Concepts of Modern Physics (6th Edition)

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Modern physics began in 1900 with Max Planck’s discovery of the role of energy quantization in blackbody radiation, a revolutionary idea soon followed by Albert Einstein’s equally revolutionary theory of relativity and quantum theory of light. Students today must wonder why the label “modern” remains attached to this branch of physics. Yet it is not really all that venerable: my father was born in 1900, for instance, and when I was learning modern physics most of its founders, including Einstein, were still alive; I even had the privilege of meeting a number of them, including Heisenberg, Pauli, and Dirac. Few aspects of contemporary science—indeed, of contemporary life—are unaffected by the insights into matter and energy provided by modern physics, which continues as an active discipline as it enters its second century.

This book is intended to be used with a one-semester course in modern physics for students who have already had basic physics and calculus courses. Relativity and quantum ideas are considered first to provide a framework for understanding the physics of atoms and nuclei. The theory of the atom is then developed with emphasis on quantum-mechanical notions. Next comes a discussion of the properties of aggregates of atoms, which includes a look at statistical mechanics. Finally atomic nuclei and elementary particles are examined.

CHAPTER 1: Relativity
CHAPTER 2: Particle Properties of Waves
CHAPTER 3: Wave Properties of Particles
CHAPTER 4: Atomic Structure
CHAPTER 5: Quantum Mechanics
CHAPTER 6: Quantum Theory of the Hydrogen Atom
CHAPTER 7: Many-Electron Atoms
CHAPTER 8: Molecules
CHAPTER 9: Statistical Mechanics
CHAPTER 10: The Solid State
CHAPTER 11: Nuclear Structure
CHAPTER 12: Nuclear Transformations
CHAPTER 13: Elementary Particles
APPENDIX. Atomic Masses
Answers to Odd-Numbered Exercises
For Further Study

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"Arthur Beiser"

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