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Fundamentals of Physics III ("Modern Physics")

PHY 2030 - An introduction to space-time physics and quantum physics with applications in astronomy, cosmology, solid-state physics, nuclear physics, and particle physics. Four credits. Prerequisite: PHY 2020. Offered Fall Semester.

Office Hours

Mondays: 3-4:30pm; Wednesdays: 10:30-11:30am; Fridays: 2-3:30pm

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.

Course Schedule & Assignments

Day Date Chapter / Assignments / Assessments / Labs
126 Aug R1
Questions: B1, B3, B4, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8, S11
28/22

R2
Questions: B1, B3, B4, B5, B7, S1, S3, S4, S6, S11
Lab:
elevator-toss.mov | two-carts.mov | ballistic-cart.mp4 | corioliskraft.mov | merry-go-round.mov Assessments: Rel, LApparatus, and LReport

38/28

R3
Questions: B1 (work using a spacetime diagram), B2, B3, B4, B5, S1, S3, S4, S6

48/30

R4
Questions: B1, B2, B3, B4, S1, S4, S6
Assessments: LJournal

59/3

R5
Questions: B1, B3, B4, B5, B7, S1, S3, S4, S6, S7 S9
Assessments: LJournal 2

69/5

R6
Questions: B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, B7, B8, S2, S3,S5, S7

79/10

R7
Questions: B1, B4, B5, B6, B7, S1, S2, S4, S5, S6

89/12

R8
Standard: V B4, B5, S12
Standard: Causality B1, B2, S1, S3, S4, S6

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

Useful Links

  • Tracker Software - tracker software for video analysis; free download.
  • PHET - online, interactive physics simulations