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...based Physics ( PHYSICS 41 Mechanics and PHYSICS 43...254 , CS 255 , CS 261 , CS 262 , CS...

Computer Science

...Credit. Either of the PHYSICS sequences 61/63...254 , CS 255 , CS 261 , CS 262 , CS...

Mechanical Engineering

...Calculus , PHYSICS 42 Classical Mechanics Laboratory , and PHYSICS...408; CME 302; EE 261, 263; ENGR 155C...


Courses offered by the Department of Physics are listed under the subject code PHYSICS on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site .

GS 261. Physics and Chemistry of Minerals and Mineral Surfaces. 4 Units.

The concepts of symmetry and periodicity in crystals; the physical properties of crystals and their relationship to atomic-level structure; basic structure types; crystal chemistry and bonding in solids and their relative stability; the interaction of x-rays with solids and liquids (scattering and spectroscopy); structural variations in silicate glasses and liquids; UV-visible spectroscopy and the color of minerals; review of the mineralogy, crystal chemistry, and structures of selected rock-forming silicates and oxides; mineral surface and interface geochemistry.

GEOPHYS 261. Advanced Rock Physics Topics. 1-3 Unit.

This course will present advanced topics in elastic effective medium theory, as applied to porous rocks.

PHYSICS 261. Introduction to Cosmology and Extragalactic Astrophysics. 3 Units.

What do we know about the physical origins, content, and evolution of the Universe -- and how do we know it? Students learn how cosmological distances and times, and the geometry and expansion of space, are described and measured. Composition of the Universe. Origin of matter and the elements. Observational evidence for dark matter and dark energy. Thermal history of the Universe, from inflation to the present. Emergence of large-scale structure from quantum perturbations in the early Universe. Astrophysical tools used to learn about the Universe. Big open questions in cosmology. Undergraduates register for Physics 161. Graduates register for Physics 261. (Graduate students will be required to complete additional assignments in a format determined by the instructor.) Prerequisite: PHYSICS 121 or equivalent.
Same as: PHYSICS 161