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Washington and Lee University    
  Nov 23, 2017
2017-2018 University Catalog
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PHYS 195 - Special Topics in Contemporary Physics

FDR: SL or SC determined for each offering
Credits: 3-4

Appropriate for non-science majors. Topics in contemporary physics, including classical and modern physics principles that form the foundation for the contemporary work. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different, up to a total of 8 credits. (FDR designation of SL or SC determined for each offering) 

Fall 2017, PHYS 195-01: Special Topics in Contemporary Physics: Introduction to Contemporary Physics and Nanoscience (4). This course aims to examine some of the most recent developments in the world of nanoscience and their technological applications. To attain a deeper understanding of the impact of such advances, we start by studying fundamental physics principles and then examine the laws that govern the physical world on the nanoscale such as atomic physics and quantum mechanics. Among the applications we investigate are nanoelectronics, material science and engineering on the nanoscale, nanobiotechnology, and nanomedicine. Students are exposed to many fascinating ideas that revolutionized our life and technology through readings from textbooks and scientific journal papers. The lab component offers a chance to perform hands-on experiments that examine some of the key concepts covered in the lecture. (SL) Khalifa.

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