Welcome to the website for Physics 9HE--
Honors Modern Physics

Winter, 2013

Lecture: Chuck Fadley, Physics/Geology 241, fadley@physics.ucdavis.edu

Discussion: Alexander Saw, Physics/Geology 221 aysaw@ucdavis.edu

9HE Laboratory: Randy Harris in charge-- Website:


Syllabus and First Reading/Problem Assignments--Temporarily for 2014

Cumulative Reading/Problem Assignments--see First Lecture Slide in Each Set

Tour of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory:


----------Supplementary Reading----------

Reading on Fourier series and integrals

Reading on time-dependent quantum mechanics and selection rules

Reading on wave functions for identical particles-antisymmetry and exchange

----------Slides and Videos Used in Lecture----------

Slide Set 1: Origins of QM, Special Relativity--Temporarily for 2014

Slide Set 2: General Relativity

Slide Set 3: Waves, Particles, Fourier Analysis

>Double slit movie

>Wave packet scattering movie

Slide Set 4: Quantum Mechanics: Postulates, 1D Problems-->3D Problems-->3D, Tunneling

>Atoms-to-Diatomic-Molecule Movie (Harris)

>Wave packet scattering from a well

Slide Set 5: Hydrogenic Atom, Many-Electron Atoms, Periodic Table, Time-Dependent Perturbation Theory

Slide Set 6: Molecules, the Laser, Solids, the Transistor etc

Slide Set 7: Nuclei, Particles, the Future


----------Answers to Assigned Problems: in order covered in lecture----------

Chapter 3 (with some extra not assigned)

Chapters 2 & 12

Chapter 15

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapters 5 & 6-Special Problems

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapters 9-10

Chapter 11

Chapter 4

Chapter 12

Chapter 14

----------Prior Year's Exams and Answers----------

Sample quiz No. 1--Suggested Answers

Sample midterm--Suggested Answers

Sample quiz No. 2--Suggested Answers

Sample final, including miscellaneous constants and equations

Study guide for the final exam

----------Current Year's Exams and Answers----------

Quiz No. 1--Suggested Answers

Midterm--Suggested Answers

Quiz No. 2--Suggested Answers

Final--Suggested Answers