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Douglas C. Giancoli obtained his BA in physics (summa cum laude) from UC Berkeley, his MS in physics at MIT, and his PhD in elementary particle physics back at the UC Berkeley. He spent 2 years as a post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley’s Virus lab developing skills in molecular biology and biophysics. His mentors include Nobel winners Emilio Segrè and Donald Glaser.
He has taught a wide range of undergraduate courses, traditional as well as innovative ones, and continues to update his textbooks meticulously, seeking ways to better provide an understanding of physics for students.
Doug’s favorite spare-time activity is the outdoors, especially climbing peaks. He says climbing peaks is like learning physics: it takes effort and the rewards are great.
Special Theory of Relativity | |
Galilean-Newtonian Relativity | |
The Michelson-Morley Experiment | |
Postulates of the Special Theory of Relativity | |
Simultaneity | |
Time Dilation and the Twin Paradox | |
Length Contraction | |
Four-Dimensional Space-Time | |
Galilean and Lorentz Transformations | |
Relativistic Momentum and Mass | |
The Ultimate Speed | |
Energy and Mass; E=mc2 | |
Doppler Shift for Light | |
The Impact of Special Relativity | |
Summary | |
Questions | |
Problems | |
General Problems | |
Early Quantum Theory and Models of the Atom | |
Planck's Quantum Hypothesis | |
Photon Theory of Light and the Photoelectric Effect | |
Photons and the Compton Effect | |
Photon Interactions; Pair Production | |
Wave-Particle Duality; the Principle of Complementarity | |
Wave Nature of Matter | |
Electron Microscopes | |
Early Models of the Atom | |
Atomic Spectra: Key to the Structure of the Atom | |
The Bohr Model | |
DeBroglie's Hypothesis Applied to Atoms | |
Summary | |
Questions | |
Problems | |
General Problems | |
Quantum Mechanics | |
Quantum Mechanics-A New Theory | |
The Wave Function and Its Interpretation; the Double-Slit Experiment | |
The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle | |
Philosophic Implications; Probability Versus Determinism | |
The Schrodinger Equation in One Dimension-Time-Independent Form | |
Time-Dependent Schrodinger Equation | |
Free Particles; Plane Waves and Wave Packets | |
Particle in an Infinitely Deep Square Well Potential (a Rigid Box) | |
Finite Potential Well | |
Tunneling through a Barrier | |
Summary | |
Questions | |
Problems | |
General Problems | |
Quantum Mechanics of Atoms | |
Quantum-Mechanical View of Atoms | |
Hydrogen Atom: Schrodinger Equation and Quantum Numbers | |
Hydrogen Atom Wave Functions | |
Complex Atoms; the Exclusion Principle | |
The Periodic Table of Elements | |
X-Ray Spectra and Atomic Number | |
Magnetic Dipole Moments; Total Angular Momentum | |
Fluorescence and Phosphorescence | |
Lasers | |
Holography | |
Summary | |
Questions | |
Problems | |
General Problems | |
Molecules and Solids | |
Bonding in Molecules | |
Potential-Energy Diagrams for Molecules | |
Weak (van der Waals) Bonds | |
Molecular Spectra | |
Bonding in Solids | |
Free-Electron Theory of Metals | |
Band Theory of Solids | |
Semiconductors and Doping | |
Semiconductor Diodes | |
Transistors and Integrated Circuits | |
Summary | |
Questions | |
Problems | |
General Problems | |
Nuclear Physics and Radioactivity | |
Structure and Properties of the Nucleus | |
Binding Energy and Nuclear Forces | |
Radioactivity | |
Alpha Decay | |
Beta Decay | |
Gamma Decay | |
Conservation of Nucleon Number and Other Conservation Laws | |
Half-Life and Rate of Decay | |
Decay Series | |
Radioactive Dating | |
Detection of Radiation | |
Summary | |
Questions | |
Problems | |
General Problems | |
Nuclear Energy: Efects and Uses of Radiation | |
Nuclear Reactions and the Transmutations of Elements | |
Cross Section | |
Nuclear Fission; Nuclear Reactors | |
Fusion | |
Passage of radiation through matter; Radiation Damage | |
Measurement of Radiation-Dosimetry | |
Radiation Therapy | |
Tracers | |
Imaging by Tomography: CAT Scans, and E | |
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