Tentative Schedule  Physics 3401 Fall 2003
Modern Physics I
Dr. C. R. (Rod) Nave  456 Science Center Annex  6513221
Email: RodNave@gsu.edu
Class meets TTh, 5:307:10 PM
Text: Rohlf: Modern Physics from a to Z0
An approximate reading schedule follows.
 Aug 26 Ch 1 Journey to the small
 Aug 28 Ch 1 Fundamental particles
 Sep 2 Ch 1 Fundamental forces
 Sep 4 Ch 2 Distribution functions
 Sep 9 Ch 2 MaxwellBoltzmann
 Sep 11 Ch 2 Atoms and radiation
 Sep 16 Ch 3 Blackbody radiation
 Sep 18 Ch 3 Blackbody radiation
 Sep 23 Ch 3 Radiation quanta
 Sep 25 Ch 3 Atomic spectra
 Sep 30 Ch 4 Velocity of light
 Oct 2 Ch 4 Lorentz transformation
 Oct 7 Ch 4 Time dilation
 Oct 9 Ch 4 Relativistic mass, momentum, energy
 Oct 14 Relativity
 Oct 16* Ch 5 DeBroglie wavelength

 Oct 21 Ch 5 Wave description of particle
 Oct 23 Ch 5 Uncertainty principle
 Oct 28 Ch 6 Particle scattering, Crosssection
 Oct 30 Ch 6 Rutherford experiment
 Nov 4 Ch 6 Deeper probing
 Nov 6 Ch 7 Schrodinger equation, particle in box
 Nov 11 Ch 7 Finite square well
 Nov 13 Ch 7 Barrier penetration
 Nov 18 Ch 7 Quantum oscillator
 Nov 21 Ch 7 Schrodinger in 3D
 Nov 25 Thanksgiving holidays
 Nov 27 Thanksgiving holidays
 Dec 2 Ch 8 Separation of variables
 Dec 4 Ch 8 Three quantum numbers
 Dec 9 Ch 8 Basic spectrum
 Dec 11 Ch 8 Fine structure
 Dec 16, Tues 57 PM, Final exam
in regular classroom.

Notes:
The grading of the course will be as follows:
45% for chapter quizzes, patterned after homework.
30% for homework. Homework will be assigned for each chapter. It will be collected and graded.
25% final examination
Final is comprehensive, but more heavily weighted toward material after the midpoint.
*Oct 17 is the last day on which one may withdraw with a passing grade.

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