Courses in the University-Level Online Physics Program are largely self-paced. An expert instructor is available for optional office hours to meet with students online and offer assistance as they progress through the course material.

All courses carry Stanford University Continuing Studies credit, and students earn a Stanford Continuing Studies transcript. Stanford Continuing Studies credit may be transferable to other educational institutions depending on the transfer policies of the specific college or university. To request your University-Level Online Math & Physics transcript, please complete the form found here and return your request to the Stanford Continuing Studies office via email or fax (650)725-4248.

Course Prerequisites

Light and Heat (XP645)


An introduction to optics and thermodynamics. Topics: temperature, properties of matter, introduction to the kinetic theory of matter, light and electromagnetic waves, reflection and refraction of light, lens systems, interference and diffraction.

Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism or equivalent

Modern Physics (XP670)


An introduction to the ideas of modern physics. Special relativity, introduction to general relativity, the experimental basis of quantum theory, atomic structure, quantization of light, Schrödinger equation.

Light and Heat or equivalent

Corequisite

Differential Equations or equivalent

Intermediate Mechanics I (XP701)


Intermediate Mechanics covers much of what is generally covered in an upper division university mechanics course. The course is a sophisticated treatment of the mechanics of particles and systems. Tensors, vector calculus, Newtonian laws of mechanics and gravitation, oscillations, Green's functions, calculus of variations, Lagrangian mechanics, orbits, and physics in rotating frames of reference.

Modern Physics & Differential Equations or equivalents

Corequisite

Partial Differential Equations or equivalent

Intermediate Mechanics II (XP711)

Intermediate Mechanics covers much of what is generally covered in an upper division university mechanics course. The course is a sophisticated treatment of the mechanics of particles and systems. Rigid body dynamics, oscillating systems, Hamilton's principle for continuous systems, waves, general wave equation, and fluid dynamics.

Intermediate Mechanics I or equivalent

Corequisite

Partial Differential Equations or equivalent

Prerequisites

The flowchart below outlines what course(s) students should begin with. In order to enroll in a course, students must satisfy the given prerequisites or the equivalent.

Instructor

Gary Oas, Ph.D.

Dr. Oas graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in physics and later earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Davis. His original research was in the area of quantum chaos and random matrix theory, but HE now concentrates on foundations of quantum mechanics, models of brain function, and physics pedagogy. In 1995, just prior to earning his Ph.D., Gary joined EPGY, now Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, as Head of Physics. He created the university level physics offerings and has taught relativity and quantum mechanics for the Summer Institutes since 2001. Gary has an interest in music, primarily blues, jazz, and gypsy jazz; he plays guitar, piano, and saxophone.