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B. W. Lee: Recollection of B. W. Lee after 30 years of his death. |
Nobel 2008 Physics : Contributions of Y. Nambu, M. Kobayashi, and K. Maskawa, with stories behind their ideas. |
A hope for our future |
Particle physics around 1964 |
Textbook: Lecture Notes by J. E. Kim (2010), and Langacker's The Standard Model and Beyond (2010). |
Textbook: Lecture Notes in the jnt file form (not in the text form) by J. E. Kim (2009), and Feynman Lectures Vols. II and III (The red book). |
Side books: Any book on general physics, such as Halliday et al. |
Course description: It is assumed that students are familiar with the elementary material of general physics. But we go through general physics anyway. |
For course evaluation, I will consider the attendance(7%), the homeworks(28%), and two exams, one midterm(35%) and the final(30%). For all who attend 100% class hours, the credits are given Bo and above since they passed the entrance exam. Only among those who skip classes, B- and lower grades will be given. |
You can read some of my writings listed below. |
Textbook: Lecture Notes, by J. E. Kim (2009) |
Side books: 1. Halzen, 2. Cheng+Li, 3. Georgi |
Course description: It is assumed that students are familiar with elementary quantum field theory. But most topics covered are presented from the scratch. |
For course evaluation, I will consider the attendance(15%), homeworks(35%), and the final(50%) exam. |
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Advanced General Physics (freshman) |
Textbook: Lecture Notes in the jnt file form (not in the text form) by J. E. Kim (2009), and Feynman Lectures Vol. I (The red book). |
Side books: Any book on general physics, such as Halliday et al. |
Course description: It is assumed that students are familiar with the elementary material of general physics. But we go through general physics anyway. |
For course evaluation, I will consider the attendance(7%), the homeworks(28%), and two exams, one midterm(35%) and the final(30%). For all who attend 100% class hours, the credits are given Bo and above since they passed the entrance exam. Only among those who skip classes, B- and lower grades will be given. |
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Quantum Mechanics I (graduate) |
Textbook: Lecture Notes on Intermediate Quantum Mechanics, by J. E. Kim (2004) |
Side book: Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals (2nd ed., 2003) by K. Gottfried and T.-M. Yan |
Reference(s): Sakurai QM |
Course description: It is assumed that elementary quantum physics is known, in particular wave mechanics. The course will be a bit more mathematical. |
For course evaluation, I will consider the attendance(7%), homeworks(30%), and mid-term (30%) and final(33%) exams. |
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Particle Physics (graduate) |
Textbook: Notes prepared before by J. E. Kim |
Reference(s): 1. Halzen; 2. Cheng and Li; 3. Georgi |
Course description: It is assumed that students are familiar with advanced quantum mechanics, in particular the Dirac equation. I will try to discuss gauge theory in depth and introduce the standard model phenomenology. |
For course evaluation, I will consider the attendance(20%), homeworks(30%), and the final exam(50%). |
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Quantum Mechanics II (graduate) |
Textbook: Lecture Notes on Intermediate Quantum Mechanics, by J. E. Kim (2004) |
Textbook: Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals (2nd ed., 2003) by K. Gottfried and T.-M. Yan |
Reference(s): Sakurai QM |
Course description: It is assumed that elementary quantum physics is known, in particular wave mechanics. The course will be a bit more mathematical. Path integral, hydrogen-like atoms, scattering, low energy applications of QFT will be discussed. |
For course evaluation, I will consider the attendance(7%-S, 10%-F), homeworks(30%), and mid-term (30%) and final(33%-S, 30%-F) exams. |
Chapter 7 : |
Quantum Mechanics I (graduate) |
Textbook: Lecture Notes on Intermediate Quantum Mechanics, by J. E. Kim (2004) |
Textbook: Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals (2nd ed., 2003) by K. Gottfried and T.-M. Yan |
Reference(s): Sakurai QM |
Course description: It is assumed that elementary quantum physics is known, in particular wave mechanics. The course will be a bit more mathematical. |
For course evaluation, I will consider the attendance(7%-S, 10%-F), homeworks(30%), and mid-term (30%) and final(33%-S, 30%-F) exams. |
Chapter 2 : |
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2004 Fall |
Physics Reaearch (undergraduate) |
Reference: Introductory review articles for beyond layman, e.g. in Scientific American, Physics Today, etc. |
Course description: Students are required to study on a physics topic and report in the class. |
For course evaluation, I will consider the scope of understanding on the topic, the seminar, the attidude on the discussion and grasp of the subject during others' seminar, and of course the attendance, |
Seminar schedule : |
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Quantum Mechanics II (graduate) |
Textbook: Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals (2nd ed., 2003) by K. Gottfried and T.-M. Yan |
Reference(s): Sakurai QM, Sakurai Adv. QM. |
Course description: In the second semester, we will study path integral formulation of quantum mechanics and semi-classical description, hydrogen-like atoms and two electron atoms, and scattering. If time permits, scattering with electromagnetic field quantized will be discussed toward more accurate calculations in the level transition in atoms. We do not have time for the discussion of the Dirac equation. |
For course evaluation, I will consider the attendance(7%-S, 10%-F), homeworks(30%), and mid-term (30%) and final(33%-S, 30%-F) exams. |
[Chapter 5] |
[Final Exam of QMI] |
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2004 Spring |
Quantum Mechanics I (graduate) |
Textbook: Quantum Mechanics: Fundamentals (2nd ed., 2003) by K. Gottfried and T.-M. Yan |
Reference(s): Sakurai QM, Sakurai Adv. QM. |
Course description: It is assumed that elementary quantum physics is known, in particular wave mechanics. The course will be a bit more mathematical. The important experiments establishing the foundation are introduced, but the main emphasis will be on the fundamental aspects in quantum mechanics. |
For course evaluation, I will consider the attendance(7%-S, 10%-F), homeworks(30%), and mid-term (30%) and final(33%-S, 30%-F) exams. |
[Chapter 1] |
[Final Exam] |
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2003 Fall |
Physical Math (under) |
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Particle Physics (graduate) |
For the course evaluation, I will consider exercises(35 %), and the final exam(65 %). |
Textbook: Elementary particles and their gauge interactions by J.E. Kim |
Reference(s): Cheng-Li, Halzen, etc. |
Course description: In a 16 week course, it is hard to teach all important aspects of particle theory. So, I try to introduce the standard model of particle physics, its outstanding problems and some important theoretical development. Before going into this important topic, I introduce techniques attacking the phenomena at shortest distance scale. |
[Chapter 3] |
Particle Physics (graduate) |
For the course evaluation, I will consider exercises(40 %), and the final exam(60 %). |
Textbook: Elementary particles and their gauge interactions by J.E. Kim |
Course description: In a 16 week course, it is hard to teach all important aspects of particle theory. So, I try to introduce the standard model of particle physics, its outstanding problems and some important theoretical development. |
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Physics Seminar (undergraduate) |
For the course evaluation, I will consider the presentation of a 50 minutes seminar(60 %), the scope of understanding the topic(20 %), and asking important questions and presenting useful comments during others' presentations(15 %). The rest 5 % will be reserved for attendance and other factors. Physics Today and Scientific American will be the level of the talk. The seminar will proceed after a brief introduction of the topic by me and the speaker will present a 50-min talk, presumably using the overhead projector or the Power Point slide show. Then 20 minutes are reserved for the question and answer session. |
[Seminar topics] |
Physical Mathematics (Under) |
For the course evaluation, I will consider exercises(30 %), the midterm exam(30 %), and the final exam(40 %). |
Textbook: Mathematical Methods of Physics by J. Mathews and R. L. Walker |
Reference(s): Mathematical Methods for Physicists by G. Arfken |
Course description: In a 16 week course, it is hard to teach all important mathematical tools for physicists. Therefore, I take a shortcut route toward familiarizing several tools for experimental and theoretical physicists, mainly letting students solve many problems. I assume that students are already strong in basics such as on integration, differentiation, vectors, matrices, determinants, etc, taught in a freshman calculus course. After introducing some tricks in evaluating complex-looking integration, I will discuss integral transform, complex variables, linear vector spaces, special functions, eigenvalue problems, partial differential equations, etc. Most examples are physical ones, not the ones for the problemsake as some mathematicians prefer. |
The first meeting: September 11 (Tuesday). I will come back from Finland on Sep. 6. |
[Chapter 6] |
[Homework] |
General Physics, Quantum Physics (Undergraduate), | |
Mathematical Method of Physics (Undergraduate), Physical Mathematics (Undergraduate) | |
Undergraduate Seminar, Quantum Mechanics (Graduate), | |
Particle Physics (Graduate), Quantum Field Theory (Graduate), | |
Group Theory (Graduate), Several Courses on Special Topics (Graduate) | |
[Grand unification; Supersymmetry; Dynamical symmetry breaking; Relativity and cosmology; Extra dimensions]. |