ESP Biography

SILAS GROSSBERNDT, Columbia University Physics/Math alum

Major: Physics and Mathematics

College/Employer: Columbia University

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I am graduate of Columbia with a dual major of Physics and Mathematics. My research interests lie in Particle physics, especially the Higgs boson and further particles. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Theoretical physics, with a focus on Quantum Chromodynamics

Past Classes

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M990: Introduction to LaTeX in Splash Spring 2021 (Mar. 20, 2021)
Introduction to the LaTeX programming language. Learn the markup language that is used in Maths and Sciences to write up mathematical equations in a nice font. It can go from as simple as $$A=\pi r^2$$ to $$Z(A,B)=\sqrt{\frac{\pi}{2 \beta}} \sqrt{\frac{\pi}{2 \beta}} \frac{1}{4 \pi ^2} e^{2 i \hbar} \int dx dy e^{-\beta \frac{a}{2} x^2 +Ax} e^{-\beta \frac{b}{2} y^2+By}$$ and can even handle large papers and automatically create bibliographies!

S991: Introduction to Feynman Diagrams in Splash Spring 2021 (Mar. 20, 2021)
A brief introduction to Feynman diagrams for particle physics. Learn how to use Feynman diagrams and their purpose in Particle physics. Learn how, by using fairly simple pictures we can reduce a problem of the form $$\int e^{-p_x^2-p_y^2-x^2-y^2 + \Sigma \lambda x^n y^n} dy dx$$ to a few diagrams and a vertex counting schema.

M992: Mathematical Methods for Sciences in Splash Spring 2021 (Mar. 20, 2021)
A quick overview of advanced mathematics techniques that are useful in solving advanced physical problems. This course will cover techniques to simplify classes of problems.We will look at change of coordinates and symmetry, Gaussian integrals/ Normal distributions, and if time allows a bit of complex integration techniques

M993: Introduction to Group Theory in Splash Spring 2021 (Mar. 20, 2021)
An introduction to the theory underlying the numbers we use in everyday life. Ever wonder why addition works the way it does, or why certain things, like the symmetries of a triangle almost work like addition or multiplication? Come learn group theory then!

S557: Introduction to Feynman Diagrams in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 04, 2017)
A brief introduction to Feynman diagrams for particle physics. Learn how to use Feynman diagrams and their purpose in Particle physics. Learn how, by using fairly simple pictures we can reduce a problem of the form $$\int e^{-p_x^2-p_y^2-x^2-y^2 + \Sigma \lambda x^n y^n} dy dx$$ to a few diagrams and a vertex counting schema.

M558: Mathematical Methods for Sciences in Splash Fall 2017 (Nov. 04, 2017)
A quick overview of advanced mathematics techniques that are useful in solving advanced physical problems. This course will cover techniques to simplify classes of problems.We will look at change of coordinates and symmetry, Gaussian integrals/ Normal distributions, and if time allows a bit of complex integration techniques

M505: Introduction to LaTeX in Splash Spring 2017 (Mar. 25, 2017)
Introduction to the LaTeX programming language. Learn the markup language that is used in Maths and Sciences to write up mathematical equations in a nice font. It can go from as simple as $$A=\pi r^2$$ to $$Z(A,B)=\sqrt{\frac{\pi}{2 \beta}} \sqrt{\frac{\pi}{2 \beta}} \frac{1}{4 \pi ^2} e^{2 i \hbar} \int dx dy e^{-\beta \frac{a}{2} x^2 +Ax} e^{-\beta \frac{b}{2} y^2+By}$$ and can even handle large papers and automatically create bibliographies!

M534: Mathematical Methods for Sciences in Splash Spring 2017 (Mar. 25, 2017)
A quick overview of advanced mathematics techniques that are useful in solving advanced physical problems. This course will cover techniques to simplify classes of problems.We will look at change of coordinates and symmetry, Gaussian integrals/ Normal distributions, and if time allows a bit of complex integration techniques

S535: Introduction to Feynman Diagrams in Splash Spring 2017 (Mar. 25, 2017)
A brief introduction to Feynman diagrams for particle physics. Learn how to use Feynman diagrams and their purpose in Particle physics. Learn how, by using fairly simple pictures we can reduce a problem of the form $$\int e^{-p_x^2-p_y^2-x^2-y^2 + \Sigma \lambda x^n y^n$$ to a few diagrams and a vertex counting schema.

S385: Introduction to Feynman Diagrams in Splash Fall 2016 (Nov. 05, 2016)
A brief mathematical introduction to Feynman diagrams for particle physics. Learn how to use Feynman diagrams and their purpose in Particle physics.

M387: Introduction to LaTeX in Splash Fall 2016 (Nov. 05, 2016)
Introduction to the LaTeX programming language. Learn the markup language that is used in Maths and Sciences to write up mathematical equations in a nice font. For instance $$A=2 \pi r$$.

X439: Cake Baking in Splash Fall 2016 (Nov. 05, 2016)
Learn the basics of cake baking, from how egg to flour proportions changes the density of a cake, to why some cakes want sifter flour and others don't, and how to effectively substitute flavors and ingredients with out sacrificing the presentation or taste.

S328: Introduction to Feynman Diagrams in Splash Spring 2016 (Mar. 12, 2016)
A brief mathematical introduction to Feynman diagrams for particle physics. Learn how to use Feynman diagrams and their purpose in Particle physics.

S275: Introduction to Feynman Diagrams in Splash Splash Fall 2015 (Nov. 14, 2015)
A brief mathematical introduction to Feynman diagrams for particle physics. Learn how to use Feynman diagrams and their purpose in Particle physics.

S226: Fundamental Particles: From Atoms to the Higgs boson in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 18, 2015)
This course is designed to take a look at "Fundamental Particles" and our view of what is fundamental throughout history. I will start with a brief overview of the atom and get to modern theories: the Standard Model and beyond. Topics to be covered: History of Fundamental Particles, The Standard Model, The Higgs boson and experimental verification, and what may lie in the future

M227: Mathematical Methods for Sciences in Splash Spring 2015 (Apr. 18, 2015)
A quick overview of advanced mathematics techniques that are useful in solving advanced physical problems. This course will cover techniques to simplify classes of problems.