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MIT String Theory for Undergraduates Course by Barton Zwiebach. String Theory Wikipedia page (includes many links, and references). |

lecture |
topic (and link to notes) |
Homework (from Zwiebach) |

4/3 | Introduction, relativity, extra dimensions | 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.10. Due 4/10. |

4/10 | Electromagnetism and Gravitation in various dimensions | 3.1, 3.2, 3.7, 3.8, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11, due 4/17. |

4/17 | Relativistic point particle, GR, nonrelativisitc string | 4.5, 4.8, 5.2, 5.4, 5.6, 5.7, due 4/24. |

4/24 | Relativistic strings, parameterization, classical motion | 6.4, 6.5, 6.9, 7.2, 8.5a due 5/8 (extension) |

5/1 | Relativistic strings, parameterization, classical motion, continued. | |

5/8 | Light cone strings, fields and particles | 9.2, 10.2, 10.7. Due 5/22. |

5/15 | No lecture (make-up lecture in finals week). | |

5/22 | Relativistic quantum point particle, and open strings | 12.1, 12.3. Due 5/29. |

5/29 | Relativistic open and closed strings | |

6/5 | Superstrings. T-duality | 14.5. Due June 12. |

6/12 | String Thermodynamics and Black Holes |