Modern Physics – Stephen T. Thornton, Andrew Rex – 3rd Edition


In addition to featuring the latest discoveries, MODERN PHYSICS presents a contemporary and comprehensive approach to physics with a strong emphasis on applications.

The authors discuss the experiments that led to key discoveries in order to illustrate the process behind scientific advances and to give students a historical perspective.

The text features a flexible organization that allows instructors to select and teach topics in a preferred sequence without compromising the student’s learning experience. A sound theoretical foundation in quantum theory is included to help physics majors succeed in their upper division courses.

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  • Chapter 1: The Birth of Modern Physics
    Chapter 2: Special Theory of Relativity
    Chapter 3: The Experimental Basis of Quantum Theory
    Chapter 4: Structure of the Atom
    Chapter 5: Wave Properties of Matter and Quantum Mechanics I
    Chapter 6: Quantum Mechanics II
    Chapter 7: The Hydrogen Atom
    Chapter 8: Atomic Physics
    Chapter 9: Statistical Physics
    Chapter 10: Molecules and Solids
    Chapter 11: Semiconductor Theory and Devices
    Chapter 12: The Atomic Nucleus
    Chapter 13: Nuclear Interactions and Applications
    Chapter 14: Elementary Particles
    Chapter 15: General Relativity
    Chapter 16: Cosmology -- The Beginning and the End

    Appendix 1: Fundamental Constants
    Appendix 2: Conversion Factors
    Appendix 3: Mathematical Relations
    Appendix 4: Periodic Table of the Elements
    Appendix 5: Mean Values and Distributions
    Appendix 6: Probability Integrals
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