PHY 3101 - Modern Physics - Fall 2017


Course Schedule

This schedule is preliminary and will be modified as needed during the semester.

All homework (green cells) is due Friday by 5PM. The only exception is after Homecoming, where the homework is due the following Monday.


Date     Chap Material and events
Aug. 21 M 1 1-2 Course organization, read Chapter 1, 2.1-2.2.
We will not be meeting on this day.
However, you are expected to read the syllabus components described on the course home page.
Aug. 23 W 2 1-2 Relativity: Historical background, Michelson-Morley experiment
Aug. 25 F 3 2 Relativity: Transformation of space/time coordinates, derivation of LTs, 4-vectors, LT matrix
Aug. 28 M 4 2 Relativity: time dilation, proper time, length contraction, violation of simultaneity
Aug. 30 W 5 2 Relativity: Velocity transformation, Doppler effect
Sep. 1 F 6 2 Relativity: LT invariant quantities, causality
HW 1 due
Sep. 4 M Holiday! Labor Day! Let's all work!!
Sep. 6 W 7 2 Relativity: energy/momentum 4-vector; other applications
Sep. 8 F 8 2 Relativity: energy/momentum, particle decays.
Please finish reading the note chap02F_*.pdf.
No lecture on account of Hurrican Irma.
Sep. 11 M 9 2 General relativity: theory and experimental tests.
We will skip this topic this semester.
No lecture on account of Hurrican Irma.
Sep. 13 W 10 Notes Particles and waves, Thomson, Millikan
No lecture on account of Hurrican Irma.
Sep. 15 F 11 3 Blackbody radiation
HW 2 due, Bonus 1 due
Sep. 18 M 12 3 Blackbody radiation (cont)
Sep. 20 W 13 3 Photoelectric effect, X-rays, Compton scattering
HW 3 due
Sep. 22 F 14 3 Compton scattering, pair production, e+e- annihilationn
Sep. 25 M 15 3, notes Particles as waves
HW 4 due
Sep. 27 W 16 Notes Nuclear atom, Rutherford scattering
Sep. 29 F 17 Notes Bohr atomic model
HW 5 due, Bonus 2 due
Oct. 2 M 18 Notes
5.1
Bohr model II
Oct. 3 T     Exam 1 (8:20-10:20PM)
Flint 50
Oct. 4 W 19 Notes Bohr mode II, characteristic spectra
Oct. 6 F Homecoming! Everyone go home!
Oct. 9 M 20 Notes Wavefunctions, normalization, QM operators, expectation value
HW 6 due
Oct. 11 W 21 5, notes Schrodinger equation, physical solutions, superposition, stationary states, free particle, wave packets
Oct. 13 F 22 5, notes Expectation values in QM, infinite potential well, Correspondence principle
Bonus 3 due
Oct. 16 M 23 5, notes Finite potential well, harmonic oscillator
HW 7 due
Oct. 18 W 25 5, notes Harmonic oscillator, Uncertainty principle
Oct. 20 F 26 7 Uncertainty principle, 3-D infinite potential well
Oct. 23 M 27 7 3-D potentials 2
Oct. 25 W 28 7 Hydrogen atom 1
HW 8 due
Oct. 27 F 29 7 Hydrogen atom 2
Oct. 30 M 30 7 Hydrogen atom 3
Bonus problems 4 due
Nov. 1 W 31 8 Atomic transitions
Nov. 3 F 32 8 Atomic transitions
Nov. 6 M 33 8 Atomic transitions
HW 9 due
Nov. 8 W     Exam 2 (8:20 - 10:20PM)
Flint 50
Nov. 8 W 34 8 Atomic transitions
Nov. 10 F Holiday! Veteran's Day! Kiss a vet!
Nov. 13 M 35 9 Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, applications
Nov. 15 W 36 9 MB distribution and specific heat
Nov. 17 F 37 9 Equipartition theorem: QM & specific heats; Onset of QM behavior in materials
Nov. 20 M 38 9 Quantum materials, Fermi and Bose statistics, photon distribution
Nov. 22 W Holiday! Thanksgiving! Give thanks that you're in phy3101!
Nov. 24 F Holiday! Thanksgiving!
Nov. 27 M 39 11 How the sun releases energy, nuclear physics
Nov. 29 W 40 11 Nuclear Physics
Dec. 1 F 41 11 Nuclear Physics
Dec. 4 M 42 12 Particle Physics
HW 10 due
Dec. 6 W 43 12 Particle Physics
Bonus problems 5 due