Chapter1_1 - Classical (or Newtonian) Physics based on: (1)...

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PHY3063 R. D. Field Department of Physics Chapter1_1.doc University of Florida The Scope of PHY3063 Physics: To devise concepts and laws that can help us to understand the universe ( i.e. nature)! speed size seed of light in vacuum c 10 -10 m 10 -14 m Quantum Physics PHY3063 Relativity Physics PHY3063 Classical Physics Everyday world Relativistic Quantum Physics ??? Atomic Size Nucleus Size
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Unformatted text preview: Classical (or Newtonian) Physics based on: (1) Motion of a particle can be described by position as a function of time. (2) Space is three dimensional. (3) Space is Euclidean. (4) Time is absolute. a b c Laws of Plane Geometry a 2 + b 2 = c 2 + + = 180 o d Circumfrence C = d = C/d = 3.1415927 Do the laws of plane geometry hold in our world?...
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