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Physics III - Modern Physics

Instructor: Paulo Acioli

Spring 2009

Course Description
Introduction to the physics of the twentieth century, including applications to related fields such as biology, chemistry, earth science, and engineering. Fundamental concepts of special relativity, quantum mechanics, and statistical physics as applied to atomic, molecular, nuclear and solid state physics. Prereq.: PHYS-202 or PHYS-207. course description. 4.0 Credits.
Bernstein J., Fishbane P. M., and Gasiorowicz S. G., Modern Physics, Addison-Wesley , 2000.
Other Useful References:
MW at 7:05 - 8:45 PM, in SCI-S233.
Problem Sets
Problem sets will be assigned here. Problem Sets should be completed by the following week, and graded and returned within a few class meetings. You are expected to be able to work the problems without the aid of the solutions, and are welcome to seek my help. Homework counts towards 25 % of the final grade.
This course has two one-hour midterm exams and a two-hour final. The exams are largely based on material from lectures and problems similar to those found in the weekly assignments. Exam policies can be found here.
The final grade will be based on:
Two midterms (25% each) + Homework (25%) + Final (25%)

Any student who achieves a percentile score of above 90%, 80%, 70%, 60% is guaranteed to receive an A, B, C, or D respectively. These percentile scores may be adjusted downwards based on a class curve and other considerations.

Office Hours
Posted here and by appointment in room 217C SCI.
Academic Integrity
The NEIU policy on academic integrity can be found here.
In addition to regular attendance students are expected to work at least 6 hours a week reading the materials and solving the assigned problem sets. Students are strongly encouraged to seek the tutors, attend the instructor's office hours, and form study groups to maximize the outcomes of this class.
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