Tentative Schedule  Physics 3401 Fall 2002
Modern Physics I
Dr. C. R. (Rod) Nave  456 Science Center Annex  6513221
Email: RodNave@gsu.edu
Class meets MWF, 1:302:40 PM
Text: Rohlf: Modern Physics from a to Z0
An approximate reading schedule follows.
 Aug 19 Ch 1 Journey to the small
 Aug 21 Ch 1 Quarks and leptons
 Aug 23 Ch 1 Fundamental particles
 Aug 26 Ch 1 Fundamental forces
 Aug 28 Ch 2 Distribution functions
 Aug 30 Ch 2 Temperature Oct 30
 Sep 2 Ch 2 MaxwellBoltzmann
 Sep 4 Ch 2 Density of states
 Sep 6 Ch 3 Atoms and radiation
 Sep 9 Ch 3 Blackbody radiation
 Sep 11 Ch 3 Blackbody radiation
 Sep 13 Ch 3 Radiation quanta
 Sep 16 Ch 3 Radiation quanta
 Sep 18 Ch 3 Atomic spectra
 Sep 20 Ch 3 Bohr model
 Sep 23 Ch 4 Velocity of light
 Sep 25 Ch 4 Lorentz transformation
 Sep 27 Exam 1
 Sep 30 Ch 4 Time dilation
 Oct 2 Ch 4 Relativistic mass
 Oct 4 Ch 4 Relativistic momentum
 Oct 7 Ch 4 Relativistic energy
 Oct 9 Ch 5 DeBroglie wavelength
 Oct 11* Ch 5 Electron spectra

 Oct 14 Ch 5 Wave description of particle
 Oct 16 Ch 5 Uncertainty principle
 Oct 18 Ch 5 Uncertainty principle
 Oct 21 Ch 6 Particle scattering
 Oct 23 Ch 6 Crosssection
 Oct 25 Ch 6 Rutherford experiment
 Oct 28 Ch 6 Deeper probing
 Oct 30 Ch 7 Schrodinger equation
 Nov 1 Ch 7 Particle in a box
 Nov 4 Exam 2
 Nov 6 Ch 7 Finite square well
 Nov 8 Ch 7 Barrier penetration
 Nov 11 Ch 7 Quantum oscillator
 Nov 13 Ch 7 Schrodinger in 3D
 Nov 15 Ch 7 Timedependent
 Nov 18 Ch 8 The hydrogen atom
 Nov 20 Ch 8 Separation of variables
 Nov 22 Ch 8 Three quantum numbers
 Nov 25 Ch 8 Angular momentum
 Nov 27 Thanksgiving Holiday
 Nov 29 Thanksgiving Holiday
 Dec 2 Ch 8 Basic spectrum
 Dec 4 Ch 8 Fine structure
 Dec 6 Ch 8 Selection rules
 Dec 9, Mon 12:30 PM, Final exam
in regular classroom.

Notes:
The grading of the course will be as follows:
20% each, midterm and final
Final is comprehensive, but more heavily weighted toward material after the midterm.
30% for chapter quizzes, patterned after homework.
30% for homework. Homework will be assigned for each chapter. It will be collected and graded.
*Oct 15 is the last day on which one may withdraw with a passing grade.
For an active schedule on the web, go to http://www.phyastr.gsu.edu and take the link to Hyperphysics. Click on almost anything on the introductory screen to take you to the main page, then take the link "Class Home" in the righthand panel. You will find a link to Physics 3401 there.
