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Department of Physics
Undergraduate Courses

Physics 249 Fall 2012: A Modern Introduction to Physics

MWF 9:55-10:45am

2223 Chamberlin Hall


Professor Matthew Herndon

Office Hours: Tuesdays 10-11, Wednesdays 11-12

Office 4279 Chamberlin Hall

Email: herndon at

Phone:(608)262-8509 (office)

Teaching Assistant: Chien Seng

Office Hours: Wednesdays 2:25pm, Thursdays 4:35

Office 5264 Chamberlin Hall

Email: cseng at

Text Book


Web Site

Course info

Introductory handout

Lecture Notes

Handed out in class and available here after each lecture

Lecture 1

Lecture 2

Lecture 3

Lecture 4

Lecture 5

Lecture 6,7 slides 6,7

Lecture 8

Lecture 9

Lecture 10

Lecture 11

Lecture 12

Lecture 13

Lecture 14


Lecture 16, pdf

Lecture 17, pdf

Lecture 18, pdf

Lecture 19, pdf

Lecture 20, pdf

Lecture 21, pdf

Lecture 22, pdf

Lecture 23, pdf

Lecture 24, pdf

Lecture 25, pdf

Lecture 26, pdf

Lecture 27, pdf

Lecture 28, pdf

Lecture 29, pdf

Lecture 30, pdf

Lecture 31, pdf

Lecture 32, pdf

Lecture 33, pdf

Lecture 34, pdf

Lecture 35, pdf

Lecture 36, pdf

Lecture 37, pdf

Lecture 38, pdf

Lecture 39, pdf

Lecture 40, pdf

Lecture 41, pdf

HW Solutions

Weekly homework except for exam weeks

HW 1 with solutions

HW 2 with solutions

HW 3 with solutions

HW 4 with solutions

HW 5 with solutions, pdf

HW 6 with solutions, pdf

HW 7 with solutions, pdf

HW 8 with solutions, pdf

HW 9 with solutions, pdf

HW 10 with solutions, pdf

HW 11 with solutions, pdf

Discussion section

Discussion sections:

M 1:20-2:10pm, 2:25-3:15pm

2116 Chamberlin Hall


Two in class midterm exams and a final exam will be given.

Midterm exams Friday Oct 12th and Friday Nov 16th

Final exam Friday Dec. 21st 10:05-12:05, VAN VLECK B115

Exam 1 with solutions, pdf

Exam 2 with solutions, pdf

Final Exam with solutions, pdf


35% Homework

30% Midterm exams

35% Final Exam


A 5 page (double spaced) term paper describing the work of a Nobel prize winner in physics is required for Honors credit. The paper should summarize the award winning work itself and present day research in the area including two recent papers from the ArXiv as well as references to the original research papers that resulted in the prize. Due Friday Dec. 7th. Please submit your paper by email in word or pdf format.




Last updated: 05/14/2012

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