Module Specifications..
Current Academic Year 2023  2024
Please note that this information is subject to change.
 
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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 1dimensional potential wells. 3. Apply the 3d 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 

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 fourvectors. Application of relativistic dynamics to particle beam devices and collision experiments. Nuclear Physics Nucleons and nuclear models, nuclear spin nuclear reactions and crosssections. Introduction to elementary particles and the Standard Model.  
 
Indicative Reading List
 
Other Resources 55285, Simulations, 0, Phet simulations, https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations /,  
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