Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

Physics 273' - Fall 2016

Syllabus

The reading assignments in the table below are all from our textbook Modern Physics by Thornton and Rex, Fourth Edition. (You may use the 3rd edition [note: it is out of print] but the chapters/sections may not be the same as below. For your convenience, I attach the table of contents for the 3rd and 4th editions.) You are encouraged to complete the reading assignment for each lecture before the lecture takes place.

Note: the syllabus may change during the course of the semester. Please refresh this page to get the latest information.

Lecture notes will be uploaded to the course website soon after each lecture is given.

Week

Date

Topic

Reading

HW

1

W 09/07

Introduction, wave motion, Ether, Michelson-Morley exp,

1.1-1.6, 5.4
2.1-2.4

5.25, 5.26
2.2, 2.4, 2.6
Solution1

2

M 09/12

 Lorentz transformation, Simultanuity, Velocity Addition,

2.4-2.7

Ch. 2: 13, 14, 20, 22, 28, 30, 33, 39, 40 Solution2
(optional 42, 43)

W 09/14

Time dilation, Length contraction, Doppler effect, 

2.8-2.10

3

M 09/19

space-time diagram, Twin paradox, Relativistic energy and momentum

 2.11-2.14

 ch2: 48, 52, 55, 56, 57, 65, 69, 70, 73

Ch3: 18, 34, 38, 50, 58

Solution3

W 09/21

Blackbody Radiation, Photoelectric effect,  Compton effect, pair production

3.1-3.9

4

M 09/26

Rutherford scattering, Bohr model of Hydrogen atom, Franck-Hertz exp.

4.1-4.7

Ch4: 3, 11, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 32, 45;  Ch5: 2, 8, 12, 17, 22, 36, 44
Solution4 

W 09/28

X-ray scattering, Matter wave, electron scattering, uncertainty principle,

5.1-5.6

5

M 10/03

Review Ch. 1-5

 

No HW

W 10/05

Midterm I

 

6

M 10/10

Probability and wavefunction, Schroedinger equation, 

5.7, 5.8, 6.1-6.3

Ch5: 56, 62
Ch6: 5, 10, 12, 14, 22, 24, 28, 30
Solution5

W 10/12

Infinite square potential wells (particle in a box), finite square potential well

6.3-6.5

7

M 10/17

finite square potential well, barrier and tunneling,

 6.7

 Ch6: 34, 36, 39, 44, 46, 50, 53, 62, 67
Solution6

W 10/19

Simple Harmonic oscillator, Hydrogen Atom

6.6,7.1-7.3

8

M 10/24

Cancelled

 

Ch 7: 1, 2, 8, 16, 20, 21, 24

Solution7

W 10/26

Cancelled


Makeup
W 10/28

Orbital angular momentum, Zeeman effect, Spin

7.4-7.6

9

M 10/31

Total angular momentum, Anomalous Zeeman effect, Pauli exclusion principle

8.2-8.3

Ch7: 30, 32, 38, 40, 44, 46, 50, 51

Ch 8: 7, 12, 27, 28, 29 solution8

W 11/02

Periodic table, Complex Atoms:
L-S coupling

8.1-8.3

10

M 11/07

LS coupling, hyper-fine structure,

8.3,

 Ch 8: 16, 20, 33, 34

Ch 9: 1, 3, 5, 7 solution9

W 11/09

Kinetic theory of ideal gas, Boltzmann factor, Maxwell velocity/speed distribution, Equipartition theorem

1.1-1.2, 9.1-9.4

11

M 11/14

Review Ch. 6-8


No HW

W 11/16

Midterm II

 

12

M 11/21

Maxwell velocity/speed distribution, Equipartition theorem

9.4

  No HW

W 11/23

Friday class


13

M 11/28

Classical-Quantum Statistics, Molecule bonds

9.5,10.1

Ch9: 9, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19. 

Ch10: 4, 6, 10, 14

Solution10

W 11/30

Molecular spectra, Band structrure

10.1 11.1-11.2

14

M 12/05

semiconductor physics, p-n junction, LED, 

11.3-11.4

 Ch11: 11, 19, 20, 24, 25. 

Ch12: 4, 8, 13, 19, 27, 28, 33.

Ch13: 34.

Solution11

W 12/07

Nuclear physics, radioactive decay

12.1-12.7

15

M 12/12

Fission and Fusion, Elementary particle physics, Cosmology, Review

13.1-13.6 14.1-14.6, 16.1,16.2

No HW

W 12/14

Review

 

 

 12/23

Final exam 12-3pm

 

 



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