Physics 320: Modern Physics - Fall (12) 2014

Instructor: Mark Taylor

Office: Gerstacker 118
Phone: 569-5241
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Office Hours:

MWF 4:15-6:00; Tues. 1:30-6:00, Thurs. 1:30-4:00; Sunday 3:00-6:00

Also feel free to stop by at other times, call me, or send me email.

Physics Study Session:

Thursday evening 6:30-9:30 in Gerstacker 123

Meeting Times:

MWF 8:30-9:50; Colton 15


"Modern Physics", 2nd edition, by Randy Harris

Course Overview:

This course will provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts of "modern" physics.  In particular we will study the theories of special relativity, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics.  These new theories, developed primarily in the 20th century, are conceptually more difficult to grasp than those of classical physics since they are not in accord with our everyday physical intuition.  Thus we must develop a new intuition based on the equations of this new physics.  In the laboratory part of this course you will have the opportunity to carry out some of the classic experiments that stymied the "old physics" and demanded the invention of a "new physics".

Links to PDF files:

Course Information Course Syllabus Lab Schedule Gaussian Integrals Even/Odd Integrals Maple Notes

Problem Sets

Problem Set 01 Problem Set 07
Problem Set 02 Problem Set 08
Problem Set 03 Problem Set 09
Problem Set 04 Problem Set 10
Problem Set 05 Problem Set 11
Problem Set 06 Problem Set 12


Speed of Light Millikan_Oil_Drop
PhotoElectric Effect Electron Spin Resonance
Electron Diffraction  

Downloadable Software:

LinReg for Windows

LinReg for Mac (OSX)


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