branches of physics - Geophysics the study of the physical...

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The major branches of physics are as follows: Astrophysics Astrophysics is the branch of astronomy that deals with the physics of the universe, including the physical properties (luminosity, density, temperature and chemical composition) of astronomical objects such as stars, galaxies, and the interstellar medium, as well as their interactions. Atomic and molecular physics The study of the structure and characteristics of atoms and molecules. Biophysics The science of the application of the laws of physics to life processes. Condensed-matter (solid-state) physics The study of the physical properties of solids, such as electrical, dielectric, elastic, and thermal properties, and their understanding in terms of fundamental physical laws. Cosmology The study of the universe as a whole, of the contents, structure, and evolution of the universe from the beginning of time to the future.
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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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This note was uploaded on 01/22/2012 for the course 2341 13314 taught by Professor Camus during the Spring '11 term at Central Luzon State University.

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