News for this course:

Great Job Folks. Keep up the last bit of work. We'll have an excellent review in class on Thursday Apr 30.. see Lecture Notes

Info on the Midterm 3 and Final exam are posted.. check out the exam tab--- plenty of info on logistics, content, coverage, and even practice problems!


Final push folks.. Keep it going!! Great job on class! See the calendar for the updated final schedule of activities!

Wanna know why quantum rocks? Among the many things in the world it explains is why Hydrogen is more reactive than Helium! Doubt it? Ask Dr. Hinko!

Since you asked for it, here's info on an (optional) final project.

Hope you had a good spring break. Time to get back to it and final push for the semester!

Don't forget our class survey on next-steps...

Good job on the midterm (average 78%): info about results shared in class, Your scores and solutions are on D2L.

older notes: on the archive of notes

About Physics 2130

The goal of this course is for you to understand the microscopic origin of the behavior of materials that you may encounter in the world around you or in technological applications. Engineers and scientists use simplified models to describe material properties, and most of the time these approximations work fine, but not always. This course will help you to understand why these models work and where they become unreliable and why. The latter issues become particularly important as one is working in the area of nanotechnology. A secondary goal is to increase your general knowledge through understanding the “new” (in past hundred years) way physicists have come to understand how the universe behaves, i.e. according to the laws of quantum physics.

More information is located on this website and the syllabus