PHYS 5010: Classical & Quantum Mechanics

Class Meets: 11:50 AM - 1:10 PM, Monday & Wednesday, JFB 102

Textbooks: Fowles & Cassiday, Analytical Mechanics; Griffiths, Quantum Mechanics; Eisberg & Resnik,Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles

Grading (300 points maximum):

10 highest-score homeworks (out of 12), 10 points each (33.3%); 20 highest quizzes (out of 24), 3 points each (20%); 2 midterms, 35 points each (23.3%); final test 70 points (23.3%)

Course Description: There will be no formal lecturing. The class time will be mostly used for interactive problem solving involving the entire class. In order to benefit from the course it is very important to do the assigned reading prior to the class meetings. Quizzes are going to be used in the beginning of each class to monitor students’ preparedness for meaningful classroom discussions. Quizzes will usually consist of 3 multiple choice/conceptual questions to be answered in about 5 minutes. If you are late to class, you will miss the quiz (and forfeit 3 possible points). Homeworks will feature the type of problems previously addressed in class.

Note that no late tests and quizzes are allowed (unless a documented emergency occurred) – if you are absent for a legitimate reason please contact the instructor in advance to take a test at an earlier date.

Homeworks are due on Wednesdays at 11:50 am (before the start of the class), note there will be no homeworks in the weeks immediately after a midterm.

Taking the final test is mandatory for passing this course. Final test will be held on Wed Dec 12 at 10:30am -- 12:30pm (unless we agree for it to be a take-home test).

Course Objectives: to further your understanding of basic physics concept by learning how to apply them to solve a variety of problems. Both the conventional-type analytical problems (of the type encountered in graduate school entry-level Common Exams) as well as multiple-choice questions (found in GRE Physics tests) will be used. The scope of the material to be mastered (in both the 5010 and its continuation, 5020, classes) roughly corresponds to the requirements of the GRE Physics Test (http://www.ets.org/gre/subject/about/content/physics), which is the current US standard of the undergraduate physics proficiency. Note that the 5010/5020 courses are foremost upper-level general physics classes and are not GRE-preparation drills, so if you plan on using them to further your GRE preparation some additional efforts will be necessary (such as real-time test taking practice, as well as the study of topics which are necessarily left out, such as laboratory techniques, particle physics, solid state, etc.)

 Extra Credit Problems: Classical Mechanics

Class

Date

Subject
Topics to be studied prior to the class
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Suggested
Reading

In-class quizzes

Homeworks
(date posted)

Due date/
Solutions

1

Mon
Aug 20

Introduction

 

 

#1

 

2

Wed
Aug 22

Vectors and Kinematics

F&C: Chapter 1

quiz

 

 

3

Mon
Aug 27

Newton’s Laws

F&C: Chapter 2

quiz

 

 

4

Wed
Aug 29

Conservation of Energy

F&C: 2.3, 4.1,4.2, 6.7

quiz

#2

#1

5

Wed
Sep 5

Oscillations

F&C: 3.1-3.4, 3.6

quiz

#3

#2

6

Mon
Sep 10

Collisions

F&C: Chapter 7 (except 7.4)

quiz

 

 

7

Wed
Sep 12

Motion in Central Forces

F&C: Chapter 6 (esp. 6.5,6.9-11)

quiz

#4

#3

8

Mon
Sep 17

Motion in Central Forces

F&C: Chapter 6

quiz

 

 

9

Wed
Sep 19

Rotating Bodies

F&C: 8.1-8.3, 8.5-8.6

quiz

#5

#4

10

Mon
Sep 24

Rotating Bodies

F&C: 8.7, 9.1, 9.2, 9.4, 9.5

quiz

 

 

11

Wed
Sep 26

Non-inertial Reference Frames

F&C: 5.1-5.4, 5.6

quiz

#6

#5

12

Mon
Oct 1

Fluid Dynamics

For reading
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quiz

 

 

13

Wed
Oct 3

Lagrangian Mechanics

F&C: 10.1-10.4

 

#7

#6

14

Mon
Oct 15

Lagrangian Mechanics

F&C: 10.5-10.6

quiz

 

 

 

Wed
Oct 17

Midterm test 1 (2012)

 

 

Problems

Solutions

 

  

Midterm test 1 (2011)

 

 

Problems

Solutions

 

  

Midterm test 1 (2010)

  

 

Problems

Solutions

15

Mon
Oct 22

Photoelectric Effect, Compton Effect

Eisberg&Resnik Ch. 2

quiz 

 

 

16

Wed
Oct 24

Particle-Wave Duality, Uncertainty Principle

Eisberg&Resnik Ch. 3

quiz 

#8

#7

17

Mon
Oct 39

Momemtum Operator, Schrodinger Equation

Griffiths: Ch. 1 

quiz 

 

 

18

Wed
Oct 31

Applications: Energy Levels

Griffiths: 2.1, 2.2, 2.4 

 quiz

#9

#8

19

Mon
Nov 5

Applications: Transmission and Reflection

 Griffiths: 2.3, 2.5, 2.6

 quiz

 

 

20

Wed
Nov 7

The Variational Principle

Griffiths: 7.1

 quiz

#10

#9

21

Mon
Nov 12

Hydrogen Atom, Franck-Hertz Experiment

Eisberg&Resnik, Ch.4 

 quiz

 

 

22

Wed
Nov 14

Angular Momentum

Griffiths: 4.3,

also read 4.1, 4.2 

quiz 

#11

#10

Mon
Nov 19

Midterm test 2 (2012)

 

 

 Problems

Solutions 

 

 

Midterm test 2 (2011)

 

 

Problems

Solutions

 

 

Midterm test 2 (2010)

 

 

Problems

Solutions

Wed
Nov 21

Review and problem solving

23

Mon
Nov 26

Stern-Gerlach Experiment, Spin-1/2, Pauli Matrices

Griffiths: 4.4.1, 4.4.2 

quiz

 

 

24

Wed
Nov 28

Bosons and Fermions, Pauli Exclusion Principle

Griffiths: 5.1, 5.2 

quiz

#12

#11 

25

Mon
Dec 3

Atomic Orbitals, Electronic Shells, Periodic Table, Radiation Selection Rules

Eisberg&Resnik, Ch.7 

quiz

 

 

26

Wed
Dec 5

Electron Spectrum in Solids, Energy Bands

Griffiths: 5.3 

quiz 

 

#12

 

Wed
Dec 12

Final Exam 2012

 

 

Problems 

Solutions 

 

 

Final Exam 2011

 

 

Problems

Solutions

 

 

Final Exam 2010

 

 

Problems

Solutions

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