Physics 250, Modern Physics
Modern Physics focuses on the exciting developments in
physics during the 20th century. It is a map of the reality of
the world around us on the microscopic scale. In this course students explore
the world of atoms, nuclei, and elementary particles.
The course uses a textbook and interactive,
web-based class modules. Lectures, demonstrations, experiments and
computer simulation are part of the course. Attendance is required.
The course carries 4 semester hours of credit. Scores on homework assignments,
lab reports, exams, extra credit assignments and in-class activities determine a studentís final
grade. Students having a mathematical background in high-school
algebra and trigonometry and having taken a high-school physics or physical
science course can successfully complete the course. Emphasis is placed on conceptual
understanding. Topics covered include the behavior of light, the essential
features of quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular structure, the conduction of
electricity in solids, nuclear physics, and elementary particle physics.
- Marianne Breinig (Physics)
Office: 202 Nielsen Physics Bldg.
Phone: (865) 974-7842
- Web-based, interactive class modules
- Taylor/Zafiratos/Dubson, Modern Physics, 2nd edition
- Class Structure:
- Students meet Monday through Friday 1:30 - 4:30 pm in the Nielsen
Physics Building, room 207.
Students will listen to lectures, engage in discussions, help with
lecture demonstrations, complete laboratories, work with computer
simulations and solve problems with and without computers.
Students should read through each of the web-based class module before
the associated class period. They
should explore the links in bold
text that are embedded in the web material.
- Students must complete 18 homework assignments. Homework
assignments are based on the material covered in class. They are
available on Blackboard. Students must hand in the assignments
- Students will complete 10 in-class laboratory exercises. Lab reports
must be handed in on time.
- Extra credit:
- There are 5 extra credit assignments. Each extra
credit assignment is worth up to 5 points. Extra credit assignments
must be handed in on time in class or via e-mail.
- Extra credit assignment
- Each exam is worth a maximum of 100 points. The homework assignments are worth a maximum
of 100 points and the in-class activities a maximum of 20 points. The lab reports are worth a maximum of
Extra credit points are added to the total score from tests, homework
assignments, in-class activities and laboratories.
|360 and above
||90% and above
||87% - 89%
||83% - 86%
||80% - 82%
||77% - 79%
||73% - 76%
||70% - 72%
||60% - 62%