PCS 300 Modern Physics

Special Relativity: simultaneity, time dilation, length contraction, Lorentz transformations, velocity addition, rest mass, energy. Blackbody radiation: Boltzmann’s and Wien’s Laws, Planck’s quantization. Photoelectric effect. Compton effect. Atomic spectra. Rydberg’s formula. Thompson’s and Rutherford’s atomic models. Bohr’s model of the atom. Lect: 3 hrs./Lab: 1 hr. Prerequisites: (MTH 231 and PCS 130) or (PCS 125 and PCS 211 and MTH 141 and MTH 240) Course Weight: 1.00 Billing Units: 1

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