Modern Physics

Oberlin College Physics 212

Fall 2015

This World Wide Web page written by Dan Styer, Oberlin College Department of Physics and Astronomy;;
last updated 22 September 2015.

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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)

Solving the Schrodinger time development equation for the infinite square well (PDF)

What did we learn by solving solving the Schrodinger time development equation for the infinite square well? (PDF)

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

The classical limit of quantum mechanics (PDF)

Elementary particle data summary (PDF)