University of Vermont

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Physics 128 Course Outline
Physics 128: Waves and Quanta
Course Outline



  • Introduction to special relativity
    1. Lorentz transformations
    2. Length contraction, time dilation
    3. Momentum-energy
    4. Intro to general relativity
  • Waves as particles
    1. Photoelectric effect
    2. Compton effect
  • Particles as waves
    1. Double-slit interference
    2. Schrodinger equation
    3. Uncertainty principle
    4. Bohr model
  • Bound states
    1. Particle in a box
    2. Finite well
    3. Harmonic oscillator
  • Unbound states
    1. Potential step
    2. Potential barrier and tunneling
  • Introduction to quantum mechanics
    1. Schrodinger equation in 3D
    2. 3D infinite well
    3. Hydrogen atom
  • Atomic physics
    1. Identical particles
    2. Exclusion principle
    3. The periodic table
    4. Spin-orbit interaction
  • Statistical mechanics
    1. Entropy and temperature
    2. Boltzmann statistics
    3. Quantum statistics
    4. Photon gas
  • Molecules and solids
    1. Crystalline solids
    2. Energy bands
    3. Semiconductors
    4. Superconductors

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