PHY*204*10 Description


Fundamentals of Modern Physics


The first part of the course will explain the special theory of relativity: simultaneity, time dilation, length contraction, Lorenz's transformations, and relativistic dynamics. The second part of the course will introduce the fundamental ideas of quantum physics: Planck's hypothesis, Bohr's model of the hydrogen atom, wave-particle duality, Schroedinger's equation, and basic applications of the formalism to atomic and molecular physics. Prerequisite: Physics 112, Mathematics 203, or permission of the instructor. (Mathematics 345 may be taken concurrently.) (Offered annually: Spring) Must have taken/be taking PHY*112 and MAT*203