I teach a range of courses offered in the Physics and Astronomy Department. These include Phys 201 – Introductory Physics I, a beginners course on classical mechanics, and Phys 626 – Introduction to Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, a graduate level course on atomic and molecular systems along with related modern topics. More information on either can be found below. Undergraduate students who wish to sign up for research with me can do so in PHYS 468, these credits count as upper division PHYS credits toward graduation.
Syllabus |
The physics of life in motion, in four topics … Section is open to all majors but will use applications in class relevant to biochemistry, chemistry, and medicine.
Faculty | Barry Walker |
Laboratory Assistants | Subash Adhikari Riddhi Bandyopadhyay Hang Chen Samuel Fordin Aling Jing Atta Rehman John Russo |
Discussion Assistants | Shoaib Khalid |
Faculty Email | M-F 48 hr response. ONLY to be used for issues requiring documentation including: officially excused absences and HW corrections as email attachments. |
Faculty Call/txt | Su-F 12 hr response. To be used to make last minute appointments and for emergencies (such as missing a test). |
Faculty Office Hours | T,R 2 PM to 6PM SHL206 or Physics Library SHL221. Usually able to schedule within 30 minutes either after class or by call/txt. For all issues related to the course and subject material. |
Text Book | Physics, by James Walker, 3rd, 4th, or 5th edition ('regular' or 'technology updated' release) |
Online HW | Online access to Mastering Physics publisher Addison / Wesley Mastering Physics for HW. The course ID is BWALK2017 |
Computer | Sakai for course website, grades, announcements UDeploy to get a copy of Mathematica Mathematica is allowed (but not required) on part of the test. |
Four Topics | 1) Physical Quantification 2) Motion 3) Conservation 4) Applications … aka, 'situations' |
Math Prerequisites | Trigonometry, Geometry, Algebra |
Course Information |
Lectures PHYS 201 010 begin 8/29/2017 TR 9:30AM – 10:45AM
Special video lectures will be planned with an "All Questions" voluntary session in place of normal class. These will be included as the schedule and class vote allows: three to six this semester.
Homework The HW will use the Mastering Physics Online site for the course ID: BWALK2017
Final HW grade on SAKAI two weeks after due date. Grade entered by discussion TA.
Laboratory Graded by laboratory TA. Laboratory manuals will be available on Sakai. Labs will be done by groups of two students.
Group lab reports will be submitted within two days of the lab experiment. Labs are limited to 5 pages maximum (10 pt font minimum, single spaced minimum). Labs are submitted in the format decided by the laboratory TA. For 5% EXTRA CREDIT on the laboratory grade, you may submit 8 of the 10 labs in the required 5 page format as a PDF to SAKAI online electronically under ASSIGNMENTS.
The final grade is in SAKAI one week after due. Do not skip labs since each lab is worth about the difference between grade assignments (e.g. C to a C-). The total Lab Grade counts for 15% of the total course grade. Lab grades cannot be transferred from a previous attempt at this course. A detailed grading rubric will be returned for each lab when they are graded.
If plagiarism is discovered between groups or from online content, all individuals in the group(s) will be reported to student conduct. Grade inflation or favoritism between sections is not tolerated. The average laboratory grade is expected to be consistent with the overall course grade and between sections.
All students may drop (or miss) one lab. Make-up of more than one lab requires an official excused absence.
Lab Grading (Approximate Distribution with final grading rubric determined for each lab by the TA) | ||
Title | Title of the lab. | |
Purpose | ~2 points | Mention the specific purpose(s) of doing the lab. |
Procedure | ~6 points | Describe how the lab is done. Explain the theory behind the lab and relevant formulas. |
Result and Discussion | ~9 points | The most important section. Include measurements, error graphs, and you must discuss the results. Label with appropriate physical quantities, SI units, scale, slope, legends, etc. Sample calculations can be included with appropriate equations and measurements. |
Conclusion | ~3 points | Show ability to conclude the few physical concepts from measured values. Mention what new theory (calculation) or experimental skills gained. |
Lab Schedule | |
Sept 4 | Lab 1 – Introduction to Measurement (CH 1) |
Sept 11 | Lab 2 – One Dimensional Kinematics (CH 2) |
Sept 18 | Lab 3 – Free Fall (CH 2, 3, 5) |
Sept 25 | NO LAB – Exam |
Oct 2 | Lab 4 – Vectors (CH 1, 3) |
Oct 9 | Lab 5 – Projectile Motion (CH 4) |
Oct 16 | Lab 6 – Coefficient of Friction (CH 6) |
Oct 23 | NO LAB – Exam |
Oct 30 | Lab 7 – Conservation of Mechanical Energy (CH 7, 8) |
Nov 6 | Lab 8 – Moment of Inertia (CH 10) |
Nov13 | Lab 9 – Biomechanics of Torques in Equilibrium (CH 11) |
Nov 20 | NO LAB – Break |
Nov 27 | Lab 10 – Oscillatory Motion (CH 13, 14) |
Dec 4 | MAKE-UP For official excused absence labs 1 – 10 |
Discussion and Quizzes
Begin Sept 5, 2017. Required, Quizzes will be given during the discussion after HW is due. The one question quiz is taken from completed HW. Graded by the Discussion Grader TA out of 3 points. Final grade in SAKAI one week after quiz given, entered by Discussion Grader TA.
Tests
Graded by Barry Walker. Mid-Terms will have 20 points maximum for a 100%. The mid-terms are in the evening. Final is cumulative over all topics.
Grading |
Section 010 Grading | |
20 % / Homework Assignments |
See Mastering Physics website for grading and due date |
20 % / Laboratories |
Turned in at Following Lab |
10 % / In-Class Assignments and Clickers |
In class |
10 % / Quizzes over Homework |
In discussion |
25 % / Three Mid-Term Exams | Thur Sept 28, 2017 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM jk 😉 Thur Oct 26, 2017 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM Nov-ish (Take-Home) |
15 % / Cumulative Final Exam |
See UD 'Finals Schedule' |
Letter Assignments | A>94%, A->90, B+ >87, B>84%, B->80%, C+ >77, C >74%, C->70, D+>67, D>64%, D->60 Since all assignments and tests are not equal, 5% curving of the final grade distribution is discretionary. |
Instructor / TA / Discussion Evaluations |
At end of semester. Comments are always welcome. |
Grade Resolution | Discussion Quizzes see Discussion TA Laboratories see Lab TA Homework Issues and Test corrections see Barry |
Student code | See 82 pages of Rules and Responsibilities at U.Del. |
Reading Assignments |
I) Quantification | Chapters 1,2,3,4 Descriptions in 3D-Time Space, Dimensions, Measurement, Vectors. |
Aug 29-Sept 21 |
2) Forces | Chapters 5,6,7 Laws of motion, Forces, Acceleration, Velocity, Position |
Sept 21 – Oct 19 |
3) Conservation Laws …more precisely laws that have never been violated -> as far as we know. | Chapters 8,9,10,11 Conservation of Energy, Linear Momentum, Angular Momentum |
Oct 19 – Nov 16 |
4) Applications | Partial Chapters 12,13,14,15 Gravity, Oscillation, Sound, Fluids |
Nov 28 – end of course |
Syllabus |
Introduction to fundamental atomic and molecular systems with emphasis on research implementation and modern perspectives.
Instructor |
Barry Walker |
Homework |
Assigned in class and also on Sakai |
Exams |
Take home and final |
Special Topic |
Write-up with oral defense. |
Faculty Office hours |
by appointment |
Suggested Text Books |
Physics of Atoms and Molecules, Bransden and Joachain, 2nd edition, publisher Prentice HallAtoms, Molecules, and Photons: An introduction to Atomic-, Molecular-, and Quantum-Physics, Demtroder, publisher Springer Atomic Physics: An exploration through problems and solutions, Budker, Kimball, DeMille, publisher Oxford |
Required Program |
Mathematica 11.0http://udeploy.udel.edu/software/mathematica-10-for-students/ |
Topics |
Bohr, Sommerfeld, and the Classical AtomQuantum Atom and Operations Modern and Advanced Topics |
Grading |
Grading | |
40 % / Homework Assignments |
See website for grading and due date |
20 % / Special Project |
Written Component and Oral Defense (20 min.) |
20 % / Mid-Term Exam |
Take-home |
20 % / Cumulative Final Exam |
See UD 'Finals Schedule' |
Letter Assignments |
A>93%, A->90, B+ >87, B>83%, B->80%, C+ >77, C >73%, C->70, D+>67, D>63%, D->60Since all assignments and tests are not equal, 5% curving of the final grade distribution is discretionary. |
Student code | See Rules and Responsibilities at U.Del |
Lectures |
Bohr, Sommerfeld, and the Classical Atom |
Historical Understanding of Atom Experimental Evidence for Atom Blackbody Radiation Electron Nuclear Structure and Scattering Rydberg Formula and Transitions Reduced Mass, Isotope Effects Bohr Atom from Rydberg Sommerfeld Quantization Quantum Numbers in Molecular Rotation Relativistic Rotation of Bohr Orbits X-ray Spectra Magnetic Moments in Atoms Atoms in B Fields, Zeeman Effect Pashen-Bach Effect Term Assignment for Electrons in Atom Spin Orbit Effect Lande Factor for Magnetic Moments `One-Electron' Alkali Atoms Two-Electrons, Helium Atoms in Electric Fields, Stark Effect Hyper-fine, Nuclear-Electron Interactions Quantum Defect, Nucleus `Z' Shielding Autoionization, highly excited species Triplet Structure in Atoms Vibration Structure in Molecules |
Quantum Atom and Operations | Quantum Language for Atoms Two-electron wave-functions Pauli exclusion principle Ground State Quantum Description of Z=14 Phosphorus Evaluation of singlet and triplet state electron correlation energy fine structure Quantum Operator and Expectation Value Refresher Quantum Evaluation of Bound Electron Waves (Hydrogen) Evaluation of u*B interaction for hyperfine nucleus-electron interaction Evaluation of total u*B interaction fine and hyperfine structure |
Modern and Advanced Topics | Scattering Molecular Rotations Hydrogen States Molecular States |
Syllabus |
Physical Optics : Intermediate level undergraduate course open to all majors and degree programs. Course addresses issues in physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and applications of optics.
Faculty | Barry Walker |
Laboratory Assistant | Siyu Luo |
Discussion Assistants | Honors discussion will involve experience in the Light-Matter Interactions research lab. |
Faculty Email | M-F 48 hr response. ONLY to be used for issues requiring documentation, e.g. officially excused absences as email attachments. |
Faculty Call/Txt | Su-F 12 hr response. To be used to make last minute appointments and for emergencies (such as missing a test). |
Faculty Office Hours | By appointment MW 2 PM to 6PM SHL206 or SHL014. Usually able to schedule within 30 minutes either after class or by call/txt. For all issues related to the course and subject material. |
Text Book |
Physics of Light and Optics, by Justin Peatross and James Ware. 2015 edition. |
HW | Posted to Canvas. A mix from the text, lecture, and instructor. |
Computer | Canvas for course website, grades, announcements UDeploy to get a copy of Mathematica Mathematica is allowed (but not required) on part of the test. |
Topics |
1) Analytical Description of Light |
Math Prerequisites | Trigonometry, Geometry, Algebra, Calculus, Simple Programming |
Course Information |
Lectures PHYS 313 begin 2/11/2019 MWF 12:20PM – 1:10PM in GOR117. Lecture 1 will introduce some Nobel Prizes in optics over the past 10 years.
Laboratory Graded by laboratory TA. Laboratory manuals will be available on Canvas. Labs will be done by groups of two students.
Lab Schedule | |
Lab 1 - | |
Lab 2 - | |
Lab 3 - | |
NO LAB – Exam | |
Lab 4 - | |
Lab 5 - | |
Lab 6 - | |
NO LAB – Exam | |
Lab 7 - | |
Lab 8 - | |
Lab 9 - | |
NO LAB – Break | |
Lab 10 - | |
MAKE-UP For official excused absences |
Quizzes
Quizzes will be given during the lecture. The one question quiz is taken from the lecture. Final grade in Canvas one week after quiz given.
Tests
Graded by Barry Walker. Mid-Terms will have 20 points maximum for a 100%. The mid-terms are in class. The final is cumulative over all topics.
Grading |
Section 010 Grading | |
20 % / Homework Assignments |
See Mastering Physics website for grading and due date |
25 % / Laboratories |
Turned in at Following Lab |
10 % / In-Class Quizzes |
In class / one missed quiz allowed without official excuse. |
25 % / Three Mid-Term Exams | Topic I – March 1, Topic II – March 27th, Topic III – TBD |
20 % / Cumulative Final Exam |
See UD 'Finals Schedule' |
Letter Assignments | A>94%, A->90, B+ >87, B>84%, B->80%, C+ >77, C >74%, C->70, D+>67, D>64%, D->60 Since all assignments and tests are not equal, 5% curving of the final grade distribution is discretionary. |
Instructor / TA / Discussion Evaluations |
At end of semester. Comments are always welcome. |
Grade Resolution | Laboratories see Lab TA Homework Issues and Test corrections see Barry |
Student code | See 82 pages of Rules and Responsibilities at U.Del. |
Reading Assignments |
1) Analytical Description of Light | Chapters 0,1 | Feb 13 to Feb 22 |
2) Light Interacting with Matter | Chapters 2,3 | Feb 27 to March 18 |
3) Light as a Ray, Classical Optics | Chapter 9 | March 22 to April 22 |
4) Light as a Wave, Physical Optics | Chapter 10 | April 26 to May 17 |
5) Properties and Applications of Light (as time allows) | Chapter 12 | May 20 |
Syllabus |
Graduate E&M: Advanced level graduate course open to all majors and degree programs.
Faculty | Barry Walker |
Faculty Email | M-F 48 hr response. ONLY to be used for issues requiring documentation, e.g. officially excused absences as email attachments. |
Faculty Call/Txt | Su-F 24 hr response. To be used to make last minute appointments and for emergencies (such as missing a test). |
Faculty Office Hours | By appointment MW 2 PM SHL206 or SHL014. For all issues related to the course and subject material. |
Text Book | Modern Electrodynamics, by Andrew Zangwill |
HW | Posted to Canvas. A mix from the text, lecture, and instructor. |
Computer | Canvas for course website, grades, announcements UDeploy to get a copy of Mathematica Mathematica is allowed (but not required) on tests. |
Topics | 1) Mathmatical Review 2) Maxwell's Equations 3) Electrostatics 4) Magnetostatics |
Additional Information:
Quizzes: Quizzes will be given during the lecture. The one question quiz is taken from the lecture. Final grade in Canvas one week after quiz given.
Tests: Graded by Barry Walker. Mid-Terms will have 20 points maximum for a 100%. The mid-terms are in class. The final is cumulative over all topics.
Section 010 Grading | . |
10 % / Homework Assignments | Graded on Participation |
5 % / In-Class Quizzes | In class / one missed quiz allowed without official excuse. |
60 % / Four Mid-Term Exams | Dates TBD |
25 % / Cumulative Final Exam | See UD 'Finals Schedule' |
Letter Assignments | A>90%, A->80, B+ >73, B>67%, B->60%, C+ >53, C >47%, C->40, D+>33, D>27%, D->20 Since all assignments and tests are not equal, 5% curving of the final grade distribution is discretionary. |
Instructor / TA / Discussion Evaluations | At end of semester. Comments are always welcome. |
Student code | See 82 pages of Rules and Responsibilities at U.Del. |