String Theory OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Physics Class on String Theory

Published Jan 27, 2009

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'String Theory for Undergraduates' is an OpenCourseWare program offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This free online course provides the fundamentals of string theory to students with prior knowledge of relativity and quantum mechanics. This free undergraduate course contains valuable preparatory information for students majoring in physics.

String Theory for Undergraduates: Course Specifics

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String Theory for Undergraduates: Course Description

String theory is a dynamic research field, which binds the studies of quantum mechanics and relativity. Students versed in those two areas can apply their knowledge to this free primer in string theory.

Professors Barton Zwiebach and Alan Guth will begin this OpenCourseWare with entry-level topics, such as Lorentz transformations and light-cone coordinates. Later, students will advance into more difficult concepts, including Gauss' Law, the relativistic point particle and sigma-parametrization. This course will guide students through these subjects with the aid of lecture notes. Students will work through homework assignments to reinforce the concepts covered. This course's home page recommends completing 'Relativity,' 'Statistical Physics I' and 'Quantum Physics II' as prerequisites. These prerequisite courses are offered by MIT as OpenCourseWare.

Material for this course includes lecture notes and homework assignments. More information can be found on the String Theory course home page.

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