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Physics & Astronomy Courses

Archived Physics and Astronomy Course Syllabi and Materials

Advanced Labs

Lecture Demonstration Program

Lower Division Laboratory Final Exam Procedures

Physics Sophomore Exam

The Department of Physics and Astronomy requires students entering the upper division courses to have a working knowledge of Mathematica. This is generally accomplished by taking the Physics 50 course in the spring of the second year. If you have not had formal Mathematica training, you can satisfy the training by purchasing the book used for this course. The book can be purchased online at the URL shown below:

http://mathematicahandbook.com/

There are a number of levels of student versions of Mathematica available at the Mathematica website. Once you have the book, as a minimum, you should read the sections in the "Mathematica Usage Tutorials" and the "Vector Analysis" section. Additionally, you should do the quizzes in the "Mathematica Usage Tutorials". This will provide sufficient experience for success in the upper division courses.

If you have question, contact the chief undergraduate advisor, Prof. Kaplinghat at mkapling@uci.edu.