PHY 224 - Modern Physics
3 Lecture Hours
Prerequisites: PHY 222 , PHY 223
This course in modern physics deals with relativity, quantum mechanics and atomic structure. Major topics of study include: Special relativity, the radiation laws, matter waves, atomic structure, Schrodinger’s equation in one dimension, tunneling, electron spin, multi-electron atoms and the periodic table and nuclear physics.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
- Explain the fundamental laws and principles that form the basis of relativity, quantum mechanics and atomic structure.
- Apply calculus in problem solving to develop relationships for interpretation and attain numerical solutions where algebra is inadequate.
- Synthesize various concepts while applying them to real-world contexts seen in careers in the fields of science, technology and engineering.
- Apply data reduction/analysis techniques to test important concepts, theories and principles of physics.
- Communicate ideas effectively in graphical and written form in homework solutions and examinations.
- Special relativity
- Quantum theory of light
- Particle nature of matter
- Matter waves
- Quantum mechanics in one dimension
- Tunneling phenomena
- Atomic structure
- Electron spin
- Multi-electron atoms and the periodic table
- Nuclear physics
Textbook, Scientific Calculator; Computers, Internet
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 10/11/2019
- Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
- Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
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