Modern Physics (Spring '11)NSC 470 - 4 credits - Intermediate
- Times: MWF 9:30 - 10:20
- Place: Sci117A
- Text: "Quantum Physics" by John S. Townsend
- Faculty: Travis Norsen
Course Overview: Sophomore-level introduction to quantum physics covering wave-particle duality of light, Born's statistical interpretation, Schroedinger wave mechanics, quantum statistical mechanics, and applications to solid-state, nuclear, and particle physics.
Assignments and Grading: Weekly homework assignments will be worth 50% of the overall grade. (I will automatically drop your lowest score before averaging.) A final exam (and maybe one or two short midterm quizzes) will be worth 30%. Class participation (including appropriate preparation for class meetings) will be worth 20%.
- Attendance is mandatory. (Let me know in advance if, and why, you will miss a class.)
- Late work will not be accepted without prior arrangement.
- In addition to being fully present in class and handing in all the assignments, to really succeed in the class you should expect to spend 4-5 hours each week (outside of class) reading/studying the textbook -- prior to then spending another several hours working on the assigned homework problems.
- Students are encouraged to work together on the homework assignments (and to get help from me or the tutor). However, your final write-up of the solutions must represent your own understanding; copying another person's work is plagiarism and will result in no credit for that assignment (and possibly worse). If there is any question about a specific case, simply cite your sources as you would in any kind of research paper (e.g., "I worked with Joe Schmoe on this problem.").