Modern Physics

Oberlin College Physics 212

Fall 2017

This World Wide Web page written by Dan Styer, Oberlin College Department of Physics and Astronomy;;
last updated 4 December 2017.

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

Welcome (PDF) to Physics 212 (significant figures and dimensions)

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

Euler's formula (PDF) [namely eix = cos(x) + i sin(x)]

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)

Quantum mechanics simulations from PhET

Physlet Quantum Mechanics (In particular, the simulation demonstrated in class. These work best with a 32-bit web browser such as Micro$oft's Internet Explorer.)

Elementary particle data summary (PDF)