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- <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> Thermo/Statmech</h4><p> Behaviors like heat and pressure seem far removed from the simple laws of intro physics. Here, you’ll see that those fundamental rules still hold, but <em>more is different</em>.</p></div>
- <div class="lw_blurbs_body"><h4> Quantum Mech.</h4><p> Our intuition for physics falls apart when we study the universe one particle at a time. We need radically new models and concepts to make sense of this world.</p></div>
Discovering the structure of reality
Alma College applied physics students study the fundamental laws and building blocks of nature, from the formation of stars to the efficiency of engines. They develop excellent mathematical and problem-solving skills that prepare them for a wide range of great careers, from scientific research to engineering to software, business or law.
Study topics that inspire you
Because Alma students have the opportunity to get to know their professors on a personal level, they’re able to explore the depths of their passions. String theory sound appealing? Electronics? Astrophysics? Alma’s applied physics faculty members are happy to offer courses or create independent studies tailored to your specific interests.
Do real science from day one
Through the ACORN program, Alma students can have the opportunity to do research with faculty as early as the summer before their first year. They also have a track record of being accepted to summer research programs and internships across the nation.
Journal article recalls the wartime history of Los Alamos, N.M., and the development the world’s first atomic bombs.