Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers

ISBN-10: 0534417817
ISBN-13: 9780534417819
Edition: 3rd 2006
List price: $270.95
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List price: $270.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 3/25/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 672
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.926
Language: English

In addition to featuring the latest discoveries, MODERN PHYSICS presents a contemporary and comprehensive approach to physics with a strong emphasis on applications. The authors discuss the experiments that led to key discoveries in order to illustrate the process behind scientific advances and to give students a historical perspective. The text features a flexible organization that allows instructors to select and teach topics in a preferred sequence without compromising the student's learning experience. A sound theoretical foundation in quantum theory is included to help physics majors succeed in their upper division courses.

The Birth Of Modern Physics
Classical Physics of the 1890s
The Kinetic Theory of Gases
Waves and Particles
Conservation Laws and Fundamental Forces
The Atomic Theory of Matter
Unresolved Questions of 1895 and New Horizons
Summary
Special Theory Of Relativity
The Need for Ether
The Michelson-Morley Experiment
Einstein's Postulates
The Lorentz Transformation
Time Dilation and Length Contraction
Addition of Velocities
Experimental Verification
Twin Paradox
Spacetime
Doppler Effect
Special Topic: Applications of the Doppler Effect
Relativistic Momentum
Relativistic Energy
Computations in Modern Physics
Electromagnetism and Relativity
Summary
The Experimental Basis Of Quantum Theory
Discovery of the X-Ray and the Electron
Determination of Electron Charge
Line Spectra
Special Topic: The Discovery of Helium
Quantization
Blackbody Radiation
Photoelectric Effect
X-Ray Production
Compton Effect
Pair Production and Annihilation
Summary
Structure Of The Atom
The Atomic Models of Thomson and Rutherford
Rutherford Scattering
Special Topic: Lord Rutherford of Nelson
The Classical Atomic Model
Bohr Model of the Hydrogen Atom
Successes and Failures of the Bohr Model
Characteristic X-Ray Spectra and Atomic Number
Atomic Excitation by Electrons
Summary
Wave Properties Of Matter And Quantum Mechanics I
X-Ray Scattering
Special Topic: Cavendish Laboratory
De Broglie Waves
Electron Scattering
Wave Motion
Waves or Particles? Uncertainty Principle
Probability, Wave Functions, and the Copenhagen Interpretation
Particle in a Box
Summary
Quantum Mechanics I
The Schr�dinger Wave Equation
Expectation Values
Infinite Square-Well Potential
Finite Square-Well Potential
Three-Dimensional Infinite Potential Well
Simple Harmonic Oscillator
Barriers and Tunneling
Special Topic: Scanning Probe Microscopes
Summary
The Hydrogen Atom
Application of the Schr�dinger Equation to the Hydrogen Atom
Solution of the Schr�dinger Equation for Hydrogen
Quantum Numbers
Magnetic Effects on Atomic Spectra--The Normal Zeeman Effect
Intrinsic Spin
Special Topic: Hydrogen and the 21-cm Line Transition
Energy Levels and Electron Possibilities
Summary
Atomic Physics
Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
Total Angular Momentum
Anomalous Zeeman Effect
Summary
Statistical Physics
Historical Overview
Maxwell Velocity Distribution
Equipartition Theorem
Maxwell Speed Distribution
Classical and Quantum Statistics
Fermi-Dirac Statistics
Bose-Einstein Statistics
Special Topic: Superfluid �He
Summary
Molecules And Solids
Molecular Bonding and Spectra
Stimulated Emission and Lasers
Structural Properties of Solids
Thermal and Magnetic Properties of Solids
Superconductivity
Special Topic: Low-Temperature Methods
Applications of Superconductivity
Summary
Semiconductor Theory And Devices
Band Theory of Solids
Semiconductor Theory
Special Topic: The Quantum Hall Effect
Semiconductor Devices
Nanotechnology
Summary
The Atomic Nucleus
Discovery of the Neutron
Nuclear Properties
The Deuteron
Nuclear Forces
Nuclear Stability
Radioactive Decay
Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Decay
Special Topic: Neutrino Detection
Radioactive Nuclides
Special Topic: The Formation and Age of the Earth
Summary
Nuclear Interactions And Applications
Nuclear Reactions
Reaction Kinematics
Reaction Mechanisms
Fission
Fission Reactors
Special Topic: Early Fission Reactors
Fusion
Special Applications
Special Topic: The Search for New Elements
Summary
Elementary Particles
The Early Beginnings
The Fundamental Interactions
Classification of Elementary Particles
Conservation Laws and Symmetries
Quarks
The Families of Matter
Beyond the Standard Model
Accelerators
Special Topic: Experimental Ingenuity
Summary
General Relativity
Tenets of General Relativity
Tests of General Relativity
Gravitational Waves
Special Topic: Gravity Probe B
Black Holes
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