Course Information

I am very pleased to be teaching Introduction to Modern Physics in Spring 2020. I foster an active learning environment, in which students take direct ownership of the learning process. You will be immersed in physics learning: outside the classroom in readings, videos, and problem-solving; inside the classroom by learning how to setup and solve problems and engagement in the principles and implications of physics through experience with physical phenomena and inquiry-based learning, both at the individual and the group level.

For examples of how I teach, especially see my course pages on PHYS 1303 (Introductory Mechanics) and PHYS 1308 (Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism), and Honors Physics.


  • Fondren Science 158, Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-1:50
  • Textbooks
    • Required: Harris, Randy. "Modern Physics" (second edition)
    • Optional: "Schaum's Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables" (or similar, available from
    • Optional: Gates, J., Blitzer, F., Sekula, S. "Reality in the Shadows (or) What the Heck's the Higgs?". YBK Publishers. 2017.

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Prof. Steve Sekula
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"Every Generation Must Learn" - Modern Physics Teaser Trailer

I love physics. When I do physics research, or when I teach physics, it's a lot of fun for me. This parody video will give you a tiny taste of the sense of fun I have about these activities, and about how exciting I feel is the transition from classical to modern physics. This was made for when I resumed teaching this course in Fall 2019.

Introduction to Modern Physics Opening Titles