PHYS 252-Spring 2007

Modern Physics

Instructor: Paul Fendley

Syllabus

Last Year's Notes

2004 Notes

 

Homework 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

Lecture Notes

  • Lecture 1: modern physics, our topics, our books and their authors, quantum mechanics
  • Lecture 2: interference for waves and electrons
  • Lecture 3: wavelength and momentum
  • Lecture 4: photons, the photoelectric effect
  • Lecture 5: uncertainty principle
  • Lecture 6: probability amplitudes, particle in a box, spectral lines
  • Lecture 7: the size of the atom, three principles of quantum mechanics
  • Lecture 8: free particles, adding amplitudes
  • Lecture 9: crystal diffraction
  • Lecture 10: identical particles
  • Lecture 11: fermions and bosons
  • Lecture 12: bosonic enhancement
  • Lecture 13: Bose-Einstein distribution
  • Lecture 14: black-body radiation
  • Lecture 15: quantization of angular momentum
  • Lecture 16-17: spin uncertainty principle, periodic table
  • Lecture 18: different components of spin
  • Lecture 19: bases
  • Lecture 20-21: stationary states, spin precession
  • Lecture 22: tunneling
  • Lecture 23: ammonia molecule in an electric field
  • Lecture 24: masers/lasers, quantum computers
  • Lecture 24a: Bonus! review of states and amplitudes
  • Lecture 25: Schrodinger equation, finite-depth well
  • Lecture 26: the hydrogen atom
  • Lecture 27: Symmetry and positronium decay, the EPR paradox
  • Lecture 28: the ether (and lack thereof)
  • Lecture 29: special relativity
  • Lecture 30: Lorentz transformations, length contraction and time dilation
  • Lecture 31: addition of velocities, Lorentz invariants
  • Lecture 32: energy-mass without relativity
  • Lecture 33: relativistic momentum and energy
  • Lecture 34: general relativity
  • Lecture 35: gravity and clocks, curved spacetime
  • Lecture 36: Einstein's equation, black holes, the cosmological constant
  • Lecture 37: the expanding universe
  • Lecture 38: dark matter and energy, the cosmic microwave background
  • Lecture 39: the big bang