Modern Physics

Oberlin College Physics 212

Fall 2014

This World Wide Web page written by Dan Styer, Oberlin College Department of Physics and Astronomy;;
last updated 12 December 2014.

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Course syllabus

Problem assignments

General lab information (PDF)

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

Notes on Relativistic Dynamics (PDF)

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)