Autumn 2007

Physics 15400 Section: 0 - Modern Physics

Instructor: Cheng Chin
Email: cchin@uchicago.edu

Lectures: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:30am ~ 12:20pm
Location: KPTC 120

Discussion session: Tuesday 4:30 ~ 5:30pm, KPTC 120
    (Week 4: Mon. Oct. 15, 7-8 pm)

TA: Eric Feng
Email: ejfeng@uchicago.edu

Office Hours: 
Cheng Chin: Wednesday 3 ~ 4 pm, GCIS 107
Eric Feng: Wednesday 4:00 ~ 5:30 pm, KPTC 303

    (Week 4: Wed. Oct. 17, 7-8:30 pm)
Melanie Simet: Wednesday 2~3pm, KPTC 303  
Wen Zheng: Tuesday 10:30~11:30 am, KPTC 303
Joseph Paulsen: Tuesday 1:30~2:30pm, KPTC 303

Textbooks:
Modern Physics (4th edition)
Author: Paul A. Tipler and Ralph A. Llewellyn
Publisher: W.H. Freeman and Company
ISBM: o 71674345
Required textbook

Quantum Physics
Author: R. Eisberg and R. Resnick
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 0 471 87373
Recommended Textbook

Class Outline:  (Please contact the instructor if you wish to have a copy of the class material.)

Wk Lecture Date Topic Textbook
sections
Pages Home-
work
TA mtg
1 1 9/24 Introduction: Conceptual Challenges in Mondern Physics        
  2 9/26 Quantization of Charge 3.1 3.2 126-141 #1  
  3 9/28 Quantization of Light and Energy 3.3 3.4 141-154   #1
2 4 10/1 Quantization of Energy 4.1 162-186 #1 due  
  5 10/3 Atom-Photon Interactions I (by Dr. Serge Haroche) 9.5 416-421    
  6 10/5 Atom-Photon Interactions II, Supplement 9.6 423-432 #2   
3 7 10/8 Particle-Wave Duality  5.1-5.3 203-223    
  8 10/10 Selected Topic I: Manipulating Atoms with Lasers (by Dr. Serge Haroche)        
  9 10/12 Superposition and Uncertainty Principle 5.4-5.7 223-235 #2 due
#3
 
4 10 10/15 Schrodinger's Equation 6.1 6.2 242-259    
  11 10/17 Free and Confined Particles (I) 6.3- 260-    
  12 10/19 Free and Confined Particles (II) - 6.6 -284 #3 due
#4
 
5 13 10/22 Schrodinger's Equation in 3D and 
review session
7.1 291-294   #2
    10/24 Midterm Exam I (Lec. 1~9)        
  14 10/26 Hydrogen atom 7.2-7.3 294-308 #5   
6 15 10/29 Hydrogen atom and periodic table 7.4-7.7 308-324 #4 due  
  16 10/31 Indentical particles 8.2 354-359    
  17 11/2 Hilbert Space and quantum measurements     #5 due
#6 *
 
7 18 11/5 Quantum System I: Molecules (I) 9.1 9.2 390-402    
  19 11/7 Quantum System I:  Molecules (II) 9.4 406-416    
    11/9 Student presentation (I)
Quantum Dots, RHIC&STAR
    #6 due
#7
 
8 20 11/12 Quantum System II: Conductors, Insulators and Semiconductors (I) 8.2
10.3
354-361
456-460
  #3
    11/14 Midterm Exam II (Lec. 10~17)        
    11/16 Student presentation (II)
NMR, EPR Pairs, Hall Effect
    #8  
9 21 11/19 Quantum System II: Conductors, Insulators and Semiconductors (II) 10.6  467-474 #7 due  
  22 11/21 Quantum System II: Conductors, Insulators and Semiconductors (III) 
(By Dr. Nathan Gemelke)
10.8 481-486 #9
due on
11/29
 
    11/23 Thanksgiving        
10 23 11/26 Selected Topic II: General Relativity and Black Holes     #8 due  
  24 11/28 Selected Topic III: Review Session        
    11/30 Student presentation (II)
Nano-Tubes, Star Death, Quan. Wires, Quan. Sym. and Detectors
      #4
    Fun Travel with modern physicists
courtesy of C. Henderson
       
11   12/5 Final Exam (Lec. 10~25)        

Homework and midterm solutions: #1 #2 #3 Midterm#1 #4 #5 #6 Midterm#2 #7 #8 * #9

Evaluation
    Lab 20%

    Problem sets 24%
    Midterms     2 x16%
    Final        24%

Extra Credit 1: 
   Presentation 8%: 10 minutes + 5 minutes Q&A 
   Time slots:    (11/12) 11:30~11:45 am, 11:45~12 pm, 12~12:15 pm, 12:15~12:30 pm 
                        (11/30) 11:30~11:45 am, 11:45~12 pm, 12~12:15 pm, 12:15~12:30 pm 
  
Extra Credit 2:
   Identify mistakes in the text books: 1.6% each (up to 8 %).

Recommended Colloquium, Seminar and Public Talks 
1. Prof. Serge Haroche: Public colloquium talk (10/2/2007)  (Strongly recommended)
2. Prof. Serge Haroche: Seminar talks (I) (10/8, 1:30 pm) and (II) (10/9, 1:30 pm)