# Atomic and Nuclear Physics (PHY 211)

## Contact Information

- Instructor: Scott N. Walck
- Preferred names: Scott, Dr. Walck
- Pronouns: He, his, him
- Office: Neidig-Garber 223
- Phone: 717-867-6153
- Fax: 717-867-6075
- Email: walck@lvc.edu
- Web page: http://mas.lvc.edu/walck/

## Course Description

An introduction to modern physics, including special relativity, the
foundation of atomic physics, quantum theory of radiation, the atomic
nucleus, radioactivity and nuclear reactions, with laboratory work in
each area. Prerequisite: PHY 104/L or 112/L, MAS 111 or 161 or
permission. Corequisite: PHY 211L. 3 credits.

## Learning Objectives

It is expected that students will

- describe physical situations using the languages of four-vectors
and wave functions
- interpret the results of experiments in terms of relativity theory and wave mechanics
- apply the ideas of relativity and wave mechanics to specific physical situations
- calculate physical quantities of interest
- solve problems in modern physics

## Textbooks

The textbooks for the course are

- Special Relativity for the Enthusiastic Beginner by David Morin,
CreateSpace, ISBN 978-1542323512.
- Modern Physics, 3rd edition, by Kenneth Krane,
Wiley, ISBN 978-1-118-06114-5.

## Plan

The plan for this course is to read chapters 1–4
of Morin and chapters 3–7 of Krane. While we are studying
Morin, I expect you to do
3 problems per week from Morin.
I will pick some of these problems, and you will
pick some.
One of these can
be a “Problem”, but at least two should be
“Exercises”. We are aiming for the 2-star problems,
but sometimes the 1-star problems are good also.
The 3- and 4-star problems are pretty hard.
While we are studying Krane, we will aim for 5 problems
per week. Probably each student will be doing different
problems, so we will share our results with each other
in class by presenting short summaries of how we solved
the problem.

## Grading

Your grade will be determined by the completeness of the
problems that you present.

## Class Schedule

Week of | Topic |

08/28 | Welcome |

09/04 | Morin, Chapter 1 |

09/11 | Morin, Chapter 1 |

09/18 | Morin, Chapter 2 |

09/25 | Morin, Chapter 2 |

10/02 | Morin, Chapter 3 |

10/09 | Morin, Chapter 3 |

10/16 | Morin, Chapter 4 |

10/23 | Krane, Chapter 3 |

10/30 | Krane, Chapter 3 |

11/06 | Krane, Chapter 4 |

11/13 | Krane, Chapter 4 |

11/20 | Krane, Chapter 5 |

11/27 | Krane, Chapter 6 |

12/04 | Krane, Chapter 7 |