Revolutions in Physics

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Survey of modern physics intended for general UCLA students. Overview of classical physics from late 19th century and its growing set of dilemmas. Revolutions of relativity and quantum mechanics that have led to much deeper understanding of structure and evolution of our Universe. Specific topics include special and general relativity, cosmology (Big Bang), quantization of light, nucleus and radioactivity, origin of elements, and quantum mechanics. P/NP or letter grading.

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