Modern Physics

Oberlin College Physics 212

Fall 2016

This World Wide Web page written by Dan Styer, Oberlin College Department of Physics and Astronomy;;
last updated 29 November 2016.

Technical note: To access the links marked (PDF) you must first download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader or Open Standard software.


Course syllabus

Problem assignments

Hints for doing well in the course

We recommend that you first do the readings, then attend the lectures, and then work on the problem assignments. More tips can be found in Study Tips for Introductory Physics Students. We cannot emphasize too strongly that we expect you to do the reading.

Information about physics problems is available through:

Links and Handouts

Space and Time in Special Relativity (PDF)

Relativistic Limits on Rigidity and Strength (PDF)

Notes on Relativistic Dynamics (PDF)

What does it mean to "Measure time in meters (PDF)" or to "Set the speed of light to 1"?

Does mass really depend on velocity, dad? by Carl G. Adler

The concept of mass by Lev B. Okun

Intensity in interference and diffraction (PDF)

Poisson's bright spot

Einstein and the existence of atoms by Jeremy Bernstein

The Physics of Quantum Mechanics (PDF)

Summary of quantum mechanics ideas (PDF)

Notes on Quantum Mechanics for Modern Physics (PDF)

Physlet Quantum Mechanics. (In particular, the simulation demonstrated in class.)

Elementary particle data summary (PDF)