PHY-261: General Physics III

Wave physics and modern physics. Waves on a string, sound and electromagnetic waves. Ray and wave optics, reflection and refraction of light, optical instruments, interference and diffraction. The central ideas of 20th-century physics: relativity, photons, introduction to quantum physics, atoms, molecules, nuclei, and other modern topics as time permits.
Level: 
Undergraduate
Credits: 
3
Prerequisites: 
Physics 151-154, Math 233, or eqivalent
Corequisites: 
none
Semester(s) offered: 
Spring