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# PHYS-309 (3)

## Modern Physics (3 credits)

## WMU Spring Semester 2004

## MTu ThF 10:00-10:50am · 1110 Rood Hall

## Registration Call Number = 48499

**All Quizzes turned in
now.**

## Finals...Done, Papers...Done, Quizzes...Done, Grades...Done!

## Spring 2004 Semester Final Exam Solution (Click
here for a copy) (212KB)

**Here's what Dr. Phil was complaining about
in class one day -- see the section on Spherical co-ords and read the
footnote at the end... Our textbook does Spherical co-ords "wrong".**

**Handout -
What They Didn't Teach in Math**

*Important NOTE: If the Train Collision problem is giving you goofy
results, it is because in trying to make the collision point easier, I "broke"
the problem. The coordinate transformation equations you were given are
designed so that the two origins for S and S' are co-axial (x=x'=0, y=y'=0,
etc.) at time t=t'=0. Use this definition and adjust the problem as needed
and it "should" work. Isn't this fun?*

**This week in
PHYS-309 at 10:00am**

## Quiz 8-10-11-12 Solution (click here
for a copy)

## Quiz 4-5-6 Solution (click here for a
copy)

**Course Descriptions from the WMU Undergraduate Catalog**

via Registrar’s Web Site (http://sims.wmich.edu)

**PHYS 309 Introductory Modern Physics – 3 hrs. – Fall,
Spring **

This course, with PHYS 205/206 and PHYS 207/208, completes the sequence
making up the introductory courses in physics with calculus. Topics
include special relativity, quantum physics, and atomic, nuclear, and
solid state physics. This course consists of three lectures per week.
Prerequisite: PHYS 207 and MATH-272 or MATH-230.

**PHYS 310 Introductory Modern Physics Lab – 1 hr. –
Fall, Spring **

A laboratory course which includes exercises related to the topics
covered in PHYS 309. Corequisite: PHYS 309.

**Significant Dates:**
Apr. 22 Thu - Final Exam 10:15am-12:15pm (2 hours)
Apr. 23 Fri - End of Spring Semester
Apr. 27 Tue - Grades Due at Noon