Physics 101A
Fall 2008
Introduction to Modern Physics I
University of California at Santa Cruz
MWF 2:00pm to 3:10 pm, Physical Sciences 110
Discussion Session: Tuesday 6:00 - 7:30; ISB 221
TEXT: Tipler and Llewellyn, `Modern Physics', Fifth Edition
Instructor: Bruce Schumm
Office: Natural Sciences II Room 329
Phone: (831) 459-3034
Office Hours: Thursday 12:00 - 2:00
And by appointment if necessary
Teaching Assistant: Daniel Damiani
Office: Natural Sciences II Room 308
Office Phone: 459-4588
Office Hours: Friday 11:00-1:00
Just before the turn of the last... er... second-to-last century, there was a feeling amongst physicists that the major problems of physics had been solved. A few unexplained phenomena, such as the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation inside a heated cavity ("blackbody radiation"), and the fact that the medium supporting that radiation (the "ether") had never been discovered, were thought to be oddities. Beginning in 1900, and through the mid 1920's, the work of Planck, Bohr, Einstein, Heisenberg, and others was to show that these oddities were in fact the tip of an iceberg, which, once exposed, was to radically reshape the way human kind thinks about the universe in which it lives. These developments - the revolution of so-called "modern physics", will be the subject matter of Physics 101.

Fall 2008 Syllabus

Homework Assignments

Spacetime Paper

YouTube videos on simulaneity and time dilation.

Online lab experiments, including electron diffraction

Java applet about localization and phase vs. group veocity

Sample questions for Midterm I

Sample questions for Midterm II

Sample questions for the Final

Uncertainty Principle Plots

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