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Last updated: Thu May 18 12:48:11 pm 2017 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 215B Summer 2017

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy
Teaching Assistant: Jonathan David Semeyn

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Instructor Information

Instructor: Dr. Tibor Nagy
Office: BPS 1253, Phone: (517) 884-5508
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu or nagytibo@msu.edu
Web: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~nagy_t/

Teaching Assistant: Jonathan David Semeyn (semeynjo@msu.edu).

Course Description

Topics: special relativity, atomic and quantum physics, nuclear physics. This course is an independent study course, involving readings and problem solving. The homework problems and quizzes will be given using LON-CAPA.

Prerequisites

Physics II: (PHY 184 or PHY 184B or LBS 272 or PHY 294H or PHY 234B) and Differential Equations: (MTH 234 or MTH 254H or LBS 220).

Helproom Hours

Physics help room, BPS 1248: We 10 AM-noon, Th 2-8 PM, Fr 10 AM-noon.

Exam Information

We will have online quizzes every Friday. The quizzes will be 30 minutes long. You can start taking the quizzes anytime between 8 AM and 10 PM on Fridays. We will have a 120 minutes long final exam on August 14th, Monday from 1 to 3 PM.

Grading Information

Relative weights: homework: (1/3), quizzes: (1/3), final exam: (1/3).

Grading scale:
4.0 >= 94%,
3.5 >= 86%,
3.0 >= 78%,
2.5 >= 70%,
2.0 >= 62%,
1.5 >= 54%,
1.0 >= 46%.

This grading scale might be lowered, but it will not be raised.

Readings


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Wk | Due_date_ | Assignment
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02 | May 28 Su | Ch.1, Ch.2 Sec.1-9 Spec. Relativity 1
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03 | Jun 04 Su | Ch.2 Sec.10-14 Special Relativity 2
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04 | Jun 11 Su | Ch.3 Sec. 1-5 Exp. Quantum Theory 1
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05 | Jun 18 Su | Ch.3 Sec. 6-9 Exp. Quantum Theory 2
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06 | Jun 25 Su | Ch.4 Structure of the Atom
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07 | Jul 02 Su | Ch.5 Wave Properties of Matter
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08 | Jul 09 Su | Ch.6 The Quantum Theory
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09 | Jul 16 Su | Ch.7 Sec.1-3 The Hydrogen Atom 1
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10 | Jul 23 Su | Ch.7 Sec.4-6 The Hydrogen Atom 2
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11 | Jul 30 Su | Ch.8 Many-Electron Atoms
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12 | Aug 06 Su | Ch.12 The Atomic Nucleus
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13 | Aug 13 Su | Ch.13 Nuclear Interactions and Appl.
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14 | Aug 14 Mo | Final Exam: 1-3 PM, BPS 1253.
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Textbook

Stephen T. Thornton, Andrew Rex: Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Saunders College Publishing. (4th, 3rd or 2nd editions are all fine. 4th edition: ISBN 10: 1-133-10372-3 ISBN 13: 978-1133103721, 3rd edition: ISBN 10: 0-534-41781-7 ISBN 13: 978-0534417819.)