PHYC 2515: MODERN PHYSICS Fall 2014 This course will introduce you to some of the underpinnings of 20th century physics: relativity and quantum mechanics. We’ll be moving forward 300 years from 17th century Newtonian physics! The textbook, by Serway, is essential. It is full of interesting examples, historical anecdotes, and detailed examples of how to calculate things. Get Serway and read the chapters in preparation for the lectures! You have to try to do as many problems as possible if you want to be able to digest the material and really learn it. Assessment will be by means of assignments due after the end of every chapter, two inclass midterms, and a final exam. The assignments are crucial, not only because they make up a sizeable portion of your mark but also because they help to prepare you for the midterm and exam. You can not learn properly without doing. Study groups, work partners, and email discussions are encouraged, though every individual is responsible for all of the material. You should discuss concepts with your peers, but complete the assignments on your own. Dalhousie University does not tolerate cheating, plagiarism or any other Violation of Academic Regulations. See the Calendar on pages 23-31 for details under Intellectual Honesty or for plagiarism on: http://plagiarism.dal.ca/policies . All instructors are obliged to report any such violation to the Senate Disciplinary Committee that will, after a hearing, decide about the disciplinary action that will be taken. This may result in expulsion from the university. Problem Sets: Late assignments will be penalized 10% per day, including weekends, unless an explicit extension is given. Late assignments will not be accepted after solutions are distributed. Try to be explicit about where you are feeling uncertain in your problem sets (this will not cause you to lose marks). I may also give out bonus questions from time to time. Evaluation: Assignments Midterms ( ×2) Final 25% 20% each (or drop one) 55% or 35% Students may request accommodation as a result of barriers experienced related to disability, religious obligation, or any characteristic protected under Canadian human rights legislation. Students who require academic accommodation for either classroom participation or the writing of tests and exams should make their request to the Advising and Access Services Centre (AASC) prior to or at the outset of the regular academic year. Please visit www.dal.ca/access for more information and to obtain the Request for Accommodation form. A note taker may be required as part of a students accommodation. There is an honorarium of $75/course/term (with some exceptions). If you are interested, please contact AASC at 494-2836 for more information or send an email to [email protected] Please note that your classroom may contain specialized accessible furniture and equipment. It is important that these items remain in the classroom, untouched, so that students who require their usage will be able to fully participate in the class. PHYC 2515: MODERN PHYSICS Instructor Tutor Dr. Ian Hill Kathlyne Nelson Fall 2014 Dunn 319 Dunn 318 [email protected] [email protected] Lectures MWF 8:35 – 9:25am Dunn 304 Weekly Tutorials TBA TBA Office Hours MWF 10:30-11:30 or by appointment Books and Outline Serway, Moses and Moyer Krane Tipler and Llewellyn Kittel McGlinn Griffiths Schroeder Modern Physics (3rd) Modern Physics (2nd) Modern Physics (5th) Berkeley Mechanics (2nd) Introduction to Relativity Quantum Mechanics Introduction to Thermal Physics required similar but simpler similar but advanced basic special relativity advanced SR Quantum stat mech The course is based on the book by Serway. You will be responsible for much of the material in Chapters 1-7. We will cover material at the rate of one chapter every one to two weeks. It is essential that you read the appropriate chapter before the lectures, as this will greatly improve your understanding of the material. Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 midterm I (in class) Chapter 4 Chapter 5 midterm II (in class) Chapter 6 Chapter 7 final exam Relativity I Relativity II Quantum Nature of Light TBA Particle Nature of Matter Matter Waves TBA Quantum Mechanics in One Dimension Tunnelling Phenomena I welcome suggestions and questions throughout the course about the material, the lectures, the tutorials, and the problem sets.