Physics 3305:

Modern Physics

Spring 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 January 13, 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 10 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)