CPHYS 351 INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PHYSICS

Fall 2000 Syllabus and Exam Policy
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Instructor: Dr. Michael R. Gallis
Office: C112
Phone: 385-6053
email: mrg3@psu.edu
Office Hours: Monday-Wednesday 11-12
or by appointment

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 TI-85 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. Make-up 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
Exam I
4
Atomic Structure
5
Quantum Mechanics
6
Quantum Theory of the Hydrogen Atom
Exam II
7
Many Electron Atoms
8
Molecules
9
Statistical Mechanics
10
The Solid State
Exam III
11
Nuclear Structure
12
Nuclear Transformations
13
Elementary Particles
Final