### 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

### Textbook:

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 20^{th} 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 |

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Problem Set 05 | |

Problem Set 06 | |

### Experiments:

Speed of Light | X-Ray Diffraction |

PhotoElectric Effect | Electron Spin Resonance |

Electron Diffraction | Band_Gap |

### Downloadable Software:

LinReg for Windows | LinReg for Mac (OSX) |