fly by night physics", by A.Zee, Princeton University Press (2020)

      • Office hours

        Name Day Hours Building/Room E-mail
        Uri Keshet
        Oleg Krichevsky
        Yuri Lyubarsky
        By appointment - XX/YY


        Group What? Name Day Hours Building/Room
        1 Lecture Keshet, Krichevsky,
        Sunday 14:00-17:0054/207

          • Homework: A weekly problem set. Non-trivial problems.
            Final exam: Strongly based on homework and class material.
            Final grade: 80% exam, 20% homework.