This course explains the fundamentals of modern physics with special emphasis on quantum mechanics. It covers key concepts of quantum mechanics. The basic principles of statistical physics and solid state physics are also described based on the quantum mechanics. Topics include wave and particle duality, history of formation of quantum mechanics, Schrodinger equation, tunneling phenomenon, atomic model of hydrogen and molecular energy levels. Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution, Bose-Einstein distribution and Fermi-Dirac distribution are also explained. The basic concepts related to solid state physics that are essential in understanding semiconductor physics are also covered in the course.
2 midterms (30% each), final exam. (30%), homework (10%)