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Last updated: Mon Jun 1 03:27:02 pm 2015 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 215B Summer 2015

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy
Instructor: Mark Alden Wittekind
Teaching Assistant: Tibor F Nagy 9

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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/

Assistant Instructor: Mark A. Wittekind (wittekin@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

(PHY 184 or PHY 184B or LBS 272 or PHY 294H or PHY 234B) and (MTH 234 or MTH 254H or LBS 220).

Helproom Hours

Physics help room, BPS 1248: Tuesday 2:00-5:00 PM and Thursday 2:00-5:00 PM.

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 17th, 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 31 Su | Ch.1, Ch.2 Sec.1-9 Spec. Relativity 1
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03 | Jun 07 Su | Ch.2 Sec.10-14 Special Relativity 2
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04 | Jun 14 Su | Ch.3 Sec. 1-5 Exp. Quantum Theory 1
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05 | Jun 21 Su | Ch.3 Sec. 6-9 Exp. Quantum Theory 2
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06 | Jun 28 Su | Ch.4 Structure of the Atom
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07 | Jul 05 Su | Ch.5 Wave Properties of Matter
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08 | Jul 12 Su | Ch.6 The Quantum Theory
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09 | Jul 19 Su | Ch.7 Sec.1-3 The Hydrogen Atom 1
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10 | Jul 26 Su | Ch.7 Sec.4-6 The Hydrogen Atom 2
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11 | Aug 02 Su | Ch.8 Many-Electron Atoms
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12 | Aug 09 Su | Ch.12 The Atomic Nucleus
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13 | Aug 16 Su | Ch.13 Nuclear Interactions and Appl.
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14 | Aug 17 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.)