This comprehensive text provides a clear, correct, and up-to-date introduction and survey of the topics of importance to tomorrow's engineers and scientists. The presentation includes the description of the history of the topics, to show students how we got to where we are; it stresses the importance of observation and experiment; and it emphasizes numbers, so that students develop a feel for the magnitudes involved and for when different principles become important.
Table of Content
- A Review.
- The Basics of Relativity.
- Consequences of Relativity.
- THE ORIGINS OF QUANTUM MECHANICS.
- Waves as Particles and Particles as Waves.
- Atoms and the Bohr Model.
- The Schrödinger Equation.
- Classical and Unclassical behavior: Wave Packets and Uncertainty.
- Barriers and Wells.
- The Hydrogen Atom.
- Many Particles.
- Complex Atoms and Molecules.
- Statistical Physics.
- Atoms, Radiation and Lasers.
- Conductors, Insulators, and Superconductors.
- The Atomic Nucleus.
- Elementary Particle Physics.
- General Relativity.
- A well-defined four-part structure—Special relativity; quantum mechanics; “applications” of quantum mechanics; and “frontier” subjects.
- Presentation of the historical origin of topics
- Original presentations of topics—e.g., the application of the Bohr rules to non-Coulombic forces; “towards the Schrödinger equation;” the physical description of NMR; the demonstration of exchange forces; the radius of a neutron star; as well as a unique appendix.
- Practical applications of the topics covered—e.g., the Global Positioning System, lasers, quantum engineering, nuclear magnetic resonance.
- Presentation of “hot topics” and current issues—e.g., the standard model of elementary interactions, the immediate relevance of quantum mechanics to today's technology, the development of the early universe.