May 26, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

PHY 203 - Introduction to Modern Physics: Heat, Atoms and Quanta

3 credits
What are the laws that govern the smallest constituents of matter? In this course we will explore the development of the modern quantum theory of the atom. Topics include: heat diffusion and radiation, the kinetic theory of gases, Bohr’s model of the atom, the periodic table of the elements, radioactivity, elementary nuclear physics, wave mechanics and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. 3 cr. lec.
Prerequisite(s): Concurrent (or previous) enrollment in MAT 221   is required.
Term Offered: Even spring semesters