Quantum physics of matter
|Titles in the Physical World series|
Quantum physics of matter shows how quantum mechanics is applied to describe matter on the macroscopic and microscopic levels. Chapter 1 explores the quantum physics of gases, developing the idea of a quantum gas that can describe a variety of macroscopic systems including the electrons in metals and the photons in the Sun. Chapter 2 describes solids and their electrical properties, leading to a discussion of solid-state devices including solarcells and laser diodes. The next two chapters focus on the subatomic world. Chapter 3 discusses radioactivity, models of the atomic nucleus, and nuclear reactions include fusion and fission. Chapter 4 is concerned with the physics of fundamental particles and their interactions.
Quantum physics of matter is in a series of books which along with interactive multimedia, is used in the Open University course The Physical World. Each book combines richly illustrated text with questions (and answers) for self-assesment, and is ideally suited for students working independently.