Physics 582

General Field Theory

Fall Semester 2023


We will have seven (7) problem sets, with the last one playing the role of a take home final exam. We will have one set roughly every two weeks or so. They take a fair amount of work so you are strongly encouraged to begin working on them as soon as they are posted. The problem sets are a key part of this course!

All homework sets are due on 9:00 pm (US Central Time) of the assigned due date. Below you will find the homework sets that you will need to download with a clearly stated deadline (all times are in US Central Time). You will have to prepare your solutions using LaTeX and you will have to upload your solutions to a website indicated below. It is fine to upload a scanned file of a handwritten solution provided it is clearly legible. This means that your solutions must not contain anything crossed out and written with dark pen with large enough script on doubly spaced paper with the equations presented (and not written as part of a line text) that it can be easily read. You should not email your solutions! Unreadable solutions will not be graded. No late solution sets will be accepted unless you prearrange this beforehand with the TA and with me. There will be a 20 percent grade penalty for late solution sets. The website where you will be able to upload your solutions (and where you will also be able to download the graded set) is accessed through this link. You should NOT put your solutions in the Physics 582 box located in the Loomis/MRL Interpass

Tomorrow, Monday August 21, 2023, is supposed to be our first lecture for this term. Unfortunately I am scheduled to have a dental procedure right before the time of our class and I will almost surely will not be able to give the lecture. Our first lecture will be on Wednesday August 23, 2023, at the scheduled time 2:30 pm in our assigned lecture room, Rm 101 Transportation Building (on Matthews Avenue, behind the Ceramics Building). Monday's lecture will be made up on Friday August 25 at 2:30 pm in Rm 112 Transportation Building . Please check the Announcements website for Physics 582. I apologize for this inconvenience.

HW set No. 1 was posted on Sunday August 20, 2023. It is due on Friday September 8, 2023, at 9:00 pm US CDT.

I will be away from September 23 through October 4. This means that we will not have lectures on Monday September 25, Wednesday September 27, Monday October 2 and Wednesday October 4. The make up lectures will be on Friday September 15 and 22 and Friday October 6 and 13, all from 4 pm to 5:20 pm in Rm 144 Loomis Lab.

HW set No. 2 was posted on Friday September 8, 2023. It is due on Friday September 22, 2023, at 9:00 pm US CDT.

HW set No. 3 was posted on Friday September 20, 2023. It is due on Sunday October 8, 2023 at 9 pm US CDT.

The solutions to the HW sets will not be posted on the Physics 582 website. They will be available to registered students on the Teams group managed by the TAs,

HW set No. 4 was posted on Sunday October 8, 2023. It is due on Friday October 20, 2023 at 9 pm US DST.

I am down with COVID. All students should have received an email with the Zoom link for our Lecture on Monday October 9.

The last make up lecture will be on Friday November 10, 2023, at 4 pm in Rm 144 Loomis.

HW set No. 5 was posted on Friday October 20, 2023. It is due on Sunday November 12, 2023, at 9:00 pm US CST.

HW set No. 6 was posted on Sunday November 12, 2023. It is due on Sunday December 3, 2023, at 9:00 om US CST.

A student in the class requested an extension for the deadline for HW set 6. To be fair I extended the deadline for all students. The new deadline is Friday December 1 at 9 pm CST. The late deadline is now Sunday December 3 at 9 pm CST. This extension is problematic since we are getting close to the end of the semester. For this reason HW set 7 (which will play the role of a take home Final Exam) will still be uploaded on Wednesday November 29. It will be due on Friday December 15 at 9 pm CST. Since it will be the actual Final Exam no extensions will be possible (this is a "sharp cutoff"). Also students MUST turn in their solutions. I will have to assign an F as a grade if no solutions are turned in. Also you must upload the solutions following the same procedure used for the other HW sets.

There is a slight change of plans: the extra lecture will be TOMORROW (Friday Dec. 1) at 4:30 pm in Rm 3110 ESB (instead of Tuesday). I am also extending the deadline for HW set 6 till Sunday Dec. 3 at 9:00 pm.

Last updated 11/30/2023