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Modern Physics
MOD PHYSICS
CLASS CODE: PH 309 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Introductory course dealing with the fundamental topics of modern physics, including special relativity, elementary quantum mechanics, nuclear physics, and some particle physics.
TAUGHT: Winter
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Relativity, quantum mechanics,atomic structure,nuclear physics,particle physics, superconductivity, lasers, and cosmology.







GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.Understand basic principles and topics of modern physics including:Special Theory of Relativity, General Relativity, Quantum Theory of Light, Matter Waves, Quantum Mechanics, Atomic Structure, Tunneling, Superconductivity, Lasers, Nuclear Physics, and Particle Physics
2.Use and understand the scientific method and its use in building the basic concepts of modern physics. This includes the relationship between observation and theory.
3.Understand how major concepts are developed and changed over the years.
4.Gain greater appreciation of the development of scientific ideas showing that science is always changing as new information is understood and reviewed.
5.Communicate with each other to solve problems and answer questions raised by the instructor and other classmates.
6.Analyze a problem and solve it using oral and written reasoning skills that are based upon the learned concepts of modern physics.
7.Practice and improve communication and cooperative learning skills.
8.Organize a presentation on the application of modern physics to modern technology.
9.Determine the relationship between modern physics and various disciplines/technologies.
10.Apply the concepts of modern physics to understanding basic phenomenon in other disciplines such as astronomy and chemistry, and in technology such as lasers and superconductors.

REQUIREMENTS: Tests, homework assignments from textbook and presentations on applied modern physics. Objective exams, written reports, peer reviews, lectures, demonstrations, presentations.
PREREQUISITES: Math 113, Physics 121, 123
Concurrent Registration:(or completion of) PH 220
Math Level: Extensive use of college algebra, trigonometry, and elementary calculus.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001