by Gary N. Felder and Kenny M. Felder
Below is a list of the 14 chapters and 10 appendices in the book. Professors can contact Cambridge University Press to
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Preface (a brief overview of the philosophy and structure of the book)
• Available online and in the printed book
Active Learning Exercises for Modern Physics
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List of Derivations in the Book
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 Relativity I: Time, Space, and Motion [+]

Galilean Relativity

Einstein's Postulates and Time Dilation

Length Contraction and Simultaneity

The Lorentz Transformations

Velocity Transformations and the Doppler Effect

Chapter Summary
 Relativity II: Dynamics [+]

Spacetime Diagrams

Momentum and Energy

Mass and Energy (and the Speed of Light Squared)

FourVectors

More About the MichelsonMorley Experiment

Chapter Summary
 The Quantum Revolution I: From Light Waves to Photons [+]

Math Interlude: Interference

The Young DoubleSlit Experiment

One Photon at a Time

Blackbody Radiation and the Ultraviolet Catastrophe

The Photoelectric Effect

Further Photon Phenomena

Chapter Summary
 The Quantum Revolution II: Matter and Wavefunctions [+]

Atomic Spectra and the Bohr Model

Matter Waves

Wavefunctions and Position Probabilities

The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

Chapter Summary
 The Schrödinger Equation [+]

Force and Potential Energy

Energy Eigenstates and the TimeIndependent Schrödinger Equation

The Infinite Square Well

Other Bound States

Math Interlude: Complex Numbers

Time Evolution of a Wavefunction

Chapter Summary
 Unbound States [+]

Math Interlude: Standing Waves, Traveling Waves, and Partial Derivatives

Free Particles and Fourier Transforms

Momentum Eigenstates

Wave Packets and Moving Particles

Scattering and Tunneling

The TimeDependent Schrödinger Equation

Chapter Summary
 The Hydrogen Atom [+]

Quantum Numbers of the Hydrogen Atom

The Schrödinger Equation in Three Dimensions

Math Interlude: Spherical Coordinates

Schrödinger's Equation and the Hydrogen Atom

Spin

Spin and the Problem of Measurement

Splitting of the Spectral Lines

Chapter Summary
 Atoms [+]

The Pauli Exclusion Principle

Energy Levels and Atomic States

The Periodic Table

XRay Spectroscopy and Moseley's Law

Chapter Summary
 Molecules [+]

Ionic and Covalent Bonds

Bonding and Antibonding States

Vibrations, Rotations, and Molecular Spectra

Chapter Summary
 Statistical Mechanics [+]

Microstates and Macrostates

Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

Temperature

The Boltzmann Distribution

Some Applications of the Boltzmann Distribution

Quantum Statistics

Blackbody Radiation

BoseEinstein Condensation

Chapter Summary
 Solids [+]

Crystals

Band Structure and Conduction

Semiconductors and Diodes

Transistors

Why Do Crystals Have a Band Structure?

Magnetic Materials

Heat Capacity

Chapter Summary
 The Atomic Nucleus [+]

What's in a Nucleus?

Experimental Evidence for Nuclear Properties

Nuclear Models

Three Types of Nuclear Decay

Nuclear Fission and Fusion

Chapter Summary
 Particle Physics [+]

Forces and Particles

The Standard Model

Detecting Particles

Symmetries and Conservation Laws

Quantum Field Theory

Chapter Summary
 Cosmology [+]

The History of the Universe

How Do We Know All That?

Infinite Universe, Finite Universe, Observable Universe

The Friedmann Equations

Dark Matter and Dark Energy

Problems with the Big Bang Model

Inflation and the Very Early Universe

Chapter Summary
Appendices
Appendix A: A Chronology of Modern Physics
Appendix B: Special Relativity Equations
Appendix C: Quantum Mechanics Equations
Appendix D: The Electromagnetic Spectrum
Appendix E: Interference and Diffraction
Appendix F: Properties of Waves
Appendix G: Energy Eigenstates of the Hydrogen Atom
Appendix H: The Periodic Table
Appendix I: Statistical Mechanics Equations
Appendix J: The Standard Model of Particle Physics
The following sections are available online only
Chronology of Modern Physics (an expanded version of Appendix A in the text)
Introduction to General Relativity
Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics
The Quantum Eraser
Bell's Theorem and Locality
Open Questions in Cosmology
Antimatter
Wave Packets
Answers to CheckYourself Questions in Exercises
Errata: A list of known typos in the text.