Physics 262 Syllabus

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Please read the assigned sections of the book before each lecture

* Jan. 16 M Martin Luther King Day
1 Jan. 24 Tu Ch. 17:17.1-17.4
2 Jan. 26 Th Ch. 17:17.5-17.7
* Jan. 30 Tu (EOB) Last day to add
3 Jan. 31 Tu Ch. 18:18.1-18.4
4 Feb. 2 Th Ch. 18:18.5-18.6 and Ch. 19:19.1
5 Feb. 7 Tu Ch. 19:19.2-19.5
6 Feb. 9 Th Ch. 19:19.6-19.8 and Ch. 20:20.1
7 Feb. 14 Tu Ch. 20:20.2-20.5
8 Feb. 16 Th Ch. 20:20.6-20.8
9 Feb. 21 Tu Ch. 33:33.1-33.2
10 Feb. 23 Th Exam #1 (Ch.17 - Ch. 20)
* Feb. 24 Fr (EOB) Final Drop Deadline
11 Feb. 28 Tu Ch. 33:33.3-33.5
12 Mar. 2 Th Ch. 33:33.5-33.7 and Ch. 34:34.1-34.2
* Mar. 6 M Midterm reporting available
13 Mar. 7 Tu Ch. 34:34.2-34.3
14 Mar. 9 Th Ch. 34:34.4-34.8 (Optical Instruments will only be covered briefly in lecture.)
* Mar. 13 - 19 Spring Break
15 Mar. 21 Tu Ch. 35:35.1-35.2
16 Mar. 23Th Ch. 35:35.3-36.5
17 Mar. 28 Tu Ch. 36:36.1-36.4
18 Mar. 30 Th Ch. 36:36.5-36.8
19 Apr. 4 Tu Ch. 37:37.1-37.2
20 Apr. 6 Th Exam #2 (Ch. 33 - Ch.36)
* Note A very good book on the physics of spacetime by Brian Green, a physics professor from Columbia University is The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality (Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 2005). This is a very enjoyable supplemental reading taking you beyond what we are covering in class.
21 Apr. 11 Tu
Ch. 37:37.3-37.4
22 Apr. 13 Th Ch. 37:37.5-37.7
23 Apr. 18 Tu Ch. 37:37.7-37.9 and Ch. 38:38.1
24 Apr. 20Th Ch. 38:38.2-38.5
25 Apr. 25 Tu Ch. 38:38.5-38.8
* Note A very readable book on the frontier of modern physics by one of our GMU physics faculty is available: Robert Oerter, The Theory of Almost Everything: The Standard Model, the Unsung Triumph of Modern Physics (Pi Press, 2005). This is a good supplemental reading if you want to learn more about quarks, QED, Feynman diagrams, and strings.
* Note For the remaining three classes, we will go through Chapters 40-41 with less details. It is meant to be an overview on some special topics in modern physics.
26 Apr. 27 Th Ch. 38:38.5-38.9 and Ch. 39:39.1
27 May 2 Tu Ch. 39:39.2-39.5 and Ch. 41:40.1
28 May 4 Th Ch. 40:40.2-40.5 and Ch. 41:41.1- 41.5
29 May 9 Tu Review day
30 May 11 Th Final Exam (7:30am - 10:15am)
Please note that the final exam is not at our regular class time.