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.
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.
Quantum Theory of Light
- Relativity of Time, Length
- Lorentz Transformations
- Relativity of Velocity
- Doppler Effect for Light
- Relativistic Dynamics
Wave Nature of Matter
- Photoelectric Effect
- Blackbody Radiation
- Compton Effect
- De Broglie's Hypothesis
- Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
- The Schrodinger Equation
- Probability Density
- Examples in 1-D
- The Hydrogen Atom
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 high-quality.)
University Physics Volume 3 from OpenStax, ISBN 1938168186,
Other textbooks on Modern Physics such as:
Modern Physics, 3rd Edition by Kenneth Krane
9:30-11:00 am Tuesday and Friday, in TH 241
11:00-12:00 pm Friday in WH 206
Maureen Reedyk (MC B205, ext. 3877, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The marking scheme:
|| During LECTURE Period Fri. Oct. 20, 2017
|| During LECTURE Period Fri. Nov. 17, 2017
|| You must obtain a grade of 40% or greater on the final exam in order to pass the course
- 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%.