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Welcome to Berkeley's Physics Club!

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SPS@Berkeley

The Society of Physics Students is a professional, national organization for all students interested in physics. We are the chapter at University of California - Berkeley. We do fun projects, promote and discuss physics, tour lab facilities, and connect with professors and their research. We also support an FAQ to answer questions about physics courses and the physics major, and we will produce a course guide soon. Check them out! Any questions, comments, or feedback? Email us at ucbsps@gmail.com. Interested in getting involved? Subscribe to our mailing list

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Mission Statement

The Society of Physics Students is an organization dedicated to physics-related ideas and cutting-edge research. We encourage and assist students interested in physics to develop the knowledge, competence, enthusiasm, and social responsibility that are essential to the advancement of physics; stimulate interest in advanced study and research in physics; develop collegiality among physics students and faculty members; promote public interest in physics; and provide liaison between students and the member societies of the American Institute of Physics.

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Get involved!

SPS has many opportunities for you to get involved in the club's activities. Interested in volunteering for the Snack Shack? Want to help write a course guide?Sign up to participate in one of our many Faculty-Student lunches! If you want to get involved in some other way, feel free to contact us or contact one of our officers or members to learn more about the club and how you can contribute!

Download club constitution: text, pdf



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Members

Executive Board

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Executive President:

William Tokumaru

The President is the club's leader and represents the club to the department and other official organizations. He organizes major club events, such as faculty lunches, barbeques, and lab tours, while frequently assisting other officers with their duties.

Is a Junior physics major and history minor. Employed by Foothill Dining Commons. Beginning research in atomic/molecular/optical physics. Pursuing academic particle physics and historical game design.

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Internal Vice President:

Nathanan Tantivasadakarn

The Internal Vice President overlooks the internal affairs by assigning duties and goals to officers and making sure that they are fulfilled. He will also communicate between officers and members to find aspects of the club that can be improved.

I'm a junior majoring in Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics and an international student from Thailand. I joined SPS last year where I acted as secretary and facilitated the Physics GRE DeCal in the spring. I am doing research in the astronomy department on star formation. In my free time, I enjoy playing the piano.

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External Vice President:

Anastasia Bizyaeva

As the external vice president I will be representing SPS to other organizations, coordinating outreach to the undergraduate physics community, and helping out with anything else that comes up.

I am a 3rd year physics student here at UC Berkeley and I'm super excited to be on the SPS board! Stop by and say hello if you see me around Leconte.

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Treasurer:

Manuel Silva

The Treasurer maintains the club's finances. He facilitates economic transactions that involve the clu and works closely with the Physics department.

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Secretary:

Katya Simpson

The Secretary is in charge of maintaining non-rhyming records and minutes for the society; she acts as one of the main organizational figures while working closely with the Presidents to keep things running smoothly. Feel free to email her with any SPS-related questions, concerns, or proposals.

A displaced Canadian who lives in cafes
Studying physics, philosophy, and french ballets
he can't write a limerick
in fact, she's quite sick of it
Yet will bore you with poetry for days

Tech Team

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Tech Chair:

Chris Agostino

The Tech Chair oversees the website and makes sure that the server is up and running and when it crashes he turns it back on.

Second year Physics/Astrophysics double major. I implemented the current design for the website. I'm interested in space exploration, cosmology, astroparticle physics and condensed matter and currently I do research in magnetic thin films in the SPLEEM lab at LBL.

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Website Designer:

Mike Zhong

The Website Designer updates the website with current and relevant information.

Hello, Mike Zhong is a 2nd year undergraduate student intending to major in physics and cognitive science. In his free time, he enjoys listening and making music among other fancies. Please feel free to contact him about all things life!

Snack Shack

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Snack Shack Resources:

Gauri Powale

Maintains a schedule of who watches snack shack and when. Lets the other workers into the room and help them transport the cart. Maintain inventory and finances. Come up with new and better ways to increase awareness.

Hi everyone! I'm Gauri and I'm from Virginia! I like to play tennis and go white-water rafting! You can usually catch me at the gym lifting weights or running around the firetrails.

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Snack Shack Management:

MacCallum Robertson

Hire volunteers to work at the snack shack. Determine and carry out methods for acquiring supplies, food, and green books. Aid in finances and inventory. Come up with new and better methods for implementing snack shack.

I'm a 2nd year Physics/Applied math major. I work at LBNL at the Center for X-ray Optics researching methods of determining orbital-spin magnetic moment ratios from spatial resolution images of magnetic domains. I also work in the Cryogenic Dark Matter Search group on campus performing calculations determining microwave loss of superconducting resonators due to quantum vortices. Research aside, I enjoy drawing, running, cooking (especially baking), and play ultimate Frisbee on the Cal team.

Officers

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Social Activities Coordinator:

Eli Mizrachi

The Social Activities Coordinator is in charge of creating and managing events in order to foster a welcoming and friendly environment for students throughout the department.

About Me: I'm from San Diego, and actually transferred from community college there a year ago; it's really surprising how fast time has gone by! If you ever need to find me/talk, chances are I'll be in the reading room (251 LeConte) because I'm too lazy to go anywhere else. My hobbies include: research, gaming (pc), and even a bit of cooking on the side!

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Bureaucrat:

Aditya Vignesh

The bureaucrat represents the undergraduate body of physics majors to the department, working with the presidents.

A junior/senior in physics and applied mathematics. An international student from India. Likes exploring and thinking about experimental physics research methods, and is particularly interested in quantum optics, physics of quantum bits, quantum information and computation, and condensed matter physics in general. Feel free to contact him about undergraduate research, classes, getting around as an international student, or just talk about the above topics or physics/math in general !

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Project Coordinator:

Nick Luo

Organizes projects to be carried out by SPS members (and maybe other clubs too!)

Yo I'm a sophomore double majoring in physics and astrophysics. I love taking pictures (seriously). Besides, I love swimming and travel (especially Alaska)!.

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Creative Designer:

Justin Baik

The creative designer is in charge of publicizing creative poster designs and advertisements to make the club better known for the students who may find SPS helpful. Creative designer leads any art-related activities within the club, such as club logo design competition, chalking, and advertisement/poster making.

I am more than willing to support SPS for the undergraduate learning opportunities in the Berkeley physics department. I would like to provide resources for both learning and finding real life applications of physics via facilitating support from the outstanding faculty and staff members here at Cal. Currently, I am a sophomore majoring in physics, and I am interested in studying the mind. I would like to pursue my career in researching how our brain works. My father is a physicist, and he still inspires me till this day to grow as an intelligent scholar who can change the way we view this world, and I would like to support other scholars through the club SPS.

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Historian:

Kevin Chau

The Historian helps plan events, takes pictures at events, presents pictures via the website, Flickr account

20 years young. 3rd year physics and cs major. I play piano and DJ.

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Lunch Host:

Alan Luu

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Grillmaster:

Ben Sheff

The Grillmaster is in charge of acquiring materials and volunteers for barbecues, along with managing the scheduling and running of the barbecues themselves. Regular barbecues are an old tradition in the physics department. They provide a great opportunity for professors and grad students to leave their offices, for undergrads to put off homework, and for disparate parts of the department to interact.

I'm a second year physics/math double major from Iowa. Currently I'm working with a group in the physics department doing research searching for neutrinoless double beta decay. Outside of work, I like robots, ultimate frisbee, and video games (especially the Civ series). I'm looking forward to reviving the hallowed tradition of Berkeley Physics barbecues!f

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Guidewriter:

Alex Wang

As guidewriter I am responsible for writing and collecting articles that may be useful to prospective or current physics majors. If you have any suggestions on future guides, or if you have any comments on existing ones, feel free to send me an email at alexzwang@berkeley.edu.

I’m a third year studying math and physics who enjoys sleeping for most of the day.

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Test Scanner:

Matthew Sorensen

The Test Scanner obtains previously administered physics exams and permission from their authors for disseminating them, then scans and sends the tests to Tau Beta Pi to be uploaded and displayed on their test archives.

Matthew is a current second-year intended physics major.

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Outreach:

Goni Halevy

I am in charge of spreading the information about and recruiting volunteers for outreach events such as the Bay Area Science Festival and Cal Day in order to expose laypeople to the wonders of physics.

I'm a second year Physics and Astrophysics double major. I am most interested in cosmology, and currently I do supernovae observations for the Filippenko search team. In my free time, I like to read, write, frequent the Berkeley Student Food Collective, cook vegetarian meals, explore Berkeley and SF, and travel as much as possible.

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Ambassador:

Cee Gould

As Ambassador for SPS, Cee networks with other SPS organizations outside of Berkeley and around California. The aim is to initiate and maintain contact with other organizations to create a cohesive and supportive physics community.

Cee is a second year intended Astrophysics major. When she's not working with SPS, she can also be found working in the Native American Student Development Office, volunteering at the Lawrence Hall of Science, or longboarding throughout the Berkeley campus. She loves to smile and encourages everyone to be her friend.

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Travel:

Leah Tom

I'm in charge of coordinating travel to and from events held outside Berkeley.

I'm a Physics and Math major. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing and watching movies.

Liaisons

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SESB Liaison:

Abigail Iturra

The Space Exploration Society at Berkeley (SESB) Liaison maintains communication between SPS and SESB to promote inter-club collaboration on projects and events. The SESB Liaison updates SPS on relevant SESB news, and updates SESB on relevant SPS news.f

A second year planning to double in Physics and Applied Math with a minor in Philosophy. She enjoys understanding new concepts and loves her cat Scottie. On her spare time she volunteers at the Berkeley Student Food Collective, goes on runs, and talks to others about the importance of space exploration as well as a vegan lifestyle.

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SWPS Liaison:

Su-Ann Chong

The SWPS Liaison maintains communication with the Society of Women in Physical Sciences to promote inter-club collaboration.

I'm a Junior majoring in Physics. Currently I'm working in Crommie's research group (mainly deals with simulations) I'm also an undergraduate coordinator for Society of Women in Physical Sciences. Check out: http://swps.berkeley.edu

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Compass Liaison:

Doris Lee

The Compass Liaison maintains communication with the Berkeley Compass Project to promote inter-club collaboration. The Compass Liaison is responsible for organizing joint events between SPS and Compass.

Sophomore intended major in physics and astrophysics.

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Biophysics Liaison:

Alison Kim

The Biophysics Liaison coordinates with MCB/IB/CogSci student groups as well as other SPS Liaisons to host biophysics events and socials.

I'm a third year undergrad studying Physics and MCB-Neurobiology, and loving every minute of it! (Did you know that the brain is essentially one huge circuit?) When I'm not in the LeConte reading room, I enjoy cooking, running, skating, attending concerts, and pretending I'm Roger Ebert. Feel free to email me if you have suggestions for events, want to chat about biophysics/film/music/recipes, or are in need of moral support for 111 BSC (I actually really liked that class!).

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ASUC Liaison:

Lavanya Jawharlal

I serve as the ASUC Liaison, which essentially means I am your middle person to the campus government. I am a strong supporter of the STEM majors and will be working on several grants and events that can help SPS. If you have any questions, just send me an email! :)

Hi everyone! I'm currently a 3rd year majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Engineering Leadership. I am currently doing research in the Theoretical and Applied Fluid Dynamics Lab here on campus. In addition, I LOVE robotics and actively work to increase STEM awareness for younger kids. I am part of the ASUC and look forward to bringing STEM more prominence in our government. I love to read, scuba dive, and play soccer!

Events

Current and Upcoming Events

Event Type Date Time Location Details
Faculty Lunch with Edgar Knobloch Academic/Social Thursday, October 23 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Edgar Knobloch, whose research is in Non-linear Dynamics
SWPS Resume and CV Workshop Social Thursday, October 23 6:00pm
Project Meeting Social Friday, October 24 5:00pm 251 LeConte Discuss current and future projects.
Faculty Lunch with Dan Kasen Academic/Social Thursday, October 30 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Dan Kasen, whose research is in Astrophysical Theory.
General Meeting Social Friday, October 31 5:00pm 251 LeConte Discuss general club activities and socialize with other club members.
Cal SPS Exhibit at BASF Discovery Days Outreach Saturday, November 1 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM AT&T Park Want to introduce people to the wonders of physics? Have a Saturday afternoon to burn? Get some cool experience by volunteering to help out at our booth at the Bay Area Science Festival. Email us if you are interested.
Faculty Lunch with Stephen Leone Academic/Social Tuesday, November 4 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Stephen Leone, whose research is in Atomic/Molecular/Optical physics.
SWPS Dinner hosted by Astro Social Wednesday, November 6 6:00pm
SPS Barbecue Social Friday, November 1:00 PM-5:00 PM LeConte Courtyard Enjoy good food with others in the physics department and socialize with graduate students and hopefully professors
LAN Party Social Friday, November 7 5:00pm TBD Get together to play some video games and bond.
Faculty Lunch with Oskar Hallatscheck Academic/Social Friday, November 14 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Oskar Hallatscheck, whose research is in Biophysics.
Grad School Prep Workshop Professional Friday, November 14 TBD TBD
General Meeting Social Friday, November 14 5:00pm 251 LeConte Discuss general club activities and socialize with other club members.
Faculty Lunch with Jeff Neaton Academic/Social Thursday, November 20 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Jeff Neaton, who is the current director of the Molecular Foundry and whose research is in Theoretical and computational Condensed Matter Physics
General Meeting Social Friday, November 21 5:00pm 251 LeConte Discuss general club activities and socialize with other club members.
Philosophy Debate or Career Workshop or Joint Meeting Social Friday, November 21 TBd TBD
Faculty Lunch with Kam-Biu Luk Academic/Social Monday, November 24 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 325 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Kam-Biu Luk, whose research is in Experimental Particle Physics.
Faculty Lunch with Bob Jacobsen Academic/Social Wednesday, December 3 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 395 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Bob Jacobsen, whose research is in Dark Matter detection.
SPS Barbecue Social Friday, December 5 or Friday, December 12 1:00 PM-5:00 PM LeConte Courtyard Enjoy good food with others in the physics department and socialize with graduate students and hopefully professors
Advanced Light Source Lab Tour Academic/Professional Tuesday, December 9 4 PM Advanced Light Source Lab at LBNL Join us on a lab tour in LBNL. If you're interested in attending, please click here
Faculty Lunch with Roger Falcone Academic/Social Thursday, December 11 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Roger Falcone, whose research involves the study of ultrafast phenomena in condensed matter, molecular, and atomic physics.
NIF Lab Tour Social/Professional January 16 9:30 AM- 2:00 PM Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Come tour the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It is home to some of the world's foremost plasma physics research.
IAPS Physics Competition Social May 22-24, 2015 The Netherlands The International Association of Physics Students is holding an international theoretical physics competition for undergrads and grads.

Past Events

Event Type Date Time Location Details
SPS Barbecue Social Friday, October 17 1:00 PM-5:00 PM LeConte Courtyard Enjoy good food with others in the physics department and socialize with graduate students and hopefully professors
General Meeting Social Friday, October 17 5:00pm 251 LeConte Possible movie night with analysis afterwards and/or debate about politics in science in order to create awawreness for upcoming elections.
Faculty Lunch with Wick Haxton Academic/Social Tuesday, October 14 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and WIck Haxton, whose research is in Astrophysical Theory.
General Meeting Social Friday, October 10 5:00pm 251 LeConte Discuss general club activities and socialize with other club members.
Grad School Panel Social Wednesday, October 8 5:00pm
Movie Night Social Friday, October 3 TBD TBD Get together to watch a movie then talk about it afterward.
SWPS Dinner hosted by Physics with Growth Mindset Workshop Social Wednesday, October 1 6:00pm
Faculty Lunch with Steve Stahler Academic/Social Friday, September 19 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Steve Stahler, whose research is in Astrophysical Theory..
SPS Barbecue Social Friday, September 19 1:00 PM-5:00 PM LeConte Courtyard Enjoy good food with others in the physics department and socialize with graduate students and hopefully professors
General Meeting Social Friday, September 19 5:00pm 251 LeConte Discuss general club activities and socialize with other club members.
General Meeting Social Friday, September 12 5:00pm 251 LeConte Discuss general club activities and socialize with other club members.
SWPS Mentoring Meetup Social Wednesday, September 17 6:00pm
Faculty Lunch with Surjeet Rajendran Academic/Social Thursday, September 11 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Surjeet Rajendran, whose research is in Particle Physics.
SWPS 101 Social Thursday, September 11 6:00pm
Faculty Lunch with Jonathan Wurtele Academic/Social Friday, September 26 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Jonathan Wurtele, whose research is in Plasma Theory.
Website and Finance Meeting Professional Friday, September 26 5:00pm 251 LeConte We shall discuss the new SPS blog, the possibility of a PGRE question per day, a challenge problem per week, as well as integrating volunteer forms.
General Meeting Social Friday, September 5 5:00pm 251 LeConte Discuss general club activities and socialize with other club members.
Calapalooza Social Wednesday, September 3 4:00 PM- 8:00 PM Sproul Plaza Recruit new students to join the Society of Physics Students at Berkeley.
General Meeting Social Friday, August 29 5:00pm 251 LeConte Discuss general club activities and socialize with other club members.
Officer Meeting Social Saturday,July 26 6:00 PM LeConte Courtyard Attendance is mandatory for all officers who are in town by then, so be sure to let me know if you can not make it. If you can not make a certain time that weekend, post here and we will determine the best possible meeting time. We will either meet in Evans of LeConte, depending on the time of day. Non-officers are welcome to attend if they are curious. I will be working with other top officers to create an itinerary and post it here once complete. The purpose of the meeting is to hang out and discuss plans for the coming year, with a particular emphasis on Launch Day and long-term planning.
NIF Lab Tour Social/Professional Friday, May 9 9:30 AM- 2:00 PM Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Come tour the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It is home to some of the world's foremost plasma physics research.
General Meeting Social Tuesday, May 6 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM 195 LeConte Hall We will be discussing officer applications and plans for next semester. Feel welcome to bring your best board games to socialize a bit before finals and network with other physics majors. As usual, there will be free pizza. We hope to see you all there!
Faculty Lunch with Adrian Lee Academic/Social Wednesday, April 30 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 468 Birge Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Adrian Lee, whose research is in Astrophysics.
Faculty Lunch with Dan Stamper-Kurn Academic/Social Tuesday, April 22 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Dan Stamper-Kern, whose research is in Ultracold Atomic Physics.
General Meeting Social Tuesday, April 15 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM 397 LeConte Hall Discuss general club activities and socialize with other members.
Faculty Lunch with Jeff Neaton Academic/Social Wednesday, April 9 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 324 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Jeff Neaton, whose research is in Condensed Matter physics.
Graduate Student Poster Session Academic Thursday, April 3 10:00 AM- 12:00 PM Basement of Stanley The graduate students will be displaying their research in the basement of Stanley and all are welcome to come!
Exoplanet Talk: The Kepler Mission:Ace Planet Hunter Academic/Professional Thursday, March 20 5:00 PM- 8:00 PM 110 Barrows Hall Professor Basri is a Professor in the UC Berkeley astronomy department and he currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion at Cal. He has an extensive history in the search for extrasolar planets and has received numerous awards for his research. For more information, please refer to Professor Basri's website: http://astro.berkeley.edu/~basri/
Faculty Lunch with Adrian Lee Academic/Social Wednesday, March 19 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 324 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Adrian Lee, whose research is in Astrophysics.
Faculty Lunch with David Walrod Academic/Social Friday, March 14 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 324 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and David Walrod, who is a venture partner at Bridgescale Partners where he leads and manages equity investments in a range of communications/IT-focused products. He received his B.A. in physics from Berkeley and a Ph.D. in solid state physics at MIT. He worked there as a postdoctoral fellow in the Research Lab of Electronics
General Meeting Social Tuesday, March 4 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM 397 LeConte Hall Discuss general club activities and socialize with other members. THERE WILL ALSO BE A SCAVENGER HUNT! BE THERE!
Early Screening of COSMOS Social Tuesday, March 4 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco The Space Exploration Society at Berkeley will be going to to the Morrison Planetarium in San Francisco to watch an early screening of the new COSMOS with Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Faculty Lunch with Dimitry Budker Academic/Social Tuesday, March 4 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Dimitry Budker, whose research is in various types of Atomic Physics.
Faculty Lunch with Peter Yu Academic/Social Monday, February 24 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 324 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Professor Peter Yu, whose research is in Condensed Matter physics.
NASA JPL Robotics Talk + Info Session with Dr. Paul Backes Professional Thursday, February 20 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM 101 Morgan Hall Jet Propulsion Laboratory builds robotic spacecraft that explore the solar system. Dr. Paul Backes will present current robotics efforts at JPL including for flight projects and research activities. The Mars Science Laboratory mission's Curiosity rover is driving toward Mount Sharp where we plan to acquire and analyze rock samples taken by a robotic arm mounted powder drill. Recent research developed a new rock core sampling and handling system for acquiring and caching samples in the planned Mars 2020 rover mission which could be returned to Earth in a subsequent mission. A wide variety of research is being performed for various sponsors including perception and autonomy for boats, perception for robotic mules, autonomous robotic manipulation, and gripping feet for climbing on walls and ceilings. JPL developed the Robosimian robot to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge trials in December 2013 and won the opportunity to be funded for another year and compete in the DRC finals. Paul Backes is the Group Supervisor of the Robotic Manipulation and Sampling group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he has been since 1987. He received the BSME degree from U.C. Berkeley in 1982 and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1987. Dr. Backes received the 1993 NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal for his contributions to space telerobotics, 2004 NASA Software of the Year Award, and 2008 IEEE Robotics and Automation Award. He is currently the Co-Investigator for autonomy and control for JPL's Robosimian robot in the DARPA Robotics Challenge program, Initiative lead for small body sampling, Principal Investigator for an in-space robotic assembly research activity, and Lead for controls and autonomy for the Mars 2020 rover mission sampling and caching subsystem.
Faculty Lunch with John Mather Academic/Social Thursday, February 20 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and astrophysicist and Nobel Laureate John Mather, whose work on the COBE satellite with George Smoot helped solidify the big-bang theory of the Universe and is now the project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope.
Faculty Lunch with Bob Jacobsen Academic/Social Tuesday, February 11 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all students. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Dr. Bob Jacobsen, whose research is in Experimental Particle Physics.
First General Meeting of the Second Semester Social Tuesday, February 4 7:00 PM- 8:00 PM 397 LeConte Hall Plans will be made for upcoming Faculty-student lunches, national lab tours, derpartment BBQs and other possible social events.
Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics Academic/Social Friday, January 17 8:00 AM- 10:00 PM LeConte Come to the APS sponsored Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics between January 17 and January 19! There will be research talks, panel discussions, an SPS booth, and much more! Men are welcome too.
Advanced Light Source Lab Tour Academic/Professional Tuesday, January 7 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM TBD Join us on a lab tour in LBNL. If you're interested in attending, please confirm at http://tinyurl.com/q9del8t
General Meeting Social Sunday, December 8 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM Evans 85 The meeting time is tentative.
Faculty-Student Lunch with Dr. Roger Falcone Academics/Social Thursday, November 21 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all undergrads. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Dr. Roger Falcone, whose research is in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical physics.
General Meeting Social Sunday, November 17 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM Meet by the southwest door to Evans Feel free to drop by if you are interested in getting involved or just want to see what is going on!
Faculty Lunch with Melvin Pomerantz Academic/Social Friday, November 8 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM 375 LeConte Hall He is a visiting researcher currently rworking at LBNL. He researched solid state physics at the IBM Research Lab in New York.
Cal SPS Exhibit at BASF Discovery Days Outreach Saturday, November 2 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM AT&T Park Want to introduce people to teh wonders of physics? Have a Saturday afternoon to burn? Get some cool experience by volunteering to help out at our booth at the Bay Area Science Festival. Email us if you are interested.
Faculty-Student Lunch with Dr. Bob Jacobsen Academics/Social Tuesday, October 22 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all undergrads. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Dr. Bob Jacobsen, a particle physicist.
General Meeting Social Sunday, October 20 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM LeConte Courtyard We will make the sub-groups official, assign tasks in these sub-groups, and discuss and decide on new ideas.
Career Lunch with Scott Shenker Professional/Social Wednesday, October 16 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM 375 LeConte Hall Currently a professor in EECS here at Berkeley, Dr. Scott Shenker began his extensive career in as a physicist. From start-ups to papers, his physics grounding has given him a unique perspective in academia and industry.
Career Lunch with Matt Kowitt Professional/Social Wednesday, October 9 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM 375 LeConte Hall Matt Kowitt works at Stanford Research Systems. Come find out what it's like to work in industry!
Faculty-Student Lunch (with Dr. Yury Kolomensky) Academics/Social Friday, September 27 12:15 PM- 1:15 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is for all undergrads. Want free pizza? Want to interact with a professor? Just interested in physics? Then, come by and enjoy lunch with fellow physics students and Dr. Yury Kolomensky, an experimental particle physicist.
General Meeting Social Wednesday, September 25 8:30 PM- 9:30 PM 129 Barrows Not able to make our first general meeting? Want to see the people you met at the last general meeting? Then, join us at our second general meeting!
First General Meeting Social Sunday, September 15 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM Sather Tower (Campanile) This is our first general meeting! Come on out and meet fellow physics enthusiasts!
Thiel Foundation Seminar with Dr. Hemai Parthansarathy. Academics Friday, September 13 12:30 PM- 1:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall Dr. Hemai Parthansarathy will be speaking on behalf of the Thiel Foundation about funding for radical science ideas. Drop by, especially if you might be interested in doing a radical science project! *There will be pizza.*
Welcome to the Physical Sciences! Panel Discussion Academics Tuesday, August 27 11:45 AM- 12:30 PM 375 LeConte Hall This event is intended for Freshman. Come hang out, meet people, and enjoy free food!

Guides

Physics

H7C: Optics and Modern Physics

Prerequisites: Math 1AB, 53, (54), Physics (7AB)

Format: 4 units; 3hr lecture, 1hr discussion, 3hr lab every other week, problem set each week

Grading: B+ average, 2 midterms, final, problem sets, labs, class participation (clickers) optional, varies by professor

Topics: review of EM (Maxwell's equations, wave equation, Poynting vector), propagation of light (reflection, refraction, transmission, absorption), geometric optics (mirrors, lenses, images), interference (double slit, thin film, diffraction), special relativity (transformations, simultaneity, collisions), quantum physics (thermodynamic origins, Bohr model, Schrodinger Equation), special topics (atomic, nuclear, condensed matter, particle, cosmology)

Textbooks: Hecht (terrible), Tipler (bad)

Study-aides: Past tests, Quantum, More Quantum, Lee Fall 2013 Notes [spelling warning], hyperphysics, Alison's Topics/Review TBD

Comments: N/A

110A:Electromagnetism and Optics

Prerequisites: Physics 7A, Physics 7B, Physics 7C, Math 53

Format: 4 units; 3 hr lecture, 1 hr discussion. Problem set each week

Grading: B average, 1-2 midterms, final, assignments.

Topics: Review of vector calculus. Electrostatics (Coulomb's law, Gauss's law, electric potential, work & energy, capacitors). Solving Laplace's equation (Image charges, Separation of variables, multipole expansion). Electric fields in matter (Dielectrics, Polarization, Displacement field). Magnetostatics (Lorentz force law, Biot-Savart law, Ampere's law, Vector potential). Magnetic fields in matter (Magnetization, Auxiliary field). Electrodynamics (Ohm's law, Faraday's law, Inductance, Solving DC circuits, Maxwell equations) Conservation laws (Continuity equation, Poynting's theorem, Maxwell stress tensor). EM waves (Fresnel equations)

Textbook: Griffiths - Introduction to Electrodynamics (good)

Study-aides: Past tests, Professor Qiu's Website

Comments: N/A

111BSC:Basic Semiconductor Circuits

Prerequisites: Physics 7A, Physics 7B, Physics 7C, Math 53, Math 54

Format: 3 units; 8 hr lab, 3 hr lecture; 1 lab report on most weeks

Grading: A- average, final project, lab reports

Topics: Linear Circuits (Thevenin’s Theorem, Input/Output Impedance, RLC circuits [high/low pass filters, resonating circuits]), Circuit Simulations (Multisim software) , Diodes (diode characteristics, rectifiers, LED, Zener diode, equilibrium analysis, perturbation analysis), JFETS (JFET transistor characteristics, small signal transconductance and source-resistance model, current sources, source followers, voltage amplifiers, differential amplifiers, attenuators, modulators), Op Amps (Golden rules, feedback, comparator, follower, current source, inverting, non-inverting, differential and summing amplifiers, current to voltage converter, negative impedance converter, gyrator, oscillator, non-idealness of op-amps), LabVIEW programming (using VI’s, Data Acquisition), Analog to Digital and Digital to Analog conversion (Nyquist Theorem, converters), Signal Processing and Control (fourier transforms, signal recovery, PID controller)

Textbook: Horowitz,Hill - The Art of Electronics (good reference, class covers only a fraction of its contents)

Study-aides:http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~phylabs/bsc/

Comments: There are 12 (including final project) lab reports. Out of that only 5 are full reports and require > 7 hours to write up. The rest are either short reports, which take ~4 hours to finish, or notebook submissions which take < 1 hr to finish. Make sure you start early on the full reports. A good way to save time in the lab is to read the lab manual carefully, including the exercises, before coming to the lab.

112: Introduction to Statistical and Thermal Physics

Prerequisites: Physics 7A, Physics 7B, Physics 7C, Math 53, Math 54

Format: 4 units; 3 hr lecture, 1 hr discussion. Problem set each week

Grading: B average, 1-2 midterms, final, assignments.

Topics: Statistics (Poisson distribution, Indistinguishability). Thermodynamics (Processes, 1st and 2nd law, heat capacity, efficiency & Carnot engines, Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution) Classical statistical mechanics(Boltzmann's definition of entropy, microcanonical ensemble, chemical potential, canonical ensemble, paramagnet model, Gibbs factor & Gibbs sum [Grand canonical ensemble], Equipartition theorem). Quantum Statistical mechanics (Blackbody radiation,Stefan's law, Debye specific heat, Ideal Fermi gas, Chandrasekhar limit, Ideal Bose gas, Bose-Einstein Condensate), Phase transitions(Ising model, Mean field theory, Critical exponents, Landau theory of phase transitions)

Textbook: Kittel - Thermal Physics (moderate)

Study-aides: Past tests

Comments: N/A

137A:Quantum Mechanics

Prerequisites: Physics 7A, Physics 7B, Physics 7C, Math 53, Math 54, Math 110

Format: 4 units; 3 hr lecture, 1 hr discussion. Problem set each week

Grading: B average, 1-2 midterms, final, assignments.

Topics: Topics: Failure of classical physics. Wave function (probability, normalization, wave particle duality, wave packets, wave function in momentum space, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle). Schrodinger's equation (Stationary states, Ehrenfest Theorem, potential step, well, barrier, delta function, harmonic oscillator, raising and lowering operators). Formalism (Operators & eigenfunctions, Dirac notation, matrix representation, Hermitian, unitary, projection operators, commutators, generalized uncertainty principle) Schrodinger in spherical polar coordinates(Orbital angular momentum, spherical harmonics, general angular momentum & spin, spin 1/2 systems & Pauli matrices, addition of angular momentum, radial solution, Hydrogen atom)

Textbooks: Griffiths - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (good) or Bransden & Joachain - Quantum Mechanics (good)

Study-aides: Past tests, Bound states in different types of potentials

Comments: N/A

137B:Quantum Mechanics

Prerequisites: Physics 7A, Physics 7B, Physics 7C, Math 53, Math 54, Physics 137A, Math 110

Format: 4 units; 3 hr lecture, 1 hr discussion. Problem set each week

Grading: B average, 1-2 midterms, final, assignments.

Topics: Identical Particles (two-particle wavefunctions, bosons, fermions), time-independent perturbation theory (degenerate theory, non-degenerate theory, fine structure, spin-orbit coupling, energy level corrections of hydrogen atom, Zeeman effect), Variational Principle, WKB approximation (classical region approximation, tunneling, connection formulas), time-dependent perturbation theory (two-level systems, sinusoidal perturbations, emission and absorption of radiation, Einstein's A and B coefficients, selection rules), adiabatic approximation (adiabatic theorem, berry's phase), Scattering (Classical and Quantum scattering theory, partial wave analysis, Born ap

Textbooks: Griffiths - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (good) or Bransden & Joachain - Quantum Mechanics (good)

Study-aides: Past tests, notes

Comments: N/A

141A:Solid State Physics

Prerequisites: Physics 7A, Physics 7B, Physics 7C, Math 53, Math 54, Physics 137A, (Physics 137B), Physics 112

Format: 4 units; 3 hr lecture, 1 hr discussion. Problem set each week

Grading: B+ average, 1-2 midterms, final, assignments.

Topics: Crystal Structure (periodic array of atoms, types of lattice), wave diffraction (reciprocal lattice, scattered wave amplitude, Brillouin zones, fourier analysis of basis), crystal binding (inert gases crystals, ionic crystals, covalent crystals, metals, hydrogen bond, elastic constants), phonons (vibrations of crystals with monoatomic and diatomic basis, quantization of elastic wave , phonon momentum, inelastic phonon scattering, phonon heat capacity, phonon thermal conductivity), free electron fermi gas (energy levels 1/2/3D, effect of temperature, heat capacity, electrical conductivity of electron gas, motion in magnetic field, thermal conductivity of metals), energy bands (nearly free electron model, bloch functions, kronig-penney model, crystal momentum of electron, central equation and approximate solutions, band gap, metals and insulators), semiconductors (holes, effective mass, bloch oscillator, intrinsic carriers, chemical potential, doping, p-n junctions, band bending, diodes), tight binding, plasmons and polaritons (screening, dielectric function, plasma optics, polariton dispersion)

Textbooks: Introduction to Solid State Physics - Kittel (okay for review, not great for explanations), Solid State Physics - Ashcroft and Mermin (excellent for explanations)

Study-aides: Past tests, practice problems (harder than standard problems) solid state physics: problems and solutions - Mihaly and Martin

Comments: N/A

Suggested Course Sequence

Courses in yellow are required prerequisites for the physics major.

Courses in blue denote required upper division courses for the physics major

Courses in red are upper division elective courses which delve more deeply into specialized fields.

Math

55:Discrete Mathematics

Prerequisite s: None

Format: 4 units; 3 hour lecture per week; 1 hour discussion; Problem set due every week.

Grading: B- average; 2 in-class midterms; 1 final exam.

Topics: (Logic and Proofs) - Propositional Logic, Predicates and Quantifiers, Rules of Inference, Introduction to Proofs. (Basic Structures) - Sets, Functions, Sequences, Summations, and Cardinality of Sets. (Number Theory and Cryptography) - Divisibility, Modular Arithmetic, Promes, Greatest Common Divisors, Congruences, and Cryptography. Strong/Structural Induction, Well-Ordering, and Recursion. (Counting) - Basics of Counting, Pigeonhole Principle, Permutations, Combinations, and Binomial Coefficients. (Discrete Probability) - Probability Theory, Bayes' Theorem, Expected Value and Variance. Generating Functions, Inclusion-Exclusion, Chinese Remainder Theorem, and Euclidean algorithm. (Graphs) - Directed Graph, Bipartite Graphs, Adjacency Matrices, Undirected Graphs, Isomorphism, Euler and Hamilton Paths.

Textbook: Discrete Mathematics and its Applications (Custom for UCB), 7th Edition by Kenneth Rosen (good)

Study-aides: N/A

Comments: For this class, make sure you understand all the material and definitions by heart, that way it is a lot easier to do proofs. Also, be sure you know how to do the different kinds of algorithms, such as the Chinese Remainder Theorem. The exams are mostly half proofs and half computational.

110:Linear Algebra

Prerequisites:Math 53, Math 54, and Math 55.

Format: 4 units; 3 hour lecture per week; 1 hour discussion; Problem set due each week.

Grading:B average, 1-2 in-class midterms, 1 final exam.

Topics: (Vector Spaces) - Subspaces, Intersection, Sum, and Direct Sum. (Finite Dimensional Vector Spaces) - Span, Linear Independence, Bases, and Dimension. (Linear Maps) - Null Space, Ranges, Rank, Matrices, and Invertibility. (Polynomials) - Degree, Real Coefficients, and Complex Coefficients. (Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors) - Invariant Subspaces, Upper Triangular Matrices, and Diagonal Matrices. (Inner Product Spaces) - Inner Products, Norms, Orthonormal Bases, Orthogonal Projections, Minimization Problem, Linear Functional, and Adjoints. (Operators on Inner Product Spaces) - Self Adjoint, Normal Operators, Spectral Theorem. (Operators on Complex Vector Spaces) - Generalized Eigenvectors, Characteristic Polynomial, Minimal Polynomial, and Jordan Form.

Textbook: Linear Algebra Done Right by Sheldon Axler (Good)

Study-aides: N/A

Comments: Since this is a proof-based class, you need to know all the definitions and theorems by heart. That way, when you are taking the exam, you can quickly jot down all the relevant information to a problem/proof to help you formulate an answer. The best way to learn the material is by explaining to other people in your own words the importance of a theorem, etc. For the weekly problem set, work together with a group of people, that way if you can discuss your approach to the problems and get feedback.

128A:Numerical Analysis

Prerequisites:Math 53, Math 54

Format: 4 units; 3 hour lecture per week; 1 hour discussion; Problem set due each week + occasional programming assignments and quizzes.

Grading:B average, 1-2 in-class midterms, 1 final exam.

Topics:Preliminaries and error analysis (round-off errors, computer arithmetic, algorithms and convergence), solutions of equations in one variable (bisection method, fixed-point iteration, Newton's method, accelerating convergence, zeros of polynomials, Muller's method), Interpolation and polynomial approximation (Lagrange polynomial, Neville's method, divided differences, hermite interpolation, cubic spline interpolation), Numerical differentiation (richardson's extrapolation), Numerical integration (composite integration, Romberg integration, adaptive quadrature methods, gaussian quadrature), Initial value problems for ordinary differential equations (theory, Euler's method, higher-order Taylor methods, Runge-Kutta methods, Runge-Kutta-Fehlberg methods, multistep methods, higher-order equations, systems of differential equations, stability, stiff differential equations), Linear systems (pivoting strategies, linear algebra, matrix inversion, determinant of matrix, matrix factorization)

Textbook: Numerical Analysis - Burden and Faires

Study-aides: Notes and sample code (http://persson.berkeley.edu/128A/), past exams (https://tbp.berkeley.edu/students/exams/math/128A/)

Comments: N/A

Astronomy

C10 (L&S C70U): Introduction to Astronomy

Prerequisites:None!

Format:4 units; 3 hr lecture, 1 hr discussion. Problem set each week

Grading:B+ average, 2 in-class midterms, 1 final exam, lab activities.

Topics:

Textbook: The Cosmos, 4th Edition, Pasachoff

Study-aides: N/A

Comments: Lecture is webcasted for convenience and because the course is overenrolled (800 students for a 700-person auditorium).

160: Stellar Physics

Prerequisites: Physics 110A, Physics 110B or Physics 137A, Physics 137B, (Physics 112), Astro 7A, Physics 7C

Format: 4 units; 3 hr lecture, 1 hr discussion. Problem set each week

Grading:B average, 1-2 midterms, final, homework, programming assignments (depends on professor).

Topics: Review of basic astrophysics (Blackbody radiation, flux, magnitudes, Boltzmann equation, Saha equation, HR diagrams). Stellar formation (Hydrostatic equilibrium, Virial theorem, Jeans criterion, Free-fall time). Radiative transfer (Opacity, Optical depth, radiative transfer equation, Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium). Stellar atmospheres (Absorption & Emission lines, Broadenings). Stellar modelling(Equations of stellar structure, Energy transports, Polytropes & Lane-Emden equation). Nucleosynthesis. Degenerate stars(White dwarfs Chandrasekhar limit, Gamow peak, Black holes, Schwartzschild metric) Textbooks: Leblanc - Stellar Astrophysics (moderate).

Textbook: The Cosmos, 4th Edition, Pasachoff

Study-aides: Professor Quataert's site (Fall 2011): http://astro.berkeley.edu/~eliot/Astro160/160.html Professor Marcy's site (Fall 2013): http://astro.berkeley.edu/~gmarcy/astro160/

Comments: N/A