updated August 31
Instructor: Jed Brody (N308, 7-5580,
Text: Tipler and Llewellyn, Modern Physics, 4th edition
This course introduces two of the most astonishing fields of physics: special
relativity and quantum mechanics. We will develop advanced skills in analytical
problem solving and laboratory experimentation; for example, we will measure the speed
of laser light, and we will measure the charge of an electron. By the end of the course,
we will understand how quantum mechanics arose from controversy to become the
foundation of the periodic table, biochemistry, and modern electronics.
The topics are challenging and often mind-boggling. Questions are welcome and
strongly encouraged! Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.
Homework is due in class. I will post solutions shortly after class, so late
homework is not accepted.
Special Relativity (Chapters 1 and 2)
September 5: Problem Set 1 due
September 12: Problem Set 2 due
September 19: Problem Set 3 due
September 21: TEST 1
Historical Development of Quantum Theory (Chapters 3, 4, and 8)
October 3: Problem Set 4 due
October 17: Problem Set 5 due
October 24: TEST 2
Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (Chapters 5 and 6)
October 31: Problem Set 6 due
November 7: Problem Set 7 due
November 14: Problem Set 8 due
November 21: TEST 3
Applications of Quantum Mechanics (Chapter 7)
December 5: Problem Set 9 due
December 12: Problem Set 10 due
December 15: FINAL EXAM (Chapters 3-8)
Course grades will be computed as follows:
15% Test 1, 15% Test 2, 15% Test 3, 15% Problem Sets, 20% Lab, 20% Final Exam