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2015-2016 Catalog

PHYS 130 Relativity, Spacetime and Contemporary Physics

The first part of this course introduces special relativity, the modern theory of spacetime. Topics include Lorentz contraction, time dilation, the spacetime metric, and conservation laws. Concepts such as energy and momentum are introduced as needed. This is followed by a topic of contemporary physics research. The topic varies; it will be drawn from an area such as cosmology, subatomic, particles, nanophysics, or biophysics. The lab explores contemporary physics experiments. Lecture/Laboratory [NS]


MATH 161 or permission of instructor