
Lectures 
MWF, period 3 (9:35 a.m.10:25 a.m.) 
Room NPB 1216 

Prerequisites
Graduate level core courses

Main Text
None

Supplementary
Texts

A. B. Migdal and V. P. Krainov. Approximate methods
of quantum mechanics, NEO Press, 1968

A. B. Migdal, Qualitative methods in quantum theory,
Benjamin, 1979

R. E. Peierls, Surprises in theoretical physics,
Princeton University Press, 1979

R. E. Peierls, More surprises in theoretical physics,
ibid., 1991

G. I. Barenblatt, Similarity, selfsimilarity,
and intermediate asymptotics, Consultants Bureau, 1979

G. I. Barenblatt, Dimensional analysis, Gordon
and Breach, 1987

M. Gitterman and V. Halpern, Qualitative Analysis
of Physical Problems, Academic Press, 1981.

Syllabus

Dimensional analysis and
scaling laws

Symmetries

Conservation laws

Math for physicists: how
to estimate rather than calculate

Construction of minimal
mathematical models

How to check your or somebody
else's answer

How to read a scientific
paper

Common misconceptions and
famous paradoxes

Required
work
Homework 30 % Typically, biweekly
Midterm 20 %
Class participaton 20 %
Final 30%

Class schedule

No classes
January 21 (MLK Day)
March 48 (Spring Break)

Last day of classes: April 24
 Final exam: TBA

Grading policy
Here is a guideline for your final grade, as the percentage of the
total number of points:
85100 A
8284 A
6581 B/B+
5064 C/C+
4049 D/D+
039 F
Depending on the overall performance of the class, these numbers may be
lowered but not raised.

Academic Honesty
All students are required to abide by
the Academic
Honesty Guidelines
accepted by the University.
Consistent
with university policy, any incident of academic dishonesty in
this course will be reported to the Dean of Students Office. It is
normal
and reasonable for students in a Physics course to work together on
homework assignments. However, following the normal practices of
coauthorship accepted in academic institutions, yo must list all
people who you collaborated with on a particular assignment. This Instructor defines academic dishonesty as plagiarism (including copying solutions from Internet sources), fabricating data (for example, ''fixing" a solution so that it gives the correct answer),
giving or receiving any unauthorized assistance on academic work, and
interfering with the academic work of other students. Supplying a false
or fabricated excuse for missed academic work is also academic dishonesty.
If the incident is the student's first offense at UF, the student will
receive a reduced or failing grade in PHY6426. If not, the Dean of Students Office
will decide the appropriate sanction.

Students with
disabilities
Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with
the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide
documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation
to the Instructor when requesting accommodation.
