Sep 24, 2022
PHYS 225 - Modern Physics
Presents the special theory of relativity, key phenomena, and experiments of modern physics that led to a break from classical views. Includes an introduction to quantum mechanics. Research based active engagement, pedagogical methods and hands on activities assist conceptual development.
Recommended: MATH 238 or concurrent enrollment.
Prerequisite(s): MATH 153 or MATH 254 and PHYS 123 .
Limits of Classical Physics
- Differentiate between Galilean Relativity and Special Relativity
- Correctly calculate time dilation and length contraction effects
- Represent appropriate quantities using four vectors
- Perform Lorentz Transformations between reference frames
- Identify proper time and proper velocity
- Make appropriate computations using the Energy-Momentum 4-vector
Mysteries and Failures
- Identify the limitations of classical physics
- Identify what was mysterious about particular historical experiments (such as the ones listed here) or describe where classical physics fails to explain aspects of these or similar experiments.
Thinking differently about classical physics
- Atomic Spectra
- Photoelectric Effect
- Blackbody Radiation
- Heat Capacities of Solids
- Atomic Theory
- Electrical Conduction
- Construct and solve problems using the Hamiltonian
- Derive wave functions
- Construct and interpret energy Diagrams
The Spherical Shroedinger Equation
- Articulate the wave particle duality and describe its basis in the Schroedinger Equation
- Explain the purpose and meaning of the Schroedinger Equation
- Cite and describe different philosophical interpretations of the Schroedinger Equation
- Perform the computations that illlustrate the interpretations above and those that give rise to the Uncertainty Principle
- Perform computations appropriate to the Time-Independent Schroedinger Equation
- Construct the solution to the Schroedinger equation for the Hydrogen Atom
- Working individually or in teams students will utilize concepts deriving from the active engagement portions of the course in a project, paper or other assessment that illustrates how the modern view reconciles conflicts, mysteries or failures from classical physics.
GenEd Outcomes: Creative and Critical Thinking
- Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning
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