Dr. Dan Boye

Fall 2000
Office: Dana 134
Phone: 894-2394
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 9:30-11:20 and 1:30-2:30, 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 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 during the week of Sept. 25 and the second during the week of Oct 30. 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




1 8/21 Intro to MathCAD, Special Relativity
2 8/28 - 9/4 Franck-Hertz Experiment
3 8/28 - 9/4 Photoelectric Effect
4 8/28 - 9/4 Blackbody Radiation
5 8/28 - 9/4 Electron Diffraction
6 9/11 X-Ray Spectroscopy
7 9/18 OPTO-Southeast Meeting, Charlotte
8 9/25 Schroedinger Equation Simulations
9 10/2-10/16 Spectrometers
10 10/2-10/16 Hydrogen Atom Wave Functions
11 10/23 Absorption and Line Spectra
12 10/30-11/6 Er3+ Spectra and Up Conversion
13 10/30-11/6 Magnetic Materials and Electromagnets
14 11/13 Nuclear Radiation
15 11/27 g - Ray Spectroscopy