Sonoma State University
Physics 314
J.S. Tenn

Web Links of Interest

The following sites may be helpful to you as you study modern physics

You can learn how to use Google to do physics calculations by reading Ward, David W., “Physics the Google Way,” The Physics Teacher, 43, 381-83 (Sept 2005).

Prof. Randy Harris, author of a text (Nonclassical Physics) for a course like this one, has written a classical physics review which covers all the classical physics you need—and a bit more—in 31 pages (pdf).

Prof. Steve Pollock of the University of Colorado teaches a course much like this one, Physics 2170. You will find lecture notes, homework assignments, and a lot more there.

Prof. Michael Fowler of the University of Virginia also teaches a course in modern physics, Physics 252. You will find lecture notes, homework assignments, and exams on his site.

Prof. Peter Suranyi has posted lecture notes for his course at the University of Cincinnati.

Understanding Special Relativity by Rafi Moor is very clear and informal.

Rob Salgado of the University of Syracuse has developed a beautifully-illustrated and animated course on relativity called The Light Cone.

The Physics Education Research Group at Kansas State University has produced the Visual Quantum Mechanics Project. It is essentially a short, interactive textbook.

For an introduction to particle physics see The Science of Matter, Space and Time at Fermilab or The Particle Adventure at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. A very good site on nuclear physics is The ABC's of Nuclear Science, also from LBNL. You can find details on any isotope of any nucleus at Exploring the Table of Isotopes. See WebElements™ Periodic table for information on elements.

The publisher of the text by Tipler & Llewellyn has established an extensive site for a modern physics course. See especially the web links arranged by chapter.

See the Complete, Unabridged, Unexpurgated, Comprehensive List of Reproducible Experiments that contradict Quantum Mechanical Theory .

Classical, Quantum & Statistical Mechanics & Thermodynamics Educational Sites is a lengthy list of sites; many of them may be useful.

Special Relativity and A history of Quantum Mechanics present much of the history of these topics. These pages make up a small part of the great History of Mathematics archive at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Mathematics is defined here so as to include much of physics and astronomy, as can be seen from the index.

There are links to a number of classic papers on physics and chemistry on Prof. Carmen Giunta’s site at Le Moyne College.

Humor related to modern physics may be found at Physics Humor. My favorite is Science Made Stupid by Tom Weller.

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2009-01-16