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PHYS 4D | GENERAL PHYSICS (CALCULUS) | Summer 2015 | |||

5 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory. | 6 Units | ||||

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 96
(Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12) | |||||

Lecture Hours: 5 |
Lab Hours: 3 | Lecture/Lab: | |||

Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below. | |||||

Repeatability - | |||||

Statement: | Not Repeatable. | ||||

Status - | |||||

Course Status: Active | Grading: Letter Grade with P/NP option | ||||

Degree Status: Applicable | Credit Status: Credit | ||||

GE Status: Non-GE | |||||

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Transferability: Both | Validation: | ||||

1. Description - | ||

Special relativity, statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, nuclear physics, particle physics. | ||

Prerequisite: PHYS 4C. | ||

Corequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 2A. | ||

Advisory: None | ||

2. Course Objectives - | ||

The student will be able to: - Compute special relativity problems and interpret related paradoxes and special cases.
- Explain wave-particle duality and its implications through both historical and thought experiments.
- Discuss the concepts of quantum mechanics and solve simple problems.
- Discuss models and solve problems pertaining to the Hydrogen atom,the Periodic Table and condensed matter physics.
- Explain models of nuclear physics, how they relate to observed results, and solve problems concerning radioactive decay.
- Explain current theories in particle physics.
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3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment - | ||

Physics laboratory with equipment for teaching introductory relativity and modern physics. | ||

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) - | ||

- Compute special relativity problems and interpret related paradoxes and special cases.
- Frames of reference
- Inertial vs. noninertial frames
- Galiean tranforms
- The speed of light
- Maxwell's equations
- Ether
- Michelson-Morley results
- Einstein's postulates
- Laws of physics same in inertial frames
- Speed of light constant in inertial frames
- Loertz Transformations
- Length Contraction
- Time dilation
- Simultaneity
- Experimental evidence
- Muon decay
- Airborne atomic clocks
- Paradoxes
- Twin paradox
- Ladder in barn paradox
- Addition of velocities
- Momentum
- Momentum is conserved
- Discussion of "relativistic mass"
- Energy
- Derivation of e=mc^2
- Conservation of energy
- Relativistic Collisions
- General Relativity
- Explain wave-particle duality and its implications through both historical and thought experiments.
- Light acting like a particle
- Blackbody radiation
- Defintion of a black body
- Wien's Law
- T^4 Law
- Classical attempts at solution
- Planck's solution
- The photoelectric effect
- Experimental evidence
- Einstein's solution
- The Compton effect
- Wave properties of particles
- The deBroglie hypothesis
- Electron diffraction
- Wave-Particle Duality
- Two slit experiments
- Predictions for waves
- Predictions for particles
- Experimental results
- The concept of probabalistic results.
- Discuss the concepts of quantum mechanics and solve simple problems.
- The Stern-Gerlach experiment
- The concept of spin
- Experimental results
- Alignment and anti-alignment
- Results of consecutive measurements
- Mathematical representation
- State vectors
- Eigenvectors
- The collapse of the state vector
- Assignment of probability based upon amplitude
- Normalization of recombined waves
- Time evolution
- Wave functions and the Schrodinger Equation
- Justification of the Schrodinger Equation
- Probability results
- Energy eigenfunctions
- Heisenberg uncertainty principle
- Particle in a box
- Infinite walls
- Solutions
- Quantized energy levels
- Finite box
- Two-dimensional box
- Scattering and tunneling
- Quantum Harmonic Oscillator
- Correspondence Principle
- Discuss models and solve problems pertaining to the Hydrogen atom, the Periodic Table and condensed matter physics.
- Bohr's model of the hydrogen atom and the hydrogen spectrum
- Restriction of angular momentum to integer multiples of Planck's Constant
- Bohr radius
- Energy levels and the hydrogen spectrum
- Shortcomings of the Bohr model
- Quantum mechanical approach
- Schrodinger's equation
- Three dimensions
- Electrostatic potential
- Spherical coordinates
- Separation of variables
- The need for four quantum numbers
- Wave functions for the hydrogen atom
- Shapes
- Probabilities
- Pauli exclusion principle
- The Periodic Table
- Wave functions in solid state
- Energy bands
- Statistical distribution functions
- Explain models of nuclear physics, how they relate to observed results, and solve problems concerning radioactive decay.
- Models of the nucleus
- Stability
- Ratio of protons to neutrons
- Radioactivity
- Decay and half-lives
- Biological effects of radiation
- Fission
- Fusion
- Explain current theories in particle physics.
- Inventory of particles
- Leptons
- Hadrons
- Baryons
- Mesons
- Conservation Laws
- Quarks
- Eightfold way
- Color
- Particles as force mediators
- Virtual particles
- Different views of the strong force.
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5. Repeatability - Moved to header area. | ||

6. Methods of Evaluation - | ||

- Weekly problem sets
- Periodic midterm tests
- Laboratory performance
- Final examination
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7. Representative Text(s) - | ||

Young and Freedman, Sears and Zemansky's University Physics. 12th ed., Pearson Publishing, 2008. | ||

8. Disciplines - | ||

Physics | ||

9. Method of Instruction - | ||

Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Laboratory, Demonstration. | ||

10. Lab Content - | ||

- Suggested Laboratory Experiments (Some experiments may use computer-generated data and/or data from audio-visual media)
- Time Dilation
- The Photoelectric Effect
- Black Body Radiation
- Atomic Spectra
- Particle Scattering (mechanical simulation)
- The Franck-Hertz Experiment
- The Zeeman Effect
- Radioactive Decay
- Electron Diffraction
- Charge-to-Mass of the Electron
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11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section. | ||

12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - | ||

- Homework Problems: Homework problems covering subject matter from text and related material ranging from 10 - 40 problems per week. Students will need to employ critical thinking in order to complete assignments.
- Lecture: Five hours per week of lecture covering subject matter from text and related material. Reading and study of the textbook, related materials and notes.
- Labs: Students will perform experiments and discuss their results in either the form of a written lab report or via oral examination. Reading and understanding the lab manual prior to class is essential to success.
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13. Need/Justification - | ||

This course is a required core course for the AS degree in Physics. |

Course status: | Active | |

Last updated: | 2015-03-03 11:10:48 |

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