Unformatted text preview: • Geophysics the study of the physical characteristics and properties of the earth; including geodesy, seismology, meteorology, oceanography, atmospheric electricity, terrestrial magnetism, and tidal phenomena. • Mechanics the branch of physics concerned with the motion of bodies in a frame of reference. • Statistical Mechanics The discipline that attempts to relate the properties of macroscopic systems to their atomic and molecular constituents. • Theoretical physics Theoretical physics attempts to understand the world by making a model of reality, used for rationalizing, explaining, and predicting physical phenomena through a “physical theory”. • Thermodynamics The study of the effects of changes in temperature, pressure, and volume on physical systems at the macroscopic scale by analyzing the collective motion of their particles using statistics....
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- Spring '11
- Physics, solid-state) physics, Theoretical physics attempts