Semester: Spring 2018

Instructor: Ali Serpengüzel | SCI 119 | TU TH B4

Lectures: SCI Z24 | TU TH B6

Laboratory Coordinator: Nazmi Yılmaz | SCI 136 | TU TH B2

Labor Session: SCI Z34 | KUSIS

Assistants: Muhammad Rehan Chaudhry (WE B5), Ahmet Burak Gököz (TU B2), Suat Kurt (WE B6), Adil Mustafa (TU B2), Syed Sultan Shah Bukhari (TH B6)

Problem Session: KUSIS | KUSIS

Assistant: Rana Muhammad Armağan Ayaz (MO B6)

Textbook: University Physics, Hugh D. Young and Roger A. Friedman, 13th edition, Addison-Wesley (2011).

Science Librarian: Sina Mater | LIB | TU TH B1 B2 B3

Course schedule is given below.

Week Subject

  1. Feb 05 introduction
  2. Feb 12 electromagnetic waves
  3. Feb 19 light
  4. Feb 26 geometric optics
  5. Mar 05 interference & diffraction
  6. Mar 12 relativity
  7. Mar 19 photons
  8. Mar 26 particles & waves
  9. Apr 02 quantum mechanics
  10. Apr 16 atomic physics
  11. Apr 23 molecular physics
  12. Apr 30 condensed matter physics
  13. May 07 nuclear physics
  14. May 14 particle physics

Experiments (book chapters) are given below.

  1. Geometric Optics
  2. Michelson Interferometer
  3. h/e Experiment
  4. Bohr Theory of Hydrogen
  5. Blackbody Radiation
  6. e/m Experiment

Course Description: The nature and propagation of light, geometric optics and optical instruments, interference, diffraction, relativity, photons electrons and atoms, the wave nature of particles, quantum mechanics, atomic structure, molecules and condensed matter, nuclear physics, particle physics and cosmology.

Course Objective: The objective of this course is to teach the importance of physical knowledge as well as the experimental know how that goes along with it. Atomic, molecular, optical, nuclear, and particle physics lies at the very foundation of natural phenomena and every student of nature should master these topics before graduation.

Learning Outcomes: The students are expected to learn atomic, molecular, optical, nuclear, and particle physics, how to setup experiments, how to record reliable data analyze their measurements, discuss their results and present their written reports in an intelligible way.

Teaching Method: There are two weekly face to face meetings. There are presentations and demonstrations. There is a problem and a labor session every other week.

Attendance: All students are required to attend classes, labor sessions and problem sessions. Even a university approved “Medical Excused Absence” or “Dean of Student’s Excused Absence” doesn’t relieve you of this attendance requirement. Students who miss more than 1/3 of the classes (Excused or Unexcused) might receive an automatic F irrespective of their course average.

Labor Session: Come to the laboratory on time. You may not enter the labor session, if you are more than 15 minutes late. If you miss a laboratory experiment without an official excuse, your grade will be zero for that experiment. Come to the laboratory prepared. You should be familiar with the experiment, before you come to the laboratory. Do the necessary preliminary work, before you come to the laboratory.

Grading policy for the exams: two midterm and a final exam  (25 % each) and laboratory reports (25%). The exam dates will be announced later. Makeup exams are very reluctantly given only with a university approved medical excuse, and if given, will always be harder then the original exams. Do not plan to take makeups. The laboratory reports are graded as follows: careful laboratory practice (5%), careful laboratory notebook keeping (10%), complete laboratory final report (10%). 10 steps to successful reports are given here. You will submit a final report for each experiment. You must complete this final report during the laboratory sessions.

Laboratory NoteBook: is available at the bookstore. Every student should have one square ruled A4 size laboratory notebook. Bring your laboratory notebook to all the laboratory sessions. Students without a laboratory notebook will not be admitted to the laboratory. You will record with a pen (not a pencil) the schematics, the relevant parameters, your measurements in your laboratory notebook. You will have to date all the pages in the lab notebook during that particular experiment. After the experiment the used pages will be signed by you and the laboratory instructor.

Student Code of Conduct: Students should be familiar with the Koç University Student Code of Contact.