Jun 21, 2018  
2016-2017 HillBook (Class of 2020) 
    
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LC 235 - Learning Community: Quantum Waves (WID)

Three Credits
Year-long Learning Community

With the creation of quantum mechanics in the 1920s, physicists conceived of a new and unexpected kind of wave that is neither a Newtonian (c. 1700) mechanical wave nor a Maxwellian (c. 1860) electromagnetic wave. These mysterious DeBroglie - Schroedinger waves of probability are the essence of quantum mechanics. These waves determine the structure of atoms and molecules, i.e. they are the deepest foundation of both physics and chemistry. While the mathematics of these quantum waves is similar to the classical waves already studied in PHY 221  and MTH 261 , the physical, chemical, and philosophical consequences are breathtakingly different.

Corequisite(s): Students must also take   and   as part of this Learning Community.
Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Disciplines requirement.