Academic Year 2006-2007, Fall Term


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Preface and Contents Course Description Questionnaire
Chapter 1: Physics in Euclidean Space and Flat Spacetime: Geometric Viewpoint [Version 0401.2.K] [Version 0601.2.K] Homework 1
(due Wed. Oct. 4)
Solution Set 1
Chapter 2: Kinetic Theory [version 0402.2.K] [Version 0602.1.K] Homework 2
(due Wed. Oct. 11)
Solution Set 2
Chapter 3: Statistical Mechanics [version 0403.2.K] [version 0603.1.K] Homework 3
(due Wed. Oct. 18)
Solution Set 3
Chapter 4: Statistical Thermodynamics [version 0404.1.K] Homework 4
(due Wed. Oct. 25)
Solution Set 4
Chapter5: Random Processes [version 0405.1.K] Homework 5
(due Wed. Nov. 1)
Solution Set 5
Chapter6: Geometric Optics [version 0406.4.K] Homework 6
(due Wed. Nov. 8)
Solution Set 6
Chapter 7: Diffraction [version 0407.1.K] Homework 7
(due Wed. Nov. 15)
Solution Set 7
Chapter 8: Interference [version 0408.2.K] Homework 8
(due Wed. Nov 22)
Solution Set 8
Chapter 9: Nonlinear Optics [version 0409.1.K] Homework 9
(due Wed. Nov 29)
Solution Set 9
Final exam
Chapter 10: Elastostatics [version 0410.2.K] [version 0610.1.K] [version 0610.2.K] Homework 10a
(due Wed. Jan 10)
Solution Set 10a
Chapter 11: Elastodynamics [version 0411.2.K] [version 0611.1.K], Homework 10b & 11a
(due Wed. Jan 17)
Solution Set 10b & 11a
Chapter 11: Elastodynamics [version 0611.2.K] , Homework 11b
(due Wed. Jan 24)
Solution Set 11b
Chapter 12: Foundations of Fluid Dynamics [version 0412.2.K][version 0612.1.K][version 0612.2.K] Homework 12
(due Wed. Jan 31)
Solution Set 12
Chapter 13: Vorticity [version 0413.2.K][version 0613.1.K][version 0613.2.K] Homework 13
(due Wed. Feb 7)
Solution Set 13
Chapter 14: Turbulence [version 0414.1.K][version 0614.1.K] Homework 14
(due Wed. Feb 14)
Solution Set 14
Chapter 15: Waves and Rotating Flows [version 0415.2.K][version 0615.1.K][version 0615.2.K] Homework 15
(due Wed. Feb 21)
Solution Set 15
Chapter 16: Compressible and Supersonic Flow [version 0416.2.K][version 0616.1.K] Homework 16A
(due Wed. Feb 28)
Solution Set 16A
Chapter 17: Convection [version 0417.1.K][version 0617.1.K]
Chapter 18: Magnetohydrodynamics [version 0418.1.K][version 0618.1.K][version 0618.2.K] Homework 16B & 18A
(due Wed. Mar 7)
Solution Set 16B & 18A
Homework 18B
(due Wed. Mar 14)
Solution Set 18B
Chapter 19: Particle Kinetics of Plasma [version 0419.1.K][version 0619.1.K] Homework 19
(due Wed. April 4)
Solution Set 19
Chapter 20: Waves in Cold Plasmas: Two-Fluid Formalism [version 0420.1.K][version 0620.1.K] Homework 20
(due Wed. April 11)
Solution Set 20
Chapter 21: Kinetic Theory of Warm Plasmas [version 0421.1.K],[version 0621.1.K] Homework 21
(due Wed. April 18)
Solution Set 21
Chapter 22: Nonlinear Dynamics of Plasmas [version 0422.1.K], [version 0622.1.K] Homework 22
(due Wed. April 25)
Solution Set 22
Chapter 23: From Special to General Relativity [version 0423.1.K], [version 0623.1.K] Homework 23
(due Wed. May 2)
Solution Set 23
Chapter 24: Fundamental Concepts of General Relativity [version 0424.1.K], [version 0624.1.K] Homework 24
(due Wed. May 9)
Solution Set 24
Chapter 25: Stars and Black Holes [version 0425.1.K], [version 0625.1.K] Homework 25
(due Wed. May 16)
Solution Set 25
Chapter 26: Gravitational Waves and Experimental Tests of General Relativity [version 0426.1.K], [version 0626.1.K] Homework 26
(due Wed. May 23)
Solution Set 26
Chapter 27: Cosmology [version 0427.1.K], [version 0627.1.K] Homework 27
(due Wed. May 30)
Appendix A: Concept-Based Outline of Book [version 0411.1K]
Appendix B: Some Unifying Concepts [version 0411.1K]

Last update 6 December, 2006