BGU Physics Department

Back of the envelope Physics

Course Number 203-2-5291
given at semester 2017 B

Staff

Lecturers:
Prof. Oleg Krichevsky
Prof. Yuri Lyubarsky
Prof. 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 Prof. 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
2 Elasticity
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Lecture notes template.

Home Exercise

# published topic Questions Deadline Solutions upload
1 20.3.2017 Guesstimates Qs 27.3.2017 Qs upload
2 28.3.2016 Elasticity Qs 03.04.2016 Qs upload
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Submission Report

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Recorded lectures - moodle.