Course Detail

Units:

3.0
Course Components:

Lecture

Enrollment Information

Enrollment Requirement:

Prerequisites: "C-" or better in PHYS 2220 OR PHYS 3220 OR AP Physics C E&M score of 4+.
Corequisites: PHYS 2235 AND (MATH 2250 OR MATH 2280).

Requirement Designation:

Quantitative Intensive BS

Description

Recommended Prerequisites: PHYS 2220 and MATH 2250. Introduction to Special Relativity: time dilation, length contraction, Lorentz transforms. The quantization of light: Planck black body radiation, the photoelectric effect and x-rays, Bragg diffraction. Basic quantum ideas: wave-particle duality, uncertainty relations, and wave packets. Introduction to quantum mechanics: Schrodinger equation in one, tow, and three dimensions. Square well barriers, harmonic oscillator, and hydrogen atom. Spin and angular momentum: Zeeman effect, Stern-Gerlach experiment. Atomic and molecular structure, and covalent bonding. Multi-electron atoms and the Periodic Table. Introduction to classical and quantum statistics. Maxwell-Beltzman, Fermi-Dirac, Bose-Einstein distributions, Pauli principle with emphasis on relativistic energy and momentum.