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String theory is the branch of particle physics where the point-like particles are replaced by one-dimensional objects called strings. It is the modelling of subatomic particles as tiny one-dimensional “stringlike” entities instead of the conventional approach where they are modelled as zero-dimensional point particles. String theory tries to combine quantum mechanics with Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

The [course_title] is a foundation course that will deal with the basics of String theory. As a result, you will know about the fundamental elements of both quantum mechanics and theory of relativity as String theory is the combination of these two. You will also be familiarised with basic electromagnetism and statistical mechanics.

Assessment

This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.

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Course Credit: MIT

Course Curriculum

Announcements, introduction 00:30:00
Energy and momentum 00:45:00
Relativistic electrodynamics 01:00:00
Gravitational potentials, compactification, and large extra dimensions 01:00:00
Nonrelativistic strings and Lagrangian mechanics 01:00:00
The relativistic point particle: Action, reparametrizations, and equations of motion 01:00:00
Area formula for spatial surfaces 01:00:00
Area formula for spatial surfaces (cont.) 00:45:00
Change of variables 01:00:00
Relativistic strings: Nambu-Goto action, equations of motion and boundary conditions 01:00:00
Static gauge, transverse velocity, and string action 01:00:00
The sigma-parametrization 00:45:00
Periodicity conditions for the motion of closed strings 01:00:00
Momentum charges for the string 00:45:00
Solution of the open string motion in the light-cone gauge 01:00:00
Light-cone fields and particles 01:00:00
Light-cone fields and particles (cont.) 01:00:00
Open strings 01:00:00
Critical dimension 01:00:00
Closed strings 555 01:00:00
Wrap-up of closed strings 00:45:00
Superstrings (cont.) 00:45:00
Closed strings 555 01:00:00
Dp-branes 01:00:00
Dp-branes (cont.) 01:00:00
Assessment
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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