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manfra01-2011 - Modern Physics PHYS 342 Professor Michael...

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Modern Physics: PHYS 342 Professor Michael Manfra Office: Physics 84 Phone: 494-3016 Email: [email protected] Lecture schedule : MWF 9:30am to 10:20am in Armstrong 1109 Course Website : http://www.physics.purdue.edu/academic_programs/courses/phys342 Office hours : Fridays, Physics 84 from 10:30am to 11:30am or appointments via email
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Course description for PHYS342 Modern Physics will introduce you to some of the most amazing developments in our understanding of Nature that took place in the beginning of the 20 th century Principal among these: Relativity theory : fundamentally changed our understanding of the notions of space and time from those of Newtonian mechanics Quantum theory : a completely new way to understand the behavior of matter at small (atomic) length scales
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Prerequisites PHYS 241, 251, or 261 Everyone should have completed a course in classical mechanics Everyone should have completed a course in electricity and magnetism It helps to know some thermodynamics too
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Examinations and Grading Each problem set will be graded on a 100 point scale. There will be two exams given in class: the 1 st on Friday Feb 11 th and the 2 nd on Friday March 25 th . These exams will be graded on a 100 point scale. The final exam will occur during finals week at the normally scheduled time and will be graded on a 200 point scale. The final grade will be determined as follows: Average of problem sets: 100 points max Two in-class exams: 200 points max (total) Final exam: 200 points max Total: 500 points max
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Some more administrative details: Grader Meng-Lin Wu Email: [email protected] Office: Physics 105 phone: 765-337-6128
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Bedtime reading Course required text:
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