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Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers 4th Edition

Stephen T. Thornton, Andrew Rex

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  • Previous Editions 2006, 2000, 1993
  • 688 Pages
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MODERN PHYSICS presents the latest discoveries in physics, and offers a contemporary and comprehensive approach with a strong emphasis on applications. In order to illustrate the process behind scientific advances and give students a historical perspective, the authors discuss the experiments that led to key discoveries covered in the text. A flexible organization allows you to select and teach topics in your preferred sequence without compromising your student's learning experience. A sound theoretical foundation in quantum theory is included to help physics majors succeed in their upper division courses.

Stephen T. Thornton, University of Virginia

Stephen Thornton is Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia. He has over 130 research publications in experimental nuclear physics and has done research at several accelerator facilities in the United States and Europe. He has directed the research for 25 graduate students. He has held two U.S. Senior Fulbright-Hays Fellowships and a Max-Planck Fellowship to do research at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, Germany on two occasions. He was the founding Director of the University of Virginia Institute of Nuclear and Particle Physics. He has published three college textbooks for physics: "Classical Dynamics" and "Modern Physics" (both published with Brooks Cole, a part of Cengage Learning), and "Physics for Scientists and Engineers." He is currently Director of the Master of Arts in Physics Education program at the University of Virginia, which has graduated more than 70 high school physics teachers. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of several organizations including American Association of Physics Teachers, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Science Teachers Association, Virginia Association of Science Teachers (past President), and the Virginia Math and Science Coalition. He has developed multiple courses for undergraduate students and high school physics teachers.

Andrew Rex, University of Puget Sound

Andrew Rex has been Professor of Physics at the University of Puget Sound since 1982. He frequently teaches the Modern Physics course, so he has a deep sense of student and instructor challenges. He is the author of several textbooks, including "Modern Physics," "Essential College Physics," and "Integrated Physics and Calculus." In addition to textbook writing, he studies foundations of the second law of thermodynamics, which has led to the publication of several papers and the widely acclaimed book, "Maxwell's Demon: Entropy, Information, Computing."
  • This new edition features revised sections on Neutrino Oscillations, Matter-Antimatter, and Grand Unifying Theories (in Chapter 14) along with Chapter 15's new Special Topic box on Gravitational Wave Detection for expanded coverage of topics and improved clarity.
  • Chapter 16 features a new section on "The Standard Model of Cosmology," a new sub-section on "Olber's Paradoz," and a revised and updated Special Topic box on the "Future of Space Telescopes."
  • In order to keep the text fresh and current, a variety of the questions and problems are completely new to this edition.
  • Throughout the text, a focus on the history of physics offers a human perspective and helps students understand the context in which scientific advancements have been made.
  • Special Topic boxes are up-to-date applications of interest to physicists and engineers. These features show the relevance of modern physics to the real world and allow students a more in-depth look at particularly engaging topics like gravitational wave detection, the "Age of the Earth," neutrino detection, and scanning probe microscopes.
  • End-of-chapter problems include over 200 questions and more than 700 problems, providing you with ample material from which to select homework assignments without repeating the same problems every year. More challenging problems are flagged to help students gauge their progress from easier to harder problems.
  • Blue margin notes help guide students to important concepts for easy review.
  • End-of-chapter summaries give students a quick overview of topics covered in the chapter.
  • Updates on experiments and discoveries in each chapter keep the text interesting and timely.
  • A large number of examples, including the Conceptual Examples introduced in the last edition, give students ample practice applying the theories they read about in the text. Examples feature a Strategy step, which helps students identify the essential steps in problem solving and improve their problem-solving skills.
  • Chapter 16, "Cosmology," has been rewritten to reflect the latest research and findings and expose students to this rapidly changing body of knowledge.
  • The MODERN PHYSICS Instructor's Resource CD-ROM, available to adopters, includes such dynamic lecture tools as PowerPoint® lectures, 200 pieces of line art from the text, and PDF files of the Instructor's Solutions Manual.
  • The authors illustrate the importance of individual ingenuity throughout the book with short biographical features highlighting the achievements of physicists throughout history.
  • A flexible organization of content makes this text appropriate for a one- or two-semester course, giving you a choice of topics without compromising overall student learning. The authors begin by laying the historical groundwork for modern physics and then go on to in-depth coverage of relativity and quantum mechanics. The latter part of the book is devoted to the sub-fields of physics (atomic, condensed matter, nuclear and particle) along with general relativity and cosmology. This organization gives you a solid foundation for the course early in the book, and then lets you draw from the later chapters of the book to enhance your teaching with additional topics of your choosing.
Classical Physics of the 1890s. The Kinetic Theory of Gases. Waves and Particles. Conservation Laws and Fundamental Forces. The Atomic Theory of Matter. Unresolved Questions of 1895 and New Horizons. Summary.
The Apparent Need for Ether. The Michelson-Morley Experiment. Einstein''s Postulates. The Lorentz Transformation. Time Dilation and Length Contraction. Addition of Velocities. Experimental Verification. Twin Paradox. Spacetime. Doppler Effect. Special Topic: Applications of the Doppler Effect. Relativistic Momentum. Relativistic Energy. Computations in Modern Physics. Electromagnetism and Relativity. Summary.
Discovery of the X-Ray and the Electron. Determination of Electron Charge. Line Spectra.
Special Topic: The Discovery of Helium. Quantization. Blackbody Radiation. Photoelectric Effect. X-Ray Production. Compton Effect. Pair Production and Annihilation. Summary.
The Atomic Models of Thomson and Rutherford. Rutherford Scattering. Special Topic: Lord Rutherford of Nelson. The Classical Atomic Model. The Bohr Model of the Hydrogen Atom.
Successes and Failures of the Bohr Model. Characteristic X-Ray Spectra and Atomic Number. Atomic Excitation by Electrons. Summary.
X-Ray Scattering. De Broglie Waves. Special Topic: Cavendish Laboratory. Electron Scattering.
Wave Motion. Waves or Particles? Uncertainty Principle. Probability, Wave Functions, and the Copenhagen Interpretation. Particle in a Box. Summary.
The Schrödinger Wave Equation. Expectation Values. Infinite Square-Well Potential. Finite Square-Well Potential. Three-Dimensional Infinite-Potential Well. Simple Harmonic Oscillator.
Barriers and Tunneling. Special Topic: Scanning Probe Microscopes. Summary.
Application of the Schrödinger Equation to the Hydrogen Atom. Solution of the Schrödinger Equation for Hydrogen. Quantum Numbers. Magnetic Effects on Atomic Spectra--The Normal Zeeman Effect. Intrinsic Spin. Special Topic: Hydrogen and the 21-cm Line Transition. Energy Levels and Electron Probabilities. Summary.
Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table. Special Topic: Rydberg Atoms. Total Angular Momentum. Anomalous Zeeman Effect. Summary.
Historical Overview. Maxwell Velocity Distribution. Equipartition Theorem. Maxwell Speed
Special Topic: Superfluid 3^He. Summary.
Molecular Bonding and Spectra. Stimulated Emission and Lasers. Structural Properties of Solids. Thermal and Magnetic Properties of Solids. Superconductivity. Special Topic: Low-Temperature Methods. Applications of Superconductivity. Summary.
Band Theory of Solids. Semiconductor Theory. Special Topic: The Quantum Hall Effect. Semiconductor Devices. Nanotechnology. Summary.
Discovery of the Neutron. Nuclear Properties. The Deuteron. Nuclear Forces. Nuclear Stability. Radioactive Decay. Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Decay. Special Topic: Neutrino Detection. Radioactive Nuclides. Special Topic: The Formation and Age of the Earth. Summary.
Nuclear Reactions. Reaction Kinematics. Reaction Mechanisms. Fission. Fission Reactors.
Fusion. Special Applications. Special Topic: The Search for New Elements. Summary.
Early Discoveries. The Fundamental Interactions. Classification of Particles. Conservation Laws and Symmetries. Quarks. The Families of Matter. Beyond the Standard Model. Accelerators. Special Topic: Experimental Ingenuity. Summary.
Tenets of General Relativity. Tests of General Relativity. Gravitational Waves. Special Topic: Gravitational Wave Detection. Black Holes. Frame Dragging. Summary.
Evidence of the Big Bang. The Big Bang. Stellar Evolution. Special Topic: Planck''s Time, Length, and Mass. Astronomical Objects. Problems with the Big Bang. The Age of the Universe. The Standard Model of Cosmology. The Future. Special Topic: Future of Space Telescopes. Summary.
Appendix 1: Fundamental Constants.
Appendix 2: Conversion Factors.
Appendix 3: Mathematical Relations.
Appendix 4: Periodic Table of Elements.
Appendix 5: Mean Values and Distributions.
Appendix 6: Probability Integrals.
Appendix 7: Integrals of the Type.
Appendix 8: Atomic Mass Table.
Appendix 9: Nobel Laureates in Physics.
Answers to Selected Odd- Numbered Problems.
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