Introduction to Modern Physics
Textbook: K. Krane, "Modern Physics", 3rd ed.
Physics 307 Spring 2013
"The 20th Century Physics Revolution"
Assignments  Course Topics 
Physics &
Astronomy
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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 7772087 or 7778104 or
 via email:
myhrer@sc.edu
 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
momentum,
 estimate energy and momentum based on the
uncertainty principle,
 find the wavelength of a particle accelerated through a
voltage,
 derive atomic properties using the Bohr model,
 find the energy levels and degeneracies of a particle in a 1
or 2dimensional 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.
Prerequisites
PHYS 211 and 212 or equivalent with a grade of C or better, or the
written permission of the instructor.
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 REQUIREMENTS:
 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
 GRADING:
 Your overall score will be calculated as follows:
 Homework: 8%
 Quizzes: 17%
 Each Test: 15%
 Final Exam: 30%
 You may use a nonprogrammable calculator on exams
and quizzes.
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:88100 B:7687 C:6375 D:5062.
Academic Responsibility
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
Academic Responsibility.
Please, turn cellphones off during class.
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; January 10, 2013;
Last Update January 10, 2013