Modern Physics

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PHY 251/252 Modern Physics Spring 2001 May 30, 2001 - News and Announcements: Final Exam solutions and all grades on WWW PHY251 is a wide-ranging introduction to the physics of the 20 th century, which saw a radical evolution in the understanding and view of the sub-microscopic domain and in the view of space-time. After an introduction of experimental evidence conflicting with classical conceptions, the new framework of physics will be discussed. We discuss elements of Einstein's theory of relativity, and Schrödinger's non-relativistic wave equation will be used to describe the behavior of electrons and other sub-atomic particles. This powerful equation - replacing Newton's F = m a in the sub-atomic world - is applied to calculate simple systems as well as the Hydrogen atom. The statistics of Fermions and Bosons is discussed, and its profound consequences for the structure of atoms, molecules, and solids. Finally, topics from Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, and Cosmology will be discussed at the introductory level. The level of the course requires familiarity with calculus, and a general knowledge of classical (introductory) physics. Prerequisites: PHY 132 or 142, or PHY 126+127; MAT 203, or MAT 205, or AMS 261 PHY 251 Lectures: Physics P-116 Mo,We 3:20- 4:40pm Recitation: Section 1 Physics P-124 Mo 2:15-3:10pm Rijssenbeek Section 2 Physics P-124 We 2:15-3:10pm Starosta PHY 252 Laboratory: Section 1 Physics A-133 Tu 12:50-2:50pm Egdemir Textbook: Modern Physics , Chapters 1-16, J. Bernstein, P.M. Fishbane, S. Gasiorowicz; Prentice Hall (2000); ISBN 0-13-955311-8. See e.g. YaHoo for price comparisons. Note: First meetings of the sections for recitation and PHY252 laboratory are in the week of Monday January 29, 2001.
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