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PHYS 2214 Physics III: Oscillations, Waves and Quantum Physics

Course description

For majors in engineering (including biological, biomedical, and biomolecular engineering), computer science, physics, earth and atmospheric science, and other physical and biological sciences who wish to understand the oscillation, wave, and quantum phenomena behind much of modern technology and scientific/medical instrumentation. Covers physics of oscillations and wave phenomena, including driven oscillations and resonance, mechanical waves, sound waves, electromagnetic waves, reflection and transmission of waves, standing waves, beats, Doppler effect, polarization, interference, diffraction, transport of momentum and energy, wave properties of particles, and introduction to quantum physics. With applications to phenomena and measurement technologies in engineering, the physical sciences, and biological sciences. Some familiarity with differential equations, complex representation of sinusoids, and Fourier analysis is desirable but not essential. As with PHYS 1112 and PHYS 2213, pre-class preparation involves reading notes and/or watching videos, and in-class activities focus on problem solving, demonstrations, and applications.

Students may not receive credit for both PHYS 2214 and PHYS 2218.


PHYS 2213 (or strong performance in PHYS 2208); vector calculus at the level of MATH 1920 or, MATH 2220 or, MATH 2240 or MATH 2130. Students would benefit from prior exposure to differential equations at level of MATH 2930.


PHYS 2214 001-LEC On-campus 6-week session

Session:6-week session
Class dates:June 25-August 7, 2018
Days/times:M-F 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM Clark Hall 294D
Notes:Primarily for students of engineering, physics, and related disciplines.
Related:PHYS 2214 401-LAB

PHYS 2214 401-LAB On-campus 6-week session

Session:6-week session
Class dates:June 25-August 7, 2018
Exam dates:Will be provided by instructor (see Final exams)
Days/times:TR 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM Rockefeller Hall B26
Grade:Student option
Max. enroll:22
To enroll:Enrollment for this class is closed.
Related:You will be auto-enrolled in PHYS 2214 001-LEC

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