Modern Physics: The Theoretical Minimum  Einstein's Theory Stanford

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This course is comprised of a sixquarter 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.

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Einstein's Theory Lecture 1 (September 22, 2008)
Leonard Susskind discusses the concept of gravity and Newton's laws of motion as a brief introduction to Einstein's general theory of relativity. (September 22, 2008)

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Einstein's Theory Lecture 2 (September 29, 2008)
Leonard Susskind continues his discussion of Einstein's theory of general relativity along with a small introduction to special relativity. (September 29, 2008)

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Einstein's Theory Lecture 3 (October 6, 2008)
Professor Susskind continues his discussion of Einstein's theory of general relativity. He also gives a broad overview of the field of tensor calculus and it's relation to the curvature and geometry of spacetime. (October 6, 2008)

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Einstein's Theory Lecture 4 (October 13, 2008)
Stanford's Felix Bloch Professor of Physics, Leonard Susskind, discusses covariant and contra variant indices, tensor arithmetic, algebra and calculus, and the geometry of expanding space time. (October 13, 2008)

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Einstein's Theory Lecture 5 (October 20, 2008)
Felix Bloch Professor of Physics Leonard Susskind continues his discussion of Einstein's theory of general relativity. He discusses covariant and contra variant indices, tensor arithmetic and calculus. (October 20, 2008)

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Einstein's Theory Lecture 6 (October 27, 2008)
Professor Leonard Susskind continues his discussion of Einstein's theory of general relativity. He discusses covariant and contra variant indices, tensor arithmetic and calculus, and the geometry of expanding space time. (October 27, 2008)