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PHYS 274: Introduction to Modern Physics (3 credits)

Course Description

This course focuses on the study of physical optics, special relativity, quantum mechanics, solid state physics, atomic and nuclear physics, and elementary particle physics. (3 hours lecture)

Pre-Requisite(s): Credit for PHYS 272 and PHYS 272L, and credit for or registration in MATH 243, or consent of instructor.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the theory of special relativity and its effects: time dilation and space contraction.
  • Describe the particle like properties of electromagnetic radiation as demonstrated in the photoelectric effect and Compton scattering.
  • Analyze the wavelike properties of matter known as quantum theory.
  • Identify and Describe knowledge of the different properties of solids such as crystal structure, thermal and magnetic properties, and superconductivity.
  • Describe nuclear structure, radioactive decay, nuclear interactions, and their applications.
  • Identify the different elementary particles and describe their role in the forces that hold matter together.

Degrees and Certificates

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Classes Offered

May 30, 2014