"Physics 2073 - Fall 2004"
DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS & ENGINEERING PHYSICS Physics 2073 – Fall 07 Instructor Dr. George P. Miller Calculus-based introduction to Modern Physics Prerequisite: Phys 2063 Corequiste: Calculus III or equivalent. If you do not have the prerequisite or corequisite, let me know immediately, and we will talk. Textbook: Modern Physics for Scientists & Engineers 2nd Ed by J. R. Taylor, C. D. Zafiratos, M. A. Dubson Office: L157, Keplinger Hall (918) 631-3021, email: email@example.com Office Hours: MWF 10 - 12 am or by appointment. I respond to email. Physics 2073 Webpage Address: http://www.physics.utulsa.edu/phys2073/ Goals and outcomes This course can be considered as the third semester in your calculus-based introductory physics sequence. It covers the many advances in physics that occurred within the first 30 years of the Twentieth century, which is what we know today as modern physics, despite the fact that some of these ideas are hardly modern anymore! In particular, this course will introduce you to the foundations of quantum mechanics, Einstein's special relativity, and the fundamental theories for the atomic and subatomic structure of matter. The course aims at providing: An introduction to relativistic physics. An introduction to quantum physics. A survey of some of the applications of relativity and quantum mechanics to our current understanding of the world. A smooth transition between lower-division and upper-division physics courses. At the end of this course, you will be able, 1) Discuss the state of physics knowledge at the end of the 19th century, describing the lines of thought and experimental observations that led to the development of Quantum Mechanics and Relativity. 2) Discuss how the concept of simultaneity is relative to the observer, and thus lengths of objects and the running of clocks depend on their state of relative motion, ultimately leading to the replacement of Newtonian mechanics. 3) Analyze the equivalence between mass and energy, show that massive object cannot actually reach the speed of light, and perform computations involving different frames of reference in relative motion. 4) Comprehend how small particles such as electrons exhibit wavelike characteristics and reveal interference and diffraction patterns as does light. 5) Discuss and use in actual problems the conceptual and mathematical change of paradigm that lead to our understanding of the atomic world. 6) Recognize how the principles of modern physics impact the development of everyday applications (lasers, diodes, transistors). Topics to be covered: Chapter 1 The Space & Time of relativity Chapter 2 Relativistic mechanics Chapter 3 Atoms Chapter 4 Quantization of Light Chapter 5 Quantization of atomic energy levels Chapter 6 Matter Waves Chapter 7 Schrodinger Equation in 1-D Chapter 8 Schrod Equation in 3-D Chapter 9 Electron spin Chapter 10 Pauli Exclusion Principle Chapter 13 Solids – Theory Chapter 14 Solids - Applications Chapter 15 Statistical Mechanics Chapter 17 Radioactivity & Nuclear Reactions ABET Criteria Outcome A: This course requires extensive use of calculus (especially integration, differentiation, vectors and vector operations) to solve problems involving natural phenomena or technology that exemplify the terms, concepts and laws of physics. This course continues to build on the foundations started in Phys 2053 and 2063. Outcome H: Physics is the foundational physical science; it is a necessary and significant component for a suitably broad engineering education. This course is the last of three general physics courses for engineers. Outcome K: Students must use scientific calculators and basic computer software (e.g., word processors, spreadsheets, etc.) to complete homework assignments. Attendance: University policies are enforced. Students are responsible for all material covered during their absence including announcements concerning homework assignments, quizzes, and exam dates. Homework: Homework problems will be assigned for each chapter. You are expected to be neat and clear on your homework papers. Graded homework will be returned in class. Like exams, unclaimed homework will be given to the Physics secretary, and you can retrieve them at your convenience. Homework will be discarded if not picked up within a few weeks. You should work all homework on 8 1/2 x 11 paper, stapled together. Homework not conforming to these directions may not be graded. Label your assignment on the outside upper corner with: Your Last Name (Printed), Phys 2073, Date, Homework Number To be successful, you need to work out the problems regularly. You may work on the problems together. In fact, I encourage you to do so but keep in mind that you need to be able to work them out on your own. That is, the homework you hand in must be your work. In-class Quizzes: There will generally be one in-class quiz per chapter. These quizzes are designed to ensure you keep up with the work. Your lowest two quiz grades will be dropped. Missed quizzes will count as drop grades (for first two), then zero. Exams: There will be three (3) in-class exams, announced at least one week in advance. A cheat sheet will be allowed. That is, one double-sided A4 sheet with any information you desire (in your own handwriting, no photocopies allowed). This sheet will be handled in with your exam. A comprehensive final exam will be given. Last Day to withdraw (without penalty): Jan. 26. The deadline for dropping the course is Mar. 30. FINAL exam: May 3, 9:00 - 11:25 (Thursday): The final will be given only at the scheduled time. There will be no make-up exams. If you miss an exam you must bring an official notice (e.g. a doctor's statement, Center for Student Academic Support) within 48 hours of missing it. In this case, your final exam mark will replace the missing grade. Grade Distribution: A 85.00-100 D 55.00-64.9 B 75.00-84.9 F 0-54 C 65.00-74.9 I Not given except under truly extraordinary circumstances. Grade Weight: One hour exams 3/7 Cumulative Final Exam 2/7 In-class Quizzes 1/7 Homework 1/7 Academic Honesty: As always, you are expected to conduct yourself with integrity and honor. Academic misconduct will be treated in a manner consistent with the "Policies and Procedures Relating to Academic Misconduct" of the college of Engineering and Applied Sciences will be followed. Special Considerations: If you have a learning or physical disability which might affect your performance in this class, please contact the student support service at 631-2315 as soon as possible so that we can verify your status and provide you with appropriate assistance. Tutoring: Center for academic Support (631-2315)