Introduction to Modern Physics
Textbook: K. Krane, "Modern Physics", 3rd ed.
Physics 307 Spring 2013
Assignments | Course Topics |
"The 20th Century Physics Revolution"
Goals and Prerequisites |
Requirements and Grading
- Lecturer: Prof. Fred Myhrer; office PSC 707
- Office hours:
- Come to my office any time except Tuesdays,
or make an appointment by:
- Calling 777-2087 or 777-8104 or
- via email:
- Lectures in CLS 510 :
- Lecture in PSC 205 :
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At the end of the course, PHYS 307, the students will be able to:
- express quantities in appropriate microscopic units, eV, MeV,
nm, fm, etc,
- handle relativistic kinematics of time dilations, length
contractions, simultaneity, velocity addition,
- handle relativistic dynamics using conservation of energy and
- estimate energy and momentum based on the
- find the wavelength of a particle accelerated through a
- derive atomic properties using the Bohr model,
- find the energy levels and degeneracies of a particle in a 1-
or 2-dimensional box,
- display and label the energy levels of the hydrogen atom using
spectroscopic notation, and be able to list the possible values of all
quantum numbers associated with a given level,
- find the effect of a weak or strong magnetic field on the
states of a hydrogen atom,
- find the binding energy of a nucleus from atomic mass tables,
- determine whether a nuclear reaction or decay is energetically
possible, and find its threshold energy or the energy released.
PHYS 211 and 212 or equivalent with a grade of C or better, or the
written permission of the instructor.
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- 4 or 5 Quizzes during the semester
- Homework assignments
- Three tests:
- First: February 11
- Second: March 8
- Third: April 12
- Final Exam (Comprehensive), Saturday, May 4, 9:00 AM
- Your overall score will be calculated as follows:
- Homework: 8%
- Quizzes: 17%
- Each Test: 15%
- Final Exam: 30%
- You may use a non-programmable calculator on exams
You may obtain help in solving homework problems.
- Tests and the final exam will be based on the material discussed in class,
homeword assignments, quizzes, and any
assigned problems and/or readings.
- GRADING SCALE:
- A:88-100 B:76-87 C:63-75 D:50-62.
All work submitted by the student must be his/her own and must comply
with the rules
stated on this sheet.
Please refer to Carolina Community for further information
concerning the Code of Student
Please, turn cell-phones off during class.
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; January 10, 2013;
Last Update January 10, 2013