**Spring 1998**

Rooms 307 and 102, Physics Bldg.

Phone: 924-6579, E-mail: mfowler@virginia.edu

For premodern physics, check out my course on Galileo and Einstein.

Some **cool applets** here!

*12 lectures
*Galilean Relativity and the Invariance of Newton's Laws.

The Speed of Light

The Michelson-Morley Experiment.

Special Relativity

Time dilation and length contraction.

The relativity of simultaneity.

The Lorentz transformations.

A worked example of time dilation.

The twins and other paradoxes, and the Doppler effect.

Velocity Addition.

Relativistic dynamics: mass, relativistic momentum and energy.

Equivalence of mass and energy: Einstein's Box.

Relativistic energy-momentum formula.

Particle Creation.

Electric and Magnetic fields in Relativity.

Remarks on General Relativity.

Brief Review of the Kinetic Theory of Gases

*4 lectures
*Blackbody Radiation.

The Photoelectric Effect.

Rays and Particles.

*6 lectures
*Brief Historical Review.

Atomic Spectra

Early Atomic Models: Vortices and Pudding

Thomson's model.

Rutherford's scattering experiment.

Rutherford's Experiment and the Beginning of Nuclear Physics.

The Bohr Atom.

*4 lectures
*From the Bohr Atom to De Broglie's Waves.

Wave Packets and the Uncertainty Principle.

Probabilities, Amplitudes and Probability Amplitudes.

Unequal Phase and Group Velocities

Equal Phase and Group Velocities

More on the Uncertainty Principle.

*6 lectures
*Wave Equations for Photons and Electrons.

Electron in a Box.

Finite Square Well

Simple harmonic oscillator.

Barrier penetration.

Two-dimensional Wells.

Three dimensional waves,the hydrogen atom, angular momentum.

*3 lectures
*Symmetry of the wavefunction: fermions and bosons.

Angular Momentum, Electron spin, The periodic table.

*3 lectures
*Stable and unstable nuclei, decay mechanisms, nuclear fission.

Weekly unpledged homeworks Friday to Friday.

Pledged homeworks Friday February 20, Friday April 17.

In-class midterm Wednesday March 18 .

Final Exam: Tuesday, May 5, 1400-1700.

**Grading:** Unpledged homeworks total 30%, pledged homeworks 10% each, midterm 15%, final 35%. **Textbook:** *Special Relativity*, A. P. French, Norton.

Due Friday, January 23: French, *Special Relativity*, Chapter 2: 5, 6, 7.

Due Friday, January 30: French, *Special Relativity*, Chapter 4: 1, 3, 5, 11, 14.

Due Friday, February 6: French, *Special Relativity*, Chapter 4: 9, 10. Ch. 5: 7, 9, 11.

Due Friday, February 13: French, *Special Relativity*, Chapter 4: 16, 19. Ch. 5: 20, 22. Ch. 6: 7.

Due Friday, February 20: French, *Special Relativity*, Chapter 1: 5, 14. Ch. 5: 16, 17. Ch. 6: 4, 9, 12, 14.

**PLEDGED** Due Friday, February 27: French, *Special Relativity*, 1-3, 1-11, 4-12, 5-19, 6-5, 7-1.

Homework Due Wednesday, March 18.

Due Friday, March 27: French, *Special Relativity*, Chapter 6: 20, Ch 7: 3, 9, 10.

Homework Due Friday, April 10.

Pledged Homework Due Friday, April 17.

**GRADER:**Our grader is Hong Tao Zhang. His e-mail is hz6e@virginia.edu. His desk is in room 42.

Lots of historic papers can be found here.