# PHYSICS 51A Modern Physics (2015-2016)

#### PHYSICS 51A Modern Physics

(Required for CpE and EE. Selected Elective for AE, ME and MSE.)

Catalog Data:

**PHYSICS 51A Modern Physics (Credit Units: 4)** Wave-particle duality; quantum mechanics; special relativity; statistical mechanics. Prerequisite: PHYSICS 7E or PHYSICS 3C and MATH 2D. Non-Physics majors only. Only one course from Physics 61A and Physics 51A. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:

. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0138057152.

Recommended Textbook:

None

References:

None

Coordinator:

Relationship to Student Outcomes

No student outcomes specified.

Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

Prerequisites by Topic

Lecture Topics:

- Relativity
- Relativistic Mechanics
- Atoms
- Quantization of Light
- Quantization of Atomic Energy Levels
- Matter Waves
- The Schroedinger Equation in One Dimension
- The Three Dimensional Schroedinger Equation

Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Laboratory Projects:

Professional Component

Contributes toward Mathematics and Basic Science.

Design Content Description

Approach:

Lectures:

Laboratory Portion:

Grading Criteria:

- Lecture Participation: 5%
- Homework: 15%
- Discussion Problems: 10%
- Midterm: 30%
- FInal Exam: 40%
- Total: 100%

Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

Prepared:

August 6, 2014

Senate Approved:

January 8, 2013

Approved Effective:

2013 Fall Qtr