There will be homework assignments every week or two to accompany the lectures. Extra-credit problems will be posted occasionally. The lectures will cover material in the readings along with supplementary material. There will be two in-class exams and a two hour final.
Krane, Kenneth S., "Modern Physics" (John Wiley & Sons, 1996).
Gamow, G., "Mr. Tompkins in paperback."
Feynman, R.P., "Feynman Lectures on Physics" Vol.1 and 3 & "Six Not So Easy Pieces."
The following is an approximate assignment of contributions:
- Homework 30%
- In-class 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)
- Michelson-Morley 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.Particle-Wave 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 anti-symmetrization
- Bosons and fermions
VI.Quantum theory of atoms (Chap.7,8)
- Hydrogen atom
- Spin and Magnetic moments - Stern-Gerlach
- Angular momenta and spin addition rules - Spin-Orbit
- Periodic table
- EM radiation in atomic transitions - emission, absorption, scattering
- Simulated emission, coherence and the laser
- "The nature of the chemical bond"
- Polyatomic molecules
- Diatomic molecules and spectra
[The remaining chapters will be covered more qualitatively.]