Fundamentals of Modern Physics  PH255 
Winter Term 2003
General Information 
Instructor: 
Galen C. Duree Jr., PhD 
Office: 
DL102 
Phone: 
8726025 
Campus Box: 
182 
Office Hours: 
9:00 AM – 9:50
AM M T Th F 3:25 PM  4:30 PM M T Th F 
Text: 
Modern Physics Fourth Edition by Paul A. Tipler and Ralph A. Llewellyn 
Homework: 
Homework problems will be assigned in class at which time the due date will be given. Please show all of your work. Please write only on one side of the paper. You are encouraged to discuss the homework with your colleagues, however, you are required to prepare your own solutions. 
Exams: 
There will be three inclass exams and a comprehensive final exam 
Grades: 
The final grade will be determined as follows: Homework – 40% Exams – 45% Laboratory – 15% 

Topics The following is a list of chapters potentially covered in this course. The list may need to be modified depending on how the course progresses. 
Chapter 3 
Quantization of Charge, Light and Energy 
Chapter 4 
The Nuclear Atom 
Exam #1 
Tuesday, December 16, 2003 
Chapter 11 
Nuclear Physics 
Chapter 12 
Nuclear Reactions and Applications 
Chapter 5 
The Wavelike Properties of Particles 
Exam #2 
Tuesday, January 20, 2004 
Chapter 6 
The Schroedinger Equation 
Chapter 7 
Atomic Physics 
Thursday, February 12, 2004  
Chapter 8 
Statistical Physics 
Chapter 10 
SolidState Physics 
Chapter 9 
Molecular Structure and Spectra 
Assignments 
Assignment #1  Chapter 3: 1, 11, 12, 14, 22, 26, 33, 34, 37, 42 Due Thursday, December 11, 2003 
Assignment #2  Chapter 4: 2, 3, 6, 13, 14, 17, 18, 20, 26, 34 Due Tuesday, December 16, 2003 
Assignment #3  Chapter 11: 1, 6, 9, 10, 15, 17, 18, 23, 24, 34 Due Friday, January 9, 2004 
Assignment #4  Chapter 5: 1, 4, 7, 10, 12, 19, 20, 23, 28, 32, 34 Due Tuesday, January 20, 2004 
Assignment #5  Chapter 6: 1, 2, 7, 9, 16, 22, 24, 28, 30, 35, 36, 41,
47, 48 Due Thursday, February 12, 2004 
Assignment #6  Chapter 7: 1, 2, 9, 10, 17, 19, 32, 34, 51, 61 Due Thursday, February 12, 2004 
Assignment #7  Chapter 8: 1, 3, 18, 22, 23, 31 Due Tuesday, February 24, 2004 
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