Module Specifications.
Current Academic Year 2024 - 2025
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Date posted: September 2024
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Description This module will develop the student's understanding of fundamental concepts and ideas in modern physics, specifically the use and application of the Schroedinger equation, and the priciples of special relativity. | |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
Learning Outcomes 1. Define key concepts in modern physics including wave function, probability amplitude, reference frame, invariance. 2. Solve the Schroedinger equation for 1-dimensional potential wells. 3. Apply the 3-d Schroedinger equation to the hydrogen atom. 4. Apply the basic relationships of special relativity to high energy particles. 5. Derive, from given premises, relevant relationships between physical variables. 6. Solve problems, from information given, requiring the calculation of the values of physical variables in quantum mechanics and relativity. 7. Explain the relevance of quantum theory and relativity in modern views of the physical universe. | |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml |
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Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Wave mechanics De Broglie's hypothesis, wave functions and probability amplitudes, the Heisenberg Uncertainty principle. The Schroedinger wave equation: simple solutions in one dimension, transmission, reflection and penetration at a barrier, tunnelling, potential wells, the harmonic oscillator. The Schroedinger equation in three dimensions the hydrogen atom, quantisation of angular momentum, spatial quantisation, the Zeeman effect. Spin the fourth quantum number, the Pauli exclusion principle. Special Relativity Relativistic dynamics, relativistic mass and momentum, total energy, mass/energy equivalence. Spacetime: spacetime diagrams, introduction to four-vectors. Application of relativistic dynamics to particle beam devices and collision experiments. Nuclear Physics Nucleons and nuclear models, nuclear spin nuclear reactions and cross-sections. Introduction to elementary particles and the Standard Model. | |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
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Other Resources 55285, Simulations, 0, Phet simulations, https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations /, | |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||