Modern Physics

Jose L Balduz Jr
Department of Physics
Mercer University
balduz_jl@mercer.edu

SYLLABUS

Science & Engineering Bldg 205 
478-301-2229
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Jose's office schedule

Reading and assignments from the technical texts:
Modern Physics, 3rd ed,
  by Kenneth Krane
An Introduction to Modern Cosmology, 3rd ed,  (IMC) by Andrew Liddle

  Chapter Homework Problems due

2

The Special Theory of Relativity
JB notes from classic texts:
    Tipler 3ed Ch 34  | 
Krane 2ed Ch 2
(a): 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20, 22, 24 M 1/23
(b): 28, 30, 32, 36, 38, 40, 42, 54 M 2/6
Derive Lorentz transformation 
Time dilation  |  Length contraction  |  Twin paradox  |  Doppler effect 
Kinematics: p p → X  |  Pi+ → Mu+ Nu  | 
Pi0 → gamma gamma
Ch. 2 - Take-home Exam A due M 2/13

12

Nuclear Structure and Radioactivity - Notes | Gamma decay (non-Rel) | Alpha decay (non-Rel) | Alpha decay (Rel)  4, 6, 18, 22, 24, 28, 32 M 2/20

13

Nuclear Reactions and Applications - Notes 6, 10, 16, 18, 22, 26, 30, 32 M 2/27

14

Elementary Particles  - Notes Special HW 14 (F 3/17) F 3/31
Ch. 12, 13 & 14 - Take-home Exam B due (M 3/27) W 3/29
15 Cosmology: The Origin and Fate of the Universe - Notes Special: Pick any 8 from Krane 3ed end-of-chapter problems. F 4/7
A IMC: Cosmology Overview (Ch. 1-4) 2-1, 2, 4, 5, 6;
4-1, 2.
TBA
B IMC: Cosmological Models (Ch. 5-8) 5-3, 4, 5, 6;
7-3, 5;
8-1, 2.
TBA
C IMC: Big Bang (Ch. 9-12) 9-2;
10-2, 4, 6;
11-3;
12-2, 3.
TBA
Final Exam: F 5/5, 7-10pm

Reading/Essay assignments from the secondary text:
The New World of Mr. Tompkins,  by George Gamow and Russell Stannard;

day topic

chapters

W 1/18 Special Relativity Gamow 1-2  City Speed Limit / The Professor's Lecture
on Relativity which Caused Mr Tompkins' Dream
M 1/30 Relativity &
Curved Space
Gamow 3-4  Mr Tompkins Takes a Holiday /
The Notes of the Professor's Lecture on Curved Space
F 2/10 Cosmology

Gamow 5-7  Mr Tompkins Visits a Closed Universe / Cosmic Opera / Black Holes, Heat Death, and Blow Torch 

W 3/22 Nuclear and Particle Physics Gamow 12-17  Inside the Nucleus / The Wood Carver / Holes in Nothing / Visiting the 'Atom Smasher' /
The Professor's Last Lecture / Epilogue

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