
*Fixed office hours may not be convenient for some of you. So do feel welcome to drop by at any time, any week day, until 18h. If I am in my office and not otherwise busy with other people, you will have my undivided attention. If I am not around, leave a message with my keeper (April) in MP129, and I will get back to you. You can also schedule an appointment by email. 
After reviewing basic but essential ideas in classical mechanics, we give an introduction to Einstein's special relativity, including evidence for the frameindependence of the speed of light, time dilation, length contraction, causality, and the relativistic connection between energy and momentum. Then we follow the historical development of quantum mechanics with the photoelectric and Compton effects, Bohr's model of the atom, waveparticle duality, leading to Schrödinger's equation and wave functions with a discussion of their general properties and probabilistic interpretation.
The textbook for the Modern Physics part of the course is Quantum Mechanics by B.H. Bransden and C.J. Joachain. Copies are available in the U of T Bookstore and the Discount Bookstore. This book will be used from the 8^{th} lecture on. For the first seven lectures, the reference will be the lecture notes. The Relativity chapter of any general firstyear physics textbook (eg. Serway & Jewett) can also serve as a reference if needed.
All correspondence with me about the content of the course and the assignments should be sent to phy293h1f physics utoronto ca. Requests for an appointment concerning course administration matters should be sent to the Course Coordinator, Prof. Trischuk.
The tutorials for PHY293/Modern Physics will be held each week on Thursday from November 4 to December 2.
The Topic column of the following table contains the outline of each lecture for this part of the course. Comprehensive notes for each lecture will be posted in pdf format as soon as possible after the lecture. A cumulative file containing all lecture notes up to that point will be updated weekly. That cumulative file will have a hyperlinked table of contents and hyperlinked equation and section references.
The lecture notes constitute the main reference for the Modern Physics part of the course. All the material they contain is examinable, whether or not it has been explicitly discussed in class.
Problem sets will be posted on the day they are going out, before the lectures, not earlier. They are due one week after the date they are posted.
Lecture Date  Topic  Textbook Reference  Problem Sets  Practice Materials 

October 25  Quick review of mechanics I  Notes  
October 26  Quick review of mechanics II  Notes  
October 29  Einstein's relativity postulates  Notes  
November 1  Spacetime interval, Lorentz transformations  Notes  Problem Set #1  Survival kit #1 
November 2  Time dilation, length contraction  Notes  
November 5  Addition of velocities, causal structure  Notes  
November 8  Relativistic mechanics  Notes  Problem Set #2  Survival kit #2 
November 9  Photoelectric effect  B&J, section 1.2  
November 12  Compton effect  B&J, section 1.3  Solutions 1  
November 15  Bohr's model of the atom  B&J, section 1.4  Problem Set #3  Survival kit #3 
November 16  De Broglie's matterwave hypothesis  B&J, section 1.6  
November 19  Double slit and nature of light/matter  B&J, section 2.1  Test & problem set 2 solutions  
November 22  Wave function, complex numbers  B&J, section 2.1  Problem Set #4  Survival kit #4 
November 23  Probabilistic interpretation, linearity  B&J, section 2.2  
November 26  Wave packets  B&J, section 2.4  Solutions 3  
November 29  Heisenberg's uncertainty principle  B&J, section 2.5  
November 30  Constructing Schrödinger's equation  B&J, section 3.1  Survival kit #5  
December 3  Timeindependent Schrödinger equation  B&J, section 3.5  Solutions 4  
December 6  Qualitative features of energy eigenfunctions  B&J, section 3.6  Exam Equation Sheet 
Problem sets are due at 17h on the noted on the assignment. They should be left in the course's problemset drop box in the basement of the McLennan Physics building (across from the elevators  where you have been handing in past Physics course problem sets). Your tutors will pick them up, grade them and return them in tutorial that week.
Web Site: on www.physics.utoronto.ca/~phy293h1f/p293_modphys.html
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