PHYS 3310

PHYS 3310

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

Would you find it appealing to operate a physical system that allows you to sharply distinguishes between rational and irrational numbers? How about using a microwave thermometer to measure the temperature of a distant object namely the sun's outer surface? Would you like to quantitatively observe the transformation of a confined electromagnetic wave into one that propagates away into the rest of the universe? In Physics 3310, you will have experiences such as these as you decide for yourself how valid or applicable various theoretical results are that you have already encountered or look forward to encountering in 3000 level intermediate level courses such as  quantum and classical mechanics and electrodynamics.  Besides performing three complete investigations of such phenomena, you will gain experience in the design and development of new ones. You'll acquire  essential skills to tease out the truth about nature as an experimental physicist with particular emphasis on the awareness and management of uncertainty. The environment of 3310 promotes individual creativity and discovery with the encouragement and aid of coursemates and staff.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: PHYS 2208 or PHYS 2214 or PHYS 2218.

Distribution Category (PBS-AS, PHS-AS)

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7209PHYS 3310  LAB 401

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
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    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.