PH 103 - Principles of Physics III - Spring 2004

The topics covered in this course include (a) electromagnetic waves, geometric optics, wave nature of light, (b) optical instruments, special theory of relativity, early quantum theory, models of the atom, quantum mechanics of atoms, (c) nuclear physics, radioactivity, nuclear energy, effects and uses of radiation, elementary particles, astrophysics, cosmology, and superstring theory.

 

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Set Chapter Problems Deadline for submission using WebAssign
4 25 9, 12, 22, 30, 39, 49 Thurs., Apr. 1  at 11:00 pm
5 26 2, 6, 15, 24, 29, 45 Thurs., Apr. 8  at 11:00 pm
6 27 2, 6, 18, 27, 37, 49 Fri., Apr. 16  at 11:00 pm
7 28 3, 5, 16, 22, 33, 39 Wed., Apr. 21  at 11:00 pm
 
Class Activities - Click on the date to see the details.
Week Monday Wednesday Friday
1 Mar. 8 Mar. 10 Mar. 12
2 Mar. 15 Mar. 17 Mar. 19
3 Mar. 22 Mar. 24 Mar. 26
4 Mar. 29 Mar. 31 Apr. 2
5 Apr. 5 Apr. 7 Apr. 9 - Good Friday - no class
6 Tuesday, Apr. 13 Apr. 14 Apr. 16
7 Apr. 19 Apr. 21 Apr. 23 - Test 2
 

Comments on Test 2

  • Test 2 covers Chapters 25-28 but not sections 25-10 and 25-12.
  • Review your notes and the Web notes in conjunction with reading your textbook.
  • Look over the homework.  Often test questions are slight variations of the homework.
  • Review the chapter summaries.  If you have time, make out your own equation sheet, identifying all the symbols and the names of the equations, if any.
  • Equations and constants will be provided - but review what all of the symbols represent.  You will need to remember prefixes - pico, nano, micro, milli, kilo, mega, giga, tera.  You will need to know units.
  • Types of questions:  multiple choice, numerical problems, definitions, drawings, explanations
  • What are the terms for eyes that are nearsighted or farsighted?
  • What was the Michelson-Morley experiment?
  • Be able to describe the various types of electron microscopes.
  • What does LASER stand for?  What are the basic characteristics of laser light?  What do you need to make a laser?  What some applications?
  • Know the postulates of the Special Theory of Relativity.  What is the correspondence principle?
  • What is the Pauli exclusion principle, the deBroglie relation, the Compton effect, the photoelectric effect?
  • What is the difference between fluorescence and phosphorescence?
  • Know the Bohr theory and its limitations.  Know the Heisenberg uncertainty principle.

Here are some practice problems for Test 2.
   25: 2, 24, 28, 46
   26: 3, 13, 28, 35
   27: 5, 17, 32, 40
   28: 4, 20, 46 
  

Last update:  Apr. 20, 2004