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Modern Physics: The Theoretical Minimum - Statistical Mechanics

by Stanford Continuing Studies Program

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This course is comprised of a six-quarter sequence of classes that will explore the essential theoretical foundations of modern physics. The topics covered in this course sequence will include classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, the general and special theories of relativity, electromagnetism, cosmology, and black holes. While these courses will build upon one another, each course also stands on its own, and both individually and collectively they will let students attain the “theoretical minimum” for thinking intelligently about modern physics. Quantum theory governs the universe at its most basic level. In the first half of the 20th century physics was turned on its head by the radical discoveries of Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg, and Erwin Schroedinger. An entire new logical and mathematical foundation—quantum mechanics—eventually replaced classical physics. We will explore the quantum world, including the particle theory of light, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, and the Schroedinger Equation.

Customer Reviews

Shut the students up

The students think they contribute with their comments but they only distract from the lecture. It's like watching a movie being spoiled every couple minutes. Multiple times, Prof. Susskind loses his train of thought because he's responding to some question out of left field. Just because you go to Stanford doesn't put you in place to question physical concepts over a century old and let the guy finish an explanation before you make some kind of two-bit, extraneous addition.l

Excellent lectures

Very informative. It's amazing to watch the way the professor derives the equations.

Great Series

Another great lecture series. I wish that there were more lectures.
The only distractor is the "off the wall" questions; which there less.