## PHYSICS 200

## Relativity and Quanta

# Tentative Outline for Winter 1996:

WEEK DATE READING TOPIC(S)
1. 4 Sept. * Introduction to 20th Century Physics

2. 11 Sept. Ch. 1* Special Relativity -- simultaneity, time dilation,

length contraction, Lorentz transformations

3. 18 Sept. Ch. 1* Special Relativity -- proper time and length,

velocity transformations, invariants, spacetime

4. 25 Sept. Ch. 1* Relativistic Kinematics -- momentum, kinetic energy,

rest mass, total energy, collisions, mass conversion

5. 2 Oct. Ch. 1* General Relativity -- equivalence principle

4 Oct. (approx.) --- First Midterm Examination

6. 9 Oct. Ch. 2 Quantum Phenomena -- atomic spectra and the electron,

blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, X-rays,

(Mon 14 Oct = Holiday) Compton effect, pair production

7. 16 Oct. Ch. 3,4 Simple Models -- Rutherford's nucleus, Bohr's atom,

de Broglie's "matter waves"

8. 23 Oct. Ch. 4,5 Waves vs. Particles -- probability amplitude, interference,

wave packets, dispersion, Heisenberg's uncertainty,

non-local behaviour

9. 30 Oct. Ch. 5,6 Schroedinger's Equations -- operators and expectation values,

localized and unlocalized free states, square wells,

simple harmonic oscillator, tunneling

6 Nov. (approx.) --- Second Midterm Examination

10. 6 Nov. Ch. 7,8 Atomic Physics -- wave functions, orbital and intrinsic

(Mon 11 Nov = Holiday) angular momentum, Pauli exclusion principle, symmetry

11. 13 Nov. Ch. 8,9 Spin & Statistics -- Maxwell distributions, Fermi-Dirac statistics

and metals, Bose-Einstein statistics and superconductivity

12. 20 Nov. Ch. 10-15 Selected Advanced Topics

13. 27 Nov. Catch-up and Review

(Fri 29 Nov = Last Day of Classes)
Review

mid-Dec. --- Final Examination

*Textbook reading supplemented by *Hypertext Handouts*
and reading from the Bibliography.
**Note: ** Homework material is covered in lectures before or during
the week of the assignment.