Fundamentals of Physics II

About the Course

This is a continuation of Fundamentals of Physics, I (PHYS 200), the introductory course on the principles and methods of physics for students who have good preparation in physics and mathematics. This course covers electricity, magnetism, optics and quantum mechanics.

 

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Course Structure

75 minute lectures, twice per week

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For more information about Professor Shankar's book based on PHYS 200, Fundamentals of Physics: Mechanics, Relativity, and Thermodynamicsclick here.

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About Professor Ramamurti Shankar

Ramamurti Shankar is the John Randolph Huffman Professor of Physics at Yale. He received his B. Tech in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras and his Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics from the University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Yale faculty in 1977 after three years at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He is dedicated to teaching and has published two texts: Principles of Quantum Mechanics and Basic Training in Mathematics: A Fitness Program for Science Students. His website has further details and a link to jokes collected by his students from Physics 200-201.

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Syllabus

Professor

Ramamurti Shankar, John Randolph Huffman Professor of Physics

Description

This is a continuation of Fundamentals of Physics, I (PHYS 200), the introductory course on the principles and methods of physics for students who have good preparation in physics and mathematics. This course covers electricity, magnetism, optics and quantum mechanics.

 

Texts

Fishbane, Paul M., Stephen Gasiorowicz, and Stephen T. Thornton. 2005. Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, 3rd Edition. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.

Serway, Raymond A., and John W. Jewett, Jr. 2008. Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 7th Edition, Part II. Belmont, CA: Thomson Brooks/Cole.

Wolfson, Richard and Jay Pasachoff. 1998. Physics with Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 3d ed. Reading, MA: Addison Wesley Publishing Company.

Recommended math supplement: Shankar, Ramamurti. 2003. Basic Training in Mathematics: A Fitness Program for Science Students. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Requirements

Single variable calculus, elementary vectors and complex numbers.

Homework is given every Wednesday and is due the following Wednesday before class. Solutions are posted on Wednesdays, so problem sets must be turned in on time. There is one in-class midterm halfway through the semester.

Grading

Homework 20%, Midterm 30%, Finals 50% (Standard Plan)
100% based on Finals alone (Amnesty Plan)
Letter grade will be based on the better of the two above

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