University Of Limerick

Modern Physics


Iowa State Course Substitution

Introduction to Modern Physics I

PHYS 321/321L

Course Info

International Credits: 6.0
Converted Credits: 3.5
Country: Ireland
Language: English
Course Description:
Wave mechanics: De Broglie's hypothesis, wave functions and probability amplitudes, the Heisenberg Uncertainty principle. The Schroedinger wave equation: simple solutions in one dimension, transmission, reflection and penetration at a barrier, tunnelling, potential wells, the harmonic oscillator. The Schroedinger equation in three dimensions: the hydrogen atom, quantisation of angular momentum, spatial quantisation, the Zeeman effect. Spin: the fourth quantum number, the Pauli exclusion principle. Special Relativity: Relativistic dynamics, relativistic mass and momentum, total energy, mass/energy equivalence. Spacetime: spacetime diagrams, introduction to four-vectors. Application of relativistic dynamics to particle beam devices and collision experiments. Nuclear Physics: Nucleons and nuclear models, nuclear spin nuclear reactions and cross-sections. Introduction to elementary particles and the Standard Model.


Evaluation Date:
April 11, 2018
Kerry Whisnant
Includes lab, so 321L is also appropriate.