Modern Physics (PHYS 211)

2021 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Physics(PHYS)
3
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Durmuş Ali Demir -durmus.demir@sabanciuniv.edu,
English
Undergraduate
MATH101 NS101
Formal lecture
Interactive,Discussion based learning
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CONTENT

Special relativity. Historical experiments and theoretical foundations in quantum mechanics. Quantum theory of light, blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect, Compton effect. Bohr model of atoms, Frank Hertz experiment. De Broglie waves, the wave particle duality, uncertainty principle. The Schrödinger equation. Tunneling phenomena. Quantization of angular momentum, electron spin. Pauli exclusion principle. Fundamentals of statistical physics, Maxwell Boltzmann distribution, indistinguishability and quantum statistics. Selected topics from atomic and solid state physics, complex systems. The course includes demonstration experiments in which the students are involved in performing as well the data analysis.

OBJECTIVE

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LEARNING OUTCOME

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
1. Describe the Einstein's postulates of special relativity and explain their consequences.
2. Explain Lorentz transformation of coordinates and velocities.
3. Discuss the historical developments and experiments leading to quantum theory of light.
4. Explain Bohr model of the hydrogen atom.
5. Explain the wave particle duality and uncertainty principle.
6. Describe the meaning of Schrödinger equation and its simple applications.
7. Explain the quantization of physical quantities.
8. Discuss Pauli Exclusion Principle.
9. Discuss basic principles of quantum statistics.

ASSESSMENT METHODS and CRITERIA

  Percentage (%)
Final 40
Midterm 50
Assignment 10

RECOMENDED or REQUIRED READINGS

Textbook

"Modern Physics" , R.A Surway, C.J. Moses, C.A. Moyer