PHYS 252-Spring 2007

Modern Physics

Instructor: Paul Fendley

Syllabus

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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