1. Contact Information
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Course Description and Credit Hours
  4. Required Texts
  5. Course Objectives
  6. Student Learning Outcomes
  7. Other Course Materials
  8. Outline Of Topics
  9. Exams and Assignments
  10. Grading Policy
  11. Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework
  12. Attendance Policy
  13. Notification of Changes
  14. Custom Sections
  15. Statements on Academic Misconduct
  16. Statement On Disability Accommodations
  17. Severe Weather Protocol
  18. Pregnant Student Accommodations
  19. Religious Observances
  20. UAct Statement

Intermediate Modern Physics

PH 354-001Spring 2021 | 3 Credit Hours


Dr. Sergio Fabi

Contact Information

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UA Course Catalog Prerequisites:

PH 253

PH 253 - You are supposed to have taken calculus courses including differential equations.

Suggested: basic notion of linear algebra (vector spaces, matrices)

Course Description

Course Description and Credit Hours

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The course is listed as hybrid: a combination of online and in person lectures. I'm planing to be in class to lecture in person every T and R. The lecture will be live streamed on Zoom, recorded and post it on Blackboard. Attendance is not required.

Required Texts

Required Texts from UA Supply Store:
  • NONE / NO TEXT REQUIRED (Required)

None of the textbooks are required, they are references:

Modern General Relativity: Black Holes, Gravitational Waves, and Cosmology - Mike Guidry

Introduction to Elementary Particles - David J. Griffiths

Course Objectives

Introduction to the topics and methodology of theoretical physics.

Student Learning Outcomes

Anticipated Learning Outcomes for this Course:

Upon completion of this course, a successful student will have a basic understanding of the theory Relativity (both special and general) including the applications and of the Standard Model for elementary particles.

  •  The learning outcomes that a successful student will achieve include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Modern approach. The student should acquire an understanding of the contemporary methodology of physics and develop a comparison with the classical one.

  2. Math/physics connection. The student should be able to identify the main relations and interplay between the two disciplines: mathematic as a tool for express physics concepts and as a technique to discover new physics’ ideas.

  3. Research. The student should be able to acquire a basic notion of doing research.

3a. Explore current situation. The student should identify the different area and most significant topics of the present research scenario.

3b. Student responsibility. Student should take responsibility for personal learning and studying methodology: awareness of what it is or is not understood about physical phenomena and classes of problem. Student should acquire an understanding of personal current knowledge, ability, motivations and interests.

3c. The student is expected to develop the ability of independent study.

Other Course Materials

PH354 Resources Page

Outline of Topics

  • Relativity:
    special relativity
    tensor calculus
    general relativity
    applications: black holes, cosmology.

  • Nuclear physics:
    nuclear structures
    nuclear energy, fusion and fission

  • Standard model:
    fundamental interactions
    elementary particles
    gauge symmetries

  • Astrophysics:
    celestial objects and stellar evolution.
    CMB, dark energy.

Exams and Assignments

Thesis: a report on a preferred topic of interest. Midterm and Final Exam to be decided if take home or online.

Grading Policy









Policy on Missed Exams and Coursework

Contact me ASAP. Inform me before a due date and something might be worked out.

Attendance Policy

Attendance is not required.

Notification of Changes

The instructor will make every effort to follow the guidelines of this syllabus as listed; however, the instructor reserves the right to amend this document as the need arises. In such instances, the instructor will notify students in class and/or via email and will endeavor to provide reasonable time for students to adjust to any changes.

Custom Title

Statement on Academic Misconduct

Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the official Academic Misconduct Policy provided in the Online Catalog.

Statement On Disability Accommodations

Contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) as detailed in the Online Catalog.

Severe Weather Protocol

Please see the latest Severe Weather Guidelines in the Online Catalog.

Pregnant Student Accommodations

Title IX protects against discrimination related to pregnancy or parental status. If you are pregnant and will need accommodations for this class, please review the University’s FAQs on the UAct website.

Religious Observances

Under the Guidelines for Religious Holiday Observances, students should notify the instructor in writing or via email during the first two weeks of the semester of their intention to be absent from class for religious observance. The instructor will work to provide reasonable opportunity to complete academic responsibilities as long as that does not interfere with the academic integrity of the course. See full guidelines at Religious Holiday Observances Guidelines.

UAct Statement

The University of Alabama is committed to an ethical, inclusive community defined by respect and civility.  The UAct website (www.ua.edu/uact)  provides extensive information on how to report or obtain assistance with a variety of issues, including issues related to dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, sexual assault, sexual violence or other Title IX violations, illegal discrimination, harassment, hate or bias incidents, child abuse or neglect, hazing, threat assessment, retaliation, and ethical violations or fraud.

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