Hiram College

Physics 320: Modern Physics - Fall (12) 2020

Instructor: Mark Taylor

Office: Gerstacker 118
Phone: 569-5241
email: taylormp@hiram.edu

Office Hours:

MWF 4:15-6:00; Tues. 2:00-6:00; Thurs. 6:30-9:30; Sunday 3:00-6:00

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

Physics Study Session:

Thurs. 6:30-9:30 in Gerstacker 123

Meeting Times:

MWF 8:30-9:50; Colton 15  [Mask required]


Modern Physics, second 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 03  
Problem Set 04  
Problem Set 05  
Problem Set 06  


Speed of Light X-Ray Diffraction
PhotoElectric Effect Electron Spin Resonance
Electron Diffraction Band_Gap

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