Schedule and Lecture Notes

Course Information






Old Exams


Niels Bohr

Waves in an atom

Richard Feynman

Pentium 4 processor

Mileva Maric, Albert Einstein

 Bravo H bomb. Bikini 1954

John Bardeen

Galaxy NGC 4414

Lise Meitner

Physics And Astronomy

Physics 228
Analytical Physics IIB
Optics and Modern Physics
Spring 2018

Course Lecturer: Prof. Frank Zimmermann Course Administrator: Prof. Roy Joaquín Montalvo Course Assistant: Konrad Genser

If you have questions regarding the lectures, demonstrations, the textbook or iclickers, contact Prof. Zimmermann.

If you have questions regarding exams or exam grades,contact Prof. Montalvo.

If you have questions regarding homework problems, quizzes, or recitation grades, contactyour recitation instructor.

1927 Solvay Conference


There is NO READING QUIZ for Monday February 26

-Exam 1:Sunday 2/25 from 6:10: - 7:30.
Exam 1 will include all materials covered up to lecture 9 (Excluding Special Relativity)

-Exam 1 Make-up (With written permission from Prof. Montalvo): Will be Friday 2/23/2018 from 2:00PM - 3:20PM in ARC 108.


Make sure you click through all the links on the top of this site and get familiar with all the information provided.
Students are responsible for all information contained on this page!

Attendance of all the exams will be strictly enforced.
Without exceptions, no makeups will be allowed unless a legal and verifiable reason exists.

Legal reasons for missing an exam are:
1. Being sick, with a written letter from your doctor, backed by a letter from your Dean.
2. For athletes - participation in a sporting event, backed by a letter from your Dean and official Rutgers coach.

Required Materials
Before the first lecture, Thursday January 18, 2017, you will need to have three items:
1) an I-clicker (for class participation)
2) a copy of the text book
University Physics Vol 2-3 (Chapters 21-37)  14th/E
Young, Freedman | Addison-Wesley AND
3) a license for the online homework software. (otherwise you will not be able to do the homework! )

To access the homework use this link: https://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/
and the Pearson course ID: montalvo97075
After you log on with your login and password, you will need to enter your Student ID: use your 9-digit Rutgers student ID number.

Reading Quizzes
To access the reading quizzes use the homework link given above. The first reading quiz will be available Thursday 1/25 at NOON and is due Monday 1/29 at 8:30AM

You are required to complete a pre-recitation assignment BEFORE each reciation and turn it in to your instructor immediatelly upon entering the classroom. You can find pre-recitation assignments HERE. This page will be updated Thursdays by the end of the day.

iClicker Registration
To properly register your iClicker follow the instructions given HERE

Special Permission Numbers
None of the instructors involved in this course deal with registration issues. For Special Permission Requests please go to http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/descr/descr-ug-program2.shtml though, keep in mind that SPNs are granted on availability basis.

Course Description

At the dawn of the 20th century, few scientists, even in their wildest dreams, could have imagined the momentous revolution ahead. The discovery of atoms and participles, the notion of space time, the equivalence of matter and energy, the wave nature of particles and the particle nature of light, new quantum phases of matter, semiconductors, superconductors, the expanding universe...  leading to current issues such as the Higgs boson, dark matter, dark energy, and physics beyond the standard model. All of these are part of the great scientific revolution of the past 100 years, a revolution that continues today, and whose consequences have rapidly transformed our world and impacted your life.

In this course, you will learn about the foundations of modern physics - foundations that are absolutely necessary for you to survive and compete in the rough-and-tumble technological world of the 21st century. As in the companion course, 227, it is a course in which we ask you to think conceptually, to be curious and open minded. The object of the course is not to accumulate a list of equations into which you plug numbers: it is a unique opportunity for you to ponder and learn about the deep principles that govern the quantum world in which you live. We look forward to having you in the class and will meet you all at the first class on Thursday, January 21st.