PHY 19: Modern Physics       Class Log

Class Schedule: M W 2-3pm Professor: Steve Liebling
Classroom: Pell Hall ??? Office:  Pell Hall 210
Text: Beiser's Concepts of Modern Physics 6th Edition Office Hours: M W 12:30-1:30pm
Web: Phone: 299-3439

Course Objective: Students will learn study various topics of modern physics including relativity, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics.

Grading Policy:

Quizzes 25%
Test 1 25%  
Test 2 25%
Final Exam 25%
Extra Credit: There will be no extra credit or extra credit papers, Do the homework, and take the quizzes and tests. As the semester progresses, there is less and less to be done to increase your grade.

Homework: Homework assignments will be presented in class and will generally consist of problems from the required text. The homeworks will not be graded. Instead, quizzes will cover the material and problem solving skills. Even though the homework will not be graded, the homework problems must be done in order to gain mastery of the material and skills necessary for both the quizzes and tests.

Quizzes: Quizzes will be 20 minutes long given in class. The intent of the quizzes is to insure: (1) that you have read the chapter to be covered that day and (2) that you can solve problems from the previous material. Hence, questions on the new material that you are to have read will be very straightforward covering, for example, new vocabulary. Questions on the older material will be more along the lines of the easier homework problems. I will drop your two lowest quiz grades to allow for bad weeks and/or absences.

Tests: The class will have two tests as indicated on the syllabus. Each test will cover the material presented since the previous test (to be precise, much of what we will learn applies throughout all the chapters, however, the questions will be geared towards specifically covering material presented between the tests). The tests will be given during classtime.

Final: The final will be held during the time dictated by the Registrar during Exam Week.

Cheating: You are encouraged to work on homework problems with others. However, you must work alone on quizzes and tests. On quizzes and exams you may use only a calculator and writing utensils; I will give you an equation sheet.

Other Resources: Tutors, library books, office hours, supplemental texts, and consult the web page: How to Study Physics.

Syllabus: Below is the anticipated schedule of what we'll cover. The dates of the tests are fixed; on principle I do not change them so that students can plan for them. Near the end of the semester, I generally have flexibility in what we cover. If you have a preference for what we might cover, please feel free to provide feedback.

Week 1 Sept. 7 Relativity   Course Overview; Ch. 1
Week 2 Sept. 12   Ch. 1  
Sept. 14   Ch. 1  
Week 3 Sept. 19 Particle Properties of Waves   Ch. 2  
Sept. 21   Ch. 2  
Week 4 Sept. 26 Wave Properties of Particles   Ch. 3  
Sept. 28   Test 1
Week 5 Oct. 3   Rosh Hashanah--NO CLASSES  
Oct. 5   Rosh Hashanah--NO CLASSES  
Week 6 Oct. 10   Ch. 3  
Oct. 12   Yom Kippur--NO CLASSES  
Week 7 Oct. 17 Atomic Structure   Ch. 4  
Oct. 19   Ch. 4  
Week 8 Oct. 24 Quantum Mechanics   Ch. 5  
Oct. 26   Ch. 5  
Week 9 Oct. 31   Ch. 5  
Nov. 2 Quantum Theory of the Hydrogen Atom   Ch. 6  
Week 10 Nov. 7   Ch. 6  
Nov. 9 Many-Electron Atoms   Ch. 7  
Week 11 Nov. 14   Ch. 7  
Nov. 16   Test 2
Week 12 Nov. 21 Molecules   Ch. 8  
Nov. 23   Ch. 8  
Week 13 Nov. 28 Statistical Mechanics   Ch. 9  
Nov. 30   Ch. 9  
Week 14 Dec. 5   Ch. 9  
Dec. 7 The Solid State   Ch. 10  
Week 15 Dec. 12   Ch. 10  
Dec. 14 Nuclear Structure   Ch. 11  
Week 16 Dec. 15-21   Final Exam Period  

Last updated January 18, 2005.
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