Spring 2019 Syllabus Physics 32100

Modern Physics for Engineers

Physics 321

spring 2019


Instructor David Schmeltzer




Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm


Course description: Historical background, special relativity, elementary quantum theory, application to one-electron atoms, atomic shell structure and periodic table; nuclear physics and quantum technologies.


Textbook: Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Author: THORNTON/REX, Publisher: Cengage, Edition: 4, Year Published: 2012


Homework: Problems will be collected - Biweekly


Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Location: MR 317 B


Note: Since there are no perfect textbooks for Modern physics, I will  be using material from other sources .




Grading Policy:

  • Homework: 10% : Bi-Weekly
  • Midterm exams (2): 40% (20% each)
  • Final exam: 50%



Statement of Academic Integrity: As stated in Appendix B.3 of the 2009-2011 City College Bulletin, p. 313: Academic Dishonesty is prohibited by the City University of New York and is punishable by penalties including failing grades and expulsion



1.Introduction to Modern Physics,Relativity ,Radiation ,Model of the atom.

2..Chapter 4 Quantization of light

3.Duality of wave particles 4.7.

4.Chapter 5 Quantization ofatomic energy level.

6.Chapter 6 matter –waves.

7.The one dimensional Shrodinger equation.

8.Mid-term exam.

9.The three dimensional Schrodinger equation.

10.Electron spin .

11.Fermion an Bose statics.

12.Radiation theory

13.Aplication of the Quantum Theeory