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Modern Physics, 3rd Edition

Modern Physics, 3rd Edition

Kenneth S. Krane

ISBN: 978-1-118-32464-6

Jan 2012

560 pages



Since its first publication in 1983, Modern Physics has been one of the most widely used texts for the sophomore-level modern physics course for science and engineering students. It covers all the standard topics in the course, including relativity and introductory quantum mechanics, as well as introductions to statistical physics, nuclear physics high energy physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. Modern Physics provides a balanced presentation of both the historical development of all major modern physics concepts and the experimental evidence supporting the theory.

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Chapter 1. The Failures of Classical Physics
1.1 Review of Classical Physics
1.2 The Failure of Classical Concepts of Space and Time
1.3 The Failure of the Classical Theory of Particle Statistics
1.4 Theory, Experiment, Law

Chapter 2. The Special Theory of Relativity
2.1 Classical Relativity
2.2 The Michelson-Morley Experiment
2.3 Einstein's Postulates
2.4 Consequences of Einstein's Postulates
2.5 The Lorentz Transformation
2.6 The Twin Paradox
2.7 Relativistic Dynamics
2.8 Conservation Laws in Relativistic Decays and Collisions
2.9 Experimental Tests of Special Relativity

Chapter 3. The Particlelike Properties of Electromagnetic Radiation
3.1 Review of Electromagnetic Waves
3.2 The Photoelectric Effect
3.3 Thermal Radiation
3.4 The Compton Effect
3.5 Other Photon Processes
3.6 What Is a Photon?

Chapter 4. The Wavelike Properties of Particles
4.1 DeBroglie's Hypothesis
4.2 Experimental Evidence for DeBroglie Waves
4.3 Uncertainty Relationships for Classical Waves
4.4 Heisenberg Uncertainty Relationships
4.5 Wave Packets
4.6 The Motion of a Wave Packet
4.7 Probability and Randomness

Chapter 5. The Schrödinger Equation
5.1 Behavior of a Wave at a Boundary
5.2 Confining a Particle
5.3 The Schrödinger Equation
5.4 Applications of the Schrödinger Equation
5.5 The Simple Harmonic Oscillator
5.6 Steps and Barriers

Chapter 6. The Rutherford-Bohr Model of the Atom
6.1 Basic Properties of Atoms
6.2 Scattering Experiments and the Thomson Model
6.3 The Rutherford Nuclear Atom
6.4 Line Spectra
6.5 The Bohr Model
6.6 The Franck-Hertz Experiment
6.7 The Correspondence Principle
6.8 Deficiencies of the Bohr Model

Chapter 7. The Hydrogen Atom in Wave Mechanics
7.1 A One-Dimensional Atom
7.2 Angular Momentum in the Hydrogen Atom
7,3 The Hydrogen Atom Wave Functions
7.4 Radial Probability Densities
7.5 Angular Probability Densities
7.6 Intrinsic Spin
7.7 Energy Levels and Spectroscopic Notation
7.8 The Zeeman Effect
7.9 Fine Structure

Chapter 8. Many-Electron Atoms
8.1 The Pauli Exclusion Principle
8.2 Electronic States in Many-Electron Atoms
8.3 Outer Electrons: Screening and Optical Transitions
8.4 Properties of the Elements
8.5 Inner Electrons: Absorption Edges and X Rays
8.6 Addition of Angular Momenta
8.7 Lasers
Questions Problems

Chapter 9. Molecular Structure
9.1 The Hydrogen Molecule
9.2 Covalent Bonding in Molecules
9.3 Ionic Bonding
9.4 Molecular Vibrations
9.5 Molecular Rotations
9.6 Molecular Spectra

Chapter 10. Statistical Physics
10.1 Statistical Analysis
10.2 Classical and Quantum Statistics
10.3 The Density of States
10.4 The Maxwell-Boltzmann Distribution
10.5 Quantum Statistics
10.6 Application of Bose-Einstein Statistics
10.7 Application of Fermi-Dirac Statistics

Chapter 11. Solid-State Physics
11.1 Crystal Structures
11.2 The Heat Capacity of Solids
11.3 Electrons in Metals
11.4 Band Theory of Solids
11.5 Superconductivity
11.6 Intrinsic and Impurity Semiconductors
11.7 Semiconductor Devices
11.8 Magnetic Materials

Chapter 12. Nuclear Structure and Radioactivity
12.1 Nuclear Constituents
12.2 Nuclear Sizes and Shapes
12.3 Nuclear Masses and Binding Energies
12.4 The Nuclear Force
12.5 Quantum States in Nuclei
12.6 Radioactive Decay
12.7 Alpha Decay
12.8 Beta Decay
12.9 Gamma Decay and Nuclear Excited States
12.10 Natural Radioactivity

Chapter 13. Nuclear Reactions and Applications
13.1 Types of Nuclear Reactions
13.2 Radioisotope Production in Nuclear Reactions
13.3 Low-Energy Reaction Kinematics
13.4 Fission
13.5 Fusion
13.6 Nucleosynthesis
13.7 Applications of Nuclear Physics

Chapter 14. Elementary Particles
14.1 The Four Basic Forces
14.2 Classifying Particles
14.3 Conservation Laws
14.4 Particle Interactions and Decays
14.5 Energy and Momentum in Particle Decays
14.6 Energy and Momentum in Particle Reactions
14.7 The Quark Structure of Mesons and Baryons
14.8 The Standard Model

Chapter 15. Cosmology: The Origin and Fate of the Universe
15.1 The Expansion of the Universe
15.2 The Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation
15.3 Dark Matter
15.4 The General Theory of Relativity
15.5 Tests of General Relativity
15.6 Stellar Evolution and Black Holes
15.7 Cosmology and General Relativity
15.8 The Big Bang Cosmology
15.9 The Formation of Nuclei and Atoms
15.10 Experimental Cosmology

Appendix A. Constants and Conversion Factors

Appendix B. Complex Numbers

Appendix C. Periodic Table of the Elements

Appendix D. Table of Atomic Masses

Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems

  • New discussions of recent experimental results include Bose-Einstein condensation, dark matter and energy, neutrino mass, particle diffraction and interference, quarkonium, and molecular spectroscopy in the interstellar medium.
  • Other topics added to this edition include Josephson effect and SQUIDs, magnetic and thermal properties of solids, mixtures of He-3 and He-4, proton and neutron separation energies, nuclear rotational and vibrational motions, and COBE and WMAP satellite results.
  • The number of worked examples in the chapters and the number of end-of-chapter problems have each been increased by about 15%.  The end-of-chapter problems now include some general problems and some sorted by section number.
  • Extensively rewritten to improve clarity and accessibility for students and to incorporate results of physics education research, while keeping the length of the textbook and its level appropriate to a first course in modern physics.
  • Stresses unity of physics and interrelationships of techniques and principles of modern physics into a coherent “story line.”
  • Continues emphasis of previous editions to couple latest experimental results to theoretical concepts.