29:30 Physics IV Syllabus
29:30 Physics IV Syllabus
Spring Semester 2003
Prof. Yannick Meurice
- Office:514 VAN
- Web page:http://www-hep.physics.uiowa.edu/~meurice/phy403/ or link from
- Lectures: MWF 12:30-1:20 PM in Lecture Room 70 in the Van Allen Building
- Office Hours:
Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 and Wednesdays 10:30-11:30. Feel free to
schedule appointments at other times.
The course has two parts. The first part in an introduction to quantum
mechanics. The second part consists in various applications of
quantum mechanics in atomic, molecular, solid state and nuclear physics
and a brief introduction to recent developments in particle physics and
The main textbook is Physics v.2 by Halliday, Resnick and Krane.
In addition I will use "An Introduction to Quantum Physics" by A. French and
E. Taylor for the quantum mechanics part and "The Big Bang" by J. Silk for
the second part.
All these books are on reserve in the physics library.
A reading assignment and/or a homework
will be given each week (usually on Wednesday).
Students are encouraged to discuss the questions among
themselves, however the homework should reflect accurately the
individual understandings of the questions.
Homeworks will be posted at
Lab and TA
The lab is designed to provide a hands-on experience of some concepts or
calculations discussed during the class.
Additional information concerning the Lab and the TA will be provided
There is no Lab during the first week of class.
See schedule of topics for the
rest of the semester.
Drop/Add forms for the lectures and the lab
are handled by the main office (VAN 203) only.
Examinations and Final Grade
There will be two in-class exams during the semester and one final exam
during the exam week. See
for approximate dates (exams will follow the
The final grade will be calculated in the following way: 20 points for the
homeworks, 40 points for the in-class exams
and 30 points for the final exam. The lab
grade will be counted for 10 points.
Attendance at lectures is highly recommended but not required.
You are strongly encouraged to ask questions during the lectures.
There are no ``stupid questions''.
You should feel free to express any dissatisfaction regarding the
course to me.
``Academic Misconduct'' and ``Student
Complaints Concerning Faculty Actions'' procedures are available for your
review in the Schedule of Courses. The Department
Chairman, Prof. T. Boggess, can be contacted through the Main Office 203
VAN. As stated in the procedures noted above, complaints or comments
regarding TAs should first be directed to the instructor.
Students with Disabilities
Any student who
has a disability which may require some modification of seating,
testing or other class
requirements should see me after the class or
at a more convenient time so that appropriate arrangements can be made.