PHYS 40 Quantum Physics of Matter
An introduction to the quantum physics of matter on different scales, from a phenomenological perspective. Schrödinger equation in three spatial dimensions, angular momentum and hydrogenic wavefunctions. Spin and the Pauli exclusion principle, application to multi-electron atoms, the periodic table. Molecular bonds and spectra. Basic properties of solids, survey of nuclear models and reactions.
or PHYS 19
; and PHYS 14
or PHYS 16
, or permission of the instructor.
Distributive and/or World Culture
Offered17S, 18S: 10