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Phys 237/237H: Introduction to Modern Physics Professor S. Alexander Course website is on ANGEL http://cms. psu . edu Log in with CAC ID/passwd Select Phys 237 (or Phys 237H) Please consult website regularly for announcements & news Please use email system on website only for all course correspondence
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Instructors Course Faculty: Stephon Alexander Office: 320D Osmond Office hours: 2.30 pm - 3.30 pm, T also by appointment. Research : Cosmology, String Theory, Quantum Gravity, Elementary Particle Physics Teaching assistant: Mr George Pally Course meetings: Mon, Wed, Fri 10:10 am- 11:00 am 008 Mueller
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Course Details REQUIREMENTS: • Text: Modern Physics , Tipler & Llewellyn (4th Edition) Chapters 1-10, 13 GRADING & EXAMS Please consult syllabus handout (also available on website)
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“Classical Physics” 19th century -- basic understanding of many physical laws that govern the universe: Newton’s laws of motion + conservation of energy, momentum, angular momentum Electromagnetism & electromagnetic waves (light) Mechanical waves (sound) Thermodynamics (first & second law, kinetic theory, etc.) Some common physics wisdom & possible questions Light is a wave that travels with finite speed: this wave must be carried by a medium (“ether”); does the speed of light depend on one’s reference frame ?
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