Independent Study in String Theory, Spring, 2006

Prof. Joel Shapiro

This page is for students taking independent student in String Theory, Spring 2006. Various things will appear here as necessary, but this is not a coherent home page for the course.

We will have meetings

Reading for May 1: Chapter 22 (23 would be nice too)

Reading for April 24: Chapter 13 again, and Ch 15:1-3.

Homework assignment due April 25: Ch 13.7.

Reading for April 17: Chapter 13.

Homework assignment due April 18: Zwiebach 12.9, 12.10. These should both be easy.

Homework assignment due April 11: Zwiebach 12.4, 12.5, 12.7
for April 10: read Chapter 12, sections 5-7,

Homework assignment due April 4: Zwiebach 11.1 (5pt), 11.6, 11.7.
For April 3: Read Chapter 12, sections 1-4.

Homework assignment due March 27: Zwiebach 10.1, 10.6, 10.7.
Read Chapter 11.

Homework assignment due March 20: Zwiebach 9.1, 9.3, 9.4.
Read Chapter 10.
If you want another motivation for the field theory lagrangian density, see my book pp. 138-145, 219-225.

Homework assignment due March 6: Zwiebach 8.2, 8.3, 8.6, 8.7.

Homework assignment due Feb 28: Zwiebach 7.3, 7.5, 7.6 except part d.
(Here is the solution to part d, Maple in pdf.)

Homework assignment due Feb 13 is here.

You will need an Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print some files. If you don't have one, it is available for free:

Homework assignment due Feb 6: Zwiebach 3.9, 3.10, 4.4, 5.5

Homework assignment due Jan 30: Zwiebach 3.1, 3.2, 3.5. To come: 3.9, 3.10

From Jan 19:

Homework assignment due Jan 23: Zwiebach 2.2, 2.3, 2.6.

If you did not quite get all of my lecture on differential forms today, you should try to work out how Maxwell's equations are given by dF = 0, d*F = *J, but you might get some help from Prof. Zapolsky's notes on Differential Forms, or from pp 148-149, 160-168 of my unpublished book on Classical Mechanics. The latter doen not discuss E&M but does discuss integration of forms. This is not necessary for what we will be discussing.


Joel Shapiro (shapiro@physics.rutgers.edu)
Last modified: Mon Apr 2 16:47:13 2012