Fundamentals of Physics III ("Modern Physics")
PHY 2030  An introduction to spacetime physics and quantum physics with applications in astronomy, cosmology, solidstate physics, nuclear physics, and particle physics. Four credits. Prerequisite: PHY 2020. Offered Fall Semester.Office Hours  Mondays: 34:30pm; Wednesdays: 10:3011:30am; Fridays: 23:30pm
Useful Numbers to Memorize
 Speed of light
 Size of atom (order of magnitude)
 Size of atomic nucleus (order of magnitude)
 Diameter of Earth (order of magnitude)
 Masses of protons, electrons, etc. (order of magnitude)
 Metric prefixes
 Various unit conversions (both directions): km to miles, cm to inches, lbs in kg, etc.
 Number of seconds in a year (~pi x 10^7)
SBG Assignment Rules
 LReport  if you decide to write a fullblown report for a lab (to assess LReport), your lab report will be due TWO WEEKS after you conducted the experiment. I will take your highest assessment score into account at the end of the semester.
 LApparatus  if you decide NOT to write a fullblown report for a lab (to assess LReport), you still must submit the results from your experiment; your results will be due ONE WEEK after the experiment. I will take the average assessment score into account at the end of the semester.
 LJournal  you must submit your materials 1 WEEK after the LJournal assignment was given out. I will take only the highest individual assessment score into account at the end of the semester.
 LMath  I will assess you at random throughout the semester (in class). I will use the average assessment score for your course grade.
 Other Standards  I will assess you approximately every 23 weeks (the 3 "exams" will be the major assessments). For each standard, I will take your most recent assessment score. (Note this means your assessment scores can go down even after you mastered them).
Course Schedule & Assignments
Day  Date  Chapter / Assignments / Assessments / Labs 
1  26 Aug 
R1
Questions: B1, B3, B4, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S11 
2  28 Aug 
R2

3  2 Sep 
R3

4  4 Sep 
R4

5  9 Sep 
R5

6  11 Sep 
Review of R1R5 
7  16 Sep 
R6

8  18 Sep 
R7

9  23 Sep 
R8

10  25 Sep 
Exam 1 (big assessment) 
11  30 Sep 
Q1
Standard WS: B1, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, S2, S7 
12  2 Oct 
Q2 Standard WI: B1, S1, S2, S3, B4, B5, B12, B13, S8, S9 Ripple Tank Simuation 
13  7 Oct 
Q2

14  9 Oct 
Q3
Standard WP: B4, S1, S2, S4, S7, B1, B2, B6, S8 
15  14 Oct 
Q4 Standard WP: B5, B4, S4, S1 
16  16 Oct 
Assessment/Reassessment Quiz covering all relativity standards and Q1Q3.

17  28 Oct 
Q5
Standard MQ: T3, T4, T5, T8, B1, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, B9, B10 
18  30 Oct 
Q6 T1,T2,T3,T4,B1,B2,S2 
19  2 Nov 
PHOTOELECTRIC EFFECT LAB 
20  6 Nov 
Q6 Standard Qrules: T5, T7, T8, T9, T10, T11, B4, B5, S3, S8, S9 
21  11 Nov 
Q6 
22  13 Nov 
Q7 and Q8 Standard Qenergy: B1, B6, S4, S6 (Q7) Standard Qenergy: B1, S2, B3, S7 (Q8) 
23  18 Nov 
Q10

24  20 Nov 
Read Chapters 7 & 8 in this PDF Discussed General Relativity (GR), time dilation, principle of equivalence, ...

25  25 Nov 
(GR,DM)  problems 
26  2 Dec 
(DM)  problems

27  4 Dec 
(DM,COS)  problems

Course Documents
 Syllabus  information about the course
 Standards  standards by which you will be assessed in the course.
 Evidences  ways in which students show they have mastered the course standards.
Resources
 Graphing paper  hyperbolic graphing paper.
 Labreporttemplate  lab report template (zip file contaning .tex template + other files)
 Maclaurin/Taylor Series  a short PDF to remind you about the Maclaurin and Taylor Series (binomial approximation)
 Solution Bundles: "hpuphy2030" + one of the following:
"r1r2r3"
"r4r5r6r7r8"
"q1q2q3q4"
"quantum"  A short intro to general relativity
Useful Software
 Tracker Software  tracker software for video analysis; free download.
 PHET  online, interactive physics simulations
 ProbViewer (Mac)  software package that allows you to view solutions to the Six Ideas problems
 ProbViewer (Windows)  software package that allows you to view solutions to the Six Ideas problems
 Period04  software for analyzing timeseries data using Fourier transforms