Course: Introduction to Modern Physics

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Course title Introduction to Modern Physics
Course code KIG/1MOFY
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Jirkovský Luděk, Dr.
Course content
1. Principles of statistical mechanics, probability and fluctuation 2. Experimental probability, random walk and probability density 3. Kinetic theory, phase space, equipartition of energy, distribution and partition function 4. Relativity, postulates of special relativity and Lorentz transformation 5. Length contraction, time dilation, simultaneous events, twin paradox, velocity addition 6. Equivalence of mass and energy, relativistic energy 7. Einstein's principle of equivalence and cosmological principles 8. Black body radiation, Planck's law of radiation, de Broglie postulates, experiments. 9. Interaction of radiation with matter, photo-effect, Compton effect and pair production 10. Wave-particle duality, begin of quantum theory and atomic physics, lasers 11. Natural and artificial radioactivity, methods of detection 12. Nuclei, elementary particles and quark symmetry, quantum numbers 13. Nuclear reactions, conservation laws, fundamental interactions in nature 14. Time reserve, selected topics

Learning activities and teaching methods
Learning outcomes
Principles of statistical mechanics, probability, kinetic theory, intro to relativity, Lorentz transformation, equivalence of mass and energy, matter, radiation and quantum hypothesis, nuclei, particles and fundamental interactions in nature.
Knowledge of the student is extended to the field of non-classical physics. Student acquires ability to solve relevant problems in probability calculus, kinetic theory of gases and in some fields of non-classical physics such as special relativity, quantum theory of the atom and nucleus, based on topics of the subject.

Assessment methods and criteria
Recommended literature
  • A. Beiser. Úvod do moderní fyziky (Concepts of modern physics).
  • D.Haliday, R.Resnick, J. Walker. Moderní fyzika, díl 5.
  • P. Tipler, R. Llewellyn. Úvod do moderní fyziky (Intro to modern physics).
  • R.Feynman,R.Leighton, M.Sands. Přednášky z fyziky, díl 1.
  • R.Feynman,R.Leighton, M.Sands. Přednášky z fyziky, díl 3.

Study plans that include the course
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