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PHYS 3213 - Principles of Physics III - Modern Physics
Course Syllabus - FALL 2018


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Course Description:

Number and Title:

PHYS 3213 (CRN 80261)
Principles of Physics III - Modern Physics

Credit Hours:

3.0 semester credit hours

Catalog Description:

A survey of the twentieth century physics. Topics include Special theory of Relativity, Planck’s theory of radiation, particle/wave duality, Schroedinger equation solutions for simple potentials, and properties of one-electron atom. Applications of quantum principles to multi-electron atoms, molecular, and nuclear structures are also discussed as time permits.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

 Prerequisites: PHYS 2212, Principles of Physics II

 Co-requisite:MATH 3303, Differential Equations

Notebook Computer Requirement:

Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student's academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access.  For further information on CSU's Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to http://www.clayton.edu/hub/Services/Student-Services/ITP-Choice/Notebook-Computer-Policy.

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

 Able to use the Windowsoperating system.

 Able to use the Microsoft Word word processing program.

 Able to send and receive e-mail using the Outlook or Outlook Express program

 Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email.

 Able to use a Web browser.

In-class Use of Student Notebook Computers:

Student notebook computers will not be used in the classroom in this course. Computers will be required to access course materials and to communicate with your instructor.

Course Objectives:

 To learn the basic laws of Relativity, Atomic and Nuclear Physics.

 To further develop the ability to solve problems through logical thought and organized reason.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Major in Chemistry outcomes

PHYS 3213 supports outcomes 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the chemistry major:

4.      apply knowledge of physics and mathematics to solve chemical problems.

5.      communicate scientific information in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing.

6.      collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solve problems in chemistry and supporting fields.

7.      collaborate effectively on team-oriented projects.      

Physics Minor outcomes

PHYS 3213 supports outcomes 1 through 6 of the physics minor:

A student who earns a minor in Physics will have:

1. knowledge of the basic principles of major fields of physics.

2. mastery of a broad range of basic lab skills applicable to physics.

3. oral and written communication skills.

4. the ability to collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solveproblems in physics and supporting fields.

5. the ability to function effectively on team-oriented projects.

6. an appreciation for the impact of physics on society.


Fall Semester 2018

Instructor Information:


Dr. Tatiana Krivosheev
phone: (678) 466-4783
fax: (678) 466-4899
internet: http://www.clayton.edu/faculty/tkrivosh

Office: Lakeview Discovery and Science Building, Room 235K

Office Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 

Monday and Wednesday 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Thursday 10:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m. 

Other times by appointment.

Class Meetings:


Lakeview Discovery and Science Building, Room 255

Class Times:

12:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Monday and Wednesday

Textbook Information:


John R.Taylor, Chris D. Zafiratos, Michael A. Dubson, Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 2ndedition,Addison-Wesley, 2004

Text Coverage: Chapters 1-11, 16-18


University Physics with Modern Physics(14th Edition)by Hugh D. Young,Roger A. Freedman,Lewis Ford; Addison-Wesley (2015).

Text Coverage: Chapters 37-44


In-class examinations: 3-75 minute exams @ 100 points


In-class quizzes*: 10 quizzes @ 15 points


Computational project if given instead of one of the exams




Final examination**:




*Quizzes covering fundamentals of study assignments will be administered. Quizzes will be announced in advance. More than ten quizzes may be given; the highest ten quiz scores will count towards the course grade.

**The final examination will be comprehensive.



90 - 100%


80 - 89%


70 - 79%


60 - 69%


below 60%

Mid-term Progress Report

The midpoint grade in this course which will be issued on October 1, reflects approximately 30% of the entire course grade.  Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W."  Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the Office of the Registrar, by midpoint, which occurs on October 5, 2018. Instructions for withdrawing are provided at this link.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, October 5, 2018.

Course Schedule:





Aug 13

Review of Classical Physics


Aug 15

Classical Relativity and the Speed of Light


Aug 20

Michelson Morley Experiment

The Postulates of Relativity


Aug 22

Time Dilation


Aug 27

Length Contraction

Relativity Problem Solving


Aug 29

The Lorentz Transformations

Velocity Addition

Sep 3

No class – Labor Day


Sep 5

Relativistic Momentum and Energy


Sep 10


Planck and Blackbody Radiation


Sep 12

The Photoelectric Effect


Sep 17

X-rays and Bragg Diffraction


Sep 19

                 Exam I Review


Sep 24

Exam I


Sep 26

The Compton Effect and Particle-Wave Duality


Oct 1

Atomic Spectra and Balmer-Rydberg Formula


Oct 3

The Bohr Model of a Hydrogen Atom

Oct 5

Last Day to Withdraw Without Academic Accountability

Oct 6 – Oct 9

Fall Break


Oct 10

Properties of the Bohr Atom


Oct 15

Hydrogen-Like Ions

X-Ray Spectra


Oct 17

Problem Review Session


Oct 22

De Broglie’s Hypothesis

Quantum Wave Function I


Oct 24

Schrodinger Equation in One Dimension


Oct 29

Exam II


Oct 31

The Three-Dimensional Schrodinger Equation


Nov 5

Nuclear Properties


Nov 7



Nov 12

Exponential Decay Law


Nov 14

Nuclear Reactions


Nov 19

Nuclear Fission

Nov 21- 24

Thanksgiving Holiday


Nov 26

Problem Review


Nov 28

Exam III


Dec 3

Course Summary and Review

Dec 11 (Fri) 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Final Exam

Course Policies:

General Policy

Students must abide by policies in the Clayton State University Student Handbook, and the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities.  The Student Handbook is part of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

University Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students      through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to    remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy

Attendance is expected for all class periods.  Attendance is required for quiz and examination periods.  Any absence must be accompanied by a written excuse from a doctor or other competent    authority. 

Missed Work

Without excuse, a grade of zero points will be assigned for the missed work.  If a valid excuse is provided:

§  Make-up quizzes will be given only if they are taken before quiz solutions are posted.  If the make-up quiz cannot be taken before the solutions are posted, the missed quiz will be counted as one of approximately two quizzes which can be dropped (approximately twelve quizzes will be given in the course.  The highest ten quiz scores will be used to calculate the course grade).

§  Make-up examinations will be given only if they are taken before graded examinations are returned to students (next class period).  In the event that a make-up examination cannot be taken before exams are returned to students, the missed examination will not count in calculating the course grade.  This means that other graded work will be responsible for a greater weight in determining the course final grade.

§  The final examination must be taken. Students missing the final examination should contact their instructor concerning the applicability of an Incomplete grade.

Academic Dishonesty
Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved.    All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Office of Community Standards.  Judicial procedures are described in the section of the Academic Catalog and Student Handbook titled, Procedures for Adjudicating Alleged Academic Conduct Infractions.

Disruption of the Learning Environment

Behavior which disrupts the teaching–learning process during class activities will not be tolerated.  While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior.  A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class.  A student who is dismissed is entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal.  If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF. 

More detailed descriptions of examples of disruptive behavior are provided in the Code of Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures sections of the Clayton State University Academic Catalog and Student Handbook.

 Weapons on Campus

Clayton State University is committed to providing a safe environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Information on laws and policies regulating weapons on campus are available at 


Other Policies

Late materials will not be accepted after the final course meeting (Dec 3, 2018).

The use of simple calculators is allowed for all quizzes and examinations.

All examinations are closed book.

No student-produced "memory sheets" or note cards are allowed.

An instructor-produced reference data pamphlet will be provided for all quizzes and examinations.

No smoking, eating or drinking is permitted at any time in the classroom. 

Important dates:


 Announced in advance.

In-class exams:

 Exam 1: Monday, September 24, 2018

 Exam 2: Monday, October 29, 2018

 Exam 3: Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Final exam:

Dec 10 (Monday) 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Last day to drop without academic accountability:

 Friday, October 5, 2018

Copyright © 2018 Tatiana Krivosheev

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