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Modern Physics 3rd Edition by Raymond A. Serway and Clement J. Moses


Author: Raymond A. Serway and Clement J. Moses

Publisher: Cengage Learning


Publish Date: April 15, 2004

ISBN-10: 534493394

Pages: 648

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

This book is intended as a modern physics text for science majors and engineeringstudents who have already completed an introductory calculus-based physics course. The contents of this text may be subdivided into two broad categories: an introduction to the theories of relativity, quantum and statistical physics (Chapters 1 through 10) and applications of elementary quantum theory to molecular, solid-state, nuclear, and particle physics (Chapters 11 through 16).


Our basic objectives in this book are threefold:

1. To provide simple, clear, and mathematically uncomplicated explanations of physical concepts and theories of modern physics.
2. To clarify and show support for these theories through a broad range of current applications and examples. In this regard, we have attempted to answer questions such as: What holds molecules together? How do electrons tunnel through barriers? How do electrons move through solids? How can currents persist indefinitely in superconductors?
3. To enliven and humanize the text with brief sketches of the historical development of 20th century physics, including anecdotes and quotations from the key figures as well as interesting photographs of noted scientists and original apparatus.


Topics. The material covered in this book is concerned with fundamental topics in modern physics with extensive applications in science and engineering. Chapters 1 and 2 present an introduction to the special theory of relativity. Chapter 2 also contains an introduction to general relativity. Chapters 3 through 5 present an historical and conceptual introduction to early developments in quantum theory, including a discussion of key experiments that show the quantum aspects of nature. Chapters 6 through 9 are an introduction to the real “nuts and bolts” of quantum mechanics, covering the Schrödinger equation, tunneling phenomena, the hydrogen atom, and multielectron atoms, while Chapter 10 contains an introduction to statistical physics. The remainder of the book consists mainly of applications of the theory set forth in earlier chapters to more specialized areas of modern physics. In particular, Chapter 11 discusses the physics of molecules, while Chapter 12 is an introduction to the physics of solids and electronic devices. Chapters 13 and 14 cover nuclear physics, methods of obtaining energy from nuclear reactions, and medical and other applications of nuclear processes. Chapter 15 treats elementary particle physics, and Chapter 16 (available online at http://info. covers cosmology.

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