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Last updated: Tue Mar 26 09:00:42 am 2019 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 215 Spring 2019

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy

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Instructor Information

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

Teaching Assistant: Kang Yu (yukang@msu.edu).

Course Description

Topics: special relativity, thermodynamics, atomic and quantum physics, nuclear physics.

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.
Teaching Assistant: Kang Yu (yukang@msu.edu).
Help room hours: Mo 2:45-4:15 PM; We 2:45-4:15 PM; Fr 2:45-5:45 PM.

Exam Information

For the exams each student should bring two #2 pencils, an eraser and a calculator with fresh batteries. Graphing calculators are allowed, but not necessary.

Exam #1: February 14th, Thursday, 11:30-12:20 PM, BPS 1420.
Exam #2: April 2nd, Tuesday, 11:30-12:20 PM, BPS 1420.
Final Exam: May 2nd, Thursday, 12:45-2:45 PM, BPS 1420.

On the midterm exams a two-sided handwritten help sheet is allowed. On the final exam the two two-sided help sheets from the midterm exams together with a third two-sided sheet are allowed.

Grading Information

Percent weights: Homework: 31%. Clicker Questions: 7%. Two midterm exams: 2x16% = 32%. Final Exam: 30%.

Grading scale:
4.0 >= 92%,
3.5 >= 84%,
3.0 >= 76%,
2.5 >= 68%,
2.0 >= 60%,
1.5 >= 52%,
1.0 >= 44%.

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

The Spartan Code of Honor: As a Spartan, I will strive to uphold values of the highest ethical standard. I will practice honesty in my work, foster honesty in my peers, and take pride in knowing that honor is worth more than grades. I will carry these values beyond my time as a student at Michigan State University, continuing the endeavor to build personal integrity in all that I do.

Readings


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Wk | Chapter and Topic
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01 | Ch.1, Ch.2 Sec.1-9 Special Relativity I.
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02 | Ch.2 Sec.10-14 Special Relativity II.
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03 | Thermodynamics I.
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04 | Thermodynamics II.
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05 | Thermodynamics III.
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06 | Exam #1: 02/14, Thursday, 11:30-12:20 PM, BPS 1420.
06 | Ch.3 Sec. 1-5 Basis of Quantum Physics I.
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07 | Ch.3 Sec. 6-9 Basis of Quantum Physics II.
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08 | Ch.4 Structure of the Atom
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***** Spring Break *****
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09 | Ch.4 Structure of the Atom
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10 | Ch.5 Wave Properties of Matter
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11 | Ch.6 Quantum Mechanics
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12 | Exam #2: 04/02, Tuesday, 11:30-12:20 PM, BPS 1420.
12 | Ch.7 The Hydrogen Atom
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13 | Ch.8 Atomic Physics
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14 | Ch.12 The Atomic Nucleus
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15 | Ch.13 Nuclear Interactions and Applications
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16 | Final Exam: May 2nd, Thursday, 12:45-2:45 PM, BPS 1420.
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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.)