PHYS 251 Modern Physics (4)

Catalog Description:

Topics in Modern Physics: special theory of relativity, quantization of charge and energy, wavelike properties of particles, Schrödinger Equations, spectra of the atoms, molecular structures and spectra, quantum theory of conductors, semiconductors, the Hall effect and nuclear and particle physics. (Offered spring semester only.)


Prerequisites:


PHYS 212 General Physics II

Required Course Materials:


Paul A. Tipler and Ralph A. Llewellyn, Modern Physics, 5th edition, W. H. Freeman and Company, 2008 (ISBN: 0716775506)

Course Coordinator:


Abaz Kryemadhi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics

Course Audience:


Required for physics majors.

Course Objectives:
 
  1. Gain an understanding of the limitations of classical physics and the key experiments that lead to the development of quantum mechanics. Develop an understanding of foundations of quantum
    mechanical principles.
  2. You will demonstrate a mastery of the course content at a suitable level for a modern physics course, by the end of it.
  3. Develop the capacity to apply abstract ideas to tangible problems. This will enhance your critical thinking skills.
  4. Develop the capacity to think scientifically, and that sometimes means accepting something based on experimental evidence, even when it is counter intuitive and become aware of God’s glory
    in that revelation.


Topics:

  1. Special theory of relativity
  2. Quantization of charge and energy
  3. Wavelike properties of particles
  4. Schrödinger Equation
  5. Spectra of the atoms
  6. Molecular structures and spectra
  7. Quantum theory of conductors
  8. Semiconductors
  9. Hall effect
  10. Nuclear and particle physics

 

Revised: (AK) September 2010

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