Instructor: |
Prof. Jordan Gerton |

Office: |
314 JFB |

Email: |
jgertonphysics.utah.edu |

Phone: |
801-585-0068 (I'm often not in my office - email is usually better) |

TA: |
Luca Visinelli |

Office: |
452D INSCC |

Email: |
luca.visinelligmail.com |

Prerequisites: |
PHYS 2220, MATH 2250 |

Lectures: |
Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:45 - 11:35 AM in L126 WEB (Warnock) |

Presentations: |
Tues 10:45 - 11:35 AM in L114 WEB (Warnock) |

Syllabus: |
Click here for a PDF copy of the syllabus |

Help Sessions: |
Mondays » 11:35 AM - 1 PM in 445 INSCC (Luca) Fridays » 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM in 1450 WEB (Jim and Chris) Fridays » 11:35 AM - 1 PM in 314 JFB (Jordan) |

Student Evals: |
This course is now closed, but you can download a PDF copy of the Fall 2011 Student Evaluation Report. |

In this course, you will be introduced to some of the key concepts developed in the early 20th century, upon which our modern understanding of the universe rests. In particular, you will be introduced to Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity and to the Quantum Theory. These ideas transformed the way we think about the world, and represent the first real departures from classical (Newtonian) physics that you will encounter in your study of Physics. They are intellectually challenging and sometimes counter-intuitive, but enormously stimulating, so be prepared to work hard and have fun!

• | Introduction to Special Relativity: Space-time diagrams, Lorentz transformations, the invariant Interval, 4-vectors & 4-momentum |

• | Quantization of light: Planck black-body radiation, the photoelectric effect & x-rays, Bragg diffraction |

• | Basic Quantum Ideas: Wave-particle duality, uncertainty relations, wave packets |

• | Introduction to Quantum Mechanics: Schrödinger equation in one, two, & three dimensions, square-well barriers, harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atom |

• | Quantum Properties of Spin & Angular Momentum: Zeeman effect, Stern-Gerlach experiment, atomic & molecular structure, covalent bonding; multi-electron atoms & the Periodic Table |

• | Introduction to Classical & Quantum Statistics: Maxwell-Boltzman, Fermi-Dirac, Bose-Einstein, Pauli exclusion principle |

• | Applications to Solid-State Physics: Band theory, introduction to magnetic resonance |

Modern Physics, 2nd Edition,

by Dr. Randy Harris. Published by Addison Wesley.

ISBN 978-0805303087, 656 pages, full-color, hardback.

To buy it online from the University book store, click here.