COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Department of Mathematics and Physics
§ I: PHYS 2211 Modern Physics Syllabus
Catalog Description
Prerequisite: PHYS 2205 Modern physics fundamentals. Twentieth century developments in the theory of
relativity and the quantum theory. Atomic, nuclear, solid-state, and elementary particle physics. 3 credits
Required Textbook
University Physics with Modern Physics, by H. D. Young and R. A. Freedman, Addison-Wesley, 14e, Chapters
21-36, ISBN 978-0321973610 (2015).
Course Objectives
This course is a one-semester, calculus based physics course for physics minors. It introduces basic concepts,
theory, and applications of modern physics, with the emphasis on relativistic and quantum physics. This
course:
1. Introduces basic physics concepts in the special theory of relativity and quantum mechanics;
2. Provides students with the fundamental understanding of the principles and laws of relativistic and
quantum physics;
3. Introduces elements of atomic, nuclear, solid-state, and particle physics;
4. Teaches problem solving techniques; and,
5. Demonstrates how observation, experiment, and theory work together to continue to expand the fron-
tiers of knowledge of the physical Universe.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students passing this course should be able to:
1. Explain the concepts, principles, and measurement in the theory of relativity, CC4.2.1;
2. Explain the concepts, principles, and measurement in the quantum theory, CC4.2.1;
3. Use the physics laws and advanced mathematical tools to determine the dynamics of physical bodies at
dierent scales, CC4.2.2;
4. Illustrate how classical physical systems can be described as a limit of relativistic and quantum physical
systems at small velocities and large distances, CC4.2.2; and,
5. Illustrate how observation, experiment, and theory work together to continue to expand the frontiers
of knowledge of the physical Universe.
Students will also achieve the following Core Learning Objectives:
6. the student will be able to evaluate the conduct and/or design of scientic inquiry; and
7. apply advanced methods/techniques in conducting scientic inquiry or assess the potential implications
of scientic inquiry.
Required Curriculum Content
Key topics covered include:
1. Relativity: invariance of physical laws, constancy of speed of light, relativity of simultaneity, the Lorentz
transformation, length contraction, time dilation, the Doppler eect, relativistic motion, relativistic mo-
mentum, relativistic energy, the Galileo transformation and Newtonian mechanics as non-relativistic
limits.
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2. Wave-particle duality: photoelectric eect, x-ray production, Compton scattering, uncertainty principle,
electron waves, nuclear atom and atomic spectra, energy levels and the Bohr model of the atom, lasers,
continuous spectra.
3. Quantum mechanics: wave function, the one-dimensional Schrödinger equation, particle in a one-
dimensional box, potential wells, potentials barriers and tunneling, the harmonic oscillator, the three-
dimensional Schrödinger equation, particle in a three-dimensional box, the hydrogen atom, the Zeeman
eect, electron spin.
4. Atomic, molecular, and condensed-matter physics: many-electron atoms and the exclusion principle, x-
ray spectra, types of molecular bonds, molecular spectra, structure of solids, energy bands, free-electron
model of metals, semiconductors, superconductivity.
5. Nuclear physics: properties of nuclei, nuclear binding and nuclear structure, nuclear stability and ra-
dioactivity, half-lives, nuclear reactions, nuclear ssion, nuclear fusion.
6. Particle physics: particle accelerators and detectors, particles and interactions, quarks, the standard
model, elements of cosmology.
All sections of PHYS 2211 Modern Physics will cover, as a minimum, the material from University Physics with
Modern Physics, by H. D. Young and R. A. Freedman, Addison-Wesley, 14e, Chapters 21-36, ISBN 978-0321973610
(2015), as listed:
Chapter Textbook Topic
VI MODERN PHYSICS
37 Relativity
38 Photons: Light Waves Behaving as Particles
39 Particles Behaving as Waves
40 Quantum Mechanics I: Wave Functions
41 Quantum Mechanics II: Atomic Structure
42 Molecules and Condensed Matter
43 Nuclear Physics
44 Particle Physics and Cosmology
Common Department Requirements for PHYS 2211
While students in each section of PHYS 2211 are assessed by the course instructor, there are general guide-
lines that apply to all sections of PHYS 2211. These include:
The Department requires that at least 60% of the course grade be based on in-class exams, i.e., home-
work and out-of-class projects must constitute no more than 40% of the nal grade.
Electronic devices are not allowed on any exams, except calculators provided by the Department.
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Department, College and University Expectations and Policies
It is important that students familiarize themselves with a range of policies and guidelines that have been es-
tablished by the Department of Mathematics and Physics, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University
of New Haven. These are an integral part of the syllabus for this course.
Adding/Dropping a Class
The nal day to drop this course without it appearing on your transcript is discussed on the
Academic Schedules and Registration web page. After the rst week of class, self-service registration will
not be enabled for students to directly add or drop classes. Students should contact the Registrars oce
directly or the Academic Success Center for assistance with adding and dropping courses during this time.
Attendance Regulations
University attendance policy guidelines require that:
Students are expected to attend regularly and promptly all their classes, appointments, and exercises. While the
university recognizes that some absences may occasionally be necessary, these should be held to a minimum.
A maximum of two weeks of absences will be permitted for illness and emergencies. The instructor has the
right to dismiss from class any student who has been absent more than the maximum allowed. A dismissed
student will receive a withdrawal (W) from the course if they are still eligible for a withdrawal per the university
Withdrawal from a Course policy, or a failure (F), if not. A student who is not ocially registered in the course
is not permitted to attend classes or take part in any other course activities. Students absent from any class
meeting are responsible for making up missed assignments and examinations at the discretion of the instructor.
Students are to adhere to the policy attendance policy guidelines outlined in the University Catalog under the
heading, Attendance Regulations, found online in the Undergradaduate Catalog or alternatively found in the
Student Handbook on pp.4849.
Religious Observance Policy for Students
The University of New Haven respects the right of its students to observe religious holidays that may neces-
sitate their absence from class or from other required university-sponsored activities. Students who wish
to observe such holidays should not be penalized for their absence, although in academic courses they are
responsible for making up missed work. The College provides that,
Instructors should try to avoid scheduling exams or quizzes on religious holidays, but where such conicts occur
should provide reasonable accommodations for missed assignment deadlines or exams. If a class, an assign-
ment due date, or exam interferes with the observance of such a religious holiday, it is the students responsibil-
ity to notify their instructor, preferably at the beginning of the term, but otherwise at least two weeks before the
holiday.
More information about religious observance policies can be found in the Student Handbook on pp.4849
under the heading, Attendance Policies: Religious Observance Policy for Students.
Withdrawal from a Course
Students wishing to withdraw must submit a request for an ocial course withdrawal in writing using the on-
line Course Withdrawal Form, or alternatively complete and hand in the pdf based Course Withdrawal Form.
The nal date to request a withdrawal is listed in the Academic Calendar. This request must be submitted to
the Registrars Oce and signed by the International Oce if you are an international student. The grade of
W will be recorded, but the course will not aect the GPA.
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Incomplete Grade Policy
A grade of Incomplete (INC) is given only in special circumstances and indicates that the student has been
given permission by the instructor to complete required course work (with the same instructor) after the end
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Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to assure that the required paperwork and documentation is completed by the deadline.
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of the term. In the absence of the instructor a student should contact the Department Chair. Students need
to examine carefully the changed guidelines pertaining to INC grades, specically:
To remove the INC grade, the student must complete all required course work in timely fashion as stipulated by
the instructor but no later than the end of the following term. Fall and intersession course incomplete grades
must be completed no later than the last day of the spring term. Spring and summer course incomplete grades
must be completed no later than the last day of the fall term.
If the course work is not submitted within the allotted time, the INC grade will be changed to an F shortly after
the deadline by the Oce of the University Registrar. Students will be notied via campus email at least two
weeks prior to the change of grade process.
The University policy on incomplete grades is discussed in the Academic Catalog under the heading, Incom-
plete (INC) Grade Policy.
Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures
The University of New Haven expects its students to maintain the highest standards of academic conduct.
Academic dishonesty is not tolerated at the University. To know what it is expected, students are responsible
for reading and understanding the statement regarding academic honesty in the Student Handbook. Specif-
ically, students are required to adhere to the Academic Integrity Policies specied in the Student Handbook,
i.e., on pp.6673.
Please ask your instructor about their expectations regarding permissible or encouraged forms of student
collaboration if there is any confusion about this topic. The Department of Mathematics and Physics fully
adheres to the Academic Integrity Policy:
Academic integrity is a core university value that ensures respect for the academic reputation of the University,
its students, faculty and sta, and the degrees it confers. The University expects that students will conduct
themselves in an honest and ethical manner and respect the intellectual work of others. Please be familiar with
the Universitys policy on Academic Integrity. Please ask about expectations regarding permissible or encouraged
forms of student collaboration if they are unclear.
Coursework Expectations
This course will require signicant in-class and out-of-class commitment from each student. The University
estimates that a student should expect to spend two hours outside of class for each hour they are in a
class. For example, a three credit course would average six [6] hours of additional work outside of class.
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Coursework expectations are detailed in the Academic Catalog under the heading, Course Work Expectations.
Please note, that PHYS 2211 is a 3-credit course, and as such requires a total of 9 hours per week invested
in study and homework for the average student.
Commitment to Positive Learning Environment
The University adheres to the philosophy that all community members should enjoy an environment free of
any form of harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, or intimate partner violence. If you have been
the victim of sexual misconduct we encourage you to report this. If you report this to a faculty/sta member,
they must notify our colleges Title IX coordinator about the basic facts of the incident (you may choose to
request condentiality from the University). If you encounter sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual
assault, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, or disability please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Caroline Koziatek at (203)-932-7479 or
CKoziatek@newhaven.edu. Further online information about is available at Title IX.
Reporting Bias Incidents
At the University of New Haven, there is an expectation that all community members are committed to cre-
ating and supporting a climate which promotes civility, mutual respect, and open-mindedness. There also
exists an understanding that with the freedom of expression comes the responsibility to support community
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Please note that study guidelines are important, i.e., there is substantial evidence that shows that the pass rates for students in math courses decrease
dramatically as the time spent on outside study falls below 2 hours of homework per credit per week.
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members right to live and work in an environment free from harassment and fear. It is expected that all mem-
bers of the University community will engage in anti-bias behavior and refrain from actions that intimidate,
humiliate, or demean persons or groups or that undermine their security or self-esteem.
If you have witnessed or are the target of a bias-motivated incident, please contact the Oce of the Dean
of Students at 203-932-7432 or Campus Police at 203-932-7014. Further information about this and other
reporting options may be found at Report It.
University Support Services
The University recognizes students often can use some help outside of class and oers academic assistance
through several oces. In addition to discussing any academic issues you may have with your instructor,
advisor, or with the the courses or department coordinator or chair, the University provides these additional
resources for students:
The Center for Academic Success and Advising (CASA)
The Academic Success Center is located in Maxcy 208 for help with your academic studies, or call 203-932-
7234 to set up an appointment.
University Writing Center
The mission of the Writing Center (an expansion of the Writer to Writer peer-tutoring program) is to provide
high-quality tutoring to undergraduate and graduate students as they write for a wide range of purposes and
audiences. Tutors are undergraduate and graduate students and they work with students at any stage in the
writing process; Bring in your assignment, your ideas, and any writing done so far. To make an appointment,
register for an account at https://newhaven.mywconline.com.
The Math Zone
Please contact the Math Zone if you wish to challenge your Math Placement by taking a Math Challenge Exam
or by taking a Math Post Placement Exam. These are discussed more extensively at http://math.newhaven.
edu/mathphysics/placement_html. The Math Zone also provides a range of tutoring and classroom support
service for students taking development math classes.
The Center for Learning Resources (CLR)
The Center for Learning Resources located in Peterson Library, provides academic content support to the
students of the University of New Haven using metacognitive strategies that help students become aware
of and learn to apply optimal learning processes in the pursuit of creating independent learners CLR tutors
focus sessions on discussions of concepts and processes and typically use external examples to help students
grasp and apply the material.
Accessibility Resources Center
Students with disabilities are encouraged to share, in condence, information about needed specic course
accommodations. The Accessibility Resources Center (ARC) provides comprehensive services and sup-
port that serve to promote educational equity and ensure that students are able to participate in the oppor-
tunities available at the University of New Haven. Accommodations cannot be made without written docu-
mentation from the ARC. The ARC is located on the ground oor in the rear of Sheeld Hall. Sheeld Hall
is located in the Residential Quad area, and can be contacted at 203-932-7332. The ADA/Section 504 Com-
pliance Ocer is Rebecca Johnson, RJohnson@newhaven.edu, and can be reached by phone at 203-932-7238.
Information on the ARC can be found at
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Counseling and Psychological Services
The Counseling Center oers a variety of services aimed at helping students resolve personal diculties and
acquire the balance, skills, and knowledge that will enable them to take full advantage of their experience at
the University of New Haven. Information about the, Counseling and Psychological Services, is available
online.
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