

Concepts and associated formulas that you should understand and be able to use: Interference, constructive and destructive; application to Young's doubleslit experiment;
phase change upon reflection; interference in thin films, nonreflective coatings;
diffraction from narrow slits; resolution of apertures; difraction grating; xray
diffraction by crystals; modes of polarization, effect of polarizers, Malus' law,
polarization by reflection, Brewster's law; Galilean relativity, relativity of simultaneity,
Einstein's special theory of relativity, time dilation, length contraction, twin paradox,
Lorentz transformation (relativistic "mixing" of space and time coordinates), velocity
transformation equation, relativistic energy and momentum, equivalence of mass and energy,
relativistic "mixing" of electric and magnetic fields; general theory of relativity,
principle of equivalence; blackbody radiation, RayleighJeans law vs. Planck's law; photons,
photoelectric effect, work function, Einstein's formula; Compton effect; atomic spectra,
Bohr's model of the hydrogen atom; Bohr's correspondence principle, waveparticle duality;
de Broglie wavelength, importance of interference in the doubleslit experiment for
electrons; Heisenberg uncertainty principle; wave function and probability density; particle
in a box, zero point energy, tunneling through a barrier, Schroedinger equation.
 


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