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Physics 5300 Theoretical Mechanics
Spring, 2018

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The course information is available here (see also Course description and info) plus lots of supplementary info. Please check this page regularly.

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Class meetings

The following table will be filled in with materials and references as we proceed. The current links --- shown in light green --- have "before" links that should be read or watched before class, "in-class" materials that we will use in our two-hour meeting, and "extra" references that you can use to follow up, depending on your interest.

Overview: Overarching questions for nuclear physics
class dates to do topics and links
22/23-Aug-2017 before Exploring the Heart of Matter [pp.9-29]; Overview of Piazza Q&A platform; when reading the "Exploring" excerpts, jot down two or three questions to put into Piazza during class.
in-class Activity sheet: 1094 Activities 1
Links: 6805 Piazza home (go to Q&A);
Slides: overarching questions; key pictures for overview [pdf][web];
Video: Powers of Ten (video);
extra 2015 Long-Range Plan for Nuclear Science [pp.1-7]; "Scale of the Universe" [YouTube video] [interactive flash]; Unit Q nuclear size excerpt; (session summary notes added to in Piazza in Sessions folder after class, please review)

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Assignments

Piazza pages on Long Range Plan slides

The Piazza home page for 6805 is https://piazza.com/osu/autumn2015/physics6805/home. We'll use Piazza to ask and answer questions as a class throughout the semester. The first of the following individual assignments will be due about halfway through the semester and the second one at the end. [Dates to be announced (TBA).]

  1. Create a Piazza "note" on a slide from the Nuclear Structure and Nuclear Astrophysics Town Meeting from 2014. This was part of the Long Range Plan (LRP) exercise conducted in 2014-2015 that resulted in the 2015 Long Range Plan for Nuclear Science entitled Reaching for the Horizon. Choose from the presentations here. Choose one slide, cut-and-paste into Piazza. Explain all of the features --- what you would need to understand, as we've been doing in class. This is an iterative process: put in the slide, start to devise explanations of what is on the slide, highlight your questions/confusions, I will comment, you modify, repeat until convergence. Due date for final version TBA, but you need to get your slide in place and a first pass (which may just be placeholder questions) by the end of the day on Thursday, October 19. Answers for your questions are due (in Piazza) by TBA.
  2. Create a Piazza "note" on a slide from the QCD Town Meeting from 2014. This was part of the Long Range Plan (LRP) exercise conducted over the last 18 months. Choose from the presentations here (there is a lot to choose from, including both "Hot QCD" and "Hadron QCD"). Choose one slide, cut-and-paste into Piazza. Explain all of the features --- what you would need to understand, as we've been doing in class. This is an iterative process: put in the slide, start to devise explanations of what is on the slide, highlight your questions/confusions, I will comment, you modify, repeat until convergence. Due date for the final version will be TBA, but you need to get your slide in place and a first pass (which may just be placeholder questions) by TBA.

Handouts

PDF Copies of Handouts

Date revisedHandoutComments
28-Aug-2015 Dimensional Analysis Summary of the standard procedure, with an example, of doing systematic dimensional analysis with mass, length, and time units.
28-Aug-2015 Dimensional Analysis for Hydrogen-Like Atoms Standard procedure of doing systematic dimensional analysis with mass, length, and time units applied to hydrogen-like atoms to estimate the characteristic radius and energy.

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Resources

Online references

Videos on topics in quantum mechanics and nuclear physics (and more)

Quantum or nuclear physics simulations and other software

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Mathematica Notebooks

Additional notebooks used in activities are linked in particular Class Meetings.

On some machines clicking the link will start Mathematica directly. If not, "right click" to save the file and then read it into Mathematica separately.

Date OutNotebookComments
09/06/14 Square well energies Notebook that solves the transcendental equation to find bound-state energies for a specified square well potential.
09/06/14 Square well phase shifts Notebook that solves the variable phase approach differential equations to find phase shifts for a specified square well potential.

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