PHY 281 - Physics for Engineers & Scientists III
This elective is the third and last physics course for Engineering and Science majors. It covers Einstein's theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic physics, and nuclear physics. Students majoring in Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and Physics should consider taking this course.
Prerequisite: PHY 182 Physics for Engineers & Scientists II: Sound, Light, Electricity and Magnetism and MAT 182 Calculus II
4 Class Hours
(This course is only offered as enrollment warrants)
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Distinguish between the photoelectrical effect, Compton effect, and pair production.
2. Solve problems involving x-rays and electron diffraction.
3. Interpret de Broglie waves in terms of probability distribution.
4. Use the Schrödinger equation to give a quantum description of a confined particle.
5. Give an account of Rutherford scattering and use Bohr's postulates to solve problems in atomic physics.
6. Describe quantization of angular moments.
7. Explain the normal and anomalous Zeeman effects and describe the Stern-Gerlach experiment.
8. Describe the principles of nuclear radiation measuring devices and high energy accelerators.
9. Explain the contributions to nuclear binding energy.
10. Derive radioactive growth and decay laws.
11. Explain simple decay schemes.
12. Describe methods of neutron production, velocity measurement, and moderation.
13. Solve problems of relativistic motion.
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