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Physics 273

Honors Physics III: Modern Physics, Fall 2017

Schedule

Week

Date

Lecture Topics

Reading

1

Mon. 9/4

Labor Day

Wed. 9/6

Introduction; Special Theory of Relativity

1.1-1.6, 2.1-2.3

2

Mon. 9/11

Lorentz Transformations

2.4-2.9

Wed. 9/13

Doppler Effect; Relativistic Paradox

2.10

3

Mon. 9/18 (HW1 due)

Relativistic Dynamics

2.11, 2.12

Wed. 9/20

Quantiziation of Electromagnetic Radiation

3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.5

4

Mon. 9/25 (HW2 due)

Particle Nature of Light

3.3, 3.6-3.9

Wed. 9/27

Bohr Model of Hydrogen

4.1, 4.3-4.5

5

Mon. 10/2 (HW3 due)

Review for Exam I

Wed. 10/4

Exam I

6

Mon. 10/9

Wave Nature of Matter

5.1-5.3

Wed. 10/11

Uncertainty Principle; Schrodinger's Equation

5.5-5.8

7

Mon. 10/16 (HW4 due)

Quantum Theory of Hydrogen

6.1, 6.3

Wed. 10/18

Orbital Angular Momentum

7.1, 7.3-7.5

8

Mon. 10/23 (HW5 due)

LS Coupling; Pauli Exclusion Principle

8.1, 8.2

Wed. 10/25

Anomalous Zeeman Effect

8.3

9

Mon. 10/30 (HW6 due)

Nuclear Forces

12.1-12.5

Wed. 11/1

Radioactivity

12.6-12.8

10

Mon. 11/6 (HW7 due)

Review for Exam II

Wed. 11/8

Exam II

11

Mon. 11/13

Nuclear Reactions

13.1-13.2

Wed. 11/15

Fission and Fusion

13.4-13.7

12

Mon. 11/20 (HW8 due)

Elementary Particles

14.1-14.4

Wed. 11/22

Thanksgiving

13

Mon. 11/27

Quark Model

14.5-14.8

Wed. 11/29

Guest Lecture (TBA)

14

Mon. 12/4 (HW9 due)

General Theory of Relativity

15.1-15.4

Wed. 12/6

Origin and Fate of the Universe

16.1-16.7

15

Mon. 12/11 (HW10 due)

Review for Final Exam

Wed. 12/13

Review for Final Exam

 

Lecturer: Prof. John Paul Chou

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