114054 – Physics 3

Physics 3 – 114054


Course subjects:

  1. Photons, electrons, and particle waves

– Blackbody radiation
– The Photoelectric Effect
– The Compton Effect
– Atomic spectrum
– Rutherford’s Scattering and the discovery of the nucleus
– Bohr’s model for the Hydrogen Atom
– The statistical interoperation of waves
-De Broglie wavelength, Davisson-Gremer experiment, Bragg diffraction

  1. Quantum Mechanics

– Electrons interference
– The Uncertainty Principle
– Wave function
– The Schrodinger equation in 1D
– The Quantum particle in a well
– Tunneling through a potential energy barrier
– Scanning Tunneling Microscopes

– The simple Harmonic Oscillator
– The 3D Schrodinger equation, a particle in a 3D box, degeneration

  1. Atomic Physics

– The Hydrogen atom: Schrodinger equation, energy levels, wave function, quantum numbers
– Spin, Stern & Gerlach experiment, angular momentum, magnetic moment
– Pauli Exclusion principle and the Periodic table
– x-rays, shielding (Moseley)
– Lasers

  1. Solid State

– Bonding in Solids
– Band theory of solids, Conductors, Insulators
– Fermi Free-Electron theory of metals
– Semiconductors, doping
– Semiconductor devices: diodes, LED, Transistors.
– Superconductivity

  1. Nuclear Physics

– The structure of Nuclei
– Nuclear energy
– Nuclear models
– Radioactivity
– The decay processes
– Nuclear reactions
– Nuclear Fission

– Nuclear reactor
– Nuclear fusion

  1. Elementary particles and Cosmology

– Positrons and anti-particles
– Mesons
– Classification of particles
– Conservation laws
– Quark model



– Serway, Beichner: Physics for scientists and engineers, 5th edition or

– Serway, Jewett: Physics for scientists and engineers, 6th or 7th editions

Comments: Some of the material is presented as problems for the students at the end of each chapter in these books.

Most of the material is covered in the more detailed book:

“Modern Physics” by P.A. Tipler


Contact Hours per Week

Lecture: 3 hours.

Recitation: 1 Hour.

Credit points: 4