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Cornell University    
  Aug 23, 2017
Courses of Study 2017-2018
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PHYS 2214 - Physics III: Oscillations, Waves, and Quantum Physics

Fall, spring, summer. 4 credits. Student option grading.

Forbidden Overlap: Students may not receive credit for both PHYS 2214 and PHYS 2218 .
Prerequisite: 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 the level of MATH 2930 , or from registration in that course.  Primarily for students of engineering, physics, and physical sciences and related disciplines.

Fall, R. Thorne; spring, M. Liepe; summer, D. Briotta.

For majors in engineering (including bio-, civil, and environmental engineering), computer and information science, physics, earth and atmospheric science, and other physical and biological sciences who wish to understand the oscillation, wave, and quantum phenomena behind everyday experiences and modern technology including scientific/medical instrumentation. Covers the physics of oscillations and wave phenomena, including driven oscillations and resonance, mechanical waves, sound waves, electromagnetic waves, standing waves, Doppler effect, polarization, wave reflection and transmission, interference, diffraction, geometric optics and optical instruments, wave properties of particles, particles in potential wells, light emission and absorption, and quantum tunneling.  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.

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