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Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 237 Introduction to Modern Physics (3) Relativity and quantum theory applied to selected topics in atomic, molecular, solid state, and nuclear physics.

PHYS 237 Introduction to Modern Physics (3)

A broad survey of post-classical physics, taken by physics and other science and engineering students. Required of all physics majors, it is typically taken in the fourth-semester. The course covers much of the modern physics curriculum including topics such as special relativity, the concepts and mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics, both in one- and three-dimensional model systems, and the applications of quantum theory to topics ranging from atomic/molecular, nuclear, particle, and condensed matter physics to astrophysics.

The course is a prerequisite for a junior-senior course in quantum mechanics.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 212
Concurrent: PHYS 214

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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