Physics 313 - Fall 2017


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This is a one-semester course providing an introduction to modern physics. We will spend roughly the first third of the course developing the two pillars of modern physics: the special theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. We will then discuss several of the main areas of current physics research: atomic physics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, elementary particle physics and cosmology. We obviously will not be able to cover these in detail in a one semester course. The course will primarily provide an introduction and overview. If you continue on in physics, you will see these topics in more depth in further undergraduate and graduate courses.

Before the first lecture, Thursday Sep 8, 2016, you will need to have two items:

1) an Iclicker (for class participation)

  1. 2)a copy of the book Modern Physics by Harris.

If you have an Iclicker from previous course, great! Just put in a fresh battery or keep one with you in case the old one dies in the middle of lecture.

The book is available new at the Rutgers bookstore,. 

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