PHYS 2P50: Modern Physics
Course Outline 2017
What this course is about:
We will be introducing concepts from the first part of the "Modern Era" of
Physics, begining around 1905: special relativity, and the wave and particle aspects
of both electromagnetic radiation and matter. Every other course you might take in Physics owes its origins to these discoveries.
Requirements:
In this course some simple integrals will be solved, so it is important that the
students feel comfortable with the calculus covered in Y1 mathematics courses. Elementary classical mechanics is essential.
Topics covered:
Special Relativity
 Relativity of Time, Length
 Lorentz Transformations
 Relativity of Velocity
 Doppler Effect for Light
 Relativistic Dynamics
Quantum Theory of Light
 Photoelectric Effect
 Blackbody Radiation
 Compton Effect
Wave Nature of Matter
 De Broglie's Hypothesis
 Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
Quantum Mechanics
 The Schrodinger Equation
 Probability Density
 Examples in 1D
 The Hydrogen Atom
Textbook:
Good news: your textbook for this class is available for free online, in web view and PDF format! You can also purchase a print version, if you prefer from OpenStax on Amazon.
You can use whichever format(s) you want. Web view is recommended  the responsive design works seamlessly on any device. If you buy on Amazon, make sure you use the link on your book page on openstax.org so you get the official OpenStax print version. (Simple printouts sold by third parties on Amazon are not verifiable and not as highquality.)
University Physics Volume 3 from OpenStax, ISBN 1938168186,
Supplementary Reading:
Other textbooks on Modern Physics such as:
Modern Physics, 3rd Edition by Kenneth Krane
Lectures:
9:3011:00 am Tuesday and Friday, in TH 241
Tutorial:
11:0012:00 pm Friday in WH 206
Instructor:
Maureen Reedyk (MC B205, ext. 3877, email: mreedyk@brocku.ca)
Teaching Assistant:
Mathew Pula
The marking scheme:
Component 
Weight 

Homework Assignments 
15% 

Tutorial Exercises 
20% 

Test #1 
15% 
During LECTURE Period Fri. Oct. 20, 2017 
Test #2 
15% 
During LECTURE Period Fri. Nov. 17, 2017 
Examination 
35% 
You must obtain a grade of 40% or greater on the final exam in order to pass the course 
Academic Misconduct
Notes:
 No late assignments or tutorial work sheets will be accepted.
 The tests and the examination will be based on material covered during lectures, tutorials and in assignments.
 Attendance at the tutorial session is mandatory.
Worksheet must be
completed during the tutorial session in order to obtain credit for it.
 Topics may be covered in lectures, assignments and/or tutorials
 If your grade is less than 40% on the final exam your final grade
in the course can be no greater than 45%.
