PHYS 274: General Physics III

Credits 3 Lecture Hours 3
This course focuses on the study of physical optics, special relativity, quantum mechanics, solid state physics, atomic and nuclear physics, and elementary particle physics.

Credit for PHYS 272 and PHYS 272L, and credit for or registration in MATH 243 (formerly MATH 231), or consent of instructor.

Course Outcomes
  • Describe the theory of special relativity and its effects: time dilation and space contraction.
  • Describe the particle like properties of electromagnetic radiation as demonstrated in the photoelectric effect and Compton scattering.
  • Analyze the wavelike properties of matter known as quantum theory.
  • Identify and Describe knowledge of the different properties of solids such as crystal structure, thermal and magnetic properties, and superconductivity.
  • Describe nuclear structure, radioactive decay, nuclear interactions, and their applications.
  • Identify the different elementary particles and describe their role in the forces that hold matter together.