SH1011 Modern Physics 7.5 credits

Modern fysik

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Background for modern experimental physics. Relativity theory. De Broglie waves. Wave packets and the Heisenbergs uncertainty principle. Wave-particle-dualism. Internal structure of the atom and Bohr’s model  Elementary quantum physics. Foundations of quantum mechanics. The Schrödinger equation applied to simple potentials and boundary conditions. Interpretation of wave functions. Plane waves. Harmonical oscillators. Angular momentum and spin. The Hydrogen atom and the table of the elements. The Pauli principle. Planck’s radiation law. X-rays and their spectra. Structure of the nuclei. Radioactive decay. The photoelectric effect, x-ray diffraction, electron diffraction and the Zeeman effect. Quantum physics applications to science and technology such as electron microscopy Stern-Gerlach’s experiment, simple molecules and the solid state. Insulators, conductors and semiconductors. Applications of modern physics in medical imaging and radiation therapy.

Intended learning outcomes *

After completing the course you should be able to

  • Outline the scientific foundation for modern physics according the Course Main Content
  • Perform quantum mechanical calculation for simple systems
  • Apply quantum mechanical principles in science and technology
  • Outline the most important experimental methods in modern physics

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Basic calculus, algebra and mechanics.

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Literature

University Physics with Modern Physics by Hugh D. Young and Roger A. Freedman ISBN-10: 080532187X     ISBN-13:  9780805321876

Examination and completion

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A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

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Examiner

Mats Danielsson

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SCI/Physics

Main field of study *

Technology

Education cycle *

First cycle

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Contact

Mats Danielsson (md@mi.physics.kth.se)

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.