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Physics 3740 Syllabus
Spring Semester 2012
- Course Objectives:
Brief introduction to special relativity with emphasis on relativistic
energy and momentum. Quantization of light: Planck black body radiation, the
photoelectric effect and x-rays, and Bragg diffraction. Basic quantum ideas:
wave-particle duality, uncertainty relations, and wave packets. Introduction
to quantum mechanics: Schrodinger equation in one, two, and three dimensions.
Square-wells barriers, harmonic oscillator, and hydrogen atom. Quantum
properties of spin and angular momentum: Zeeman effect, Stern-Gerlach
experiment, atomic and molecular structure, and covalent bonding.
Multi-electron atoms and the Periodic Table. Introduction to classical and
quantum statistics. Maxwell-Boltzman, Fermi-Dirac, Bose-Einstein, Pauli
principle. Applications to solid-state physics may include band theory and
introduction to magnetic resonance.
- Modern Physics, Jeremy Bernstein, Paul Fishbane, Setephen Gasiorowicz, Prentice Hall, 2000. or Modern Physics, Paul A Tipler, Ralph A. Llewellyn, Freeman You do not have to purchase this book specifically. Any other modern physics book would do as well. Assignements will not be specifically taken from this book.
- Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Taylor, Zafiratos and Dubson, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2004
- Modern Physics, Tipler and Llewellyn, Freeman, 2002
- Quantum mechanics, Albert Messiah, Dover, 1999
- Gravity, George Gamow, Dover, 2002
- The principle of relativity, Einstein, Lorentz, Weyl and Minkowski, Dover
- What is life, Erwin SChrodinger, Cambrige, 1967
- Mecanique Quantique, Cohen-Tannoudji, Diu and Laloe, Hermann, 1977
- Relativity, the special and the general theory, Albert Einstein, Wings Books, 1961 (Available on the Project Gutenberg)
- Space, Time and Gravitation by Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, 1920 (Available on the Project Gutenberg)
- One Two Three . . . Infinity : Facts and Speculations of Science, Georges Gamow
- Lectures on Physics, Feynman, Leighton and Sands, Addison Wesley, 1963
- Hogg's lecture notes on special relativity
- Galileo Galilei: Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, 1632
- General relativity (not covered in this class)
- Recommended Prerequisites
- Tuesday and Thursday, 10:45 - 12:05 in ARCH 127 and Friday 14:00 - 14:50, mostly for exercises, in WEB L126.
- Homework Assignments
- Homework assignments are available on-line as well as in hard copies on request. There will be a homework assignement approximately once a week.
- Grading Scheme
- The course grade is based on homework, a midterm, and a final exam. Grading formula:
Midterm 25%, Final 25%, homework 50%.
- Honor System and Collaboration Policy
- Collaboration on tests is not permitted. Collaboration on homework
assignments is encouraged, provided the collaboration involves roughly the
same amount of give and take. However, students may submit only their own
work for grading and this work must be written solo, without copying from
any other sources. Students are on their honor to adhere to this policy.
- ADA Compliance
- The University of Utah Physics Department seeks to provide equal
access to its programs, services and activities for people with disabilities.
If you will need accommodations in this class, reasonable prior notice needs
to be given to the instructor and to the Center for Disability Services,
162 Olpin Union Bldg, 581-5020 (V/TDD) to make arrangements for accommodations.
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