Syllabus
Objectives

Course Requirements
There will be homework assignments every week or two to accompany the lectures. Extracredit problems will be posted occasionally. The lectures will cover material in the readings along with supplementary material. There will be two inclass exams and a two hour final.
Readings
Required:
Krane, Kenneth S., "Modern Physics" (John Wiley & Sons, 1996).
Reserve reading:
Gamow, G., "Mr. Tompkins in paperback."
Feynman, R.P., "Feynman Lectures on Physics" Vol.1 and 3 & "Six Not So Easy Pieces."
Grading
The following is an approximate assignment of contributions:
 Homework 30%
 Inclass Exams 30%
 Final Exam 30%
 Class Participation 10%
Homework must be submitted on time to receive full credit.
Course Outline and Reading Assignments
II. Relativity (Chap.2)
 GalileanNewtonian
 MichelsonMorley Experiment
 Einstein's postulates
 Lorentz Transformation and relativity of time
 Peculiar predictions
 Equivalence Principle, Gravity and General Relativity (Chap.15 sect.1,2,3)
III.Origins of Quantum Physics (Chap.3)
 Blackbody Radiation and h
 Photoelectric effect, X Rays, Compton scattering, atomic spectra
 Bohr atom  quantization of energy (Chap.6 sect.1,3,4,5)
IV.ParticleWave Mechanics (Chap.4)
 Electron waves
 Review waves
 standing on string, etc.
 travelling c.wave propagation, medium and EM fields
 Standing waves in the Bohr atom
 Review waves
 Electron waves  What is waving? Probability and Copenhagen
V.SchrÃ¶dinger eqn (Chap.5)
 1+1 dim PDQ
 Particle in a box and standing waves
 Classical limit
 Correspondence principle
 Finite square well
 Boundary conditions
 Tunneling into forbidden region
 Expectation values of classical observables
 Scattering over/through a barrier
 3 dim box and standing waves and energy levels
 Simple Harmonic Oscillator
 2 identical particles
 Symmetrization and antisymmetrization
 Bosons and fermions
VI.Quantum theory of atoms (Chap.7,8)
 Hydrogen atom
 Spin and Magnetic moments  SternGerlach
 Angular momenta and spin addition rules  SpinOrbit
 Periodic table
 EM radiation in atomic transitions  emission, absorption, scattering
 Simulated emission, coherence and the laser
VII.Molecules (Chap.9)
 "The nature of the chemical bond"
 Polyatomic molecules
 Diatomic molecules and spectra