COURSE SYLLABUS

Fall 2019

*CONTENTS*

Description/Text Book |

Instructor |

Goals |

Topic Prerequisites |

Outline |

Grading |

Tests |

Absences |

Homework |

A third course in physics covering geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, quantum theory, waves and particles, atomic physics, special relativity, radioactivity, and nuclear physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 251.

**Optional Text:**

No specific textbook is required but any calculus-based, introductory physics textbook is a good resource for supplemental readings and practice problems. One recommendation is the free on-line textbook University Physics (Vol. 1) and University Physics (Vol. 2) by OpenStax.

* Instructor:* Dr. John Varriano

**Office Hours:**

Check my posted schedule for official office hours. Feel free to come by at other times to see if I am in.

3. To learn about certain applications of optical, atomic, and nuclear phenomena.

**Tests/Final Exam:**

Tests 1-3 will cover only the material discussed in each relevant part of the course. Test 4 will cover Parts 4&5. A set of study questions is available for each of the tests.The final exam will be comprehensive. A single side of an 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper filled with handwritten notes is permitted for each test. Two sides of a sheet are permitted for the final exam. Tentative test dates are:

**Homework:**

**a. Practice Problems:**

Practice problems will be assigned from the book and supplemental problem packet at every class (refer to the Problem Outline ). These will not be collected or graded but may appear on the tests and final exam.

An example problem solved using this format appears later in the syllabus.

Computer problems and due dates:

Vol | No. | Title | Pts. | Due Date | Relevant for: |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

5 | 1 | Snell's Law | 10 | Aug 30 | Part 1 |

2 | Thin Lenses | 10 | Sep 9 | Part 1 | |

3 | The Double Slit | 5 | Sep 23 | Part 2 | |

4 | Resolution | 10 | Sep 30 | Part 2 | |

5 | Photons | 10 | Oct 23 | Part 3 | |

6 | Hydrogen Atom | 10 | Oct 30 | Part 3 | |

7 | Laser | 5 | Nov 6 | Part 3 | |

6 | 1 | Relativity 1 | 10 | Nov 20 | Part 4 |

2 | Relativity 2 | 10 | Nov 27 | Part 4 | |

4 | Half-Life | 10 | Dec 6 | Part 5 | |

5 | Nuclear Decay | 10 | Dec 6 | Part 5 |

The problems and instructions on how to send me your score file can be found on the problem download page. This page also can be accessed from my home page by selecting "My Courses" and then clicking on the "Download" button.

*And remember: Physics is fun!*

*A uniform, solid, copper cube has a mass of 35 grams. How long is one of its sides? Copper has a density of 8.9 grams per cubic centimeter.*

**1.** A solid copper cube has a uniform density of 8.9 g/cm^3. Its mass is 35 g. Find the lengths of the sides of the cube.

**2.** density *p* = 8.9 g/cm^3

mass *m* = 35 g

**3.** length of any side *s* = ? cm

**4.**

**5.** The density of an object is given by

p = mass / volume = m / V | (1) |

V = s^3 | (2) |

**6.** Subbing (2) into (1) gives

p = m / s^3 | (3) |

s^3 = m / p | |

s = [m / p]^(1/3) | (4) |

= [(35 g) / (8.9 g/cm^3)]^(1/3) | |

s = 1.58 cm |

**7.** The units check. I do get units of cm for the length of a side as expected. The length of 1.58 cm seems reasonable. The cube measures approximately 5/8 of an inch on each side. Its mass of 35 grams corresponds to a weight of about 1.2 ounces. This seems consistent with my experience in handling copper objects.