Modern Physics for Scientists and Engineers – Stephen T. Thornton, Andrew Rex – 4th Edition

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Learn about the latest discoveries in physics with MODERN PHYSICS. This book offers a contemporary and comprehensive approach to physics with a strong emphasis on applications to help you see how concepts in the book relate to the real world. Discussions on the experiments that led to certain key discoveries illustrate the process behind scientific advances and give you a historical perspective. The book also provides a solid foundation in quantum theory to help you understand more advanced physics concepts.

Is it a physics text or a history text? This book is all over the place. There’s a lot of storytelling about the history of modern physics and then, almost as if by accident, there will be some actual physics. It doesn’t do very well at explaining either, making this a very frustrating textbook to try to read.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Birth of Modern Physics
1.1: Classical Physics of the 1890s
1.2: The Kinetic Theory of Gases
1.3: Waves and Particles
1.4: Conservation Laws and Fundamental Forces
1.5: The Atomic Theory of Matter
1.6: Unresolved Questions of 1895 and New Horizons
1: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (10)

Chapter 2: Special Theory of Relativity
2.1: The Apparent Need for Ether
2.2: The Michelson-Morley Experiment (2)
2.3: Einstein's Postulates
2.4: The Lorentz Transformation (5)
2.5: Time Dilation and Length Contraction (4)
2.6: Addition of Velocities (4)
2.7: Experimental Verification
2.8: Twin Paradox
2.9: Spacetime
2.10: Doppler Effect (2)
2.11: Relativistic Momentum (3)
2.12: Relativistic Energy (4)
2.13: Computations in Modern Physics (2)
2.14: Electromagnetism and Relativity
2: General Problems (2)
2: Questions
2: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (10)

Chapter 3: The Experimental Basis of Quantum Physics
3.1: Discovery of the X Ray and the Electron (2)
3.2: Determination of Electron Charge (1)
3.3: Line Spectra (3)
3.4: Quantization
3.5: Blackbody Radiation (4)
3.6: Photoelectric Effect (5)
3.7: X-Ray Production
3.8: Compton Effect (3)
3.9: Pair Production and Annihilation
3: General Problems (1)
3: Questions
3: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (12)

Chapter 4: Structure of the Atom
4.1: The Atomic Models of Thomson and Rutherford
4.2: Rutherford Scattering (2)
4.3: The Classical Atomic Model
4.4: The Bohr Model of the Hydrogen Atom (4)
4.5: Successes and Failures of the Bohr Model
4.6: Characteristic X-Ray Spectra and Atomic Number (3)
4.7: Atomic Excitation by Electrons (1)
4: General Problems (3)
4: Questions
4: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (10)

Chapter 5: Wave Properties of Matter and Quantum Mechanics I
5.1: X-Ray Scattering (3)
5.2: De Broglie Waves (4)
5.3: Electron Scattering (3)
5.4: Wave Motion (2)
5.5: Waves or Particles?
5.6: Uncertainty Principle (4)
5.7: Probability, Wave Functions, and the Copenhagen Interpretation (1)
5.8: Particle in a Box
5: General Problems (3)
5: Questions
5: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (11)

Chapter 6: Quantum Mechanics II
6.1: The Schrödinger Wave Equation
6.2: Expectation Values (1)
6.3: Infinite Square-Well Potential (4)
6.4: Finite Square-Well Potential (1)
6.5: Three-Dimensional Infinite-Potential Well (1)
6.6: Simple Harmonic Oscillator (4)
6.7: Barriers and Tunneling (4)
6: General Problems (2)
6: Questions
6: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (10)

Chapter 7: The Hydrogen Atom
7.1: Application of the Schrödinger Equation to the Hydrogen Atom
7.2: Solution of the Schrödinger Equation for Hydrogen (1)
7.3: Quantum Numbers (4)
7.4: Magnetic Effects on Atomic Spectra—The Normal Zeeman Effect (5)
7.5: Intrinsic Spin (2)
7.6: Energy Levels and Electron Probabilities (4)
7: General Problems
7: Questions
7: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (10)

Chapter 8: Atomic Physics
8.1: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table (4)
8.2: Total Angular Momentum (9)
8.3: Anomalous Zeeman Effect (3)
8: General Problems
8: Questions
8: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (10)

Chapter 9: Statistical Physics
9.1: Historical Overview
9.2: Maxwell Velocity Distribution
9.3: Equipartition Theorem (1)
9.4: Maxwell Speed Distribution (3)
9.5: Classical and Quantum Statistics (1)
9.6: Fermi-Dirac Statistics (3)
9.7: Bose-Einstein Statistics (1)
9: General Problems (3)
9: Questions
9: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (10)

Chapter 10: Molecules, Lasers, and Solids
10.1: Molecular Bonding and Spectra (4)
10.2: Stimulated Emission and Lasers (2)
10.3: Structural Properties of Solids (1)
10.4: Thermal and Magnetic Properties of Solids
10.5: Superconductivity (3)
10.6: Applications of Superconductivity (2)
10: General Problems
10: Questions
10: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (10)

Chapter 11: Semiconductor Theory and Devices
11.1: Band Theory of Solids
11.2: Semiconductor Theory (5)
11.3: Semiconductor Devices (2)
11.4: Nanotechnology
11: General Problems (5)
11: Questions
11: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (10)

Chapter 12: The Atomic Nucleus
12.1: Discovery of the Neutron
12.2: Nuclear Properties (2)
12.3: The Deuteron
12.4: Nuclear Forces (1)
12.5: Nuclear Stability (2)
12.6: Radioactive Decay (4)
12.7: Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Decay (4)
12.8: Radioactive Nuclides (4)
12: General Problems
12: Questions
12: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (10)

Chapter 13: Nuclear Interactions and Applications
13.1: Nuclear Reactions (3)
13.2: Reaction Kinematics (5)
13.3: Reaction Mechanisms (2)
13.4: Fission (2)
13.5: Fission Reactors (2)
13.6: Fusion
13.7: Special Applications (3)
13: General Problems
13: Questions
13: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (10)

Chapter 14: Particle Physics
14.1: Early Discoveries
14.2: The Fundamental Interactions (1)
14.3: Classification of Particles (1)
14.4: Conservation Laws and Symmetries (4)
14.5: Quarks (3)
14.6: The Families of Matter
14.7: Beyond the Standard Model (4)
14.8: Accelerators (3)
14: General Problems (2)
14: Questions
14: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (10)

Chapter 15: General Relativity
15.1: Tenets of General Relativity
15.2: Tests of General Relativity (3)
15.3: Gravitational Waves
15.4: Black Holes (2)
15.5: Frame Dragging
15: General Problems (3)
15: Questions
15: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (10)

Chapter 16: Cosmology and Modern Astrophysics—The Beginning and the End
16.1: Evidence of the Big Bang
16.2: The Big Bang (3)
16.3: Stellar Evolution
16.4: Astronomical Objects (4)
16.5: Problems with the Big Bang (1)
16.6: The Age of the Universe
16.7: The Standard Model of Cosmology
16.8: The Future
16: General Problems (3)
16: Questions
16: Supplemental Multiple Choice Questions (10)

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