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undergraduate learning outcomes

“ If I were again beginning my studies, I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics. ”
- Galileo Galilei
Learning outcomes common for all undergraduate programs
  • Develop a grasp of the scientific method, i.e. understand how observation, experiment and theory work together to achieve understanding of the physical world.
  • Develop sufficient physical intuition, including the ability to estimate an approximate or conceptual answer to a physics problem and recognize whether or not the result of a calculation makes physical sense.
  • Know and be able to apply the basic laws of classical mechanics, electromagnetism, geometrical and physical optics, and thermodynamics.
  • Know and be able to apply basic mathematical tools commonly used in physics, including differential and integral calculus, vector calculus, ordinary differential equations, and linear algebra.
  • Become proficient in using basic laboratory data analysis techniques, including distinguishing statistical and systematic errors, error propagation, and representing data graphically.
Additional learning outcomes specific for B.S. program
  • Acquire basic knowledge and be able to solve textbook problems in quantum mechanics, solid state physics, and statistical mechanics.
  • Be able to use more advanced mathematical tools, including Fourier series and transforms, partial differential equations, and functions of a complex variable.
  • Be able to represent verbally, graphically, and in writing the results of theoretical calculations and laboratory experiments in a clear and concise manner that incorporates the stylistic conventions used in scientific literature.
  • Be able to use basic computational techniques for modeling physical systems and solving problems using computers.
Learning outcomes specific for Applied Physics program
  • Develop understanding of application of fundamental laws of physics in engineering disciplines such as electric circuits, telecommunications, and optoelectronics.