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Physics 5A: Introductory Mechanics

Course Description:

Elementary mechanics. Vectors, Newton's laws, inverse square force laws, work and energy, conservation of momentum and energy, and oscillations. The first part covers vectors, kinematics in 1 and 2 dimensions, Newton' Laws, friction. The second part covers conservation of energy, momentum, and angular momentum. Also, rotational kinematics and dynamics, and statics.

Here is a Review Sheet for the first half of the quarter
Here are some review problems from the first half of the quarter: Problem set #1
and their solutions: Problem set #1 Solutions
Here are review problems from the second half of the quarter:Problem set #2
and their solutions:Problem Set #2 Solutions

Physics 5B: Fluid Dynamics, Oscillations, and Optics

Course Description

A continuation of 5A. Wave motion in matter, including sound waves. Geometrical optics, interference and polarization, statics and dynamics of fluids.

Here is Problem Set #1 for the first half of the quarter. Some problems were made by Robert Johnson. The solutions have been made but I will not upload them until the midterm review session

Problem Set #1 Solutions Please do not just look at the solutions. Really try the problems first. There will not be any solutions on the actual exam!

Damped Physical Pendulum solution. This was the last problem of the extra credit of homework #1. I go through the steps of how solve problems of this type and the graph of the motion of the pendulum.

Here is thePractice problem set #2. There is only 5 multiple choice and two free response questions. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LAST PROBLEM IS SOLVED TWO WAYS. ONE FOR AN OBJECT PLACED AT THE FOCAL POINT AND ONE FOR THE OBJECT PLACED AT TWICE THE FOCAL LENGTH.

Here are thePractice problem set #2 Solutions. Remember you learn best by doing, not looking at solutions so please try these problems first! Also, remember that sound level intensity is measured RELATIVE to another intensity. Please email me if there are any mistakes.

Here are the practice problems for the final.Problem Set #3 Some problems were made by Robert Johnson. Theses problems are not cumulative. Please refer to problem sets 1 and 2 for material covered before midterm 2.

Problem Set #3 Solutions Please do not just look at the solutions. Really try the problems first. There will not be any solutions on the actual exam! Good luck on the final and best of luck next quarter.

Physics 5C/6C: Electricity and Magnetism

Course Description

Introduction to electricity and magnetism. Electromagnetic radiation, Maxwell's equations.

Here is the Review Sheet #1 for the first third of the quarter (WITHOUT Solutions).

Here is the Review Sheet #2 for the second third of the quarter (WITH Solutions).

Here is the Review Sheet #3 for the last third of the quarter.

Here is Problem set #3 from the 3rd review sheet (WITH solutions).

Physics 6C Spring 2013

Here is a Review Sheet Spring 2013 #1 for the first few weeks.

Here is a Fake Midterm that I made up for this class.

Here are the solutions to the Fake Midterm Solutions

Physics 105: Classical Mechanics

Course Description

Particle dynamics in one, two, and three dimensions. Conservation laws. Small oscillations, Fourier series and Fourier integral solutions. Phase diagrams and nonlinear motions, Lagrange's equations and Hamiltonian Mechanics.

Here are some practice problems with solutions. All problems are from Kibble and Berkshire.

COPYING SOLUTIONS=CHEATING. STRENGTH AND HONOR.

Here is: Problem Set #1

Here is: Problem Set #2

Here is: Problem Set #3

Here is: Problem Set #4
There are some blank spaces where I hand drew in the situation.

Here is: Problem Set #5
Spaces for same reason as homework 4

The following homeworks are NOT LaTex'd! I did not have enough time to LaTex them. However, I am posting them with my score/grading so you can see my mistakes (and hopefully learn from them) and my triumphs in classical mechanics. Sorry if my handwriting is messy or there is poor scanning quality. THE FOLLOWING LINKS ARE DOWN. IF YOU CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO ''HACK '' THEM GO FOR IT! JUST LOOK FOR PATTERNS :)

Here is: Problem Set #6

Here is: Problem Set #7

Here is: Problem Set #8

Here is: My cheat sheet

Physics 112: Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Course Description

Consequences of the first and second laws of thermodynamics, elementary statistical mechanics, thermodynamics of irreversible processes.

Here is Frederick Reif's incredible 1st edition Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics on Amazon. It costs about $90. I highly recommend buying it if you can because it is very well written and very dense. It has only one edition and was published in the 1965. If you cannot afford this amazing text book here are:

Chapters 1-3

Chapters 4-6

Chapters 7-9

My Lecture Notes

Physics 116 A-B-C: Mathematical Methods in Physics

Here is the Amazon link of Mary L. Boas' very excellent 3rd edition of Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences. This is the required textbook for all three 116 courses. The 3rd edition is about $120 on amazon. I highly recommend buying and keeping it on your desk. You will refer to it frequently during your study of physics at UC Santa Cruz.

Physics 116A

Course Description

Infinite series, power series and asymptotic series, complex numbers and complex functions, topics in linear algebra including vector spaces, matrices and determinants, systems of linear equations, eigenvalue problems and matrix diagonalization, tensor algebra, asymptotic expansions, and special functions defined by integrals.

Resources

Here is: Problem set #1 covering chapters 1,2, and 11.

Here are: Solutions to problem set #1, please let me know if there are any mistakes.

Physics 116B

Course Description

Fourier series and transforms, ordinary differential equations, calculus of variations, and functions of a complex variable.

Resources

Here are: Notes from Physics 116B. They are organized as key points in each chapter of Boas (7-9,11) then handwritten solutions to as many problems as I could do before the final. I ran out of time so there is not a lot of solutions to Chapter 14 problems, but those are not too bad. Let me know if there is any mistakes. Enjoy!

Physics 116C

Course Description

Series solutions of ordinary equations, Legendre polynomials, Bessel functions, sets of orthogonal functions, partial differential equations, probability and statistics.

Resources

COMING SOON

Physics 133: Intermediate Laboratory

Course Description

Demonstration of phenomena of classical and modern physics. Development of a familiarity with experimental methods.

COPYING SOLUTIONS=CHEATING. STRENGTH AND HONOR.

If you use this lab as a reference and find any mistakes or parts that need clarifications please let me know (email is ereichwe@gmail.com). I want these to be as useful and clear as possible for future students.

Here is: Lab Report #1: Impedances

Here is: Lab Report #2: Gamma Ray

Here is: Lab Report #3: Atomic Spectra Part 1 and Part B

Physics 134: Advanced Laboratory

Course Description

Individual experimental investigations of basic phenomena in atomic, nuclear, and solid state physics.

COPYING SOLUTIONS=CHEATING. STRENGTH AND HONOR.

X-ray Fluorescence Lab Resources:

Electron Spin Resonance Lab Resources:

Here are X-Ray Diffraction Lab Resources:

Physics 139A: Quantum Mechanics

Course Description

The principles and mathematical techniques of non-relativistic quantum mechanics: the Schroedinger equation, Dirac notation, angular momentum, approximation methods, and scattering theory.

COPYING SOLUTIONS=CHEATING. STRENGTH AND HONOR.

Here is David J. Griffith's fantastic 2nd edition Quantum Mechanics Text Book on Amazon. Here are some practice problem sets from Physics 139A Spring 2013. Most problems are from Griffith's Introduction to Quantum Mechanics 2nd Edition.

Here is: Problem Set #1

Here is: Problem Set #2

Here is: Problem Set #3

Here is: Problem Set #4

Here is: Problem Set #5

Physics 139B: Quantum Mechanics II

Course Description

The principles and mathematical techniques of non-relativistic quantum mechanics: the Schroedinger equation, Dirac notation, angular momentum, approximation methods, and scattering theory.

I compiled a list of memorable quotes from Professor Gweon throughout the quarter. I tried to put context with all the quotes. All of these quotes were meant to make students laugh. He is a fantastic teacher. Highly recommend taking any of his courses.

Here is David J. Griffiths fantastic 2nd edition Quantum Mechanics Text Book

Here is: The compilation of hilarious quotes from Professor Gweon

Here are: Some of my notes from Physics 101B. They are a dumbed down version of the first few sections of Physics 139B. Covers 3D Schrodinger equation and probabilites associated with QM and Spin Orbit effect, Zeeman, multielctron atoms and Pauli Exclusion Principle.

Math 23A: Differential Vector Calculus

Course Description

Vectors in n-dimensional Euclidean space. The inner and cross products. The derivative of functions from n-dimensional to m-dimensional Euclidean space is studied as a linear transformation having matrix representation. Paths in 3-dimensions, arc-length, vector differential calculus, Taylors Theorem in several variables, extrema of real valued functions, constrained extrema and Lagrange multipliers, the implicit function theorem, and some applications.

Here is: practice midterm #1

Here are the solutions (with corrections!!)to the first practice midterm: page 1

Here is: practice midterm #2

Here is: practice midterm #3 solutions.

Here is: a must know problem for the final.

Here is: the must know solution.

Math 100: Introduction to Proofs and Problem Solving

Course Description

Students learn the basic concepts and ideas necessary for upper-division mathematics and techniques of mathematical proof. Introduction to sets, relations, elementary mathematical logic, proof by contradiction, mathematical induction, and counting arguments.

My three papers from Math 100 from spring 2012.

COPYING SOLUTIONS=CHEATING. STRENGTH AND HONOR

Here is: Paper #1 -"Katznelson's Theorem"

Here is: Paper #2 -Irrational Roots of Quadratic Equations

Here is: Paper #3 -Method for Approximating Irrational Numbers

General information

If you find any mistakes on my documents please tell me ASAP! My email is ereichwe@ucsc.edu ereichwe@gmail.com

The author of the this web page is Eric Reichwein. He earned his bachelors in physics with highest honors from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2014. He is now working full time as an systems engineer at a small (but growing!) space and defense contractor that does everything from high precision optical sensors and gyroscopes to free space optical communications and laser development to virtual reality and head-mounted displays for military and commercial pilots. His interests are just as broad, from experimental condensed matter physics to DIY electronics to distributed software systems and networking web development and education. Eric was a Modified Supplemental Instructor(MSI) and Tutor for 3 years while attending UC Santa Cruz. He has saved many resources (notes, tests, homeworks, etc.) from his own classes and made many more resources during his time as a MSI learning assistant, and will be displaying them as they become available on this web page. DISCLAIMER: DO NOT JUST COPY THESE SOLUTIONS!! IF YOU DO THEN YOU ARE CHEATING (MOSTLY YOURSELF, BUT ALSO IN THE CLASS)! I POST THESE TO HELP HONEST STUDENTS LEARN. COPYING SOLUTIONS IS ONLY HURTING YOU. REMEMBER: STRENGTH AND HONOR...

Some classes will be like battling a barbarian horde. Just like the opening scene of Ron Howard's Gladiator. For example, the professor might chop off your messengers head, and your army might be weak from homeworks and tests, but if you have strength and honor you will prevail. Caution this video is an epic depiction of tough classes.