UCSD Physics Tutorial Center

February 24, 2017
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Description: A modern physics course covering atomic view of matter, electricity and radiation, atomic models of Rutherford and Bohr, relativity, X-rays, wave and particle duality, matter waves, Schrodinger's equation, atomic view of solids, natural radioactivity. Meetings:
  • (Lecture) MTuWThF 8-9:20AM, 2005WLH
  • (Discussion) Wed. 2:00-3:20PM, 2005WLH
  • (Final) Sep. 6 (Sat) 3-5:50PM, TBD
  • Instructor: TA: Resources: Grade:
  • 60% - THREE highest of FOUR quizes @ 20% each
  • 40% - (Comprehensive) Final exam
  • Grade will be curved. To be determined.
  • Homework is assigned for your own study, and is not graded. Solution to selective problems are provided.
  • Academic integrity: PLEASE READ "UCSD policy on Integrity of Scholarship" on pages 69-71 of the General Catalog. The rules on academic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.
  • Weekly quizes for weeks 1-4 will cover material of that week. The final exam will cover material of the whole course with emphasis on week-5 material.
  • If you anticipate final exam conflicts, let the instructor know the first two weeks of class
  • All quizes/exam are closed book and closed note. A relevant equation sheet is provided.
  • ALL QUIZES MUST BE DONE IN A BLUEBOOK. Other media (e.g. plain paper) is not acceptable.
  • These three items must appears in the cover each and every one of your bluebooks:
  • Your full name
  • Your SID
  • Your 3-digits CODE NUMBER, to be assign during the first quiz
  • All quiz grade will be posted by Wednesday following the quiz. You have till the following Monday to submit any regrading requests to TA.
  • NO QUIZ MAKE UP
  • Prerequisite Thought relevant mathematical methods will be repeatedly demonstrated in class, students are expected to
  • know simple differentiation and integration elementary functions. (Math 21A-C)
  • have had some exposure to elementary linear algebra and differential equation. (Math 21D)
  • know basic physics concepts like energy, momentum, electromagnetism. (Phys 2AB)
  • Other references: Related reading (for fun): Topic Homework Quiz/Sol'n Week 1
    (Aug 04-Aug 08) Special Relativity
  • Principal of relativity
  • Relativistic kinematic
  • Relativistic Doppler shift
  • Relativistic momentum and energy
  • Reading Chap 1.1-1.6 and Chap 2.1-2.4
  • Assignment (Ch1) 2, 5, 7, 10, 14, 16, 18, 20, 23, 24, 28, 33, 35, 37, 38
    (Ch2) 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 24, 28, 29, 31
  • Solution Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 2 add.
  • Week 2
    (Aug 11-Aug 15) Light and Matter
  • Photoelectric effects
  • The Compton effect
  • The Bohr atom
  • Matter wave
  • Reading Chap 3.1 3.4-3.6 4.3 5.1-5.7
  • Assignment (Ch3) 8, 9, 10, 14, 18, 20, 22, 24, 27, 30, 31, 37, 39
    (Ch4) 23 24
    (Ch5) 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 26, 29, 31
  • Solution Chapter 3 Chapter 3 add. Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 5 add.
  • Week 3
    (Aug 18-Aug 22) Schrodinger's Equation
  • Bound State
  • Particle in a box
  • Tunneling
  • Simple harmonic oscillator
  • Reading Chap 6, 7
  • Assignment (Ch 6) 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 19, 23, 24, 29, 30, 32, 35, 37
    (Ch 7) 1, 2, 5, 11, 12
  • Solution Chapter 6 Chapter 6 add. Chapter 7
  • Week 4
    (Aug 25-Aug 29) Hydrogen Atom
  • Quantum Numbers
  • Angular wavefunction
  • Radial wavefunction
  • Reading Chap 8
  • Assignment (Ch 8) 1, 3, 7, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
  • Solution Chapter 8
  • Week 5
    (Sep 01-Sep 05) Atomic Physics
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