Instructor:  Jed Brody (N308, 7-5580,

Text:  Tipler and Llewellyn, Modern Physics, 4th edition


This course introduces two of the most astonishing fields of physics:  special relativity and quantum mechanics.  We will develop advanced skills in analytical problem solving and laboratory experimentation; for example, we will measure the speed of laser light, and we will measure the charge of an electron.  By the end of the course, we will understand how quantum mechanics arose from controversy to become the foundation of the periodic table, biochemistry, and modern electronics.


The topics are challenging and often mind-boggling.  Questions are welcome and strongly encouraged!  Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.  (I usually don't check my email during the weekend.  If a physics question is weighing on you and spoiling your weekend, you may try me at home:  404-636-8983.)


I teach the experimental labs.  Ken Desmond, a graduate student, teaches the Matlab labs.  


Special Relativity (Chapters 1 and 2)


            September 4:  Problem Set 1 due

            September 11:  Problem Set 2 due

            September 18:  Problem Set 3 due       

            September 20:  TEST 1


Historical Development of Quantum Theory (Chapters 3, 4, and 8)


            October 4:  Problem Set 4 due

            October 18:  Problem Set 5 due

            October 23:  TEST 2


Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (Chapters 5 and 6)


            October 30:  Problem Set 6 due

            November 6:  Problem Set 7 due

            November 13:  Problem Set 8 due

            November 20:  TEST 3


Applications of Quantum Mechanics (Chapter 7)


            December 4:  Problem Set 9 due

            December 11:  Problem Set 10 due


December 19:  FINAL EXAM (Chapters 3-8)


Course grades will be computed as follows:

15% Test 1, 15% Test 2, 15% Test 3, 15% Problem Sets, 20% Lab, 20% Final Exam


Late policy:  I'd prefer not to need a late policy, but I've found that some assignments are inevitably turned in late.  Accordingly, it makes sense to have a consistent policy applied to all students.