PHYS 107
Spacetime and Quanta Fall 2017 Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;
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Quantum mechanics and Einstein’s relativity both drastically altered our view of the physical world when they were developed in the early twentieth century. In this course we will learn about the central concepts that define relativity and quantum mechanics, along with some of the diverse phenomena the two theories describe. These investigations will prepare us to discuss developments in condensed matter: explaining what makes materials different along with discussing exotic effects like superconductivity and superfluidity. We will also discuss recent developments in cosmology, where observations have produced a surprising picture for the make-up of our universe. This course is intended for students whose primary interests lie outside of the natural sciences and mathematics. The mathematics used will be algebra and trigonometry.
The Class: Type: lecture twice a week and conference section once a week
Limit: 40*
Expected: 25
Class#: 1554
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on weekly problem sets, quizzes, two midterms, and a final exam, all with a significant quantitative component
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: by seniority
Department Notes: *20 per conference section
Distributions: Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;
Attributes: SCST Related Courses

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