Department of Physics, University of Florida

PHY 3101 Introduction to Modern Physics

(Fall 2009: Section 3907, 3 credits)


Instructor:  Mark W. Meisel

Office: NPB 2358, Tel: 392-8867, Fax: 392-7709

BEST Place to Find Me: NPB B133, Tel: 392-9147


Office Hours: posted online, and by appointment.


Syllabus (pdf)

“in vivo” Schedule

“Gradebook” at UF ELS


Textbook Links:

4th edition:

5th edition:

Note about required textbook for Fall 2009:

The only required text is "Modern Physics" (4th Edition) by Tipler and Llewellyn.

Please note that local bookstores may only stock the new 5th Edition.


UF Dept. of Physics H-ITT Site:


TAs/GAs Office Hours and Locations:

Marcus Peprah:        Mondays 6th Period (12:50 to 1:40 pm), NPB 1234

Pedro Quintero:       Thursdays 7th Period (1:55 to 2:45 pm), NPB 1234



Additional News! (08 December 2009)

Final Exam (Group 14E):  Monday, 14 December, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm,

              all material covered, NPB 1001 (the large lecture hall next to

             our regular classroom of NPB 1002, known as small lecture hall).

NOTE: Absences from the Final Exam must be documented to be considered              for “make-up”.  In other words, the “swine flu” policy does not apply to              the Final Exam.  See Syllabus for a detailed description of

             documentation that is needed.



(01 December 2009)

MTE3: Monday, 07 Dec., 8:20 pm to 10:10 pm, NPB 1002.


(19 November 2009)

Wednesday, 25 Nov. is an independent Reading Day.

Monday, 30 Nov. is “Exam/Quiz/HITT Make-up Day” for ALL excused absenses.

             (Email Prof. Meisel in advance: list the dates that you missed,

                           and the material that you want to make-up.)

Wednesday, 02 Dec.:  Student Evaluations and

             Extra Credit (5 pts): hardcopy due at start of class.


(02 November 2009)

Quiz 9: Fri, 06 Nov: “Do at Home—Submit at Start of Class Friday, 06 Nov.”

(see “in vivo” schedule for details of assignment.)


(25 September 2009)

MTE2: Wednesday, 28 Oct., 8:20 pm to 10:10 pm, PUGH 170.


(16 September 2009)

MTE1:  Wednesday, 23 Sept., 8:20 pm to 10:10 pm, LIT 101 and LIT 113.

           (covering material from start to end of 18 Sept)

           LIT 101 (“A” – “H”) and LIT 113 (“K” – “Z”)  map

           LIT = Little Hall


(01 September 2009)

“Gradebook” now posted at UF ELS ( where

the scores for EC1 and HITT1 are posted.


(28 August 2009)

Dates of MTE (“Mid-Term” Exams) FIXED:

MTE1: Wednesday, 23 Sept., 8:20 pm to 10:10 pm, LIT 101 and LIT 113.

MTE2: Wednesday, 28 Oct., 8:20 pm to 10:10 pm, PUGH 170.

MTE3: Monday, 7 Dec., 8:20 pm to 10:10 pm, NPB 1002.



(21 August 2009)

The registration for this course is presently FULL.  There is nothing that I can do to open additional seats, as we have hit the seating limit of the 100 chaired classroom.  To those seeking admission: my only suggestion is to try to add the course during the drop/add period, as some students might alter their schedules.