Modern Physics DeMYSTiFied

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2013-02-05
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
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Understanding modern physics just got relatively easy!Students struggling through all the complex topics offered in modern physics courses will appreciate the guidance of the tried-and-true Demystified format and style--with hundreds of equations and sample problems.Many of these topics featured in Modern Physics Demystified have not been covered before in any Demystified book, such as statistical physics, solid state physics, models of the atom, nuclear reactions, reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel, and molecular physics. Veteran Demystified author David McMahon makes it easy to understand the challenging material. .

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 RelativityGalilean 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

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

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