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MODERN PHYSICS
FISICA MODERNA

A.Y. Credits
2020/2021 6
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Catia Grimani Tuesday 4-6 p.m at the teacher office via S. Chiara, 27
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Philosophy of Information. Theory and Management of Knowledge (LM-78)
Curriculum: FILOSOFIA E STORIA DELLE SCIENZE
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Learning Objectives

The aim of this course is to provide insights on scientific discoveries and theories developed in the 1800s and in the 1900s such as Relativity and Quantum Mechanics.

Program

01. REVIEW OF ELECTROMAGNETISM
01.01 Maxwell equations in integral and differential form.
01.02 Propagation of electromagnetic waves and Poyinting vector.
01.03 Electromagnetic wave spectrum.

02. SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES IN THE 1800s AND IN THE 1900s
02.01 Discovery of radioactivity.
02.02 Discovery of the electron.
02.03 Planck's law of black-body radiation.

03. SPECIAL RELATIVITY
03.01 Postulates of special relativity.
03.02 Time dilation.
03.03 Doppler effect for light.
03.04 Length contraction.
03.05 Lorentz transformation.
03.06 Invariance of Maxwell equations.
03.07 Equivalence principle and conservation laws.

04. Introduction to Quantum mechanics.
04.01 Particles and waves.
04.02 Photoelectric effect.
04.03 X rays.
04.04 X-ray diffraction.
04.05 Compton effect.
04.06 de Broglie waves.
04.07 Particle and photon energy.
04.08 Atomic structure.
04.09 Atomic models.
04.10 Wave equation.
04.11 Particles confined in a box.
04.12 Uncertainty principle.
04.13 Reflection and transmission  at a potential barrier.
04.14 Tunnel effect.
04.15 Harmonic oscillator.
04.16 Schrodinger equation for the hydrogen atom.
04.17 Quantum numbers.
04.18 Zeeman effect.
04.19 Spin.

Bridging Courses

There are no mandatory prerequisites for this exam.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding

At the end of this course, each student  will know to understand and solve problems of Modern Physics of average difficulty as required by the number of teaching hours

Applying knowledge and understanding

At the end of the course the students will be able to apply the laws of Modern Physics to simple problems of Quantum Mechanics and Relativity

Making judgements:

The students will be able to apply their knowledge to problems not discussed during the teaching hours.

Communication skills:

Each student is  more than recommended to ask questions during this course and to participate to discussions in order  to improve  his/her ability to present his/her work

At the end of the course the students will be able to present and discuss problems of Modern Physics with proper language and mathematical formalism required by the topics.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

The teaching material and specific communications from the lecturer can be found, together with other supporting activities, inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Theory lectures and written applications

Attendance

Although recommended, the course attendance is not mandatory.

Course books

Cesare Rossetti, "Rudimenti di Meccanica Quantistica", Levrotto & Bella editori, 2011.

Robert Resnick, "Introduzione alla relatività ristretta", Casa editrice Ambrosiana, Milano, 1983

Arthur Beiser, "Concepts of Modern Physics", International Student Edition, Singapore, 1984

Assessment

Oral test. 

The oral test consists of not less than three questions or written exercises on different topics. To each  question/excercise is given a mark from 0 to 10 for a maximum of 30/30.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Same as for attending students

Attendance

Same as for attending students

Course books

Cesare Rossetti, "Rudimenti di Meccanica Quantistica", Levrotto & Bella editori, 2011.

Robert Resnick, "Introduzione alla relatività ristretta", Casa editrice Ambrosiana, Milano, 1983

Arthur Beiser, "Concepts of Modern Physics", International Student Edition, Singapore, 1984

Assessment

Same as for attending students

Notes

Same requirements and  criteria will be applied to test the knowledge of students attending or not attending the course. 

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