Currently
the Reed physics curriculum devotes the first two years (four
units) to an introduction to the standard foundational topics:
Newtonian mechanics, electrodynamics, thermal physics, special
relativity, optics, quantum mechanics, and atomic physics,
with applications to representative physical systems. Students
learn to use one or more programming languages or symbolic
programming environments, typically C and Mathematica, in
the lab, and they study electronic circuits consisting of
passive elements, transistors, and operational amplifiers.
These courses are divided into three onehour lectures per
week accompanied by threehour labs. The first year course
also meets in small conferences one and halfhours per week,
the second year course for a onehour weekly conference.
Required
courses for juniors and seniors include electrodynamics (two
units), classical mechanics (1) quantum mechanics (1), advanced
(junior) lab (two halfunits), and thesis (two units). Classical
II, Quantum II, and Thermal Physics are strongly recommended,
and taken by most majors, along with an assortment of electives.
The
Reed Physics Department
The
Era of Experimentalists: 19111963
The
Era of Theoretical Physics: 19631897
Achieving
Balance: 1987Present
Academic
Structure and Issues
Junior
Qual
Senior Thesis
The Role of Research
and the Integration of Research and Teaching
The Curriculum
Relations with Students
Teaching Style
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