Course Material

Please find below links to class material, including lecture notes and supplementary slides, homework problem sets and solutions, and links to the exams (as available). Lecture notes will appear by the class period following the one in question.

Significant Figures From Dr. Scalise's 1303 Lecture Notes: Slides 6-10 summarize the rules and cover scientific notation
Handout on Significant Figures (from Stephen Sekula at Daniel Hand High School in CT.)
Lecture 1 (1/19/2010) "The Beginning of the Modern Era"
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  • Supplementary Slides: PDF
Lecture 2 (1/21/2010) "Space and Time and Special Relativity" (CH. 2.1 - 2.3)
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  • Supplementary Slides: PDF
  • Homework Assignment (Due 1/28/2010): PDF
  • Homework Solutions (Given 1/28/2010): PDF
Lecture 3 (1/26/2010) "Relativistic Paradoxes and Kinematics" (CH. 2.4 - 2.5)
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Lecture 4 (1/28/2010) "Velocity, Energy and Matter" (CH. 2.6 - 2.7)
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  • Homework Assignment (Due 2/4/2010): PDF
  • Homework Solutions (Given 2/9/2010): PDF
Lecture 5 (2/2/2010) "Radiation as Particles" (CH. 3.1 - 3.5)
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Lecture 6 (2/4/2010) "Matter as Waves" (CH. 3.6, 4.1-4.2)
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  • Homework Assignment (Due 2/11/2010): PDF
  • Homework Solutions (Given 2/16/2010): PDF
Lecture 7 (2/9/2010) "Matter as Waves" (CH. 4.3-4.4)
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Lecture 8 (2/11/2010) "Waves and Uncertainty" (CH. 4.4-4.5,5.1-5.2)
  • Due to the closure of SMU, this lecture is postponed until 2/16/2010
  • Homework Assignment (Due 2/19/2010): PDF
  • Homework Solutions (Given 2/19/2010): PDF
Lecture 8 (2/16/2010) "Waves and Uncertainty" (CH. 4.4-4.5,5.1-5.2)
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  • Homework Assignment (Due 2/19/2010): PDF
  • Homework Solutions (Given 2/19/2010): PDF
  • Guidelines for the Mid-Term Exam: PDF
Lecture 9 (2/18/2010) "Bound States" (CH. 5.3-5.5)
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  • Homework Assignment (Due 3/4/2010): PDF
  • Homework Solutions (Given 2/18/2010): PDF
Lecture 10 (2/23/2010) "Bound States II" (5.6-5.8)
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Lecture 11 (3/2/2010) "Matter in Motion" (5.8, 6.1-6.3)
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Lecture 12 (3/4/2010) "The Discovery of Spin" (Ch. 8.1-8.4)
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  • Homework Assignment (Due 3/18/2010): PDF
  • Homework Solutions (Given 3/23/2010): PDF
  • Guidelines for the In-class Presentation: PDF
Lecture 13 (3/16/2010) "Think Big: Statistical Mechanics I" (Ch. 9.1,9.3)
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Lecture 14 (3/18/2010) "Think Big: Statistical Mechanics II" (Ch. 9.3,9.5-9.7)
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  • Homework Assignment (Due 3/25/2010): PDF
  • Homework Solutions (Given 3/30/2010): PDF
Lecture 15 (3/23/2010) "Solid State Physics: Bonding, Bands, and Gaps" (Ch. 10.1, 10.4-10.5)
  • Lecture Notes: PDF
  • Supplementary Slides: No slides were needed for this lecture. See lecture notes for interactive demonstrations used during class.
Lecture 16 (3/25/2010) "Solid-State Physics: Conduction and Insulation" (Ch. 10.5-10.6)
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  • No homework this week - concentrate on preparing your in-class presentations.
Lecture 17 (3/30/2010) "Solid-State Physics: The Theory of Semiconductors" (Ch. 10.6-10.8)
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  • Homework Assignment (Due 4/8/2010): PDF
  • Homework Solutions (Given 4/13/2010): PDF
Lecture 18 (4/1/2010) "Solid-State Physics: Superconductivity" (Ch. 10.9)
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Lecture 19 (4/6/2010) "Nuclear Physics: Nucleons and Binding" (Ch. 11.1-11.2)
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Lecture 20 (4/8/2010) "Nuclear Physics: Models of the Nucleus and Radioactivity" (Ch. 11.3-11.6)
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  • Homework Assignment (Due 4/15/2010): PDF
  • Homework Solutions: PDF
Lecture 21 (4/13/2010) "Nuclear Physics: Fission and Fusion" (Ch. 11.7)
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Lecture 22 (4/15/2010) "Particles and Interactions: Forces, Antiparticles, and the Building Blocks of the Universe" (Ch. 12.1-12.4)
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  • No homework assignment this week - concentrate on in-class presentations.
Lecture 23 (4/25/2010) "Particles and Interactions: Antiparticles and Conservation Laws" (Ch. 12.5-12.6)
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  • Homework Assignment (Due 5/4/2010): PDF
  • Homework Solutions: PDF
Lecture 24 (4/27/2010) "Review of the Course" (Ch. 12.5-12.6)
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