Course Evaluation Customization Form

Viewing: PHYSICS 61, section 02


Term: 1192 - 1192
Instructor: Burchat

Learning Goals

State the postulates of special relativity, describe and analyze thought experiments that reveal the consequences of the postulates, and derive the key physical results of special relativity, including time dilation, length contraction, and the Lorentz transformation, from the postulates of relativity.
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State and explain Newton’s laws both in words and in equations, derive conservation laws from them, identify the conditions under which the conservation laws hold in a given system, and decide if they are applicable and useful in a given problem and, if so, use them.
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Articulate expectations for the solution to a problem (e.g., general properties of motion; behavior at early or late times, or in the limit of extremely large or small ratios of quantities, such as mass; symmetries), then check and justify the reasonableness of a solution (e.g., by dimensional analysis, limiting or special cases, symmetries).
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Identify the physical quantities and constants of nature that are relevant (or not) in a particular problem, and determine the possible form(s) of answers using dimensional analysis.
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Translate a physical description of a physics problem into the mathematical equation(s) necessary to solve it, and achieve physical insight from the mathematical statement of a problem.
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Visualize and sketch the behavior of equations for physical quantities (e.g., trajectories, potential energy functions), and interpret physical features (e.g., minima, intersections, asymptotic behavior) in graphs.
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Be aware of what you do and do not understand about physical phenomena and classes of problems in special relativity. Learn to identify and articulate where in a problem you experience difficulty and take appropriate action to move beyond that difficulty. Learn to ask targeted questions.
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Course Elements

How useful to you was/were the Activities and Exercises -- working actively in groups in class; in-class lectures and wrap-up discussions, led by instructor.?


How useful to you was/were the Special Relativity textbook by Morin for explanations and examples.?


How useful to you was/were the Intro to Classical Mechanics textbook by Morin for explanations and examples.?


How useful to you was/were the Problem Sets and solutions. ?


How useful to you was/were the TA and instructor office hours ("study hall" format).?


Additional Questions

Did PHYSICS 61 provide an inclusive and supportive learning environment?


Please comment on how the teaching methods that we used in class -- lecturing interspersed with exercises and activities -- contributed to your learning.


Please comment on how the opportunity to review problem set solutions, reflect on where you lost points, and submit revisions contributed to your learning.


Please comment on how your math and physics preparation matched the level at which PHYSICS 61 was taught. Did you feel under-prepared, over-prepared, or prepared at about the right level in math? In physics?



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