Physics 314: Introduction to Physics III:

Relativity and Quantum Physics

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Sonoma State University

Spring 2018

 

Class: M Tu W Th 11-11:50 am, Stevenson 3015

Instructor: Dr. Hongtao Shi

Phone: 664-2013

Email: hongtao.shi@sonoma.edu

Office: Darwin 300J

Office Hours: M 9:30 -11 am, Tu 4 - 5 pm, and by appointment


Course Description: Modern physics often refers to work done in physics in the years 1890-1930. These were years of a great revolution in physics and most of the work done today directly descends from that period. In this course you will learn about special relativity, the quantization of radiation and matter, quantum mechanics, the uncertainty principle, thermal physics, and both classical and quantum statistical mechanics. You will also encounter many applications of these theories.

Course Objectives: You are required to demonstrate (a) knowledge, understanding and use of the principles of physics, (b) ability to use reasoning and logic to define a problem in terms of physics principles, and (c) ability to use mathematics and computer applications to solve physics problems. By the end of this course, it is to be expected that you will have acquired a concrete understanding of the following topics: Special relativity, elementary quantum mechanics, the Bohr model and de Broglie waves, the Schrödinger wave equation with applications to one-dimensional problems and to atomic structure, introduction to equilibrium statistical mechanics, the partition function, Boltzmann distribution and quantum statistics.

Prerequisites: You should have completed one year of calculus-based physics (Physics 114 and 214) and third-semester calculus (Math 261).

Text: Randy Harris, Modern Physics, 2nd edition, published by Addison Wesley Pearson, ISBN-10: 0805303081 | ISBN-13: 9780805303087.

Other Sources: It is often helpful to read and understand difficult new material from several viewpoints. Other, comparable texts include the 5th edition of Modern Physics by Paul Tipler and Ralph Llewellyn; Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 2nd edition, by John R. Taylor, Chris D. Zafiratos, and Michael A. Dubson. A preliminary version of Modern Physics, 3rd edition, by Kenneth Krane, is also available in pdf format at no charge for enrolled students only.

Course Schedule

Grading Policy:

Homework, Tests and Final Exam Final Exam, 25%, Monday, May 14, 11 am-12:50 pm. Comprehensive!
  Three Tests: 15% each
  Homework Assignments: 30%
Course Grade Percent Course Grade Percent Course Grade Percent
    A

93-100

A-

90-93

B+

87-90

B

83-87

B-

80-83

C+

77-80

C

73-77

C-

70-73

D+

67-70

D

63-67

D-

60-63

F

Below 60

       

Computer use: You are encouraged to use Mathematica or similar software in doing your homework, wherever it is appropriate.


Disability: If you have a disability and need special consideration, please contact the Office of Disabled Student Services (DSS). Located in Salazar Hall, Room 1049, Phone 664-2677.

Important University policies, such as add/drop classes, cheating and plagiarism, grade appeal procedures, can be found at

http://www.sonoma.edu/uaffairs/policies/studentinfo.shtml.

Email me if you have questions or comments.

Last updated: 01/21/2018