Ch 16: FTCE Physics: Modern Physics

About This Chapter

Let us teach you about the components and applications of modern physics. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes provide information and examples to help you correctly answer related questions on the FTCE Physics test.

FTCE Physics: Modern Physics - Chapter Summary

Engage this chapter's lessons to support your understanding of modern physics and help focus your preparation for the physics FTCE. Lessons' coverage of topics such as the following can assist you in knowing how to accurately answer correlative questions on the FTCE:

  • Becoming familiar with the history and historic figures of atomic theory
  • Identifying the 4 fundamental forces of nature
  • Understanding half-life and calculating radioactive decay
  • Discussing the components of quantum atomic states
  • Assimilating the photoelectric effect
  • Recognizing and distinguishing among applications of nuclear chemistry
  • Utilizing Heisenberg's uncertainty principle
  • Balancing nuclear equations

In each video, instructors convey salient information with a succinct, straightforward lecture. Lesson introductions and summaries offer overviews of the information, and topic-related time markers allow you to jump or return to topics you want to spend additional time reviewing.

Objectives of the FTCE Physics: Modern Physics Chapter

The FTCE Physics test is designed to evaluate candidates' preparedness to be certified physics teachers in Florida. Questions related to modern physics make up around 10% of the total test. Self-assessment quizzes are incorporated into the Modern Physics chapter's lessons; these allow you to assess your own progress in comprehending the material, as well as introduce you to the style of questions you'll find on the FTCE.

Composed of around 90 questions, the physics FTCE is completely multiple-choice. Some questions mandate the interpretation of data from a number line or chart, while others call for the selection of the best words to complete a sentence. Direct questions asking for the correct answer from the provided options are also included, as are case-study scenarios that ask you to indicate your recommended diagnosis or course of action.

12 Lessons in Chapter 16: FTCE Physics: Modern Physics
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Early Atomic Theory: Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford and Millikan

1. Early Atomic Theory: Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford and Millikan

Imagine firing a bullet at a piece of tissue paper and having it bounce back at you! You would probably be just as surprised as Rutherford when he discovered the nucleus. In this lesson, we are going to travel back in time and discuss some of the major discoveries in the history of the atom.

The Bohr Model and Atomic Spectra

2. The Bohr Model and Atomic Spectra

Do you ever wonder where light comes from or how it is produced? In this lesson, we are going to use our knowledge of the electron configurations and quantum numbers to see what goes on during the creation of light.

Electron Cloud: Definition, Model & Theory

3. Electron Cloud: Definition, Model & Theory

Like the rapidly moving blades of a fan, electrons appear to occupy all of the space in an atom at once. Learn how electron location in an atom is best described by the electron cloud model and theory.

Atomic Number and Mass Number

4. Atomic Number and Mass Number

Atoms are the basic building blocks of everything around you. In order to really understand how atoms combine to form molecules, it's necessary to be familiar with their structure. In this lesson, we'll dissect atoms so we can see just what really goes into those little building blocks of matter.

What is a Photon? - Definition, Energy & Wavelength

5. What is a Photon? - Definition, Energy & Wavelength

In this lesson, we will learn the definition of a photon. We will also explain Planck's constant and its relationship to the photon energy and wavelength. The calculation of photon energy is also demonstrated.

Standard Model of Particle Physics

6. Standard Model of Particle Physics

After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain what the standard model of physics is, name the particles that are part of the standard model, and some of the things it can't currently explain. A short quiz will follow.

The Photoelectric Effect: Definition, History, Application & Equation

7. The Photoelectric Effect: Definition, History, Application & Equation

In this lesson, you will learn what the photoelectric effect is, how it was discovered, how it applies to everyday life, and the equation associated with it. A short quiz will follow.

Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: Definition & Equation

8. Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: Definition & Equation

The Heisenberg uncertainty principle is one of the core concepts in quantum mechanics. In this lesson, we define the uncertainty principle and learn more about its implications for physical science.

Theory of Special Relativity: Definition & Equation

9. Theory of Special Relativity: Definition & Equation

This lesson will go through the main postulates of the special theory of relativity and look at a few of the consequences. The principle equations will also be introduced. A short quiz will follow.

Mass and Energy: Description and Interchangeable Relationship

10. Mass and Energy: Description and Interchangeable Relationship

Einstein used E = mc^2 to prove that mass and energy are relative to each other. This lesson describes how energy can be converted into mass and mass into energy. Experimental results from particle accelerators are used to demonstrate the relative nature of mass and energy.

The Four Fundamental Forces of Nature

11. The Four Fundamental Forces of Nature

In this lesson, we'll learn about the four fundamental forces of nature. We will define them and then describe some of the surprising ways in which they affect the world around us every day.

Wave-Particle Duality: Concept, Explanation & Examples

12. Wave-Particle Duality: Concept, Explanation & Examples

Is light a particle with mass and substance? Or, is it just a wave traveling through space? Most scientists say light is both a particle and a wave! Find out how they came to this strange conclusion as we learn about the theory of wave-particle duality.

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