PHYS 2218

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

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

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6196PHYS 2218  LEC 001

    • MWF
    • Davis, J

  •  6197PHYS 2218  DIS 201

  •  6198PHYS 2218  LAB 401