Welcome to the Web site for U.C. Berkeley's Physics 110B, Fall 2008. Email to:
(Prof.) Mark Strovink, strovink at lbl dot gov . Here is my research web page.
(Ms.) Sharon Jue, sljue at berkeley dot edu . Here is her research web page.


Physics (research) links:
Speeches in the U.S. House of Representatives honoring the life of John Archibald Wheeler.
Scientist as Detective, Luis Alvarez and the Pyramid Burial Chambers, the JFK Assassination, and the End of the Dinosaurs, a readable account by Charles Wohl of one aspect of Berkeley's 1968 Nobelist.
Swedish Academy of Sciences detailed press release The Nobel Prize in Physics 2007. Advanced information.
Story by Kim Krieger in Physical Review Focus, Bullets of Light, describing a new technique that allows a wave packet of light to maintain its shape in all three dimensions as it travels through a material.
Article by Keigo Iizuka, Using Cellophane to Convert a Laptop Computer Screen into a 3D Display, exploiting the polarization of light emitted from an LCD screen and the use of cellophane as a half-wave plate for white light.
AIP Physics News Update A New Limit on Photon Mass, achieved by measuring the torque exerted by light on a sensitive torsion balance.
NY Times article Scientists Bring Light to Full Stop, Hold It, Then Send It on Its Way, by James Glanz, 18 Jan 01.
Link to What's New, a satirical summary of weekly events in science and science politics by Bob Park of the University of Maryland.
One version of a web portal for physicists, first posted in 1995 by Anton Skorucak (then an undergraduate at McMaster University, Ontario).

Web demos:
Paul Faulstad's math and physics applets illustrate a variety of standard physics phenomena; other math/physics applets are also linked.
Our course:
You are welcome to enroll in Physics 110B if you have received passing grades in Math 53+54, Physics (H)7ABC, and Physics 110A (or their equivalents), which are course prerequisites. If not, please do not enroll in 110B. If you do not meet the prerequisites and do not disclose that fact at the outset, you may be asked to withdraw from the course even after you have invested considerable effort in it.
Most documents linked here are in PDF format and are intended to be displayed by Adobe Acrobat [Reader], version 4 or later (Acrobat will do a better job if you uncheck "Use Greek Text Below:" on Edit-Preferences-Page Display).
General Information including schedules and rooms.
Course Outline.
Notes on Special Relativity for this course.
Video version of Fig. 11 in Notes on Special Relativity. See also the tragic sequel.
Expert comment on the inexpert characterization of these photos and videos as illustrative of a sonic boom.

Course exercises:
Problem Set 1 is devoted to electromagnetic waves. This is material from Griffiths' Chapter 9 that normally is taught in Physics 110A.
Problem Set 2
Problem Set 3
Problem Set 4
Problem Set 5
Problem Set 6
Problem Set 7
Problem Set 8
Problem Set 9
Problem Set 10
Problem Set 11
Problem Set 12

Hints for course exercises.
Answers for course exercises.
Exam 1               Solution to Exam 1               Exam 1 Statistics
Exam 2               Solution to Exam 2               Exam 2 Statistics
Final Exam           Solution to Final Exam           Final Exam Statistics
Composite Score Statistics

Material from other courses:
Notes on Special Relativity used in Physics H7C, Fall 2002.
Lecture Notes by Prof. L.T. Kerth, Tensor or Component Notation for Vectors, used in Physics 110A (2002).
Short Course in Classical Mechanics (lecture notes used in Physics 105, Fall 2006).
Solution to Problem Set 1, assigned in Physics 105, Spring 2000. Problem 4(a) derives the bac-cab rule using the Levi-Civita density.

More physics links:
Swedish Academy of Sciences detailed press release The Nobel Prize in Physics 2006. Advanced information.
Swedish Academy of Sciences detailed press release The Nobel Prize in Physics 2005.
108 pages of physics equations, compiled by Johan Wevers, a Dutch graduate student.
A scholarly essay on the couture of particle physics, by Judy Jackson in FermiNews, 3 Sep 99.