PHY 3101  Modern Physics  Fall 2018
Course Schedule
This schedule is preliminary and will be modified as needed during the semester.
Homework due dates are noted by green cells.
Date 


Chap 
Material and events 
Aug. 22 
W 
1 
1 
Course organization, Physics in 1900 
Aug. 24 
F 
2 
1 
Physics in 1900, Relativity 
Aug. 27 
M 
3 
2 
Relativity 
Aug. 29 
W 
4 
2 
Relativity 
Aug. 31 
F 
5 
2 
Relativity 
Sep. 3 
M 
Holiday! 
Labor Day! Let's all work!! 
Sep. 5 
W 
6 
2 
Relativity (HW 1 due) 
Sep. 7 
F 
7 
2 
Relativity 
Sep. 10 
M 
8 
2, 3 
Relativity, Waves as particles (HW 2 due) 
Sep. 12 
W 
9 
3 
Waves as particles (Bonus 1 due) 
Sep. 14 
F 
10 
3 
Waves as particles 
Sep. 17 
M 
11 
3 
Waves as particles (HW 3 due) 
Sep. 19 
W 
12 
4 
Particles as waves 
Sep. 21 
F 
13 
4 
Particles as waves 
Sep. 24 
M 
14 
4 
Particles as waves 
Sep. 26 
W 
15 
5 
Schrodinger equation (HW 4 due) 
Sep. 27 
R 
 
 
Bonus 2 due 
Sep. 28 
F 
16 
5 
Schrodinger equation 
Oct. 1 
M 
17 
5 
Schrodinger equation 
Oct. 2 
T 


Exam 1 (8:2010:20pm, room TBA)

Oct. 3 
W 
18 
5 
Schrodinger equation 
Oct. 5 
F 
19 
6 
BohrRutherford atom 
Oct. 8 
M 
20 
6 
BohrRutherford atom 
Oct. 10 
W 
21 
6 
BohrRutherford atom (HW 5 due) 
Oct. 12 
F 
22 
7 
Hydrogen atom 
Oct. 15 
M 
23 
7 
Hydrogen atom 
Oct. 17 
W 
24 
7 
Hydrogen atom (HW 6 due) 
Oct. 19 
F 
25 
8 
Multielectron atoms 
Oct. 22 
M 
26 
10 
Statistical physics 
Oct. 23 
T 
 
 
Bonus 3 due 
Oct. 24 
W 
27 
10 
Statistical physics (HW7 due) 
Oct. 26 
F 
28 
11 
Statistical physics 
Oct. 29 
M 
29 
11 
Solid state physics 
Oct. 31 
W 
30 
11 
Solid state physics (HW 8 due) 
Nov. 2 
F 


Homecoming! Everyone go home! 
Nov. 5 
M 
31 
12 
Nuclear Physics 
Nov. 7 
W 
32 
12 
Nuclear Physics 
Nov. 8 
R 


Exam 2 (8:2010:20pm, room TBA) 
Nov. 9 
F 
33 
13 
Nuclear Physics 
Nov. 12 
M 
Holiday! 
Veteran's Day! Kiss a vet! 
Nov. 14 
W 
34 
13 
Nuclear Physics 
Nov. 16 
F 
35 
13 
Nuclear Physics 
Nov. 19 
M 
36 
14 
Particle Physics (HW 9 due) 
Nov. 21 
W 
Holiday! 
Thanksgiving! Give thanks that you're in
phy3101! 
Nov. 23 
F 
Holiday! 
Thanksgiving! 
Nov. 26 
M 
37 
14 
Particle Physics 
Nov. 28 
W 
38 
14 
Particle Physics (HW 10 due) 
Nov. 30 
F 
39 
15 
Cosmology (Bonus 4 due) 
Dec. 3 
M 
40 
15 
Cosmology 
Dec. 5 
W 
41 
15 
Cosmology (HW 11 due) 
Dec. 7 
F 
 
 
Bonus 5 due 
Dec. 11 
T 


Final exam 12:30  2:30pm (room to be announced) 