PHYS 2040
Special Relativity and Modern Physics

Me beside Rutherford's gravestone in Westminster Abbey, London

``Raffiniert ist der Herrgott aber boshaft ist er nicht'' - Albert Einstein
`` Subtle is the Lord, but malicious He is not'' - translation by Abraham Pais
``God is slick, but He ain't mean'' - Einstein's own translation of his aphorism
``The Lord God is refined, but he is not malicious'' - translation by a web translator

Have a look at the Modern Physics Miscellany page I've put together which has links to material relating to the course including some pure silliness as well as serious studies from the last few years.


Prof. Scott Menary
Office: 237 Petrie Science
Phone: (416) 736-2100 X22982
email: menary at yorku.Ca


Basic Concepts in Relativity and Early Quantum Theory
Resnick & Halliday - 2nd Edition (Course Kit from Bookstore)

Lecture Schedule

Fall Term 2017

Type Days Time Room Instructor
Lecture MWF 13:30-14:20 SLH C S. Menary
Tutorial M 14:30-15:20 SLH C S. Menary


   Problem Sets - 10%
   Test #1 - 20% (October 20, in class)
   Test #2 - 20% (November 17, in class)
   Exam - 50%

Chapter Readings, Problem sets, Tests, and Exam


Office Hours

Officially: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. WF (i.e., I will try to be here for sure)

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"If you decide you don't have to get A's, you can learn an enormous amount in college."
          I. I. Rabi - Winner of the 1947 Nobel Prize for Physics