Modern Physics, PHY251 and PHY252
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook University
Prof. Joanna Kiryluk, email: Joanna.Kiryluk (at) stonybrook.edu
Office: C-109, Department of Physics
PHY251 Recitation Sessions:
Prof. J. Kiryluk, email: Joanna.Kiryluk (at) stonybrook.edu
Prof. D. Tsybychev email: Dmitri.Tsybychev (at) stonybrook.edu
PHY251 Homework grader TA:
Yuqi Li, email: Yuqi.Li (at) stonybrook.edu
PHY252 Laboratory TAs:
Samuel Homiller, email: samuel.homiller (at) stonybrook.edu
Charles Shugert, email: charles.shugert (at) stonybrook.edu
Note: Labs and recitation sessions start in the FIRST week of classes
This course will provide a survey of 20th century theories in physics - including special relativity and quantum mechanics - and their impact on most areas of physics. It introduces the special theory of relativity, the concepts of quantum and wave-particle duality, Schroedinger's wave equation, and other fundamentals of quantum theory as they apply to nuclei, atoms, molecules, and solids.
The Laboratory component, PHY 252, must be taken concurrently, since the grade for PHY 251 and PHY 252 will be combined. PHY 251 has three hours of lectures and one hour of recitation per week. There are two hours of laboratory per week.
2. TEXT BOOKS (ALL REQUIRED)
- A.P. French, "Special Relativity (The M.I.T. Introductory Physics Series)".
- R. Eisberg and R. Resnick, "Quantum Physics of Atoms, Molecules, Solids, Nuclei, and Particles".
3. NOTES AND EXTRA MATERIAL
4. TIME AND PLACE
Midterm1: October 11 (Tuesday), PLACE (CHANGE!!!) recitation group R01 in Humanities 3018, recitation groups R02 and R03 in Light Engineering 152
- L. Lyons, "A Practical Guide to Data Analysis for Physical Science Students".
1st Lecture is on 08/30/2016 see schedule
1st Recitation Session: R01: 08/29/2016, R02 and R03: 08/31/2016
1st Lab (L01, L02, L03, L04) is on 08/29/2016
Note: Labs and recitation sessions start in the FIRST week of classes
- PHY251 LEC 01 TUTH 1:00pm-2:20pm place: P118
- PHY251 REC R01: MO 12:00-12:53PM PHYSICS PHY 113
- PHY251 REC R02: WED 12:00-12:53PM PHYSICS PHY 118
- PHY251 REC R03: WED 12:00-12:53PM PHYSICS PHY 118
- PHY252 LAB L01: MO 01:00-02:50PM PHYSICS A133
- PHY252 LAB L02: MO 03:30-05:20PM PHYSICS A133
- PHY252 LAB L03: MO 05:30-07:20pm PHYSICS A133
5. OFFICE HOURS
- PHY252 LAB L04: MO 07:30-09:20pm PHYSICS A133
- J. Kiryluk, WED 10.30am-11.30am and WED 1pm-2:15pm, room C109
TA Homework grader Yuqi Li, TUESDAY and THURSDAY: time CHANGED to 10am-11am , room A-131 (help room) ,
- Lab TA: Samuel Homiller, FRI 9.30am-11.30am, room A-131 (help room)
- Lab TA: Charles Shugert, THURSDAY 3.30pm-5.30pm, room A-131 (help room)
Every week, one week to turn it in. No credit for late homework.
Any (serious!) excuses (medical or otherwise) are to be documented and discussed with the instructor in a timely manner.
Homeworks must be turned in by the date and time on the assignment, typically during a lecture period. If you cannot make the
lecture, you can bring your assigment to the instructor's office before the due date/time.
Students are encouraged to work together, but the write up should be their own (copies will be disqualified).
Approx 10 min long, every 2 weeks, at the beginning of the recitation session. Do not be late!
There will be 2 midterms and 1 final exam (final exam covers the whole course material). Midterm exams will be given during the regular lecture hours.
9. LAB REPORTS
1 week to turn it in. No credit for late lab reports. 1 lab report with the lowest score will be dropped from the total lab score. All reports (with all sections completed) must be turned in (no exception!) Missing reports (one or more) will result in an F grade. Any (serious!) excuses (medical or otherwise) are to be documented and discussed with the instructor in a timely manner. Students must prepare their own reports. Copies will be disqualified.
PHY 252 (The Lab) is a separate course from PHY 251, but students earn a common grade in PHY 251 and PHY 252. PHY 252 is required and must taken concurrently with PHY 251.
Common PHY251 and PHY252 final grade: 20% midterm exams (10% each midterm), 30% final exam, 5% quizzes, 20% homework, 25% lab.
All scores are NORMALIZED.
You may find an example of how to calculate your weighted average (dummy record): here (pdf)
Grades (fixed absolute scale)
Weighted average: 90 % - 100 % grade A
Weighted average: 85 % - 90 % grade A-
Weighted average: 80 % - 85 % grade B+
Weighted average: 70 % - 80 % grade B
Weighted average: 65 % - 70 % grade B-
Weighted average: 60 % - 65% grade C+
Weighted average: 50 % - 60 % grade C
Weighted average: 45 % - 50 % grade C-
Weighted average: 40 % - 45 % grade D+
Weighted average: 35 % - 40 % grade D
Weighted average < 35% grade F
In order to pass the course you need at least grade C. Grade C- or lower means you will have to repeat the course. This is Physics Department / University rule, not J. Kiryluk's rule (please check with the undergrad office, if in doubt). Other majors may have different passing grade requirements (if in doubt, please check with your department!)
10. RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS
- Midterm1, Midterm2, Final - prof. Kiryluk
- Quizzes - prof. Kiryluk, prof. Tsybychev
- Homework: Yuqi Li
- Lab reports:
Samuel Homiller, Charles Shugert
11. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY ACT
- If the schedule of homeworks, exams or other assignments is in conflict with your religion's Holidays, please let me know in an email by the end of the first week of instructions and I will do my best to accommodate your needs. Please note that I cannot make changes in the course schedule after the first week of classes. No consideration will be made if someone approaches me in this matter at a time close to the due date or the exam date.
12. UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC INTEGRITY STATEMENT
If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact
Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will
determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is
13. CRITICAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT
Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing
another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any suspected instances of
academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary. Faculty in the Health Sciences Center (School of Health Technology &Management,
Nursing, SocialWelfare, DentalMedicine) and School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures.
For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please
refer to the academic judiciary website at: http://www.stonybrook.edu/uaa/academicjudiciary/
- Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required
to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety
of the learning environment, or inhibits students' ability to learn. Faculty in the HSC Schools and the School of Medicine
are required to follow their school-specific procedures.
Last Updated: 09/22/2016