
PH 2031  Waves, Optics, Thermodynamics, and Quantum Physics3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits Course Description This course is a continuation of Physics I and Physics II. This course begins with a brief review of traveling wave theory, and then applies this theory to multiple waves traveling in the same medium, standing waves, resonance, and interference effects involving both light and sound. Polarization, reflection and refraction of light is also discussed. The basic thermodynamic properties of gasses and kinetic theory of gasses, as well as the First and Second Laws of thermodynamics are discussed and applied to various thermodynamic processes and heat engines. The three mechanisms of heat transfer will also be discussed. The quantum nature of the universe is then explored. The quantum nature of light is used to explain Blackbody radiation, the photoelectric effect, Compton effect, xray production and absorption, the emission and absorption of light by atoms, and other atomic scale phenomena. This course concludes with a discussion of Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity. The sources, uses and hazards of ionizing radiation are explored in the laboratory portion of this course. Together with Physics I and Physics II (PH 2011 and PH 2021 ), this course provides one year of comprehensive university level physics. (prereq: PH 2020 or PH 2021 , MA 137 ) (coreq: MA 232 ) Course Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to: Waves, resonance, wave optics, and wave interference:
 Explain the differences between transverse waves and longitudinal waves
 Write the traveling wave equation given information concerning a waves wavelength, frequency, direction of travel, and amplitude, and be able to determine the wavelength, frequency, travel direction, and amplitude of a traveling wave given the equation of the traveling wave.
 Write the standing wave equation for two waves having the same frequency and amplitude traveling in opposite direction in the same medium, and understand the concept of standing waves.
 Calculate the resonant frequencies associated with simple one dimensional systems.
 Understand the origin of, and perform calculations involving single and double slit interference.
 Understand the concept of polarization of transverse waves, and perform calculations involving intensity as a function of the angle between polarization angles of two polarizers (Law of Malus) and the angle at which complete polarization of the reflected light occurs from a material with a known index of refraction (Brewsters Law)
 Calculate the position and magnification of a real image from a converging lens or mirror given the focal length of the optical element and the location of the object with respect to the converging mirror or lens (LABORATORY ONLY)
Thermodynamics:
 Understand that temperature is directly related to the thermal energy stored in a medium
 Use the ideal gas law to calculate pressure, temperature, volume, and number of moles or molecules present in a confined gas using SI units
 Understand the microscopic origins of pressure and temperature, and be able to perform calculations involving pressure, temperature, RMS speed, and RMS molecular kinetic energy using SI units
 Perform calculations involving thermal expansion in one, two, and three dimensions
 Calculations involving heat conduction for a uniform cross section heat conductor
 Qualitatively understand the process of heat transfer by convection in liquids and gasses
 Understand that a Pressure versus Volume diagram graphically illustrates the work done by a gas as the volume of the gas changes
 Calculate the work done when a gas undergoes constant temperature, constant pressure, constant volume, adiabatic, and cyclic processes
 Understand that the First Law of Thermodynamics is nothing more than a statement of the conservation of energy, and be able to use the First Law of Thermodynamics to calculate the work done, internal energy change, and heat added to or removed from a gas during a thermodynamic process
 Understand the Pressure versus Volume diagram for a generic heat engine, and be able to perform calculations involving heat input, work output, and efficiency of a generic heat engine
 Understand the concept of Entropy and Entropy changes in reversible and irreversible processes
 Understand the concept of the Second Law of Thermodynamics, and be able to explain why heat engines cannot be 100% efficient converting heat input to work output
 Calculate the Carnot and real life efficiencies of heat engines, and be able to explain why Carnot engines are more efficient than real heat engines
The Quantum Nature of the Universe:
 Compare and contrast light as waves and light as photons, and be able to convert the wavelength of light to the equivalent photon energy
 Understand the intensity versus wavelength distribution of a blackbody radiator, and be able to calculate the total power output and maximum intensity wavelength of a blackbody radiator (Stefans Law and Weins Law)
 Understand the physics underlying the photoelectric effect and Compton effect, and be able to perform calculations involving the photoelectric effect and Compton effect
 Compare and contrast the particle nature and wave nature of matter, and be able to calculate the De Broglie wavelength of a particle
 Understand how the wave nature of matter leads to quantized electron energies in the atomic hydrogen atom ,and be able to calculate the emission wavelengths from excited atomic hydrogen atoms, and the xray emission wavelengths of heavy elements
Einstein’s Special Relativity:
 State and understand Einstein’s two postulates of Special Relativity
 Understand the physical concepts underlying time dilation and length contraction, and be able to perform calculation involving time dilation and length contraction
 Understand the concepts of relativistic momentum and energy, and be able to explain why objects with mass must travel slower than the speed of light
 Understand the equivalence of mass and energy and be able to perform calculations involving the conversion of mass to energy and energy to mass
 Calculate the radiation pressure associated with electromagnetic radiation
Prerequisites by Topic
 Understand the equations representing traveling waves
 Understand Coulombs Law and the interaction of charges with Electric fields
 Understand electric potential energy and the definition of the electron Volt
 Understand the meaning of a derivative and intergal and be able to differentiate and integrate typical functions
Course Topics
 Review of Basic wave theory from PH2021 and multiple waves acting in the same medium (4 classes)
 Review of transverse versus longitudinal waves
 Review of traveling wave equations, angular frequency, wave number
 Two waves acting in the same medium  the superposition principle
 Standing waves and resonance
 Wave optics (3 classes and 1 laboratory experiment)
 Reflection and refraction, including total internal reflection
 Polarization  Law of Malus and Brewsters Law
 Double slit and single slit diffraction, diffraction gratings
 Thin film interference
 Image formation and magnification using mirrors and lenses  LAB ONLY
 Basic thermodynamics (3 classes)
 Temperature
 Thermal expansion
 Heat transfer by conduction and convection
 The ideal gas law
 Kinetic theory of gasses and the physical origin of pressure
 The First Law of Thermodynamics (3 classes)
 Heat energy, internal energy change, and work done by gasses
 Pressure  Volume diagrams and work done during isochoric, isothermal, isobaric, adiabatic and cyclic processes
 The second Law of Thermodynamics and Heat Engines (3 classes)
 The Second Law of Thermodynamics
 Entropy changes is reversible and irreversible process, Carnot efficiency
 Heat engines
 The quantum nature of the universe (7 classes)
 Blackbody radiation  electromagnetic radiation acting as photons
 The photoelectric effect and Compton effect
 The Bohr model of the atom and atomic spectra
 The wave nature of matter (De Broglies Postulate)
 Quantized electron energies in atoms  The Bohr model for atomic Hydrogen
 Infrared, visible and ultraviolet and xray emission and absorption spectra of isolated atoms.
 Einsteins Special Relativity (4 classes)
 Einstein’s postulates of special relativity  Motion is measured with respect to a frame of reference, speed of light constant in any reference frame
 Time dilation and length contraction
 Energy and momentum in relativity
 Why objects with mass cannot travel at the speed of light
 E = mc2, the equivalence of mass and energy
 Light has no mass but carries momentum and radiation pressure
 Ionizing radiation: hazards and uses  LABORATORY ONLY
 Definition of ionizing radiation
 Types of ionizing radiation
 Radioactive source activity
 Biological hazards of ionizing radiation and radiation dose
 Uses of ionizing radiation
 Units of activity, dose
 Half lives of radioactive materials
 Uses of ionizing radiation  XFS and XRD
Laboratory Topics
 Week 1: Laboratory introduction and safety, AND Loading the LabVIEW software on student laptops, AND speed of sound in air using ultrasonic sound waves
 Week 2: Single and double slit interference, AND determination of the interatomic lane spacing in an LiF single crystal using XRay DIffraction
 Week 3: Image formation using convex lenses and concave mirrors
 Week 4: Design experiment: Specific heat of water or another liquid
 Week 5: Blackbody radiation  Power radiated is proportional to temperature to the fourth power (light bulb experiment) AND Radiation safety lecture (required by our radioactive materials license)
 Week 6: Balmer series of atomic hydrogen and observation of various emission spectra using diffraction gratings.
 Week 7: Xray Fluorescence Spectroscopy  the identification of unknown metals
 Week 8: Activity of the Cesium 137 radioactive source and worst case dose from the Cesium 137 source
 Week 9: Half live of radioactive silver
 Week 10: Gamma Ray Spectroscopy  determining the mass of the electron, Compton Effect, and (possibly) identification of an unknown radioactive isotope
Coordinator Professor Jeff Korn
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