2017-2018 Catalog

PHYS 240 Modern Physics

Introduction to the physics of the twentieth century emphasizing special relativity and elementary quantum mechanics. Includes the breakdown of classical concepts; light quanta and matter waves; Schrödinger equation and solutions in 1 and 3 dimensions; hydrogen atom exclusion principle and the periodic table. Other topics include a selection from atomic nuclear particle and condensed-matter physics. Includes one three-hour laboratory per week.


4 units


PHYS 110 or PHYS 115, PHYS 117, and PHYS 120; or permission of instructor

Core Requirements Met

  • Laboratory Science