Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics 273' - Fall 2016: Overview

General Information

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. the 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 uncharted territory.

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.

Required Purchases


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.


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:

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.

Academic Integrity


 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!

Students with Disabilities

Please visit the physics department website for students with disabilities.
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.

Student-Wellness Services:

Just In Case Web App
Access helpful mental health information and resources for yourself or a friend in a mental health crisis on your smartphone or tablet and easily contact CAPS or RUPD.
Counseling, ADAP & Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
(848) 932-7884 / 17 Senior Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901/
CAPS is a University mental health support service that includes counseling, alcohol and other drug assistance, and psychiatric services staffed by a team of professional within Rutgers Health services to support students’ efforts to succeed at Rutgers University. CAPS offers a variety of services that include: individual therapy, group therapy and workshops, crisis intervention, referral to specialists in the community and consultation and collaboration with campus partners. 

Violence Prevention & Victim Assistance (VPVA)
(848) 932-1181 / 3 Bartlett Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 /
The Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance provides confidential crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy for victims of sexual and relationship violence and stalking to students, staff and faculty.  To reach staff during office hours when the university is open or to reach an advocate after hours, call 848-932-1181.
Disability Services
 (848) 445-6800 / Lucy Stone Hall, Suite A145, Livingston Campus, 54 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854 /
The Office of Disability Services works with students with a documented disability to determine the eligibility of reasonable accommodations, facilitates and coordinates those accommodations when applicable, and lastly engages with the Rutgers community at large to provide and connect students to appropriate resources.
Scarlet Listeners
(732) 247-5555 /

Free and confidential peer counseling and referral hotline, providing a comforting and supportive safe space.

This page is maintained by Prof. Weida Wu.