PHYS-306 Modern Physics

This course serves as an introduction to the physics discovered near the beginning of the 20th century and beyond. Topics include special relativity, the wave nature of matter, the particle nature of light, the Bohr atom, non-relativistic quantum mechanics, the hydrogen atom, molecular structure, nuclear structure and nuclear applications. Additional topics may be covered depending on professor/student interests. A number of seminal experiments are performed and studied, which aids in putting the introduced ideas into both scientific and historical context. Prerequisites: MATH-112 and Introductory Physics II (PHYS-205 or PHYS-206). 4 SH. 3 lecture hours, 3 laboratory hours. CC: Oral Intensive, Writing Intensive.