NYU Modern Physics I

This page is for the Spring 2005 semester.

Modern Physics I (V85.0103)

Staff

name phone email office office hours
Prof Georgi  Dvali 212-992-8785 dvali@physics.nyu.edu Meyer 505 M 14:30-15:30
TAAlvaro Nunez Nikitin 212-9987668 an313@scires.nyu.edu Meyer 608 T   14:00
adminIrene Port 212-998-7704 port@physics.nyu.edu Meyer 424

The homework problems will be listed in the syllabus. There may be additional ones corresponding to classroom material not in the textbooks.

Weekly schedule

lecture M 15:30-16:45Meyer 102
W15:30-16:45Meyer 102
recitation T (group 1) 12:00-13:15Meyer 639
T (group 2) 18:00-19:15Meyer 639
labs M (group 1') 17:00-19:30Meyer 221
W (group 2') 17:00-19:30Meyer 221

Textbooks

authortitle
required: J. Bernstein, P.M. Fishbane, S. Gasiorowicz Modern Physics

Syllabus

Schedule. Course weeks start on Mondays; problem sets posted on Mondays are due 9 days later on Wednesday by 16:45.

startsubjectreadingassignmentother
Jan 19 Forces, Work, Waves Bernstein Ch 1,1-1,4 ps 1 ()
Jan 24 Electromagnetism, Basics of Relativity Bernstein Ch  1; 2,1-2,5 ps 2 ()
Jan 26 Introduction to special theory of relativity, length contraction, time dilatation. Bernstein Ch 2 ps 3 Ch 2, problems 1-12
Jan 31 Consequences of STR ( Ch ( ps 4 () Jan  31
Feb 2 Lorentz transformations, "Paradoxes" ps 5 ()
Feb 7 More on STR Bernstein Ch 3   ps 6 Ch 2, problems 13-25
Feb   9 Mass and momentum in STR Bernstein Ch 3  ( ps 7 () ((   ((
Feb  14 More on mass, momentum and forces   ps 8 Bernstein, Ch 3, problems 1-16
Feb   21 (
Feb  23 Intro to Quantum: Waves and particles ( Ch  ( ps 9 ()
Feb  28 Photoelectric and Compton effects, photons as particles Bernstein Ch 4   ps 10 Bernstein Ch 3 problems 18-35  
Mar 2 Bohr atom Bernstein Ch 5   ps 11 ()
Mar   7 Midterm review ( Ch ( ps 12 ()
Mar  9 MIDTERM EXAM ( Ch ( ps 13 ()
Mar   14 ( Bernstein Ch 5   ps 14 Bernstein Ch 4 problems 27-34; ch 5 problems 1-9   (
Mar   21 Schrodinger equation. There'll be NO OFFICE HOUR on March 21. Bernstein Ch 6   ps 15 Bernstein Ch 5 problems 10-13; 17-18; 23,33.   (
Mar   23 Schrodinger equation. One dimensional examples. Bernstein Ch 6, Example 8-1   ps 16   (
Mar   28 Wave packets. Bernstein Ch 7   ps 17   (
Mar   30 Uncertainty principle. Bernstein Ch 7   ps 18   (
April   4 More on uncertainty, boundstates. Bernstein Ch 7, Ch 8   ps 19 Bernstein Ch 6 problems 13,14,15,19; Ch 7 problems 1-3, 23-26.   (
April   6 Complete sets. More on barriers. Bernstein Ch 8   ps 20   (
April   11 More on tunneling. Bernstein Ch 8 ps 21 Bernstein Ch 8 problems 1-10, 12,19,23.   (

Evaluation

taskspercent
problem sets 20
labs 20
mid-term exam 30
final exam 30

Notes

Problems: If you are not going to be able to complete a problem set on time, ask the TA for an extension in advance. Problem sets handed in late without granted extensions will be graded for half credit unless there is a medical excuse. Problem sets not handed in will be assigned grades of zero.

datematerial covered
exam 1 ?? ?? ??
final May ?? everything