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 | ||
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |