PHYSICS 320: MODERN PHYSICS

Tim Gfroerer, Davidson College

 

Topics on Review #1

 

 
  • Qualitative Special Relativity: the ether, simultaneity, time and length intervals, twin paradoxes, and space-time intervals and diagrams

  • Quantitative Special Relativity: Lorentz transformations, velocity addition, relativistic momentum and energy

  • Wave-particle duality and energy quantization: electron diffraction, Compton effect, blackbody radiation, Franck-Hertz, and Duane-Hunt

  • Wavepackets and uncertainty

 

Some equations and numbers you should know:

  • Time Dilation and Length Contraction
  • Spacetime Intervals
  • Relativistic Momentum and Energy
  • deBroglie Waves
  • Phase and Group Velocity
  • Uncertainty Principles
  • Speed of Light
  • Electron Charge
  • Planck's Constant

Some equations and numbers I'll provide if required:

  • Lorentz Transformations
  • Relativistic Velocity Addition
  • Relativistic Doppler Effect
  • Wave Interference/Diffraction
  • Compton Effect
  • Blackbody Radiation
  • Boltzmann Constant
  • Electron Mass

 

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