Physics D: Modern Physics

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Spring semester
Elective

This semester-long course investigates developments in physics during the last century. The photoelectric effect, particle-wave duality, the nature of the atom, quantum ideas, nuclear physics, and cosmology will be discussed. Where practical, labs will be done, but modern physics is mostly done on vast, expensive instruments, so audiovisual and Internet resources will also be used.

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Unit Essential Questions Content Skills and Processes Assessment Resources
Physics D: Modern Physics

What are the developments of the past century in physics?
How does the universe operate at very large and very small scales?
How can we investigate things that we cannot see?
How does modern technology use recent discoveries in physics?

Photoelectric effect
Semiconductors
Models of the Atom
Nuclear Physics
Relativity

Problem solving
Written communication of results and solutions
Experimentation
Teamwork
Research of recent developments

Homework
Lab Reports
Tests
Presentations

Text
Lab procedures
Internet
Powerpoint presentations
Demonstrations