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Physics 200

Introduction to Modern Physics

Credits: 4

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.

Course Description:

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.

Course Outline:

Week Topic
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


Quizzes 5%
Midterm Exams 30%
Assignments 15%
Final Exam 50%


Vladan Jovovic, B.Sc. (Belgrade), M.Sc. (Kragujevac), Ph.D. (Novi Sad)

Tara Todoruk, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Northern British Columbia)

Transferability: see