Introduction to Modern Physics
Length of Course: 14 weeks
Classroom Hours per Week: 5 hours lectures
Prerequisites: Physics 120 and Mathematics 114 and 12 credits
Text: Paul A. Tipler, Ralph Llewellyn, Modern Physics, 6th Edition, W.H.Freeman, 2012.
Chapters of the textbook relevant to the above topics are 1-7.
An intermediate level course in relativity and quantum mechanics. Topics include: special and general relativity; quantization of charge, light and energy; wave properties of matter; wave mechanics and its application to systems of atoms and nuclei.
|Week 1||Introduction to Relativity. Einstein’s Postulate. Lorentz Transformation|
|Week 2||Time Dilation and Length Contraction|
|Week 3||Doppler Effect. Twin Paradox|
|Week 4||Relativistic Momentum and Energy. Mass-Energy Conversion. Invariant Mass|
|Week 5||General Relativity|
|Week 6||Quantization of Charge, Light, and Energy|
|Week 7||Atomic Spectra. Rutherford’s Nuclear Model. Bohr Model of the Hydrogen Atom. X-Ray Spectra|
|Week 8||De Broglie Hypothesis. Wave packets. Wave Function|
|Week 9||Uncertainty Principle. Wave-Particle Duality|
|Week 10||Schrödinger Equation in One Dimension|
|Week 11||Schrödinger Equation in One Dimension|
|Week 12||Schrödinger Equation in Three Dimensions|
|Week 13||Schrödinger Equation in Three Dimensions|
|Week 14||Final Exam|
Vladan Jovovic, B.Sc. (Belgrade), M.Sc. (Kragujevac), Ph.D. (Novi Sad)
Tara Todoruk, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Northern British Columbia)