Jun 30, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog, Volume 80 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog, Volume 80
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PHYS - 220. Modern Physics

Three hours of lecture and one three-hour laboratory period a week for one semester.
4 credit(s)
This course builds on the foundations of general physics to introduce many of the key topics in modern physics, revolutionary ideas in our understanding of the physical universe which were developed toward the end of the nineteenth century into the twentieth century. The topics that are covered range from special relativity and relativistic dynamics; the mathematical foundations of quantum mechanics; wave-particle duality; the model of atomic structure, particularly the hydrogen atom; nuclear structure; radioactivity; and the standard model of particle physics, among other important concepts. The theoretical elements of the course are bolstered by the hands-on laboratory component, which includes some of the classical experiments which led to the discovery of many of these modern ideas.  Lab fee.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 120  and (PHYS 120  or PHYS 140 ). 
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