Dr. Dan Boye

 

 

 

Fall 2003

Office: Dana 134

 

 

 

 

Phone: 704-894-2394
daboye@davidson.edu

 

PHYSICS 320

 

 

 

 

Modern Physics

 

 

Text: Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Thornton & Rex, 2nd ed.
Lecture: MWF 12:30-1:20, Dana 153
Lab: MWF 2:30-5:30
Office Hours: MWF 10:00-11:20 and 1:30-2:30, and by appointment nearly any other time. Communication with me by email is very reliable.  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 labs and 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.  Please come see me if you need assistance.

Grades: There will be two reviews and a self-scheduled final exam.  The first review will occur at the end of September and the second in the middle of November. Grades will be comprised of the following contributions:

Homework

25%

Lab Exercises

20%

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

 

Lab Schedule

#

Week

Title

1

8/25

Intro to MathCAD, Special Relativity

2

9/1 - 9/8

Franck-Hertz Experiment

3

9/1 - 9/8

Photoelectric Effect

4

9/1 - 9/8

Blackbody Radiation

5

9/1 - 9/8

Electron Diffraction

6

9/15 - 9/22

X-Ray Spectroscopy

7

9/15 - 9/22

Schroedinger Equation Simulations

8

9/29-10/15

Spectrometers

9

9/29-10/15

Hydrogen Atom Wave Functions

10

10/20

Rare Earths in Solution

11

10/27-11/3

Er3+ Spectra and Up Conversion

12

10/27-11/3

Magnetic Materials and Electromagnets

13

11/17

Nuclear Radiation

14

12/1

g - Ray Spectroscopy