|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: http://relativity.liu.edu/steve||Phone: 299-3439|
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.
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|