SH1011 Modern Physics 7.5 credits

Modern fysik

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

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

Course main content

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.


Basic calculus, algebra and mechanics.


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


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

Offered by



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Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2010.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2009.