PHYS 113: Contemporary Physics I

Welcome to Contemporary Physics I. This is a fairly unusual introductory Physics class. We will cover everything from relativity to classical mechanics to the Standard Model of Particle physics (although not in that order). We'll do programming, pen-and-paper problems, and lots of thought experiments. Please ask lots of questions, and by all means get in touch with me if you have any questions or concerns.
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Course Information

A complete discussion of course policies can be found in the syllabus.

Prof. Dave Goldberg (
Office: Disque Hall Room 810
Phone: x2715
Office Hours: TBD
or by appointment in advance

Teaching Assistant:
Mr. Christopher Brown (


MWF 12-1
Location TBD
W2-4 (Sec. 1), W4-6 (Sec. 2).
Disque 704.

Matter and Interaction by Chabay and Sherwood, 4th Edition. [Amazon Link] (The book is also available in 2 separate volumes)
We will only be using the first volume this term, but I strongly recommend getting both at once or the single volume version, and doing so as cheaply as possible. Both volumes will be needed for the 3 term sequence.


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Homework Assignments

You will typically have 3-4 classes (1-1 1/2 weeks) to complete homeworks, and the due date will be made very clear. A 10% penalty will be given for each day of lateness. The lowest homework will be dropped from your final average.

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Recitation Assignments

Recitations will be distributed during recitation sections and will be due via email to the TA. The first 30 minutes to an hour of recitation sections will be devoted to homework and concept discussion. You are not to work on your recitation assignments during the theoretical discussion.

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