Is Modern Physics course hard?

In summary, "Modern Physics" is a 3 credit course that covers special relativity, atomic structure, and other topics. It is typically taken by second-year physics majors and requires a background in calculus. Whether it is possible to study for this course on your own and test out of it depends on your background and the policies of your school. Some students may find the concepts challenging, but the math is not too difficult until the Schrödinger equation is introduced.
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Is "Modern Physics" course hard?

Is "Modern Physics" course hard? It's a 3 Credit course that deals with special relativity, atomic structure etc.

Would it be impossible to study for this on my own to test out of it?
 
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It's 3 credits, so they either zoom over everything, or they just barely get to it. Ask people who have taken it in your school, or the prof who teaches it.

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relativitydude said:
Is "Modern Physics" course hard? It's a 3 Credit course that deals with special relativity, atomic structure etc.

Is this a college/university or high school course? USA or UK or where? What are the prerequisites?

At my college, "Introductory Modern Physics" comes after two semesters of "General Physics" and is normally taken by second-year (sophomore) physics majors. It assumes students have had two semesters of calculus out of a four-semester sequence. It covers relativity, photons, atomic structure, hydrogen-atom energy levels and spectra, and a taste of quantum mechanics (Schrödinger equation for the "particle in a box"). This year I ran out of time before getting to the hydrogen-atom quantum numbers, spin, etc. We'll do that next semester anyway.

Would it be impossible to study for this on my own to test out of it?

Depends on your background and how sharp you are, and on whether your school let's you test out of courses to begin with. I think most of our students find relativity and wave/particle stuff rather difficult conceptually, although the math isn't very heavy for them (at least not until we get to the Schrödinger equation).
 

1. Is Modern Physics a difficult course?

It depends on the individual's understanding of physics and their level of dedication to the course material. Some may find it challenging, while others may find it manageable.

2. Do I need to have a strong background in physics to take this course?

While having a basic understanding of physics can be helpful, it is not necessary to have a strong background in physics to take this course. The course will cover the necessary foundational concepts.

3. How much math is involved in Modern Physics?

Modern Physics does involve a significant amount of math, including calculus and algebra. It is important to have a strong understanding of these mathematical concepts before taking the course.

4. What are the main topics covered in Modern Physics?

Modern Physics covers topics such as relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and molecular physics, nuclear physics, and particle physics. It also includes applications in areas such as technology and industry.

5. How can I prepare for a Modern Physics course?

To prepare for a Modern Physics course, it is recommended to review basic physics concepts and mathematical skills. You can also find online resources or textbooks to familiarize yourself with the topics that will be covered in the course.

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