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Physics and Astronomy Goals and Learning Objectives

GoalsLearning ObjectivesCourses
1. Provide students with scientific knowledge needed to begin their careers or to enter graduate school. 1.1. Students will learn the foundations of physics, as evidenced through solving problems in elementary mechanics and electricity and magnetism. Phys 11A, 12A
  1.2. Students will learn the main areas of physics at the intermediate/ advanced undergraduate level, as evidenced through solving problems in
a. Modern Physics
b. Classical Mechanics
c. Electricity and magnetism
d. Quantum mechanics
e. Thermodynamics
f. Optics
Phys 118 (118A starting Fall 2008), 140, 104, 159, 136, 135, 137
2. Provide students with the analytical and problem solving skills needed to begin their careers or to enter graduate school 2.1. Students will demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills at the introductory level, as evidenced in elementary mechanics and electricity and magnetism. Phys 11A, 12A
  2.2. Students will demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills at the intermediate/ advanced undergraduate level, as evidenced in
a. Modern Physics
b. Classical Mechanics
c. Electricity and magnetism
d. Quantum mechanics
e. Thermodynamics
f. Optics
Phys 118 (118A starting Fall 2008), 140, 104, 159, 136, 135, 137
3. Provide students with the laboratory skills needed to begin their careers or to enter graduate school 3.1. Students will learn to carry out experiments in mechanics and electricity and magnetism at the introductory level. Phys 11B, 12B
  3.2. Students will learn the roles of hypotheses, measurement and analysis in the development of scientific theory at the introductory level as evidenced by laboratory reports. Phys 11B, 12B
  3.3. Students will learn to carry out experiments at the intermediate/ advanced level. Intermediate/ advanced laboratory courses; see Bulletin
4. Provide students with the communication skills needed to begin their careers or to enter graduate school. 4.1. Students will learn how to write a laboratory report. Phys 11B, 12B, Intermediate/ advanced laboratory courses; see Bulletin
  4.2. Students will learn how to make a brief oral presentation. Intermediate/ advanced laboratory courses; see Bulletin
5. Overall knowledge and skill level - "to begin their careers or to enter graduate school." 5.1. Students will be successful in beginning a career or graduate school.