PH301 MODERN PHYSICS FALL 2002

 COURSE CALENDAR (subject to change updated 9/25/02):
 NIT=Not In Text

  Date
text
Homework/exam topic
week 1
Sep 4
2.1
  Classical Relativity
  6
2.1-3, 2.5
  Postulates, Time dilation
week 2 9
2.4-5
  Length contr.
 
11
2
 HW due ch 2 Lorentz transform, velocity trans
 
13
2
  velocity trans, spacetime
week 3 16
2
  Doppler effect, simulaneity
 
18
2
HW due ch 2 energy & momentum
 
20

ch2, 1.3
Extra credit due discuss, review, light as wave
week 4
23
 3
 HW due ch 2 Photoelectric effect, blackbody radiation
 
25
CH2 
 EXAM #1 Relativity
  27
3
  blackbody rad, duality
 week 5
30
 ch 5
  waveftn, Uncertainty principle
 
Oct 2
 ch 5
  probability interpretation 
 
4
 ch 6
 
Schroed eqn: piecewise constant PE
 week 6
7
 ch 6
  HW due ch 3, 5 tunneling
 
9
 7
ideas due
H-atom, spin
 
11
ch 3-7
HW due ch, discuss,

 interpret, paradox, measurement prob, review
week 7
14
chs 12.1-3, 14.1,3, 5-7
  nuclei, leptons, quarks
 
16
 chs 3-7
 
EXAM #2
Quantum

18
chs 12.1-3, 14.2, 14.5-6

fundamental interactions, particle exchange
 week 8
21
ch 14.3, 12.4
  quark combos, residual forces
 
23
ch 14.4, 12.5, 12.7
  decay processes, conservation laws
 homecoming
25
ch 12.6, 12.8
   exponential decay
 week 9
28
 NIT, 5.1
   QM of light
 
30
NIT, 10.2 
  HW due ch 12, 14 QM of light
 
Nov 1
 ch 15.1-2
 projects due
Gen rel
 week 10
4
 15.3-5
  Gen rel
 
6
16.1-2, 16.5 
   Cosmology
 
8
16.6, NIT
 HW due   Cosmology
 final
 Nov 11, 12-2pm
CH 9-10, 12, 14-16, NIT
EXAM #3