Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy
01:750:273 Honors Physics III is a 3-credit course that completes the
Honors Physics sequence. It covers the topics of Modern Physics, i.e.
physics that was developed in the 20th and 21st centuries. 273' is the
advanced version of 273. We will go a bit deeper into the reasoning
behind the topics
surveyed in this course. We are going to follow the foodsteps of
the giants who developed special relativity, quantum mechanics, and
other modern physics that are built on them. Learning from the
history is always a good way to prepare ourselves for exploration of
Each lecture will be 80 minutes long. There is no recitation. In addition, we will not use iclicker or webassign for this course. The main course home page includes a link to the complete syllabus, indicating the topics to be covered in each lecture and the sections in the textbook that should be read in advance of each lecture.
Textbook: Modern Physics by Stephen T. Thornton and Andrew Rex, Fourth Edition, Cengage. ISBN 9781133808893. Note that the text is the fourth edition.
No need to purchase webassign code
No need to purchase or register iclicker.
Lectures will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:20pm to 4:40pm in the ARC-206 on Busch Campus. The lectures will be given by Prof. Weida Wu.
Lecture notes will be uploaded to the course Website soon after each lecture is given. So it should be unnecessary for students to take notes during lecture. We recommend that during lecture you concentrate on trying to understand what is presented, ask questions, etc.Homework
There will be weekly homework assignments, due on Monday's lectures. Your total homework score will count 20% towards your final grade.
You are encouraged to form study groups with others in
the class, and work on homework together. The Math and Science Learning Center would be
an excellent place to congregate for this purpose. However, copying solution from others is strictly forbidden.
Examinations and Grading
There will be two hour exams and a final exam, scheduled as follows:
Exam I: October 5, 2016
Exam II: Novebmer 16, 2016
Final Exam: TBD
Each hour exam will count 25% towards the final grade, and the Final Exam will count 30%. The exams will be a mixture of multiple-choice and open-ended problems. They will be closed book, but you may bring one 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper with formulas and notes to consult during the exam. (You may write on both sides of this cheat sheet). Of course you should also bring a couple of pencils and a scientific calculator.
Please let me know asap if you have an official conflict with the final exam, as indicated here.
Students approved for accommodations with the Office of Disability Services must submit their exam requests for all remaining exams, including finals, through their online request form by Monday, November 30 at 11:59pm.
Please review the Rutgers Policy on Academic Integrity for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. As this document makes clear, cheating can take many forms, none of which are acceptable. This includes (but is not limited to):
However, we do encourage certain activities, such as
Ultimately, cheating in any form will not work in your favor: you will not learn the material for yourself. This can only have a deleterious effect on your own future performance prospects in other classes and in the world at large. Also, if you have any sort of conscience, you will live with the knowledge that you cheated the rest of your life. Maybe you will feel that you have "beaten the system" but you have only degraded yourself. Don't do it!
Please visit the physics department website for students
If you have certification of your need for extra time or other accommodations at exams, please contract Prof. Wu and your ODS coordinator at the beginning of the semester so that exam arrangements can be made well in advance.
This page is maintained by Prof. Weida Wu.