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Last updated: Thu Jun 11 11:14:16 am 2020 (EDT) by Tibor Nagy

PHY 215B Summer 2020

Michigan State University

Personnel

Course Coordinator: Tibor Nagy, Corey Musolff

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Instructor Information

Dr. Corey Musolff
Office: BPS 1253.
Email: musolffc@msu.edu.

Dr. Tibor Nagy
Office: BPS 1253.
Email: nagy_t@pa.msu.edu or nagytibo@msu.edu
Web: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~nagy_t/

Course Description

Topics: special relativity, thermodynamics, 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).

Exam Information

We will have online quizzes every Friday. The quizzes will be 30 minutes long. You can start taking the quizzes at any time between 8 AM and 10 PM on Fridays. We will have a 120 minutes long final exam online, on August 10th, Monday between 1:00 and 5:00 PM EDT.

Grading Information

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

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.

Readings


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Wk | Due_date_ | Assignment
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01 | May 17 Su | Syllabus, Ch.1
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02 | May 24 Su | Ch.2 Special Relativity
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03 | May 31 Su | Thermodynamics 1. (notes)
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04 | Jun 07 Su | Thermodynamics 2. (notes)
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05 | Jun 14 Su | Thermodynamics 3. (notes)
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06 | Jun 21 Su | Ch.3 Quantum Theory
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07 | Jun 28 Su | Ch.4 Structure of the Atom
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08 | Jul 05 Su | Ch.5 Wave Properties of Matter
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09 | Jul 12 Su | Ch.6 The Quantum Theory
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10 | Jul 19 Su | Ch.7 The Hydrogen Atom
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11 | Jul 26 Su | Ch.8 Many-Electron Atoms
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12 | Aug 02 Su | Ch.12-13 The Atomic Nucleus, Applic.
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13 | Aug 09 Su | Review, no homework.
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14 | Aug 10 Mo | Final: 120 minutes online, 1-5 PM EDT.
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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.)