KING FAHD UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND MINERALS

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS

 

Physics 212 Modern Physics - Spring Session 2002 - 2003 (Term 022)

Course Schedule and Grading Policy

 

 

Instructor : Dr. Abdelkarim Mekki Office : 6/117

Telephone : (03) 860-4292     e-mail : akmekki@kfupm.edu.sa

web page : http://users.kfupm.edu.sa/phys/akmekki Mobile : 056840557

 

Office Hours : S.M.W. 12:00 to 12:50 am

or by appointment Room 6/117 (my office)

Lectures : S.M.W. 11.00-11.50am          Room 6/258

Laboratory : M. 2.10-5.10 Room 6/239

 

Course Description:

An introductory course in Modern Physics. Topics covered include: Special Relativity; The Nuclear Atom; Electromagnetic Radiation; Bohrs Theory of the atom; the Wave Nature of Matter; Quantum Mechanics in One and Three Dimensions;     Atomic X-ray Spectra; selected topics in Atomic, Nuclear, and Solid State Physics.

 

Pre-requisites:

PHYS 102 General Physics II

MATH 102 Calculus II

 

Textbook:

"Modern Physics", by R. A. Serway, C. J. Moses and C. A. Moyer, 2nd Ed., Saunders College Publishing (1997).

 

References :

1) A. Baiser, Modern Physics, McGraw-Hill, NY (1981).

2) H. C. Ohanian, Modern Physics, Prentice-Hall (1987).

R. T. Weinder and R. L. Sells, Elementary Modern Phyics, 2nd Ed., Allyn and Bacon Inc., Boston (1973).

Goals :

To introduce the students to the basic concepts of the major theories of the 20th century, namely The special theory of relativity and quantum mechanics and to discuss some selected topics in atomic, solid state, nuclear and particle physics.

 

Grading Policy :

The course grade will be evaluated as follows:

%age

Homework+ Quizzes 15%

Laboratory 15%

Exam 1 15%

Exam 2 15%

Exam 3 15%

Final exam 25%

Total 100%

 

Laboratory work:   

The lab work score will be based on any or a combination of the lab reports and lab quizzes. Lab sessions will start on the second week of the classes. Read the experimental write up before coming to the lab session. Click here to see the lab schedule.

 

 

 

Exams Schedule:

All exams will be of problem solving type. The exams are scheduled as follows:

 

Exam 1 Saturday 29 March 2002 (Chapters 1, 2)

Exam 2 Monday 21 April 2003 (Chapters 3, 4)

Exam 3 Saturday 17 May 2003 (Chapters 5, 7)

Final Exam TBA (Comprehensive)

 

Policy on make-up exams:

If you miss a major or the final exam, you should come and see me with your official excuse within three days after the exam. Personal excuses are not allowed. If you miss the exam without a valid excuse, you get a ZERO score for that exam.

 

Attendance:

Attendance will be enforced and evaluated according to current university regulations. A DN grade will be given to any student exceeding 9 absences without official excuses and/or three absences in laboratory experiments. Any student in possession of an excuse for officially authorized absence must present this excuse to his instructor no later than one week following his resumption of class attendance.

 

Web page:

The course web page will provide key information during the semester. It will give the  homework assignment, their due date and solution. The exams, homework, and lab grades will be published on the web site on regular basis. Any scheduling information that will change during the semester or important announcement will be posted on the web site. Students are urged to check the web site as often as possible.

 

 

Physics 212 Lecture Schedule -Spring 2003 (Term 022)

 

Week

Date

Topics

Chap.

Sect.

1

24 Feb.

26

Overview; The Principle of Relativity

The Michelson-Morley experiment

1

1

1, 2

3

2

01 Mar.

 

03

05

Postulates of Special Relativity and Its Consequences

Applet

The Lorentz Transformation

Relativistic Momentum and Newtons Laws

1

applet

1

1

4, 5

 

5, 6

7

Saturday 08 March. 2003 - Last day for dropping courses without Grade of W

3

08

 

10

 

12

Relativistic Mechanics

Applet

Electromagnetic Waves

Applet

Blackbody radiation

Applet1 , Applet2

1

applet

2

applet

2

applet

8 - 10

 

1, 2

 

2, 3

 

4

15

17

 

19

Planks Law and Rayleigh-Jeans Law

The Photoelectric Effect

Applet

The Compton Effect and Particle Wave Complementarity

2

2

applet

2

3, 4

4, 5

 

5

 

5

22

 

24

 

26

Atoms and Electrons The Rutherford Model

Applet1 , Applet2 , Applet3 , Applet4

The Bohr Atom

Applet1 , Applet2 , Applet3

Franck-Hertz Experiment

3

applet

3

applet

3

1, 2

 

2, 3

 

3, 5

 

6

29

31

 

02 Apr.

Exam 1

De Broglie Waves and Davisson-Germer Experiment

Applet1 , Applet2

Phase Velocity and Group Velocity of Waves

-

4

 

4

-

1, 2

 

3

 

Wednesday 09 April 2003 - Last day for dropping courses with grade of "W"

7

05

07

 

09

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

Particle-Wave Duality of the Electron

Applet1 , Applet2

The Born Probabilistic Interpretation

4

4

 

5

5

6 - 8

 

1, 2

8

12

 

14

 

16

The Schrodinger Equation for Particles

Applet

The Particle in a Box (One dimension)

The Finite square well

Applet

5

 

5

5

 

2, 3

 

3, 4

5

 

9

19

21

23

The Harmonic Oscillator

Exam 2

Operators and Observables in Quantum Mechanics

5

-

5

6

-

7,8

Wednesday 30 April 2003 Complete withdrawal with grade of "W"

10

26

28

30

Particle in a Box (Three Dimensions)

Angular Momentum

Space Quantization

7

7

7

1

2, 3

3, 4

11

03 May

05

07

Hydrogen-like Atoms, Selection Rules.

Orbital magnetism, Zeeman Effect, Electron Spin

The Spin-Orbit Interaction

7

8

8

4, 5

1, 2

2, 3

12

10

12

14

The Exclusion Principle

The Periodic Table

X-ray Spectra

8

8

8

4

6

7

13

17

19

21

Exam 3

Bonding Mechanisms

Molecular Rotation and Vibration, Molecular Spectra

-

10

10

-

1

2, 3

14

24

26

28

Bonding in Solids

Free-Electron Model of Metals

Magnetism In Matter

11

11

12

1

2

1, 2

15

 

 

31

02 June

04

Type I and II Superconductors

Nuclear Physics

Particle Physics

12

13

14

3, 4

overview

overview

 

TBA

Final Exam

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