General Information about 8805.01 Many-Body Physics
- Course working title:
- Nuclear Few- and Many-Body Physics
- There is no text that covers the relevant material with
the methods and viewpoint we want to use (Achim Schwenk and I
will be writing such a text). So we'll primarily
use my lecture notes, supplemented by lectures notes by others
and readings from some standard texts. All materials will be available
from the main
- The first-year graduate courses (quantum mechanics,
classical mechanics, statistical mechanics in particular;
electromagnetic will help but is not essential).
Previous exposure to field theory is not assumed.
Talk to Prof. Furnstahl if you're concerned about
- The focus will
be on modern nonrelativistic few-body and many-body (mostly many-fermion)
theory applied to low-energy nuclear systems (with connections to QCD
and cold atom systems). It will be in the spirit of Fetter and Walecka's
classic many-body text but updated to include path integral, effective
field theory (EFT), and renormalization group (RG) methods. We will also
discuss how to implement modern many-body techniques computationally
(but not how to write programs).
We will build on the course materials from an intensive three-week course
on "Nuclear Forces and their impact on structure,
reactions and astrophysics" taught by Prof. Achim Schwenk and me in summer 2013
at the Institute for Nuclear Theory in Seattle, with added material
on the many-body aspects.
There are links to the
and slides (and videos!), and
discussion questions and exercises.
The pace and depth of coverage will be adjusted as we go based on feedback
from the class.
- Instructional Philosophy:
- The structure of the course will be based on the observation that
"active learning" is more effective than straight lectures during which
you are passively listening. As we all know from experience, you really
learn the physics when you do problems and discuss the underlying concepts
(or, even more so, when you have to teach it!). So the most important part
will be discussions and actual problem solving among the participants and the
instructor. To make this possible, we will dedicate some of the class
time to discussion questions
(and we will try "flipping" some lectures so you look at them as videos
and we do discussion questions and exercises in class),
and students will be highly encouraged to
discuss and work on assignments with each other. The plan is to facilitate this with
an online student-driven question-and-answer system in the spirit of
StackExchange (although this is
not working yet).
The assignments will range from two-minute problems to advanced exercises
for the experts. Some of the exercises are designed to lead the student
to go back over particular lecture material to make sure it is understood
while others extend the lecture and still others introduce topics not
yet touched upon. To avoid the assignments from becoming major time sinks,
we do not attempt to develop the type of problem-solving skills that require
students to struggle over individual problems for many hours. Rather, the
idea is to guide students rather explicitly but let them fill in details.
This is facilitated by having hints available so that the discovery process
- Prof. Richard Furnstahl
office: M2048 PRB
phone: 292-4830 (office) or 847-4026 (home)
- Class meets MW from 11am-12:30pm in PRB M2035 (middle conference room).
Make-up (or optional supplementary classes) will be scheduled as we go.
- Office Hours:
- By appointment or just drop by Prof. Furnstahl's office (M2048).
Prof. Furnstahl will be in M2035 for 30 minutes before and after the lecture
for additional questions or discussion.
- Assigned discussion questions and exercises [100%]
- Other Items:
- If you have a disability that warrants special consideration for
examinations, please contact Prof. Furnstahl as soon as possible
to make appropriate arrangements. For more information, the website
for the Office of Disability Services is
- The university policy
http://studentaffairs.osu.edu/resource_csc.asp on academic misconduct will be followed.
You may (and should)
discuss homework problems with other students, with Prof. Furnstahl
or other faculty.
Most assignments will be done in groups but some will be
specified as individual (for the latter, you must submit your own
version of the assignment).
- Web Pages:
- This info:
- Course home page:
Your comments and
suggestions are appreciated.
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