BGU Physics Department

Back of the envelope Physics

Course Number 203-2-5291
given at semester 2016 B

Staff

Lecturers:
Prof. Oleg Krichevsky
Prof. Yuri Lyubarsky
Dr. Uri Keshet


Messages


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 Feynman in his lectures)


Policy

Roster

what who when where
Lecture Krichevsky, Lyubarsky, or Keshet Sunday 13:00 - 16:00 54/207
Reception Hours Prof. Oleg Krichevsky
54/006
Reception Hours Prof. Yuri Lyubarsky Call in advance
54/322
Reception Hours Dr. Uri Keshet Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 54/214


Course Plan

Sources

Topics

Week Topic Details Main Source Other Sources
1 Guesstimates and natural scales Fermi problems, dimensional analysis, fundamental scales
Goldreich, Mahajan & Phinney
Swartz
2-5 From atoms to ships
Atomic and molecualr structure, Young modulus, sound waves
Weiscopff

6-9 Basic tools
Applying random walks, extreme cases, etc.
Weiscopff

10-13 Advanced topics
The standard model, nuclear physics, the frontlines of physics
Zee, Griffiths
Peskin & Schroeder


Lecture and class notes

Lec # topic Class notes
Lecture Notes Extra
1 Order of magnitude physics
Lec1
Intro1 , Intro2 scales, what if

Elasticity
Elasticity


Fluids and Waves

Fluids and Waves







Materials properties

Materials properties


Applying extreme cases

Applying extreme cases

7




8
Special relativity and virtual particles
Lec8


Random walk and all that

Random walk and all that

10 
Quantum processes I

Quantum processes I

11 
Quantum processes II

Quantum processes II

12 Standard mdoel I Lec12 Lec12Y2013, Lec13Y2013
13Standard mdoel IILec13
14High energiesLec14

Lecture notes template.

Home Exercise

# published topic Questions Deadline Solutions upload
1 6.3.2016 Guesstimates Qs 14.3.2016 Qs upload
2 13.3.2016 Elasticity Qs 21.3.2016 Qs upload
3 21.3.2016 Elasticity & fluid dynamics
Qs 28.3.2016 Qs upload
4 28.3.2016 Waves Qs 05.04.2016 Qs upload
5 04.04.2016 Atom Structure Qs 11.04.2016 Qs upload
6
12.04.2016
Materials properties
Qs 01.05.2016
Qs upload
7
01.05.2016
Applying extreme cases
Qs 09.05.2016
Qs upload
8
08.05.2016
Fundmental interactions
Qs 16.05.2016
Qs upload
9
16.05.2016
Random walk and all that
Qs 23.05.2016
Qs upload
10
23.05.2016
Quantum processes I
Qs 30.05.2016
Qs upload
11
23.05.2016
Quantum processes II
Qs 06.06.2016
Qs upload
12
06.06.2016
Standard model I
Qs 22.07.2016

upload
13
19.06.2016
Standard model II
Qs22.07.2016

upload
14
26.06.2016
High energies
Qs22.07.2016

upload

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