Learning outcomes of the course unit
The goal is to introduce the problems and phenomena leading to the fall of classical physics and give basic problem solving techniques and a flavour for how contemporary physics is done.
A solid understanding of calculus and basic familiarity with linear algebra; three semesters of introductory calculus-based physics (mechanics and electromagnetims)
Course contents summary
The fall of classical physics. Special relativity and covariant formulation of electromagnetism.Old quantum mechanics:
The special theory of relativity, Galilean and Lorentz transformation.
Relativistic kinematics; Covariant formulation of Maxwell’s equations, radiation from accelerated particles.
Introduction to quantum physics: the crisis of classical physics. The quantum properties of radiation and the wave properties of matter: photoelectric effect, Black body radiation, the Compton effect, Photon, DeBoglie's hypothesis, Uncertainty principles, wave packet basics properties of atoms, Thomson model, the Rutherford model, Bohr's model.
Gasperini M., Manuale di Relatività ristretta, Springer
Jackson J.D., Classical Electrodynamics, Wiley – (Zanichelli ed. italiana)
Paul A. Tipler, Gene Mosca, Fisica moderna - Zanichelli ed. ,
C.M. Becchi, M. D'Elia, Introduction to the basic concepts of modern physics, Springer
Oral lessons, homework discussions
Assessment methods and criteria
homeworks, final written and orale exam