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Modern Physics from alpha to Z0



Modern Physics from alpha to Z0

James William Rohlf

ISBN: 978-0-471-57270-1 April 1994 664 Pages


Designed to teach fundamental ideas as opposed to physics by formula. The primary goal is to expose basic properties of the atom, focusing on the description of experiments and data, both historical and current, used to establish physics principles. Contains 250 carefully worked single concept problems which demonstrate the thinking behind the answer and yield numerically significant results. Prerequisites include some exposure to classical mechanics and electromagnetism.
Survey of Particles and Forces.

Distribution Functions and kT.

Planck's Constant.

Special Relativity.

Wave Properties of Particles and the Uncertainty Principle.

Rutherford Scattering.

The Schrödinger Equation.

The Hydrogen Atom.

Beyond the Hydrogen Atom.

Molecules and Molecular Spectra.

The Nucleus.

Quantum Statistics.

Masers and Lasers.

Conductors, Insulators, and Semiconductors.


High-Energy Physics: The Gadgets.

High-Energy Physics: Classification of the Particles.

High-Energy Physics: Unification of the Forces.

The Early Universe.


Answers to Selected Problems.