PHYS 142
Foundations of Modern Physics Spring 2019 Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;

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Newtonian Mechanics, spectacular as it is in describing planetary motion and a wide range of other phenomena, only hints at the richness of behaviors seen in the universe. Special relativity, which extends physics into the realm of high speeds and high energies, requires we rethink our basic notions of space and time. Quantum mechanics successfully describes atoms, molecules, and solids while at the same time calling into question our expectation of what can be predicted by a physical theory. Statistical physics reveals new behaviors that emerge when many particles are present in a system. This course will survey ideas from each of these three arenas, and can serve either as a terminal course for those seeking to complete a year of physics or as the basis for future advanced study of these topics.
The Class: Type: lecture, two hours weekly; problem-solving conference session, one hour weekly; laboratory, alternating between three hours and one hour approximately every other week
Limit: 18 per CON
Expected: 30
Class#: 3851
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on weekly homework, labs, two hour tests, and a final exam, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
Prerequisites: PHYS 141 and MATH 130 (formerly 103), or equivalent; PHYS 131 may substitute for PHYS 141 with the permission of instructor. Students may not take both PHYS 142 and PHYS 151
Department Notes: Limit: 22 per lab, 18 per conference section
Distributions: Division III; Quantative/Formal Reasoning;

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