PHYS 2218

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017. Courses of Study 2017-2018 is scheduled to publish mid-June.

This course is divided into two parts. The larger segment of the course typically focuses on wave phenomena: deriving wave equations, solving wave equations, superposition, Fourier series and transforms. This discussion is at the level of The Physics of Waves by Georgi. The other segment focuses on thermodynamics and statistical mechanics at the level of Thermal Physics by Schroeder.

When Offered Fall, spring.

Permission Note Enrollment may be limited.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: strong performance in PHYS 2217 or very strong performance in PHYS 2213. Students would benefit from prior exposure to differential equations at the level of MATH 2930 or from co-registration in that course. Some linear algebra may be used (either prior or concurrent enrollment in linear algebra is recommended (MATH 2940, MATH 2210, or MATH 2230).
Forbidden Overlaps Forbidden Overlap: Students may not receive credit for both PHYS 2214 and PHYS 2218.

Distribution Category (PBS-AS)

Comments Intended mainly but not exclusively for prospective majors in physics, astronomy, or engineering physics. More mathematically sophisticated than  PHYS 2214.

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