1.
Department, number, and title of course
Physics, PHGN310, Honors Physics III
–
Modern Physics I.
2.
Course (catalog) description
A course parallel to PHGN300 but in which the subject matter is treated in greater depth.
Registration is strongly recommen
ded for physics majors or those considering the physics
option, but is not required. 3 semester hours.
3.
Prerequisite(s)
PHGN200/210 and concurrent enrollment in MACS315 or consent of instructor.
4.
Textbook(s) and/or other required material
“Nonclassi
cal Physics Beyond Newton's View,” Harris (1998), Addison

Wesley publishers.
5.
Course Objectives
Understand the basic concepts of special relativity theory, particle/wave dualism and quantum
mechanics as well as with their applications in atomic, molecul
ar, solid state, nuclear/particle
physics, astrophysics, and quantum statistical mechanics.
6.
Topics covered
a) Waves, interference, diffraction
b) Special relativity
c) Relativistic dynamics
c) Origins of quantum theory
d) Bohr model of the atom
e) 1

D
quantum theory
f) Electrons in atoms
g) Laser and molecular bonds
h) crystal structure and bonds
i) Band structure of solids
j) Nuclear physics
k) Applications to nuclear/particle physics, astrophysics, and quantum statistical physics
7.
Class/laboratory
schedule
Three 50

minute lectures weekly.
8.
Contribution of course to meeting the professional component
Three credit hours of basic science.
9.
Relationship of course to program objectives
Provides an introduction to special relativity, quantum mecha
nics, and statistical physics
necessary to meeting Engineering Physics program objectives 1(a,b) and 2(b,c)
.
10.
Person(s) who prepared this description and date of preparation
Frank Kowalski
March 2000
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