Modern Physics

Fall 2005

**Instructor: **Professor Yongsheng Gao

Office: Room 36, Fondren Science Building

Telephone: 214-768-2819

Email: gao@mail.physics.smu.edu

**NOTICE: First lecture starts on August 18, 2005.**

**Office Hours:** Tuesday 2:00pm -- 4:00pm, or by appointment..

**Textbook: ***"Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers" Vol. 2
*by Thornton & Rex.

**Calculator: **A scientific calculator is a must. Necessary functions
are sin, cos, tan, exp, log, and roots, as well as the inverse operations.
(Note, you need not spend more than about $15 for this.).
**Bring your calculator to every class, especially when there is a
scheduled quiz/test/exam!**

**Homework: ** **Collected at the beginning of class, on the due date.
NO late homework will be accepted.**

**Quizzes: **There will be a 10 minute quiz **at the beginning of
class each THURSDAY**
(except when there is an exam scheduled). There are 9 quizzes. The lowest
2 grades will be dropped. **(Note, this includes all missed quizzes, doctors
appointments, and other emergencies.)** **No make up quiz** will be given
after the class quiz.

**Format of Quiz, Test and Final Exam: CLOSED BOOK. **
You are allowed to take ** ONE FORMULA SHEET (8.5"x11")**
with all the relevant formulas, constants and any other information you may
find useful. **Make sure ALL the relevant formulas and constants are on your
sheet (yes, you can write on both sides of your formula sheet).**
Calculator, Formula Sheet and pencil are all you need during quiz, test
and final exam.

**Grading: **The final course grade will be determined as follows.
Homework: 20%; Quizzes: 20%; Mid-term Tests: 20%;
Special-Topic Presentation: 10%; Final Exam (accumulative) 30%.

**Disability Accommodations: ** Students needing academic
accommodations for a disability must first contact Ms. Rebecca Marin,
Coordinator, Services for Students with Disabilities (214-768-4557) to
verify the disability and establish eligibility for accommodations.
They should then schedule an appointment with the professor to make
appropriate arrangements. (See University Policy No. 2.4.)

**Religious Observance: ** Religiously observant students wishing
to be absent on holidays that require missing class should notify their
professors in writing at the beginning of the semester, and should discuss
with them, in advance, acceptable ways of making up any work missed
because of the absence. (See University Policy No. 1.9.)

** Excused Absences for University Extracurricular Activities: **
tudents participating in an officially sanctioned, scheduled University
extracurricular activity should be given the opportunity to make up class
assignments or other graded assignments missed as a result of their
participation. It is the responsibility of the student to make
arrangements with the instructor prior to any missed scheduled examination
or other missed assignment for making up the work. (University Undergraduate
Catalogue)