PHY 209 General Physics III
An introduction to thermal physics and special relativity. Topics include the laws of thermodynamics, statistical nature of entropy, Lorentz transformations, equivalence of mass and energy. The lab will introduce the methodology of experimental design, numerical techniques for solving differential equations, and the writing of scientific papers using LaTeX software. Three class periods and one laboratory each week. This new course will be offered in the fall semester starting 2011-12.
Prerequisites: Physics 112 and Mathematics 112 (or concurrent registration).