Physical Systems 2000 - 2001
First Meeting: Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Room 2242, Lab II                            12:30 p.m.

Faculty: Don Middendorf 867-6618 (or x6618 from campus phones)

If you wish to talk about advising issues before the first class, leave me a message and tell me when you are available on Friday through Sunday evening (Sept. 22 - 24). Leave a phone number where you can be reached.

Register for 16 credits in fall. (8 credit portion available in spring. No signature required.)

        Day and Times:

                                 Room 2242 of Lab II

                                Classes will meet from 11:00 to 5:30 on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.
                                            (except first class meeting is at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26th)

                                Tutors will be available Monday afternoon and Wednesday afternoons.
Quantum Theory:


  • Schrodinger Equation
  • Spin 
  • Statistical Physics
Particle Physics

(mostly qualitative but prerequisite is winter quarter dynamics)




+ circuits lab

+ Multivariable calculus


+ computer lab

+Multivariable calculus


+ Projects




+ Differential Equations

Lagrangian & Hamiltonian dynamics 

+ Calculus of Variations


Wave Equation

 + Differential Equations

Fall quarter texts will cost over $400. (Winter and spring will be much less.)

Texts: (first two listed are for dynamics, next two for quantum physics, next 4 for electrodynamics)

Classical Dynamics 4th edition by Marion and Thornton, + Student solutions manual (Prentice Hall)

The Evolution of Physics by Einstein and Infeld (Simon and Schuster)

Nonclassical Physics by Harris (Addison Wesley)

Wholeness and The Implicate Order by Bohm (Routledge & Kegan Paul)

Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd edition by Griffiths (Prentice Hall)

Hidden Attraction: The Mystery and History of Magnetism by Verschuur (Oxford Press)

Div, Grad, Curl, and All That by H. M. Schey 3rd edition (W. W. Norton)

Understanding Basic Electronics by Larry D. Wolfgang (published by American Radio Relay League)

This electronics text will not be available in the bookstore. You will need to purchase it on-line at,,,, etc. Please do so immediately. $20.

What can I do to prepare?

  1. Prerequisites: one year of calculus and calculus-based physics including Newton's Laws and Electricity & Magnetism. (Some familiarity with quantum theory will be helpful, but it's not required.) There is no entrance exam. You decide if you meet the prerequisites or consult faculty.
  2. Most important: Come ready to start! Have your living situation settled before classes start, so you're ready to start learning seriously in the first week. Have a functional study area, reliable transportation, and money for books. Be prepared to work about 50 hours per week (including class time) starting the first day of class. Students working more than 15 hours per week outside of class tend to have difficulty with the workload. Tentatively, we are scheduled to meet from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Tutors should be available on Monday afternoon for dynamics and on Wednesday afternoon for Electrodynamics and Quantum Physics. During winter quarter, we will need to meet until 7 p.m. on Thursdays several times for access to the computer labs.
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