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 SCI 321 - Advanced Physics


This course builds on the concepts of earlier physics courses. At the 100- and 200-level the subjects of electromagnetism, thermodynamics and quantum physics have been covered in some detail. This course will cover some principles and methods at a higher abstraction level which will demonstrate some relations between these fields. As a result, the treatment will be fairly mathematical.

The starting point of the course is a rigorous treatment of classical mechanics. The Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms will be emphasized. Among the applications will be rotating bodies and oscillating systems, other subjects may be suggested by students.

As in any physics course, students will spend much time working through homework problems. But in this course there will be an added emphasis on independent study. In the second half of the semester, students will research topics not covered in class, and report their findings in a paper and a mini-lecture. 





The following course is required in order to take this course:

  • SCI 111 Mathematical Ideas and Methods in Contexts