Persistence of Memory, 1931, Salvador Dali
Lecture: MW 1:25 - 2:45 PM --- F 12:55 - 1:45 PM, CSC 205
Instructor: Carleton DeTar 212 INSCC (Phone: 801-581-7537)
Instructor E-mail: Carleton DeTar
Teaching Assistant and Grader E-mail : Kevin McCarthy
Learning Assistant E-mail: Maile Marriott
This course provides an introduction to two key concepts in modern physics, namely, special relativity and quantum mechanics.By the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of the principles of special relativity and its quantitative consequences for phenomena seen by different observers. They will be able to explain the particle/wave duality of quantum mechanics and the role of the wave function as a device for predicting the probability of outcomes of measurements. They will have a basic understanding of the quantum origin of the periodic table.
Group study and discussion is strongly encouraged in this course. Collaboration on homework is encouraged, provided it involves roughly the same amount of give and take. However, except for group problem assignments, students may submit only their own work for grading, and this work must be written solo, without copying from any other sources. Collaboration on tests is not permitted. Students are on their honor to adhere to this policy.
The course grade is based on daily in-class exercises, weekly quizzes, homework, a midterm exam, and a final exam. The greatest emphasis is placed on homework and lab exercises. Grading formula: in-class exercises 10%, in-class quizzes 20%, homework 30%, midterm 20%, final 20%.
Late homework (assignments) will be accepted for half credit up to the last day of class. Assignments with low scores can be redone and also submitted for half credit up to the last day of class.
The University of Utah Department of Physics and Astronomy seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need special accommodations in this class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the instructor and to the Center for Disability Services, http://disability.utah.edu/ 162 Olpin Union Bldg, 581-5020 (V/TDD) to make arrangements for accommodations.
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