MODERN PHYSICS SYLLABUS 2009 topics

 

Special Relativity

inertial reference frames


 

what's relative & what's not

 Serway 1(1-4)

(3- 4 weeks)

time dilation

Serway 1(5)

 

length contraction

 

 

the Lorentz transformations

Serway 1(6)

 

momentum and energy

Serway 1(7-9)

 

collisions and decays

Serway 1(10)

 

 

 

Nuclear Physics

Rutherford & Geiger
discover the nucleus

Beiser 4(1-4)

 

 

the nuclear force

Serway 13(1-3)

(2 - 3 weeks)

radioactive decay

Serway 13(4-6)

 

radioactive dating

 

 

fission and fusion

Serway 14(3-7)

 

 

 

Elementary Particles

& the Forces of Nature

 

classifying the particle zoo

 

Serway 15(1-4)

 

the forces of nature

 

(2 - 3 weeks)

conservation laws

Serway 15(5)

 

evidence for quarks

Serway 15(8-10)

 

the mass of the top quark

Serway 15 end of chapter Essay

 

 

 

 

accelerators and detectors

 

 

bubble chambers

 

 

 

 

Evidence for Quantization

the photoelectric effect

Serway 2(4)

&

x-ray scattering in crystals

Serway 2(4)

the Particle Nature of Light

the Compton effect

Serway 2(6)

 

Einstein's General Relativity

Serway 2(7)

(2 - 3 weeks)

the spectrum of hydrogen

Serway 3

 

 

 

the Wave Nature of Particles

the double-slit experiment

Feynman Lectures on Physics

Chapter 1(37), 3(1)

(1 - 2 weeks)

the de Broglie wavelength

Serway 4

 

Heisenburg's
uncertainty principle