Physics is the science of the natural world. It deals with the fundamental constituents of the universe, the forces they exert on one another, and the results produced by these forces.
Things you can do
What I think would be useful is to create "study guides" for each of the major physics topics. These wouldn't be textbooks, but rather pages with hints, links, and helpful advice for studying each topic. Anything that would be textbook related could be put into wikitext and linked in from here.
What I'd like to see is to have pages that would be of interest of and useful to people that are studying physics in traditional academia, and this would help build a community of people working on Wikiversity.
I've created some study guide pages with links to OCW. Please add your own links and also comments for things that you learn when studying that topic.
How about syllabi? These would include assigned textbook readings, problem sets, links to their solutions.
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- Elementary Particle Physics
- Nuclear Physics
- CP Violation experiments
- Particle detectors
- High Energy Physics Centers - explore all existing facilities around the world
- Software and databases
- Collider phenomenology
- Symmetry breaking and super symmetry
- Higgs bosons
- Models beyond the Standard Model
- String theory
- Early universe cosmology
The histories of Wikiversity pages indicate who the active participants are. If you are an active participant in this division, you can list your name here (this can help small divisions grow and the participants communicate better; for large divisions a list of active participants is not needed).
- Sojourner001 - Soon-to-be third year student of pure physics, Reading, UK. I have no more knowledge than one might expect from an undergraduate but I can contribute to making things comprehensible and straightforward for someone of my level. Sojourner001 15:01, 19 August 2006 (UTC)
- The Winged Self - Well I can help with basic stuff. I've taken two years of (non-calc) physics, got a 5 on the AP physics test, a 5 on the AP calc BC test, and a 790 on the SAT II physics test. I'm best at kinematics and thermodynamics. I'll do my best! It'll be exciting to see how this all develops. --The Winged Self 02:39, 21 August 2006 (UTC)
- Hypermorphism - I can help out with the calculus-based physics (it is the natural language for physics; algebra gets a bit hand-wavy) as that's how I learned basic physics. While I have a basic knowledge of the fields of modern physics (and classical relativity) so that I can read most arXiv papers with some understanding, I'm not really an expert in any of them. I'm currently trying to get into the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian reformulations of classical mechanics. If there were a course on this as well, that would be great! It is frequently assumed that one has studied these forms when trying to learn quantum mechanics from texts.
- Roadrunner - Ph.D. in numerical astrophysics. Right now trying to put together a physics degree plan. What I work on is basically up to you, so leave a message on my talk page if you want me to do something.
- HappyCamper - Quantum mechanics. I'm really excited about the possibilities here!
- Reuvenk - Basic physics. Highschool grad with two years of calculus physics, so I can help with the fairly simple stuff. Can't promise to be too active, though.
- M. Duprey - Theoretical and Applied Nuclear Physics. I am a nuclear specialist, worked for the International Organization for Nuclear Physics, participated extensively on DOD projects for nuclear propulsion in aerospace applications. I can help with anything you want to know related to that subject. I also can work on any mathematical level that you want.
- Z. Whichard - I am a 3rd year undergrad student of physics at U. of Chicago. I frequently write overviews of the topics I am studying so perhaps I could work on shifting those here. For example I have sorted through dozens of quantum books collecting the best explanations and interpretations from each--ones that have the most mathematical rigor and the least amount of hand waving. I am no math whiz but I enjoy learning new procedures in order to fact check. I am also interested in the philosophical interpretations of modern physics and am a firm believer in the distinction that should be made between arguments with a strictly scientific foundation and those propounded by materialists. I believe popular physics spends too much time trying to 'Wow' the layman, sacrificing science for eye-catching interpretations and straw man theories and believe every attempt should be made here to keep things accurate and interesting without resorting to such devices.
- SBL - Quantum Physics, Quantum Mechanics. I am a physics engineer and now, I am PhD student of physics. Mainly i'm studying condensed matter subjects, but i can help in the area of quantum physics for this institute.
- Hillgentleman 06:23, 15 November 2006 (UTC) Algebra.
- Massimamanno - Italy, M.S. in physics, incomplete Ph.D. course (did not finish thesis for complicated in part bureaucratic reasons). Expert in foundations of quantum mechanics, familiar with many other fields, my current job is teaching physics and mathematics in high school.
- mickyfitz13 In my second year of A-level Physics and hoping to do a BSci Physics course or a MSci course in Queens University. I also currently do Maths and ICT at A-level. 19:04, 3 September 2007 (UTC)
- Lily - Graduate student in Accelerator Physics at University of Oxford, UK. I can work on core undergraduate physics subjects together with particle physics and colliders.--Lily 17:15, 18 August 2009 (UTC)
- August 17, 2006 - Institute founded!
School:Physics/Bachelor of Science - This is intended as a "howto guide" which will let you get an accreditted degree in physics that would make you eligible for physics graduate school admission.
- Why 10 dimensions - participants explore why it has been suggested that the universe might have 10 dimensions.
- Introductory physics
- Table of Physical Constants - a handy set of tables for finding a variety of physical constants
- Units, significant figures, and standard procedures - A handout for properly applying physics concepts to real world measurements. Students should read this as a prerequisite to lab activities and experiments.
Get to work writing lessons! Simply make a link to the name of the lesson (lessons are independent pages) and start writing!
- There is discussion of Wikiversity research policy at the multi-lingual Wikiversity hub.
- Proposed Learning project: Theory of Everything Project - student research projects involving public databases for particle physics experiments.
- Proposed Research project: Theory of Everything (From Scratch) Project.
Know any good resources for scholars of this topic? Add them here!
- Physics Today - Cool physics magazine
- John Baez's Stuff. Accessed August 21, 2006. - This page is a treasure trove of aspects of modern physics for the physical sciences or mathematics student. Baez covers the cutting edge physics world with ease and he has lots of archived goodies and links.
- March 14, 2007 - CERN's latests and greatest atom smasher to date will start operating in late 2007. Now outdated!