Rutgers University Department of Physics and Astronomy

## 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 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 Lorentz transformation, Simultanuity, Velocity Addition, 2.4-2.7 Ch. 2: 13, 14, 20, 22, 28, 30, 33, 39, 40 Solution2 (optional 42, 43) Time dilation, Length contraction, Doppler effect, 2.8-2.10 3 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 Blackbody Radiation, Photoelectric effect,  Compton effect, pair production 3.1-3.9 4 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 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 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 Infinite square potential wells (particle in a box), finite square potential well 6.3-6.5 7 finite square potential well, barrier and tunneling, 6.7 Ch6: 34, 36, 39, 44, 46, 50, 53, 62, 67 Solution6 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 W 10/26 Cancelled Makeup W 10/28 Orbital angular momentum, Zeeman effect, Spin 7.4-7.6 9 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 Periodic table, Complex Atoms: L-S coupling 8.1-8.3 10 LS coupling, hyper-fine structure, 8.3, Ch 8: 16, 20, 33, 34 Ch 9: 1, 3, 5, 7 solution9 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 Classical-Quantum Statistics, Molecule bonds 9.5,10.1 Ch9: 9, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19.  Ch10: 4, 6, 10, 14 Molecular spectra, Band structrure 10.1 11.1-11.2 14 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 Nuclear physics, radioactive decay 12.1-12.7 15 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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