Physics 262, Spring 2011

Professor: Dr. Mark Morgan-Tracy

email: mtracy@unm.edu

Meets: MWF, 12:00-12:50 Regener Hall 103

Welcome to the webpage for Physics 262, the third semester of calculus based introductory physics. This semester we will be covering optics and ``modern" (twentieth century) physics, topics which revolutionized our understanding of the universe. Our starting point will be optics, the study of light, which was forever changed when James Clerk Maxwell was able to show that light (in all its forms) is nothing more than oscillating electric and magnetic fields. We will then move on to Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity with all of its fascinating and counterintuitive implications about space and time. Finally will come Quantum Mechanics, the triumph of the early twentieth century physics which made us abandon many long-held beliefs about the nature of motion. This semester will make you rethink everything that you have learned before. But in a good way! Lecture notes, homework, and exam solutions will be posted as they become available, so please check back often. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Extra Credit Problem

For those of you with extra time over Spring break!

Syllabus:

For all things grade/course requirement related, please re-read the syllabus which is available here: syllabus262.pdf.

Lecture Notes:

Here are the links for the lecture notes. Please let me know if you have any problems accessing them.

Homework:

View the file below for the homework assignments. Homework solutions will be posted shortly before the exams.

262-HWAssignments.pdf → Now with Final Exam practice problems.

Exam Solutions: