PH301 MODERN PHYSICS FALL 2011

  COURSE CALENDAR (subject to change; last updated 10/14/11)
  NIT=Not In Text, TBD = To Be Determined

 

   

Date

section of text

Homework/exam

topic

week 1

Aug 22

(ch 1), 2.1-2

review

   
 

Classical Relativity, Postulates

   
 

24

2.1-3, 5 

   
 

26

2.4,  10

  

Doppler, Lorentz trans

   week 2

29

2.3, 4, 7, 8

 HW due ch 2

twins, simultaneity

    

31

2.6, 9

   

spacetime, velocity transformations

Sep 2

2.11, 12, 13

 HW due ch 2, 15

energy and momentum

week 3

7

15.1, 2, review

 

equivalence principle, review,

   
 

9

3.1, 2, 4-6

Light as wave, Blackbody, Photoelectric effect, 

week 4

12

ch 2, 15.1, 2

 EXAM #1

Rela1tivity

    

14

3. 4-6, 8

  Compton, duality, wavefunction 

   
 

  16

5.1-5, 7, ignore Bohr condition in 5-2.


deBroglie, probability

 week 5

19

   5.6-7

 hw due ch 3,5

uncertainty principle

  

21

6.1-2

 

TD Schroed eqn

  

23


neutrino v>c, p-operator

  week 6

26

6.1

  hw due ch 5

TI Schroed eqn

  

28

5.8, 6.3


 particle in box,

  

30

6.4, 5, 7

 

3D, piecewise constant potential, tunneling

week 7

Oct 3

6.6, 7

 hw due ch 6

simple harmonic oscillator

  

5

7.1-3, 6

 

review

 

7

chs 3-6

 EXAM #2 

 ideas due  

Quantum

 week 8

10

7.5, p 144, fig 4.16

 

H-atom

  

12


  

H-spectrum, H-like atoms

   

14

chs 12.1-3, 14.1,3, 5-6

 

Exclusion Principle, nuclei and particles

 week 9

17

12.4,14.1-3, pp 450-451

 

more particles, interactions

  

19

 

 

SRI, particle exchange

  

21

13.2, 14.4

 

conservation laws

 week 10

24

12.5, 7, 13.6

 

nuclear reactions: decay and stellar fusion

  

26

12.6, 8, 13.7

 

project presentations, radioactive decay

  

28

10.2, pp 269 & 515

 

Projects due
by 4:30

lasers, review

finals week 

  Tue Nov 1 12-2pm

mostly material since exam #2

EXAM #3