PHYS 2218

PHYS 2218

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

This course is divided into two parts. The larger segment of the course typically focuses on wave phenomena. Topics include coupled harmonic oscillators, strings, sound and light waves, superposition principle, wave equations, Fourier series and transforms, diffraction and interference. The discussion is at the level of The Physics of Waves by Georgi. The second segment of the course covers thermodynamics and statistical mechanics at the level of Thermal Physics by Schroeder.

When Offered Fall, Spring.

Permission Note Intended mainly but not exclusively for: prospective majors in physics, astronomy, or engineering physics. Enrollment may be limited.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: 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: due to an overlap in content, students will not receive credit for both PHYS 2214 and PHYS 2218.

Distribution Category (PBS-AS)

Comments More mathematically sophisticated than  PHYS 2214.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture, one discussion, and one laboratory.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5842 PHYS 2218   LEC 001

  •  5845 PHYS 2218   DIS 201

  •  5846 PHYS 2218   DIS 202

  •  5843 PHYS 2218   LAB 401

  •  5844 PHYS 2218   LAB 402

  •  9659 PHYS 2218   LAB 403