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Widener University

Summer COOP 2004

PHYS 261 Modern Physics
Prof. Augensen

Name _______________________

Worksheet for Chap. 3

Quantum Theory of Light
Exercise #1 (Similar to Problems 2 & 4)
An iron ball of radius 0.10 m is heated to 500 K. Calculate:
a) the wavelength at which the energy distribution is maximum.
b) the total power E radiated per unit area by the iron ball.
c) the total power emitted by the entire surface of the iron ball.

Exercise #2 (Similar to Problems 8 & 9)

A photon has a frequency of 1 GHz. What is its:
a) energy in both J and eV? Note 1 eV = 1.602 10-19 J.
b) wavelength in nm?

Exercise #3 (Problem 12)

A sodium vapor lamp has a power output of 10 W. Using 589.3 nm as the average wavelength of the
source, calculate the number of photons emitted per second.

Exercise #4 (Problem 18)

Light of wavelength 500 nm is incident on a metallic surface. If the stopping potential for the photelectric
effect is 0.45 V, calculate:
a) the maximum kinetic energy of the ejected photoelectrons.
b) the work function.
c) the cutoff wavelength

Exercise #5 (Problem 35)

In the original Compton experiment, Compton used photons of wavelength 0.0711 nm. Calculate:
a) the energy of these photons before collision.
b) the wavelength of the photons scattered at an angle 180 (backscattering).
c) the energy of backscattered photons.
d) the recoil energy of the electrons.

Widener University
Spring 2004
PHYS 261 Modern Physics
Prof. Augensen

Name _______________________

Worksheet for Chap. 4

The Particle Nature of Matter
Exercise #1 (Similar to Problems 11 & 12)
a) What are the values of n for the transition corresponding to the first two lines of the Paschen series?
b) Calculate the wavelength for the first two lines of the Paschen series.
c) Calculate the radii for the orbits corresponding to the three different values of n in part a).

Exercise #2 (Similar to Problems 16 & 17)

Consider the hydrogenic ion Li2+, where Z = 3. Calculate:
a) the energies of the first three levels of Li2+.
b) the wavelengths of the first two lines of Li2+.
c) the orbital radius of the first Bohr orbit of Li2+.
d) the ionization energy for Li2+.

Exercise #3 (similar to Problem 20)

a) Calculate the energy of the photon that causes an electronic transition between the n=4 to n=5 states of

b) Calculate the energy of the photon that causes an electronic transition between the n=5 to n=6 states of

Calculate the wavelengths of the photons in parts a) and b).

Exercise #4 (similar to Problem 23)

A hydrogen atom is in the first excited state (n=2). Calculate from Bohr theory:
a) the radius of the orbit.
b) the linear momentum of the electron.
c) the angular momentum of the electron.
d) the kinetic energy.
e) the potential energy
f) the total energy

Widener University
Spring 2004
PHYS 261 Modern Physics
Prof. Augensen

Name _______________________

Worksheet for Chap. 5

Matter Waves
Exercise #1 (Similar to Problems 1 & 2)
Calculate the de Broglie wavelength for each of the following:
a) an electron (me = 9.1 10-31 kg) moving at 2.0 106 m/s
b) a proton with kinetic energy 100 eV.
c) a 500 kg car moving at a speed 20 m/s.

Exercise #2
A proton (mass 1.67 10-27 kg) has kinetic energy 1.0 MeV. If its momentum is measured with an
uncertainty of 5.0%, what is the minimum uncertainty in its position?

Exercise #3 (Problem 25)

An excited nucleus with lifetime 0.100 ns emits a -ray of energy 2.00 MeV.
a) Calculate the energy width (uncertainty) E of the 2.00 MeV -ray emission line.
b) Can this energy width be directly measured if the best gamma detectors can measure no smaller than 5

Exercise #4 (Similar to Problem 27)

A monoenergetic beam of electrons is incident on a single slit of width 1.50 nm, and a diffraction pattern is
formed on a screen 20 cm from the slit. The distance between successive minima of the diffraction pattern
is 2.1 cm. Calculate the energy of the incident electrons in eV.

Widener University
Spring 2004
PHYS 261 Modern Physics
Prof. Augensen

Name _______________________

Worksheet for Chap. 6

Quantum Mechanics in One Dimension
Exercise #1 (Similar to Problem 3)
A free electron has wave function given by (x) = A cos (2 1010 x), where is in m. Find the electron's:
a) de Broglie wavelength in nm
b) momentum in kg m/s
c) energy in eV

Exercise #2
The wave function describing a state of an electron confined to move along the x-axis is given at any time
zero by
(x,0) = A exp(-x2/42)
Find the probability of finding the electron in a region dx centered on:

x= ?
Where is the electron most likely to be found?
What is the normalization constant A?

Exercise #3 (similar to Problem 10)

An electron is contained in a one-dimensional box of width 0.100 nm.
a) Calculate the energy levels En for the electron for levels n = 1, 2, 3, and 4.
b) Write all possible transitions of the electron from the n = 4 state to the n = 1 state
c) Calculate both shortest and the longest wavelengths of the emitted photons corresponding to the
possible transitions found in part b).

Exercise #4 (Problem 11a)

Consider a particle moving in a one-dimensional box with walls at x = -L/2 and x = L/2.
a) Write the wavefunctions n(x) for the states n = 1, n = 2, and n = 3
b) Write the corresponding probability densities Pn(x) for states n = 1, n = 2, and n = 3

Exercise #5 (Problem 16)

An electron is trapped in an infinitely deep potential well 0.300 nm in width.
a) If the electron is in the ground state, what is the probability of finding it within 0.100 nm of the left hand
wall; i.e., x in the region (0.00, 0.100) nm
b) Repeat part a) for an electron in the 99th energy state above ground state (i.e., n = 100)
c) Are the above answers consistent with the correspondence principle?

Exercise #6
A particle is in the ground state of an infinite square-well potential given by

= 0


Find the probability of finding the particle in the interval x = 0.002 L at the following positions:
a) x = L/2
b) x = 2L/3
c) x = L
*Note: since x is very tiny, you do not need to do any integration!

Exercise #7 (Problem 12)

A ruby laser emits light of wavelength 694.3 nm. If this light is due to transitions from the n = 2 state to the
n = 1 state of an electron in a box, find the width L of the box.

Exercise #8
A mass of 10-9 kg is moving with a speed of about 10-3 m/s in a box of length 0.01 m. Treating this as a
one-dimensional infinite square-well potential, calculate the approximate value of the quantum number n.

Exercise #9
A particle is in the first excited state (n = 2) of an infinite square potential. Calculate:
a) <x>
b) <x2>

Widener University
Spring 2004
PHYS 261 Modern Physics
Prof. Augensen

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Worksheet for Chap. 7

Tunneling Phenomena
Exercise #1 (Similar to Problem 5)
When particle energies are well below the top of the barrier (E << U), the probability for transmission is
given approximately by:
P 16 (E/U) e-2L where

= [2m(U-E)]1/2 /

Using = 1.055 10-34 J.s, calculate the exponential factor e-2L for each of the following cases:
a) a proton (m = 1.67 10-27 kg) with U - E = 10 eV and L = 10-12 m
b) a baseball (m = 0.10 kg) with U - E = 5 J and L = 100 m

Exercise #2 (similar to Problem 16)

An alpha particle is confined to the nucleus of an unspecified radioactive element. Assume a semiinfinite
square well with infinitely high wall at r = 0 and wall of height 22 MeV at the nuclear radius R = 7.0 fm.
Take = 197.3
a) Use the interative method of Example 5.9 to estimate lowest (ground state) energy permitted for the
alpha particle.
b) Calculate the smallest value of velocity of the alpha particle from the result of part a).

Widener University
Spring 2004
PHYS 261 Modern Physics
Prof. Augensen

Name _______________________

Worksheet for Chap. 8

Quantum Mechanics in Three Dimensions
Exercise #1 (Problem 5)
Assume that the nucleus of an atom can be regarded as a three-dimensional box of width 2 10-14 m. If a
proton (m = 1.67 10-27 kg) moves as a particle in this box, calculate (using h = 6.63 10-34 J.s):
a) the ground state energy of the proton in MeV
b) the energies of the first and second excited states
c) What are the degeneracies of these states?

Exercise #2 (Problem 9)
If an electron has orbital angular momentum of |L| = 4.714 10-34 J.s, what is the orbital quantum number for
this state of the electron?

Exercise #3 (Problem 16)

Calculate the possible values of Lz, the z-component of angular momentum for an electron in d subshell.

Exercise #4 (Problem 17)

Calculate the magnitude of angular momentum L for an electron in:
a) the 4d state of hydrogen
b) the 6f state of hydrogen

Exercise #5 (Problem 21)

Suppose that a hydrogen atom is in the 2s state. Taking r = a0, calculate values for:
a) 2s (a0)
b) |2s (a0)|2
c) P2s(a0)

Widener University
Spring 2004
PHYS 261 Modern Physics
Prof. Augensen

Name _______________________

Worksheet for Chap. 9

Atomic Structure
Exercise #1 (Similar to Problem 4)
List the possible sets of quantum numbers for an electron in the:
a) 4p subshell
b) 4f subshell

Exercise #2 (Problem 13)

An electron is in the 4F5/2 state.
a) Find the values of the quantum numbers n, , and j.
b) What is |J|, the magnitude of the electrons total angular momentum?
c) What are the possible values for Jz, the z-component of the electrons total angular

Exercise #3 (similar to Problem 17)

Six identical, non-interacting particles are placed in a cubical box of sides L = 0.500 nm. Find the lowest
energy of the system (in eV) and list the quantum numbers of all occupied states if:
a) the particles are electrons
b) the particles are identical to electrons, except do not obey the Pauli exclusion principle

Exercise #4 (similar to Problem 21)

Write out:
a) the electronic configuration for nitrogen (Z=7)
b) the values for the set of quantum numbers n, , m and ms for each electron in

Widener University
Spring 2004
PHYS 261 Modern Physics
Prof. Augensen

Name _______________________

Worksheet for Chap. 10

Statistical Physics
Exercise #1 (Similar to Problem 1)
A system of six indistinguishable particles has total energy 8E. Calculate the probability of finding the
particle with energy (a) 1E and (b) 8E.

Exercise #2 (similar to Problem 6)

An unspecified element possesses an energy difference of 1.92 eV between n = 1 (ground) state and n = 2
(first excited) state, assumed to have equal statistical weights. If a sample of 10 20 atoms of this substance is
in an enclosed chamber in thermal equilibrium at T = 1000 K, calculate the approximate number of atoms
in the ground state (n1) and in the first excited state (n2). Assume n2 << n1.

Exercise #3 (Problem 15)

The Fermi energy of aluminum (atomic mass 26.98, density 2.70 g/cm3) is 11.63 eV.
a) Assuming that the free electron model applies to aluminum, calculate n = N/V, the number of free
electrons per unit volume at low temperatures.
b) Determine the valence of aluminum by dividing the answer found in part (a) by the number of
aluminum atoms per unit volume, as calculated from the density & atomic mass.

Exercise #4 (Problem 20)

Find the probability that a conduction electron in a metal has an energy equal to the Fermi energy EF at the
temperature 300 K .

Exercise #5 (Problem 22)

The Fermi energy for silver is 5.48 eV at T = 800 K. Also, the probability of finding the electron in that
state is 0.95. Note the Boltzmann constant is kB = 8.617 10-5 eV/K.
a) Calculate the energy E of a conduction electron in silver at T = 800 K.
b) Calculate the Fermi speed vF for electrons in silver.

Widener University
Spring 2004
PHYS 261 Modern Physics
Prof. Augensen

Name _______________________

Worksheet for Chap. 12

The Solid State
Exercise #1 (Problem 7)
The crystal structure of KCl is the same as NaCl. Calculate the:
a) ionic cohesive energy for KCl. Take r0 = 0.314 nm and m = 9.
b) atomic cohesive energy of KCl by using the fact that ionization energy of potassium is 4.34 eV
(K + 4.34 eV K+ + e) and that electron affinity of chlorine is 3.61 eV (Cl- + 3.61 eV Cl + e)

Exercise #2 (Similar to Problem 10)

Sodium (Na) is a monovalent metal (each Na atom contributes one e-) having a density 0.971 g/cm3, an
atomic weight 23.0 g/mol, and resistivity 4.20 10-8 .m at 300 K. Assume the classical free-electron model
(MB distribution). Calculate the:
a) average density n = N/V of free electrons
b) average time between collisions of the electrons
c) thermal velocity vrms of an electron
d) mean free path L
e) typical lattice spacing d in nm, and compare with L

Exercise #3 (Problem 14)

Sodium (Na) is a monovalent metal (each Na atom contributes one e-) having a density 0.971 g/cm3, an
atomic weight 23.0 g/mol, and resistivity 4.20 10-8 .m at 300 K. Assuming the Fermi-Dirac gas, use this
information to calculate:
a) the density of free electrons n = N/V
b) the Fermi energy EF at 0 K
c) the Fermi velocity vF of an electron
d) the average time between electronic collisions
e) the mean free path L of the electrons (assuming EF at 300 K is the same as at 0 K) and compare with
the typical lattice spacing d (from Exercise #2)
f) the thermal conductivity K of Na

Exercise #4 (similar to Problem 16)

From the optical absorption spectrum of a certain semiconductor, one finds that the longest wavelength of
radiation absorbed is 2.09 m. Calculate the energy gap for this semiconductor.

Widener University
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PHYS 261 Modern Physics
Prof. Augensen

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Worksheet for Chap. 12 Addendum

Exercise #1
An iron-core toroid is wrapped with 250 turns of wire per meter of its length. The current in the winding is
8.00 A. Taking the magnetic permeability of iron to be m = 50000, calculate the:
a) magnetic field strength H (in A/m)
b) magnetic flux density B (in T)

Exercise #2
A wire made of Nb3 Al model has radius 2.0 mm and is maintained at 4.2 K. Using data for Tc and Bc2(0)
provided in Table 12.5, calculate:
a) the upper critical field Bc(T) for this wire at this temperature
b) the maximum current Imax that can pass through the wire before its superconductivity
is destroyed
c) the magnetic field B at 6.0 mm from the wire surface (8.0 mm from center)
when the current has its maximum value.

Exercise #3
The penetration depth for lead at 0.0 K is 39 nm. Using the critical temperature Tc = 7.193 K for lead, find
the penetration depth in lead at: a) 1.0 K b) 4.2 K c) 7.0 K

Exercise #4
Persistence currents. In an experiment carried out by S.C. Collins between 1955 and 1958, a current was
maintained in a superconducting lead ring for 2.5 years with no observed loss. If the inductance in the ring
was 3.14 10-8 H, and the sensitivity of the experiment was 1 part in 109, determine the maximum resistance
of the ring. Hint: Treat this as a decaying current in an RL circuit, and use the fact that
e-x 1 - x

for small x

Exercise #5
Calculate energy gaps Eg as predicted by BCS theory for (a) type I superconductor Zn and (b) type II
superconductor Nb3Sn. Tc is listed in Table 12.9. Compare the values for types I and II superconductors.

Exercise #6
The radius of a ring that would fit on a finger is ~ 8.0 mm. Calculate:
a) the magnetic flux through the ring due to Earths magnetic field (B = 5.8 10-5 T)
b) the number of fluxons that the ring would enclose.

Widener University
Spring 2004
PHYS 261 Modern Physics
Prof. Augensen

Name _______________________

Worksheet for Chap. 13

Nuclear Structure
Exercise #1 (Problem 4)
The Larmor precessional frequency is
f = E/h = 2B/h
Calculate the radio-wave frequency at which resonance absorption occurs for:
a) free neutrons in a magnetic field B = 1.0 T
b) free protons in a magnetic field B = 1.0 T
c) free protons in the Earth's magnetic field at a location where B = 5.0 10-5 T

Exercise #2 (Problem 7)
Consider a H atom with the electron in the 2p state. The magnetic field at the nucleus produced by the
orbiting electron has a value B = 12.5 T. The proton can have its magnetic moment aligned in either of two
directions perpendicular to the plane of the electron's orbit. Because of the interaction of the proton's
magnetic moment with the electron's magnetic field, there will be a difference in energy between the states
with the two different orientations of the proton's magnetic moment. Find that energy difference E in eV.

Exercise #3 (Problem 11)

In Example 13.3, the binding energy of the deuteron was calculated to be 2.224 MeV. This corresponds to
a value of 1.112 MeV/nucleon. What is the binding energy per nucleon for the heaviest isotope of
hydrogen, 3H (called tritium), for which m(3H) = 3.01605 u.

Exercise #4 (Problem 17)

Using the graph in Fig. 13.10, read off the values of binding energy per mass number Eb/A at A1 = 100 and
A2 = 200 to estimate how much energy is released when a nucleus of mass number 200 is split into two
nuclei, each of mass number 100.

Exercise #5 (Problem 24)

Tritium has a half-life of 12.33 yr. What percentage of the 3H nuclei in a tritium sample will decay during a
period of 5 yr?

Exercise #6 (Problem 26)

How many radioactive atoms are present in a sample that has an activity of 0.2 Ci and a half-life of 8.1

Exercise #7 (Problem 32)

A by-product of some fission reactors is the isotope 239Pu94, which is an alpha emitter with a half-life of
24,000 yr:



U92 + 4He2

Consider a sample of 1 kg of pure 239Pu94 at t = 0. Calculate:

a) the number N0 of 239Pu94 nuclei present at t = 0
b) the initial activity R0 in the sample
c) the time t required for the activity to decrease to 1 decay/s.

Exercise #8 (Problem 41)

Find the energy released in the alpha decay 238U92 shown below. Use the mass values in Table 13.6.



Th90 + 4He2

Widener University
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PHYS 261 Modern Physics
Prof. Augensen

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Worksheet for Chap. 14

Nuclear Physics Applications
Exercise #1 (Problem 3)
The following reaction, first observed in 1930, led to the discovery of the neutron by Chadwick:

Be4 (, n) 12C6

Calculate the Q value of this reaction.

Exercise #2 (Problem 11)

The density of liquid hydrogen target in a bubble chamber is 70 kg/m3. If 20% of a beam of slow neutrons
incident on the bubble chamber has reacted with the hydrogen by the time the beam has traveled 2 m
through the hydrogen, what is the cross section, in barns, for the reaction of these slow neutrons with
hydrogen atoms?

Exercise #3 (Problem 20)

A particle cannot generally be localized to distances much smaller than its de Broglie wavelength. This
means that a slow neutron appears to be larger to a target particle than does a fast neutron, in the sense that
the slow neutron will probably be found over a large volume of space. For a thermal neutron at room
temperature (300 K), find:
a) the linear momentum p
b) the de Broglie wavelength B
c) Compare this effective neutron size in b) with both nuclear & atomic dimensions.

Exercise #4 (Problem 30)

The Sun radiates energy at the rate 4 1026 W. Assuming that the reaction

He2 + 2e+ + 2 +

accounts for all the energy released, calculate:

a) the energy Q released every time this reaction occurs
b) the number of protons fused per second
c) the mass transformed into energy per second.