# Modern Physics DeMYSTiFied

**by**McMahon, David

### 9780071630184

## Summary

## Author Biography

**David McMahon**has worked for several years as a physicist and researcher at one of the National Laboratories. He is the author of

*Linear Algebra Demystified, Quantum Mechanics Demystified, Relativity Demystified, MATLAB Demystified*, and

*String Theory Demystified*, among other successful titles..

## Table of Contents

**1. The Special Theory of Relativity**Galilean transformations

Invariance of equations

Einstein's postulates

The Michelson-Morley Experiment

Lorentz Coordinate transformations

Length contraction and time dilation

Velocity transformations

Mass, energy, and momentum

**2. Photons**

Review of electromagnetic waves

The photoelectric effect

The Compton effect

Blackbody radiation

Pair production, annihilation and absorption of photons

**3. The Wavelike Properties of Particles**

De Broglie's hypothesis

Particle waves

Uncertainty relations in classical waves

Probability interpretation of De Broglie waves

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

Wavepackets

**4. Models of the Atom**

The Thompson Model

The Rutherford Model

The Bohr Model

The Hydrogen Spectrum

Bohr's theory and the emission of radiation

Energy levels in atoms

**5. Electrons**

Orbital angular momentum

Magnetic dipole moments

Magnetic Dipole moments in external magnetic fields

The Zeeman effect

Quantization of orbital angular momentum

Electron spin

Spin-Orbit coupling

Fine structure of the atom

**6. The Schrodinger Equation**

What is the Schrodinger equation

Wave functions and the particle in a box

**7. The Pauli Exclusion Principle**

Atoms with multiple electrons

The Pauli Exclusion principle

Multiple particles in a box

Bosons versus Fermions

**8 The Periodic Table of the Elements**

**9. Applying the Schrodinger Equation to the Atom**

**10. Molecules**

**11. The Nucleus**

**12. Radioactive Decay**

**13. Nuclear Reactions**

**14. Nuclear Power **

**15. Nuclear Fusion**

**16. Particle Physics**

**17. Kinetic Theory of Gases**

**18. Quantum Statistical Mechanics**

**19. Solid State Physics **

**20. Basic Optics**

Probabilities and normalization

The Simple Harmonic Oscillator