PHY 3101 - Modern Physics - Fall 2019


Dec. 7 *** IMPORTANT *** Because of a mistake, HW10 grades for many students had not been entered by the grader in the spreadsheet before being handed back to you. If you have no HW10 grade on Canvas and should have one, please bring your assignment ASAP to Prof. Avery or Hirschfeld and we will fix it. Final grades have to be entered soon so please do this Monday or Tuesday of this week.

HW11 solution was posted today.

Final HITT grades are posted.

Dec. 6 Final exam information: Cosmology (Ch. 15) material will not be covered on the final. Prof. Hirschfeld will hold an exam review Monday, Dec. 9 @ 4pm in Physics 2205.

Prof. Bartos lecture: We have posted Prof. Bartos' lecture on Gravitational waves and black holes in the cosmology link.

HW 10 solutions have been posted on Canvas. We will post HW11 solutions over the weekend.

Dec. 3 Final exam date/time There is only one final exam date and time: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7:30 - 9:30am in room Flint 0050. one.uf had posted two dates incorrectly. Note that we are an assembly exam and have precedence over non-assembly exams or assembly exams with a lower course number (relative to 3101). If you have a remaining conflict, you must inform us by Friday, Dec. 6.

Another practice exam from Fall 2018 has been uploaded to the exam materials page.

Nov. 24 HW 11 is now available on Canvas under HW materials. Bonus 5 has also been uploaded to the Canvas page.

Bonus 4 is due Nov. 26 (Tuesday).

Nov. 22 Final exam: You can bring three handwritten formula sheets (front and back) to the final. Exam format is multiple choice. We have posted a constants sheet and a practice exam on Canvas.

Final exam questions will be ~50% from new material (starting with Solid State) and ~50% from material covered by the first two exams, with emphasis on exam and homework problems (though not all).

HW9 solutions and grades are now posted on Canvas. Bonus 3 grades are posted on Canvas.

Updated HITT points were uploaded today.

Nov. 20 Final exam date has been set for Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7:30 - 9:30am in room Flint 0050.

HW 11 due date was moved to Dec. 4 so that we can post the solutions a week ahead of time.

Dec. 2 lecture will be a guest lecture by Prof. Imre Bartos on Monday, Dec. 2 on Multimessenger Astronomy.

Dec. 4 lecture will be a review session rather than a cosmology lecture.

Programming session will be held tonight 6-8pm and Thursday 6-8pm, both sessions in room Physics 2165.

Nov. 16 HW 10 is now available on Canvas under HW materials. Bonus problem 4 has also been uploaded to the Canvas page.

Nov. 15 Exam 2 is graded and scores were uploaded. We will pass exams back today in class or in our offices.

Programming sessions Wednesday and Thursday went very well. We will post Bonus 4 Friday or Saturday on Canvas.

HW10 due date has been pushed back to Monday, Nov. 25.

Nov. 13 Exam 2 is still being graded. We will have grades by Friday or Saturday at the latest

Programming sessions will take place 7:00-9:00pm tonight (Wednesday), and Thursday 6:00-8:00pm, both in room 2165 (these will cover the same material). Bring your bonus HW with you if you want more feedback.

Nov. 3 Exam 2 review session is Tuesday, 6:30 - ? in Physics 2205.

HW solution 8 was posted under Files->HW materials.

HITT scores were posted through Friday, Nov. 1. We are missing the registration for clicker #841646 (P2) and #680941 (P4).

Bonus problem 2 scores are now posted. Bonus 3 due date is pushed back to Friday, Nov. 15, because of the Nov. 11 holiday and so that we have time to have another programming session that week.

Oct. 30 Several practice exams and a constants sheet for Exam 2 are available on Canvas under Files->Exam materials.

Exam 2 will take place 8:20 - 10:20pm on Thursday, Nov. 7 in room NPB 1001.

Oct. 28 phy3101 midterm survey results are available.

HW problems have been moved to Canvas next to the HW solutions

Oct. 25 Bonus problem 3 is available and due Nov. 13 (Wed).

Oct. 11 Bonus problem 2 due date has been delayed until Oct. 16 (Wed).

Oct. 5 Exam 1 solution was posted on Canvas under Files-->Exam materials.

Bonus problem 2 (programming problem) is now available. This is a great problem involving the solution of an important equation numerically because no other method exists. The method employed here, Newton-Raphson, can be used for a wide variety of problems. Please see Prof. Avery for help getting started.

Bonus 1 scores were uploaded to Canvas. You can pick them up on Monday, Oct. 7.

Oct. 3 HITT points were uploaded today.

Sep. 21 Exam 1 will take place Oct. 2 from 8:20 - 10:20.
Room assignments are by last name: FLG 210 (A-J) and FLG 220 (K-Z).
Constants and a practice exam are posted under FIles-->Exam Materials.

Sep. 20 global warming talk is posted on the Physics/reference links page.

Sep. 15 HW2 grades were posted Sunday. Solutions were posted Friday and updated Sunday.

Sep. 11 HW3 was posted on the Homework page around 6:00pm. Bonus problem 1 was posted in the mid-afternoon.

Sep. 7 HW1 solution was posted early this afternoon on Canvas under Files --> HW solutions.

Grader office hours: We have posted office hours for our grader, Farshad Kamalinejad, on the overview page.

Sep. 6 HW and Schedule adjustments: Because we lost a lecture on account of Hurricane Dorian, we have moved the default HW due dates from Wednesday to Friday (except as noted on the schedule) and adjusted the schedule to push lecture topics later by one class day. Please see the updated HW and schedule pages.

Aug. 21 Welcome to PHY3101! Please note the following points.
  • Read the Course overview page, which describes important aspects of the course, including lecture location/time, material covered, textbook, grading components, how we use e-Learning, test accommodations, etc.
  • Read the Programming page to learn about the programming tools you will learn in this course.
  • We will use HITT clickers as we did in Physics 1 and Physics 2. Please purchase a clicker if you do not have one already. You will need to register the clicker for this course as described on the HITT page.
  • The class schedule shows the lecture schedule, exam dates, and homework due dates.
  • Please read Chapter 1. We have also placed some introductory materials on e-Learning under "Files-->Lecture materials". We also put the indivifual chapters of a free Modern Physics textbook under Files-->OpenStax reference.
  • EMAIL (IMPORTANT!): Please do not use Canvas mail in e-Learning to send us email. Email should be addressed only to phy3101 AT and not to our home accounts. We keep class correspondence in a single area that both of us can read and respond to.

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