College Bulletin 2023-2024 
    
    Jul 15, 2024  
College Bulletin 2023-2024

PHYS 005. The World of Particles and Waves


This course presents an introduction to optics and quantum theory. Students will explore the counterintuitive consequences of quantum mechanics for our understanding of the subatomic world, where our notions of absolute properties such as the position or speed of a particle are replaced by probabilities. The course will introduce multiple ways to model light, from classical waves to quantum photons. It is the usual entry point to majoring or minoring in astronomy, astrophysics, or physics, and is a pre or co-requisite for the sophomore-level physics major curriculum; it welcomes both non-majors and prospective majors who are interested in engaging rigorously and deeply with both the mathematical and conceptual descriptions of physics.
Not eligible for NSEP credit.
Natural sciences and engineering.
1 credit.
Fall 2023. Crouch. and Smith, H.
Fall 2024. Crouch and Geller.
Fall 2025. Smith, H. and Bester.
Catalog chapter: Physics and Astronomy  
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/physics-astronomy


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