TEXT: "Fundamentals of Physics 3rd Edition", by Halliday & Resnick, Wiley.

The following books might be useful and can be found in the library;

Optics by Hecht,

Special relativity by A. P. French,

Introduction to special relativity, by R. Resnick.

Quantum mechanics by Liboff

Intro to the quantum theory, by Park

Feynmans Lectures on Physics are always useful.


There will be 2 midterms, and a final each worth 30% of the final grade. The midterms are on Optics, Relativity and and the final is on Quantum Mechanics. Problems will be given to you in xerox form. These account for the remaining 10% of the course. Solutions will be displayed on the 6th floor and available for copy in the dept office. No late problems will be accepted. Fact sheets issued by the instructor are used in the exams. Not all the needed formulae will be on them. Copies of the fact sheets will be made available prior to the exams, you cannot bring your own copy to the exams.

No makeups for the final (only for EXTREME EMERGENCY). Show up for exams even if you are late, every effort will be made to give you the full time, but I will not guarantee that. The lowest problem sheet score will be dropped. No show for an exam without prior notification will be graded as a zero.


1. Quick review of e.m. theory [ch 38]

2. Geometric optics [ch 39]

3. Wave optics [ch 40, 41]

4. Special relativity [ch 42]

5. Intro to quantum mechanics [ch 43]

6. Quantum mechanics [ch 44]

7. Atomic physics [ch 45]


Part 1. Optics:

Electromagnetic theory, Maxwell's equations, wave equation, Poynting vector, radiation pressure and force. Geometrical and physical optics; speed of light, reflection, refraction, mirrors and thin lenses, total internal reflection. Wave phenomena; Youngs slits, phasors, phase, Newtons rings, Michelson interferometer, diffraction from a single slit and gratings, polarization of light.

Part 2. Special Relativity:

Postulates, Michelson Morley experiment, Minkowski diagrams, Lorentz- Einstein transformations, time dilation, Lorentz contraction, velocity addition formulae, Doppler shift, Einsteins box and mass-energy, energy momentum and mass, twin paradox, definition of space-time intervals.

Part 3. Quantum Mechanics:

Black-body radiation, Rayleigh-Jeans formula, photoelectric effect, Compton effect, electron diffraction, atomic spectra, Bohr atom, wave-matter duality, wave functions and interpretation, uncertainty principle, Schrodinger's equation and solution, particle in a box, simple harmonic oscillator, barrier and tunneling problems.

Part 4. Atomic Physics:

Hydrogen atom in detail, quantum numbers, orbital angular momentum, spin and the Stern Gerlach experiment, Pauli exclusion principle, Hunds rule, atomic spectra and selection rules, ionization and Xray spectra.