PHYS 131 - Atoms and Waves
An introduction to modern physics via the concepts and discoveries of the 20th century. Topics include the structure and dynamics of atoms, special relativity, wave-particle duality of matter, and fundamentals of quantum mechanics. Studies contemporary physics using algebra, trigonometry, and a minimum of calculus. Two lectures, two problem-solving recitations, and one laboratory meeting per week.
When Offered: Fall semester only
Corequisite: PHYS 131L , PHYS 131RE
Prerequisites: Students who plan to continue into PHYS 232 should co-register for MATH 161
Major/Minor Restrictions: None
Class Restriction: None
Recommended: This course is required for students planning to major in physics, physics-astronomy, or physical science, and for students interested in pre-engineering.
Area of Inquiry: Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Liberal Arts CORE: None
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