PHY*211*10 Description


Modern Physics


The first part of the course will explain the special theory of relativity: simultaneity, time dilation, length contraction, Lorentz'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, Schrödinger's equation, and basic applications of the formalism to atomic and molecular physics. One three-­hour laboratory session per week. Prerequisite(s): PHY 112 and MAT 203