# 4 Classes (48 Units)

**8.04**(12),

**8.044**(12),

**24.04**(12),

**24.280**(12)

# 8.04 Quantum Physics I

Experimental basis of quantum physics: photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, photons, Franck-Hertz experiment, the Bohr atom, electron diffraction, deBroglie waves, and wave-particle duality of matter and light. Introduction to wave mechanics: Schroedinger's equation, wave functions, wave packets, probability amplitudes, stationary states, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, and zero-point energies. Solutions to Schroedinger's equation in one dimension: transmission and reflection at a barrier, barrier penetration, potential wells, the simple harmonic oscillator. Schroedinger's equation in three dimensions: central potentials and introduction to hydrogenic systems.

This class has 8.03, 18.03, and 18.032 as prerequisites.

8.04 will be offered this semester (Fall 2018). It is instructed by V. Vuletic and M. Vogelsberger.

Lecture occurs 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 4-163.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information at the MIT + 8.04 - Google Search site or on the 8.04 Stellar site.

# 8.044 Statistical Physics I

Introduction to probability, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics. Random variables, joint and conditional probability densities, and functions of a random variable. Concepts of macroscopic variables and thermodynamic equilibrium, fundamental assumption of statistical mechanics, microcanonical and canonical ensembles. First, second, and third laws of thermodynamics. Numerous examples illustrating a wide variety of physical phenomena such as magnetism, polyatomic gases, thermal radiation, electrons in solids, and noise in electronic devices. Concurrent enrollment in 8.04 is recommended.

This class has 8.03, and 18.03 as prerequisites.

8.044 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by N. Fakhri.

Lecture occurs 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 6-120.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information at the MIT + 8.044 - Google Search site or on the 8.044 Stellar site.

# 24.04 Justice

Introduces contemporary political thought centered around the ideal of justice and the realities of injustice. Examines what a just society might look like and how we should understand various forms of oppression and domination. Studies three theories of justice (utilitarianism, libertarianism, and egalitarian liberalism) and brings them into conversation with other traditions of political thought (critical theory, communitarianism, republicanism, and post-structuralism). Readings cover foundational debates about equality, freedom, recognition, and power.

This class has no prerequisites.

24.04 will be offered this semester (Fall 2018). It is instructed by B. Zacka.

Lecture occurs 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 32-155.

This class counts for a total of
12 credits.
This class counts as a **HASS H**.
This class counts as a **CI-H**.

You can find more information at the MIT + 24.04 - Google Search site.

# 24.280 Foundations of Probability

Topics include probability puzzles, common fallacies in probabilistic reasoning, defenses and criticisms of Kolmogorov's axiomatization, interpretations of probability (including the frequency, logical, propensity, and various subjectivist interpretations), the relation of objective chance to rational subjective credence, conditional probability, rules for updating probability, and proposals for supplementing the probability calculus with further principles.

This class has no prerequisites.

24.280 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by R. White.

Lecture occurs 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 56-162.

This class counts for a total of
12 credits.
This class counts as a **HASS H**.

You can find more information at the MIT + 24.280 - Google Search site or on the 24.280 Stellar site.