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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 317 - Modern Physics I

Topics in physics including relativity, particle physics, and history of modern physics. Analyzing physical systems using calculus, algebra, and trigonometry.

Prerequisites: MATH 173 and either PHYS 113, or PHYS 123, or PHYS 183.

Credits: (4)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe and apply the fundamental concepts, principles, and theories of modern physics (with an emphasis on theories and concepts that primarily developed near the turn of the 20th century).
  • Explain these developments in their historical context, and to be able to describe the seminal experiments and theoretical insights that gave rise to major changes in our understanding of fundamental physics. 
  • Develop critical thinking, mathematical problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Connect abstract concepts of modern physics with concrete objects and phenomena.
  • Develop scientific communication skills.

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