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PHYS 328. Modern Physics I

Credits: 3
Department: Physics
Description: Photons, Bohr-Rutherford model of the atom, wave-particle duality, Schroedinger equation, hydrogen atom wave functions, many-electron atoms, Maxwell-Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac, and Bose-Einstein statistics.
Prerequisites: MATH 222, PHYS 235
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Define the shortcoming of classical physics and describe the need for modifications to classical theory.
2. Articulate the experimental basis for attributing particle properties to waves and wave properties to particles.
3. Apply the probabilistic interpretation of wave function to simple problems.
4. Elaborate on the various forms of Schr÷dinger's equation and identify the meaning of each term in the equation(s); solve Schr÷dinger's equation for the problem of particle in a box, Potential Step and Barriers.
5. Define the overall framework of Classical Statistical Physics; Compare and Contrast Classical and Quantum Statistics.

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