Modern Physics

PHYS 2213A Spring 2015

Prof. Elisa Riedo



General Information



MWF 11.55-12.55 AM Room L2 in the Physics Building


Course Outline
An outline of course topics is available here.

Lectures (Power Points Slides)


Quiz - 80%

There will be four "one-hour" quizzes during class-time. The quiz dates are indicated on the 2213A calendar. The text and solutions of the quizzes can be found in T-Square.


Homework - 10%
Problem sets are assigned by using WebAssign. The login Key is sent by email to all the students. The homework contributes 10% toward the final grade. The text and solutions of the homework can be found in T-Square.

Final Exam - 10%
There will be a Final Exam.


Required Textbook

Modern Physics, 3rd ed. by Thornton & Rex,

We will not cover the entire book. Rather, you will be given reading assignments which are relevant to the material covered in the lectures.

Optional Books

3,000 Solved Problems in Physics (Schaum's Solved Problems) (Schaum's Solved Problems Series)
by Alvin Halpern

The Feynman Lectures on Physics
by Richard Phillips Feynman (Author)

by Marcelo Alonso (Author), Edward Finn (Author)

Thermal Physics by C. Kittel and H. Kroemer (Freeman)

Other resources

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It is expected that you understand basic Calculus, Electromagnetism, Waves and Classical Mechanics.

Getting Help

Teaching Assistant: Xi Lu,

Office hours:


11.00-12.00 a.m. Elisa Riedo Office #N107, or email me at



Honor Code
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External activities
Please refer you to the web site for a calendar of activities. 


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