Physics 201: Modern Physics
Fall 2013
This course will review two revolutionary concepts that in early 20th century transformed human understanding of the Universe: relativity and quantum mechanics. We will also discuss some applications of these revolutionary theories, selected from the fields of Atomic and Molecular, Condensed Matter, Nuclear and Particle Physics.
Lectures: MWF 10:0010:50 am in Small 111
Tutorials: Fridays 2:002:50 pm in Small 111
Instructor: Irina Novikova
Office: Small 251 
Email: ixnovi[at]wm.edu 
Office hours: MW 8.30 – 10am or by appointment 
Telephone: (757) 2213693 
Website: http://www.physics.wm.edu/~inovikova/phys201.html or in Blackboard 

Grader: Aria Johansen 

Email: arjohansen[at]email.wm.edu 

Office hours (grading questions only): by appointment 
Email is my preferred communication method for any technical or organizational questions. I am usually very good about answering quickly, but please write your emails under assumption that it may take a day or two for me to reply. Also I would like to strongly discourage any physics questions over the email: it is much more efficient to discuss those in person.
Required text: R. A. Serway, C. J. Moses, and C. A. Moyer (SMM): Modern Physics, 3^{rd} Ed. (ISBN 9780534493394). We will be using this book extensively in the course; most of the HW problems are from there.
Suggested math supplement: Mary Boas: Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences, 3rd Ed., Wiley. This book introduces many mathematical concepts needed for most undergraduate and introductory graduate physics courses at a somewhat “lowkey” level. The text is clear and easy to follow.
Prerequisites: This course assumes a background in first year physics at the level of Phys 101102 or Phys 107108, and calculus at the level of Math 111112.
Homework: There will be 12 homework assignments during this course. Each assignment consists of several problems (typically from SMM) and due beginning of the corresponding Friday class. Late assignments will be accepted with a 50% penalty when submitted on or before Monday class following the due date. Any assignment turned in after that time will not be accepted (unless you obtained a permission form me beforehand).
Course schedule and Homework Assignments
Grading:
Homework 
30% 
Two midterm tests 
20% each 
Final exam 
30% 