Physics 298. Experimental Courses
Modern Physics II
Applications of quantum mechanics to atomic and molecular systems. Topics include the hydrogen atom, the fine and hyperfine interactions, spin, and angular momentum. Many-electron atoms, simple molecules, bonding, and rotational and vibrational motions are also discussed. Throughout the course, basic concepts of quantum mechanics, such as wavefunctions, energy levels, quantum states and quantum numbers are stressed.
Meteorology and Oceanography
We will develop a physical description of the structure and flows of the atmosphere and ocean, with a focus on the physical processes common to both. Hands-on experiments are used whenever possible: course includes informal weekly lab exercises. Topic include basic structure of the atmosphere, global energy balance, convection, equations of fluid flow, effects of planetary rotation, geostrophic balance, general circulation of the atmosphere and ocean, Ekman layers, wind-driven ocean circulation, and thermohaline circulation.