Course Syllabus

Physics 410: Modern Physics I

Fall Semester, 2004

Instructor:                 Dr. Steven Sahyun

Office:                        321 Goodhue Hall

Phone:                        Ext. 5113



Desire2Learn:           The D2L site is linked from the UWW web site ( choose e-learning tab and select D2L.

Office Hours:             M, W, F 10:50 - 11:20 Upham Hall room 20

                                    M, W   3:00 - 3:30 Upham Hall room 21

                                    and T, R   9:55 - 11:20 Goodhue 321, or by appointment.

Class Meetings:        M, W, F 9:55 a.m. 10:45 a.m.

Quizzes:                     February 2, February 16, March 1, March 29, and April 19.

                                    Final: May 12: 3:15 5:15 p.m.

Text:                           Ken Krane: Modern Physics, 2nd ed.

Pre-requisite:            Physics 174, or Physics 162, and Math 254.


Other required materials: You are expected to bring paper, a scientific calculator (one with trigonometric and logarithmic functions, scientific notation, etc. These are available for less than $20), and a data storage device (3.5 floppy disk and/or USB).


Course Description: This course provides an introductory study into 20th and 21st century physics. Topics that will be covered are elementary quantum physics, atomic structure, elementary nuclear physics. 


Homework and Projects: Homework will be assigned one week prior to the due date. In general homework will not be accepted late. If the schedule is modified, I will post the changed schedule on the course Web site. The answers to homework and in class problems will be posted on the course D2L site.  Sometimes the homework will be gone over and discussed during the class period when it is due. Late homework will generally not be accepted for credit.


In class projects will generally be due the day of the class but may be turned in at the start of the next class period if necessary.


Exams: There will be three mid-term exams as well as a comprehensive final. Exams may not be taken late, but under special circumstances they may be taken early. Make-up exams will only be provided for extraordinary circumstances, must have prior approval (at least 1 day in advance), and are not advised as they will be more difficult than the regular tests.



Grading: Course grades will be determined by the percentage of total points assigned for the course. 90% = A, 80% = B, 70% = C, 60% = D. The approximate assignment of points will be as follows:



Exam 1


Exam 2


Exam 3




Homework ( 11 @ 5 pts. each.)


Projects ( 10 @ 2 pts. each)





I reserve the right to adjust grades slightly based on class participation.  There will be occasional opportunities for extra credit.





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Updated: August 22, 2004