FISI 3016: Introduction to Modern Physics


An introductory course in contemporary physics with emphasis on descriptive aspects. The Special Theory of Relativity. The origins of Quantum Physics: Particle properties of electromagnetic radiation, Blackbody spectrum, Photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, X-rays. Wave properties of material particles, de Broglie wave, Wave-particle duality, Uncertainty Principle. Atom models, atomic spectra, Bohr-de Broglie atom. Correspondence principle, simple ideas of wave mechanics and the Hydrogen atom and spin. Electronic configurations in atoms and the Periodic Table. Introduction to properties of condensed matter, the atomic nucleus and elementary particles.