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  • Welcome to Physics 248!
  • Please read through Chapter 16 before class on Jan. 22nd


Goals of Physics 248

Physics 247/248/249 is designed for students interested in majoring in physics, astronomy or AMEP.  All students are expected  to have a strong math background with, at a minimum, two semesters of college calculus.  Three semesters are preferable with coenrollment in Math 319 or 320. 

1. To introduce students to the physics underlying waves and particles in the classical regime and those exhibit quantum phenomena.

2. To solve problems using both quantitative and qualitative applications of these physical principles.

3. To further develop problem solving skills.

Study Imperatives

1.  Read assigned text before lectures
2.  Attend lectures, discussion sections and labs
3.  Identify challenging problems and work through them; working cooperatively with a group is generally a plus


The passive and active vibration isolation systems.

Transmission of polarized light

Unbalanced gyroscope precession.
Motion of electrons in a magnetic field

Electron diffraction
Electron Diffraction 

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