## Physics 250, Modern Physics## Summer 2012 |

Modern Physics focuses on the exciting developments in
physics during the 20^{th} 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 student’s 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.

- Instructor:
- Marianne Breinig (Physics)

Office: 202 Nielsen Physics Bldg.

Phone: (865) 974-7842

Email: mbreinig@utk.edu

- Marianne Breinig (Physics)
- Co-instructor:
- James Hitchcock

Email: jhitchc3@utk.edu

- James Hitchcock
- Texts:
- Web-based, interactive class modules
- Taylor/Zafiratos/Dubson, Modern Physics, 2nd edition

ISBN 0-13-805715-X

- 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.

Class schedule

- 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
- Homework:
- 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
**on time**.

Assignment schedule

- 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
- Laboratories:
- Students will complete 10 in-class laboratory exercises. Lab reports
must be handed in
**on time**.

- Students will complete 10 in-class laboratory exercises. Lab reports
must be handed in
- Exams:
- There will be two in-class exams.

Exam schedule

- There will be two in-class exams.
- 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 schedule

- Grades:
- 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
80 points.
Extra credit points are added to the total score from tests, homework
assignments, in-class activities and laboratories.
360 and above 90% and above A 348-359 87% - 89% A- 332-347 83% - 86% B+ 320-331 80% - 82% B 308-319 77% - 79% B- 292-307 73% - 76% C+ 280-291 70% - 72% C 268-279 67% - 69% C- 252-267 63% - 66% D+ 240-251 60% - 62% D 228-239 57% - 59% D-

- 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
80 points.
Extra credit points are added to the total score from tests, homework
assignments, in-class activities and laboratories.