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Oberlin College Department of Physics and Astronomy;
last updated 11 November 2021.
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Teacher: Dan Styer.
Class meetings are at Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 10:00 am.
Summary sheet (PDF)
How can a ladybug flying in a moving car fly slower than common sense predicts?
The Theory of Interstellar Trade (PDF). A twelve-page paper, packed with physics and economics in-jokes, written by now-distinguished economist Paul Krugman back in July 1978, when he was a struggling young assistant professor. Addresses the question "How should interest charges on goods in transit be computed when the goods travel at close to the speed of light?"
Solution to joust problem.
Model solution for assignment 5
Sample final exam 1
Model solutions for sample final exam 1
Sample final exam 2
Model solutions for sample final exam 2
Is the path of light bent by gravity? (Presentation given in class Thursday, 11 November 2021.)