Instructor Office Email Office Hours
Dmitrii Maslov
 NPB 2114
 3 p.m. -4 p.m .
 Tue, Thu

Katie Leonard
NPB 2042


MWF, period 3 (9:35 a.m.-10:25 a.m.)  Room NPB 1216
  • Pre-requisites
    Graduate level core courses

  • Main Text

  • 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, self-similarity, 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, bi-weekly
    Midterm 20 %
    Class participaton 20 %
    Final 30%

  • Class schedule

  • No classes
    January 21 (MLK Day)
    March 4-8 (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:
    85-100 A

    82-84  A-
    65-81 B/B+
    50-64 C/C+
    40-49 D/D+
    0-39 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 co-authorship 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.

University of Florida Department of Physics