Physics 201: Modern Physics
Class schedule: M,W,F 10:00-10:50am, Small Hall, Room 111
Tutorial: F 2-2:50pm, Small Hall, Room 111
Office hours: Wed 3-4pm (Phys 201 priority), Wed 4-5pm (Phys 101 priority)
Instructor - Josh Erlich
Small Hall, Room 223
Office Phone: 757-221-3763
Grader - Zhen Wang (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Course website:  http://physics.wm.edu/~erlich/201F12/
In the 20th century the classical understanding of physical law was
replaced by a new world view. The speed of light was discovered to be a fundamental
constant; the notions of space and time were redefined; and the outcome of
experiments could no longer be predicted
with certainty. This course will cover the experiments
and concepts underlying Special Relativity,
General Relativity, and Quantum Mechanics.
We will also discuss some
applications of these revolutionary theories,
selected from the fields of Atomic, Condensed
Matter, Nuclear, Particle, and
Text:  R. Serway, C. Moses and C. Moyer,
This course assumes a background in first year physics at the level of
Phys 101-102 or Phys 107-108, and calculus at the level of Math 111-112.
Course requirements and grade:
- Problem sets (30%)
- Midterm Exams (2 x 20%)
- Final Exam (30%)
Weekly problem sets will generally be due on Fridays in class
and returned the following
Friday. Questions about the grading should first be addressed to the grader.
After speaking with the grader if you feel that a grading issue was not
adequately addressed, then see me.
- Midterm Exam 1: Monday, October 8, in class.
- Midterm Exam 2: Monday, November 12, in class.
- Final Exam: Monday, December 10, 2-5pm.