I am very pleased to be teaching Introduction to Modern Physics in Spring 2020. I foster an active learning environment, in which students take direct ownership of the learning process. You will be immersed in physics learning: outside the classroom in readings, videos, and problem-solving; inside the classroom by learning how to setup and solve problems and engagement in the principles and implications of physics through experience with physical phenomena and inquiry-based learning, both at the individual and the group level.
- Fondren Science 158, Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-1:50
- Required: Harris, Randy. “Modern Physics” (second edition)
- Optional: “Schaum’s Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables” (or similar, available from Amazon.com)
- Optional: Gates, J., Blitzer, F., Sekula, S. “Reality in the Shadows (or) What the Heck’s the Higgs?”. YBK Publishers. 2017.
All lecture notes are available in book form. Enjoy!
- Introduction to Modern Physics – PHYS 3305 – Lecture Notes, Prof. Stephen Sekula (354 pages)
Watch the Grand Challenge Problem project presentations by Spring 2020 students.
I love physics. When I do physics research, or when I teach physics, it’s a lot of fun for me. This parody video will give you a tiny taste of the sense of fun I have about these activities, and about how exciting I feel is the transition from classical to modern physics. This was made for when I resumed teaching this course in Fall 2019.