PHYS 3740: Introduction to Relativity & Quantum Mechanics (Modern Physics)

Course Schedule (subject to change):

August 26 groups; September 12 groups; October 3 groups

Week Topic Reading Assignment Video Lectures PDF Lectures Homework Group Problems

1: AUG 22 - 26

Overview of Relativity Harris: §1, 2.1, 2.2
Harris: Appendix A
Hogg: §1.1 - 1.4
Lect. 1
Lect. 2
Lect. 3
Lect. 1
Lect. 2
Lect. 3
HW1
HW1 Sols.
GP1 Sols.
GP2 Sols.
GP3 Sols.

2: AUG 30 - SEP 2

Special Relativity Hogg: §2.1 - 2.5
Hogg: §3.1 - 3.6
Lect. 4
Lect. 5
Lect. 6
Lect. 4
Lect. 5
Lect. 6
HW2
HW2 Sols.
GP4 Sols.
GP5 Sols.
GP6 Sols.
SEP 5 Labor Day Holiday - No Class

3: SEP 6 - 9

Lorentz Transformation Hogg: §4.1 - 4.5
Harris: §2.4
Lect. 7
Lect. 8
Lect. 7
Lect. 8
HW3
HW3 Sols.
GP7 Sols.
GP8 Sols.

4: SEP 12 - 16

Relativistic Mechanics Hogg: §6.1 - 6.9
Harris: §2.7
Lect. 9
Lect. 10
Lect. 11
Lect. 9
Lect. 10
Lect. 11
HW4
HW4 Sols.
GP9 Sols.
GP10 Sols.
GP11 Sols.

5: SEP 19 - 23

Quantization of Light, Part I Harris: §3.1, 3.4 Lect. 12
Lect. 13
Lect. 12
Lect. 13
  GP12 Sols.
GP13 Sols.
SEP 27 Midterm Exam #1 (Tuesday) Exam 1 Solutions

6: SEP 26 - 30

Quantization of Light, Part II Harris: §3.1, 3.2, 3.6 Lect. 14
Lect. 15
Lect. 16
Lect. 14
Lect. 15
Lect. 16
HW5
HW5 Sols.
GP14 Sols.
GP15 Sols.
GP16 Sols.

7: OCT 3 - 7

Wavelike Behavior of Matter Harris: §4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 4.7 Lect. 17
Lect. 18
Lect. 19
Lect. 17
Lect. 18
Lect. 19
HW6
HW6 Sols.
GP17 Sols.
GP18 Sols.
GP19 Sols.
OCT 10 - 14 Fall Break - No Class

8: OCT 17 - 21

Introduction to Atomic Structure

Harris: §4.6 Lect. 20
Lect. 21
Lect. 22
Lect. 20
Lect. 21
Lect. 22
HW7
HW7 Sols.
GP20 Sols.
GP21 Sols.
GP22 Sols.

9: OCT 24 - 28

The Schrödinger Equation Harris: §4.3, 5.1 - 5.3 Lect. 23
Lect. 24
Lect. 25
Lect. 23
Lect. 24
Lect. 25
HW8
HW8 Sols.
Schrödinger Recipe
GP23 Sols.
GP24 Sols.
GP25 Sols.

10: OCT 31 - NOV 4

Bound States Harris: §5.5 - 5.8 Lect. 26
Lect. 27
Lect. 28
Lect. 26
Lect. 27
Lect. 28
HW9
HW9 Sols.
GP26 Sols.
GP27 Sols.
GP28 Sols.

11: NOV 7 - 11

Unbound States Harris: §6.1, 6.2 Lect. 29
Lect. 30
Lect. 29
Lect. 30
HW10
HW10 Sols.
GP29 Sols.
GP30 Sols.
NOV 15 Midterm Exam #2 (Tuesday) Exam 2 Solutions

12: NOV 14 - 18

3D Schrödinger Equation - Angular Wavefunctions Harris: §7.1, 7.2, 7.4, 7.5 Lect. 31
Lect. 32
Lect. 33
Lect. 31
Lect. 32
Lect. 33
  GP31 Sols.
GP32 Sols.
GP33 Sols.

13: NOV 21 - 23

H atom: Radial Wavefunctions and Transitions Harris: §7.3, 7.6, 7.7, 7.10 Lect. 34
Lect. 35
Lect. 34
Lect. 35
HW11
HW11 Sols.
GP34 Sols.
GP35 Sols.
NOV 25 Thanksgiving Holiday - No Class

14: NOV 28 - DEC 2

Perturbation Theory; Spin; Exclusion Principle Harris: §8.1 - 8.3 Lect. 36 Lect. 36
Lect. 37
Lect. 38
HW12
HW12 Sols.
GP36 Sols.

15: DEC 5 - 9

Multielectron Atoms and the Periodic Table Harris: §8.4
Lect. 39    
DEC 14 FINAL EXAM (Wednesday) Final Exam Solutions

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