Modern Physics with Modern Computational Methods,
Edition 3
By John Morrison

Publication Date: 20 Oct 2020
Modern Physics with Modern Computational Methods, Third Edition presents the ideas that have shaped modern physics and provides an introduction to current research in the different fields of physics. Intended as the text for a first course in modern physics following an introductory course in physics with calculus, the book begins with a brief and focused account of experiments that led to the formulation of the new quantum theory, while ensuing chapters go more deeply into the underlying physics.

In this new edition, the differential equations that arise are converted into sets of linear equation or matrix equations by making a finite difference approximation of the derivatives or by using the spline collocation method. MATLAB programs are described for solving the eigenvalue equations for a particle in a finite well and the simple harmonic oscillator and for solving the radial equation for hydrogen. The lowest-lying solutions of these problems are plotted using MATLAB and the physical significance of these solutions are discussed.

Each of the later chapters conclude with a description of modern developments.

Key Features

  • Makes critical topics accessible by illustrating them with simple examples and figures
  • Presents modern quantum mechanical concepts systematically and applies them consistently throughout the book
  • Utilizes modern computational methods with MATLAB programs to solve the equations that arise in physics, and describes the programs and solutions in detail
  • Covers foundational topics, including transition probabilities, crystal structure, reciprocal lattices, and Bloch theorem to build understanding of applications, such as lasers and semiconductor devices
  • Features expanded exercises and problems at the end of each chapter as well as multiple appendices for quick reference
About the author
By John Morrison, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Louisville, KY, USA
Table of Contents
1. The Wave-Particle Duality
2. The Schrödinger Wave Equation
3. Operators and Waves
4. The Hydrogen Atom
5. Many-Electron Atoms
6. The Emergence of Masers and Lasers
7. Diatomic Molecules
8. Statistical Physics
9. Electronic Structure of Solids
10. Charge Carriers in Semiconductors
11. Semiconductor Lasers
12. The Special Theory of Relativity
13. The Relativistic Wave Equations and General Relativity
14. Particle Physics
15. Nuclear Physics
Book details
ISBN: 9780128177907
Page Count: 500
Retail Price : £102.00
9780123865137; 9780123821881; 9780122191411
Instructor Resources
Physics, Physical Sciences & Engineering students
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