With more than 100 years of combined teaching experience and PhDs in particle, nuclear, and condensed-matter physics, these three authors could hardly be better qualified to write this introduction to modern physics.
They have combined their award-winning teaching skills with their experience writing best-selling textbooks to produce a readable and comprehensive account of the physics that has developed over the last hundred years and led to today’s ubiquitous technology.
Assuming the knowledge of a typical freshman course in classical physics, they lead the reader through relativity, quantum mechanics, and the most important applications of both of these fascinating theories.
PART 1. Relativity
1 The Space and Time of Relativity
2 Relativistic Mechanics
PART 2. Quantum Mechanics
4 Quantization of Light
5 Quantization of Atomic Energy Levels
6 Matter Waves
7 The Schrödinger Equation in One Dimension
8 The Three-Dimensional Schrödinger Equation
9 Electron Spin
10 Multielectron Atoms; the Pauli Principle and Periodic Table
11 Atomic Transitions and Radiation
PART 3. Systems with Two or More Atoms
13 Solids – Theory
14 Solids – Applications
15 Statistical Mechanics
PART 4. Subatomic Physics
16 The Structure of Atomic Nuclei
17 Radioactivity and Nuclear Reactions
18 Elementary Particles
APPENDIX A Physical Constants
APPENDIX B Useful Mathematical Relations
APPENDIX C Alphabetical Lists of the Elements
APPENDIX D Atomic and Nuclear Data
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