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Senate Document Number†† ††1007S
Date of Senate Approval†††† †01/18/07
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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:
APC Document† 7:† ††††† Consolidating Modern Physics I and II into one course, PHYS 326
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Expanding Quantum Mechanics into two courses, PHYS 414 and 418
Effective Date:† Fall 2007
1.†† Delete:† On page 213, the title and course description for PHYS 324, 400:
324, 400† ††† Modern Physics I, II (3,3)
††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† Special relativity,quantization, introductory quantum mechanics with
††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† applications to molecules, solids, nuclei and elementary particles. Prerequisites:
††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††† CHEM 132 or a satisfactory score on the Chemistry Placement Examination;
††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††† PHYS 222. Corequisite: PHYS 331. PHYS 324: Spring. PHYS 400: Fall.
Add: ††† On page 213, the following title and course description:
326† †††††††††† Modern Physics (3)
††††† †† †††††††††††††††††††††††††† Special relativity, quantization, fermions, bosons, molecular physics, laser
†††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††† physics, solid state physics, nuclear physics and elementary particle physics.†††
†††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††† Prerequisites: CHEM 132 or a satisfactory score on the Chemistry Placement
†††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††† Examination; PHYS 222. Corequisite: PHYS 331. Spring.
††††† Impact: This change will require no new staffing or resources for the Physics Department.
Rationale: Modern Physics I contains introductory quantum mechanics towards the end of the course. The level of math required for the study of quantum mechanics is at a much higher level than the math needed in Modern Physics II. Another drawback is that the quantum topics currently come near the end of the semester in Modern Physics I, which tends to cause these subjects to be rushed. We propose to merge Modern Physics I and Modern Physics II together into one course, Modern Physics, removing the quantum mechanics and placing it into Quantum Mechanics I. The math level of the new course Modern Physics will be more consistent throughout the course.
2.†† Delete:† On page 213, the title and course description for PHYS 411:
411†††††† Quantum Mechanics (3)
†† †††††††††††††† An intermediate study of quantum mechanics, including applications to simple
†† †††††††††††††† systems, angular momentum and scattering. Prerequisite: PHYS 401. Spring.
Add:†††† On page 213, the following new titles and course descriptions:
414†† ††† Quantum Mechanics I (3)
††††† †† †††††††††††††††††††† Quantization, the uncertainty principle, the Schrodinger equation, applications
†††††††††† †††††††††††††††††† of quantum mechanics to one-dimensional examples, application of quantum
†††††††††††††† †††††††††††††† mechanics to the Hydrogen atom, spin. Prerequisite: PHYS 326. Fall.
418† †††† Quantum Mechanics II (3)
††††† †† †††††††††††††††††††† An intermediate study of quantum mechanics, including commutation relations,
†††††††††††††† †††††††††††††† Hamiltonians, Hermitian operators, Dirac notation, and a study of Hilbert space.
††† † Perturbation theory will also be discussed.† Prerequisites: MATH 365; PHYS
401, 414. Spring
Impact: This change will require no new staffing or resources for the Physics Department.
Rationale: With the merger of Modern Physics I and Modern Physics II into one course, the quantum mechanics that had been studied in Modern Physics I will be removed and placed into a separate course Quantum Mechanics I. This will enable the math level of Modern Physics to be consistent throughout the course. We feel that the coverage of introductory quantum mechanics will be better grasped by the students if it is put into a separate course by itself, namely Quantum Mechanics I.
The topics covered in Quantum Mechanics II will now benefit from the studentsí knowledge of Linear Algebra. Quantum Mechanics II will extend the study of quantum mechanics beyond that in Quantum Mechanics I. Advanced topics will be studied in Quantum Mechanics II, and it will be an enhanced version of PHYS 411.