PHY294H1: Quantum and Thermal Physics
|Year of Study||2nd year|
|Time and Location||
39L: T9,R3,F10, Room: MP 202
39L: W9,R2,T12, Room: MP 202
12T: R1/R11, Room: TBA
|Course Homepage||Link to Course Homepage|
The first half of the semester will continue with the development of quantum mechanics. Topics will include Schrödinger's wave mechanics, tunneling, bound states in potential wells, the quantum oscillator, and atomic spectra. The second half of the semester will give an introduction to the basic ideas of classical statistical mechanics and radiation, with applications to experimental physics. Topics will include Boltzmann's interpretation of entropy, Maxwell-Boltzman statistics, energy equipartition, the perfect gas laws, and blackbody radiation.
|BR=5 , DR=SCI|
1. Modern Physics, 2nd ed by R. Harris (Pearson).
2. Statistical Mechanics - a Survival Guide, by M. Glazer and J. Wark (Oxford Press).
The course description from the Applied Science and Engineering 2010-2011 Calendar:
An introduction and a historical development of quantum mechanics and special relativity. Topics include the Michelson-Morley experiment, time dilation and length contraction, the photoelectric effect, the Compton effect, the Bohr atom, wave-particle duality, Schrodinger's wave mechanics, atomic spectra, bound states in potential wells, tunneling, and the quantum oscillator.