This textbook connects an undergraduate course in physics with modern science and techlogy. The first part of the book gives an overview of hot directions in modern physics and techlogy. The second part contains problems which are related to those directions. Where necessary, the problems have detailed solutions. The text also includes a brief review of undergraduate physics.A huge chasm has developed between modern science and undergraduate education. The result of this chasm is that students who are graduating from college are unable to exploit the many opportunities offered by modern science and techlogy. Consequently, student interest in undergraduate physics is very low. The authors propose to try to bridge this chasm between modern science and techlogy and undergraduate education.Modern science and techlogy widely uses the methods of classical physics, but these modern applications are t reflected in the problems on physics often suggested to students. Solving practical problems is a very effective way to inform students about contemporary science, to show the important relationships between modern and classical physics, and to prepare them for future activity in the modern techlogical environment. The authors have prepared a set of problems based on some of the latest developments in science and techlogy which can be solved using the classical physics accessible in a standard undergraduate program.
Gennady P. Berman, Lorcan M. Folan, Vladimir I. Tsifrinovich