This is primarily a course for students wanting to pursue a degree in Astronomy or Physics. It is usually taken by students in the second term of their first or second year -- each individual student should choose which timing is best for them. Over the years, lots of students who are not pursuing a Physics or Astronomy degrees have taken the course and enjoyed it. If you're in engineering and looking for just a little bit more of the fun science stuff, or if you took PHYS 1210 and MATH 1210 and want a little more physics and can't fit PHYS 1211 into your schedule, this is a good course to consider.
The new ideas in physics that emerged in the first half of the twentieth century, now collectively known as "Modern Physics", changed the way the world is understood and also led to a number of inventions and discoveries which changed the world.
In this course, the Special Theory of Relativity and early ideas in Quantum Mechanics are introduced. Topics discussed in relativity include observed departures from Newtonian theory, Lorentz transformations, space and time dilation, the "Twin Paradox" as well as some elementary ideas in relativistic dynamics. Topics discussed in Quantum Mechanics include the quantum theory of light, the wave nature of particles, and the Schroedinger equation as applied to one-dimensional problems.
The course prerequisites are PHYS 1210 and either MATH 1210 or MATH 1190, and it convenes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30am - 9:45am.