Week

Date

Lecture Topics

Reading

1

Mon. 9/3

Labor Day


Wed. 9/5

Introduction; MichelsonMorley Experiment

T&R 2.12.2; K&K 12.112.3


2

Mon. 9/10

Postulates of SR and Lorentz transformations

T&R 2.32.4; K&K 12.412.7

Wed. 9/12

Lorentz contraction, time dilation, velocity
transformations

T&R 2.52.6; K&K 12.812.9


3

Mon. 9/17 (HW1 due)

Doppler
shift, paradoxes

T&R 2.8, 2.10; K&K
12.1012.11

Wed. 9/19

Momentum and Energy

T&R 2.112.12; K&K 13.113.4


4

Mon. 9/24 (HW2 due)

Massless particles and the photoelectric
effect

T&R 2.12, 3.6; K&K 13.513.6

Wed. 9/26

Minkowski
space and fourvectors 
T&R 2.9;
K&K 14.114.5


5

Mon. 10/1 (HW3 due)

Momentumenergy
fourvectors and relativity revisited 
T&R
3.83.9; K&K 14.614.7

Wed. 10/3

Magnetism
as a relativistic effect 
T&R
2.14; Purcell 5.15.4


6

Mon. 10/8 (HW4 due)

Magnetism as a relativistic effect (cont.)

Purcell 5.55.9, link

Wed. 10/10

Exam I



7

Mon. 10/15

Wave nature of matter

T&R 5.25.5; FL3 1.11.8

Wed. 10/17

Uncertainty principle

T&R 5.65.7, 6.16.2; FL3
2.12.6


8

Mon. 10/22 (HW5 due)

Particle in a box

T&R 5.8, 6.3

Wed. 10/24

Simple harmonic oscillator

T&R
6.46.6


9

Mon. 10/29 (HW6 due)

3D Schrodinger Equation

FL3 19.119.3, Laplacian
derivation, Spherical
Harmonics

Wed. 10/31

Hydrogen
Atom 
T&R 7.17.2


10

Mon. 11/5 (HW7 due)

Angular
Momentum 
FL3
19.419.5

Wed. 11/7

Spin

T&R
7.37.5 

11

Mon. 11/12 (HW8 due)

Zeeman effect

T&R 8.18.3

Wed. 11/14

WKB
approximation and tunneling (class cancelled) 
T&R 6.7 

12

Mon. 11/19

Exam 2


Wed. 11/21

Thanksgiving



13

Mon. 11/26

Guest
Lecture: Prof. Sevil Salur
Nuclear Physics

T&R 12.112.8, 13.113.6

Wed. 11/28

Guest Lecture: Prof. Weida Wu
Condensed Matter Physics

T&R 10.310.5


14

Mon. 12/3 (HW9 due)

Introduction
to the Standard Model

T&R
14.114.8

Wed. 12/5

Guest Lecture: Prof. Amit Lath
Particle Physics



15

Mon. 12/10 (HW10 due)

Introduction to nuclear physics 
T&R
12.112.8, 13.113.6 
Wed. 12/12

Introduction to general relativity and cosmology

T&R
15.115.5, 16.116.7 