

Topics: Atomic and molecular theory, relativity, elementary particles, nuclear structure and reactions. Prerequisite: E T 321 or E T 301 ; CPHYS 251 (or the equivalent).
The text is Concepts of Modern Physics, Fifth Edition. The student is also required to have a TI85 calculator or the equivalent. As with any university course, student preparation is essential. The student is expected to read the material in the text before the corresponding lecture.
The student is expected to attend every class, and will be held responsible for all material covered in lecture. Students are expected to read material not covered in lecture, but which is on the syllabus. Students are expected to work every assigned problem as a minimum, and cannot expect to do well in the course unless they do. Additional homework problems may be assigned during lecture.
Grading Policy:
1. The grade will be determined the point total obtained from three midterm exams (100 points each) and a comprehensive final (200 points). Failure to take a scheduled exam will result in a grade of zero. Makeup exams will be given only in the event of illness (confirmed by a physician) or death in the immediate family.
2. Grades will be determined approximately by the standard cutoffs (90%
for an A, 80% for a B, ...). Plus and minus grades will be assigned as
refinements of this scale. The Instructor will determine the actual cutoffs
at the end of the semester.
Course Outline  

1

Relativity 
2

Particle Properties of Waves 
3

Wave Properties of Particles 


4

Atomic Structure 
5

Quantum Mechanics 
6

Quantum Theory of the Hydrogen Atom 


7

Many Electron Atoms 
8

Molecules 
9

Statistical Mechanics 
10

The Solid State 


11

Nuclear Structure 
12

Nuclear Transformations 
13

Elementary Particles 
