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Physics 201: Modern Physics

Fall 2012

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

Email: erlich@physics.wm.edu

Grader - Zhen Wang (zwang01@email.wm.edu)

Course website: http://physics.wm.edu/~erlich/201F12/

__Course Summary:__

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
**Gravitational Physics**.
__Text:__ R. Serway, C. Moses and C. Moyer,
*Modern Physics*,
Third Edition.

__Prerequisites:__

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%)

__Problem Sets:__

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.

__Exams:__

- Midterm Exam 1: Monday, October 8, in class.
- Midterm Exam 2: Monday, November 12, in class.
- Final Exam: Monday, December 10, 2-5pm.