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PHY 224 - Modern Physics

Credits: 3
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.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain the fundamental laws and principles that form the basis of relativity, quantum mechanics and atomic structure.
  2. Apply calculus in problem solving to develop relationships for interpretation and attain numerical solutions where algebra is inadequate.
  3. Synthesize various concepts while applying them to real-world contexts seen in careers in the fields of science, technology and engineering.
  4. Apply data reduction/analysis techniques to test important concepts, theories and principles of physics.
  5. Communicate ideas effectively in graphical and written form in homework solutions and examinations. 
Listed Topics
  1. Special relativity
  2. Quantum theory of light
  3. Particle nature of matter
  4. Matter waves
  5. Quantum mechanics in one dimension
  6. Tunneling phenomena
  7. Atomic structure
  8. Electron spin
  9. Multi-electron atoms and the periodic table
  10. Nuclear physics
Reference Materials
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:
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 10/11/2019
Last Reviewed: 2/24/2022

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