Catalogue 2020 - 2021

PHYS 320 Modern Physics




PHYS 124 or PHYS 134; and MATH 124 or MATH 134

Course Description

This course is an introduction to two great accomplishments of 20th century physics: Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. These theories are more difficult to understand than classical Newtonian physics because they usually relate to situations beyond our everyday experience, specifically velocities close to the speed of light and extremely small distances. Standard topics in Special Relativity will be covered including time dilation, length contraction, and the twin paradox. The basics of Quantum Mechanics will be introduced including the quantization of matter and energy, atomic structure, the Schrödinger Equation, and the hydrogen atom.


Formerly PHYS 206


spring semester in even years