Dr. Dan Boye Fall 1999
Office: Dana 134 Phone: 892-2394  daboye@davidson.edu

PHYSICS 320
Modern Physics

Text: Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Thornton & Rex, 2nd ed.
Lecture: TTh 8:30-9:45, Dana 153
Office Hours: MWF 8:30-9:20 and 10:30-11:30, Th 2:30-4:30, and by appointment nearly any other time. If my office door is unlocked and I'm not there, check in the Dana basement or in the Physics Office.

Course Objectives:
An investigation of 20th century physics including the atomic view of matter, electricity and radiation. Relativity, x-rays, waves and particles, wave mechanics and radioactivity and nuclear processes.  

Course Requirements:

Attendance: Attendance at class follows the College's 25% rule. You are strongly encouraged to attend all lectures since helpful, time-saving hints not to be found in the text will be presented. Each student is responsible for the material discussed in class and the announcements made in class. Absence from class does not relieve one from this responsibility. Attendance at all reviews is mandatory.

Homework:  The homework problems will come from the text.  Some of the assigned problems will be solely the work of an individual student and will be honor pledged. The rest of the assigned problems may be worked with the help of other students.

Grades: There will be two reviews and a self-scheduled final exam.  The first review will occur during the week of Sept. 27 and the second during the week of Nov. 1. Grades will be comprised of the following contributions:

Homework 30%
Lab Exercises 15%
Reviews   30%
Final Exam   25%

 Course Outline:

Topic Chapter Omit Sections
Historical Perspective 1  
Special Relativity 2  
Early Quantum Experiments 3  
Atomic Structure 4 2
Wave/Particle Duality 5  
Simple Wave Equation Problems 6 6,7
Hydrogen Atom 7  
Many-Electron Atoms 8 3
Particle Statistics 9  
Molecules and Solids 10 6
Semiconductor Theory and Devices 11  
Atomic Nuclei 12  
Nuclear Interactions 13