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Physics (PHYS)

Department of Physics
Faculty of Science

PHYS 2604 [0.5 credit]

Modern Physics I

The course is designed to provide a logical transition from classical to modern physics. Special relativity. Kinetic theory. Thermal radiation. Rutherford scattering, atomic models. Photoelectric effect, Compton scattering. Bohr theory of the hydrogen atom. Atomic energy states, optical spectra, lasers. X-rays. Radioactivity. Quantum Mechanics.
Precludes additional credit for PHYS 2004.
Prerequisites: PHYS 1001 and PHYS 1002, or PHYS 1003 and PHYS 1004 (PHYS 1007 and PHYS 1008 are also acceptable provided a minimum average grade of B- is presented); plus MATH 1004 and MATH 1104, or MATH 1007 and MATH 1107, or MATH 1002 and MATH 1102.
Lectures three hours a week, laboratory three hours a week.

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