http://www.fiu.edu/~baraue/teaching/modernI.html

This is the first semester of a two semester sequence for physics majors. Students will be introduced to the topics that make physics truly interesting: relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, nuclear and particle physics and many others. You are expected to have already mastered calculus-based introductory physics and have a good working knowledge of calculus I and II. As this is a course for majors, you should expect it to be rigorous.

Your best bet for doing well in this course is to attend all of
the
lectures
and do all of the assigned homework. Reading the text will provide
a
different
perspective on the topics covered in the lectures. Don't expect to
do
well by
putting off the homework and cramming for tests. You must
stay on
top
of
the subject. ** Don't get behind**--if you are
having
trouble with the
material get help immediately. The material builds on itself and
getting
behind early will make it very difficult to catch up.

**Textbook**

"Modern Physics" 3rd ed.
by Serway, Moses, and Moyer.

The order the material is covered and the extent to which we
cover
all topics in the book will be determined as we go along.

I also strongly recommend that you get a book with a table of
integrals
and other math formulas. I use the Schaum's Outline: "Mathematical
Handbook
of Formulas and Tables". It is relatively cheap and I have been
using
the same copy since I was an undergraduate. I use it
frequently.
There is also an online version. Just go to
the library's on-line
catalog, enter the title, and follow the links.

**Instructor **

Brian A. Raue
Office: CP 217

Office Hours: MW 10-12:00, TTh 2-4:00

Phone: 305-348-3958

E-mail: *baraue@fiu.edu*

**Lectures**

Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-10:45 in CP 101

**Exams (Schedule subject to change)**

There will be two midterm exams and the final exam but the final
is not
cumulative. Each exam is worth 28% of your final grade. **
There are no makeup exams **unless there was an
extreme emergency or if you have contracted me prior to the test
with a
legitimate reason for missing it. All make ups will be
done
at the end of the semester provided you are passing the rest of
the
course with a C or better.

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--Final Exam: Tuesday December 10 9:45-11:45, chapters 5,6, & 7

**HOMEWORK
POLICY. READ CAREFULLY.
Homework**

Every week there will be a homework assignment to be turned in and graded. Homework will count as 16% of your grade. However, if you fail to achieve at least 50% on the homework portion of the grade, the highest grade you can obtain in this class is a C-. Problems will be taken from your textbook, other books or will be made up by myself. Problems involving numerical answers will be turned in online using the CAPA system (see the homework page for details). Each part will be assigned a value of about 1-3 points. Problems requiring proofs will be turned in on paper to me. From these, I will randomly choose one or two problems each week for a thorough check. They will be worth 3-5 points. You will then receive 1 point for what I deem a good-faith effort at solving the other hand-in problems. Solutions to assigned problems will be posted on the web after the due date. I encourage you to work with your classmates on the homework but make sure that you understand it and aren't just copying it. This will be revealed on the exams. I know that it is easy to find the solutions out there on the web. However, simply copying down somebody else's solutions will not help you when it comes to preparing for the exams.

Follow this link http://www.fiu.edu/~baraue/teaching/modernIHW.html to the online homework page. This page will also have a tentative schedule for topics to be covered. Do your homework on time.

A letter grade will be assigned only at the end of the semester but I will attempt to give you an idea approximately where you are throughout the semester. The grading system is based on the following scale although I reserve the right to "curve" as I see fit:

A: 89-100% | A-: 86-88% | |

B+: 83-85% | B: 75-82% | B-:72-74% |

C+: 69-71% | C: 58-68% | C- grades are generally not given |

D+: 55-57% |
D: 44-54% |
D- grades are rarely given |

The relative weighting is as follows:

exams: 28% each

homework: 16%

**Cheating**

Cheating is considered a very serious offense
and
offenders will be dealt
with very harshly. The *minimum *penalty for cheating on
an
exam will be a zero on the exam with the possibility of
automatic
failure for
the course or a recommendation of expulsion from the university.
All
students
should be familiar with the
FIU
Student Code of Standards.