Modern Physics

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Modern Physics

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The aim of this module is to develop a solid understanding of the principles of quantum physics, the structure of atoms, the periodic system of the elements, the structure of diatomic molecules and the structure of nuclei.

    Module content

    Quantum Physics: Wave-particle duality, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the wavefunction and its interpretation, eigenvalue equations, the Schrödinger equation, the particle in a box, tunneling, the harmonic oscillator, wavefunctions and the quantum numbers of the Hydrogen atom.

    Atomic Physics: Pauli exclusion principle, bosons and fermions, Zeeman effect, Stern-Gerlach experiment, electron spin, multi-electron atoms, optical transitions, X-ray emission, periodic system, rotations, vibrations and electronic excitations in diatomic molecules.

    Nuclear Physics: nuclear structure, binding energy, radioactivity, nuclear reactions, nuclear fission and reactors, nuclear fusion, fundamental forces and the standard model.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

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