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To the best of our knowledge, this course is not offered in Fall 2017.

Prerequisite(s):PHYS 212
Corequisites:PHYS 214


This is the generic persistent syllabus information- there may be slight variations in actual course coverage from semester to semester.

A broad survey of post-classical physics, taken by physics and other science and engineering students. Required of all physics majors, it is typically taken in the fourth-semester. The course covers much of the modern physics curriculum including topics such as special relativity, the concepts and mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics, both in one- and three-dimensional model systems, and the applications of quantum theory to topics ranging from atomic/molecular, nuclear, particle, and condensed matter physics to astrophysics. The course is a prerequisite for a junior-senior course in quantum mechanics.

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In order to receive consideration for course accommodations, you must contact ODS and provide documentation (see the documentation guidelines). If the documentation supports the need for academic adjustments, ODS will provide a letter identifying appropriate academic adjustments. Please share this letter and discuss the adjustments with your instructor as early in the course as possible. You must contact ODS and request academic adjustment letters at the beginning of each semester.

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PHYS 237 Modern Physics in Fall 2017