Physics is the natural science that studies matter, its motion and behaviour through space and time, and the related entities of energy and force. It is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, and its main goal is to understand how the universe behaves.
Advances in physics often enable advances in new technologies. For example, it is accepted that advances in the understanding of electromagnetism, solid-state physics, and nuclear physics led directly to the development of new products that have dramatically transformed modern-day society: television, computers and the latest domestic appliances. Advances in thermodynamics led to the development of industrialisation and advances in mechanics inspired the development of calculus, the mathematical study of continuous change.
These five great physics concentrations are some of the most popular choices for those majoring in physics.
Mathematical Physics. This is a field where the use of mathematical methods are applied to physics in order to solve problems. One famous mathematical physicist you may have heard of is Isaac Newton, who developed the theory of motion.
This is best for those who are interested in theoretical physics and the connection between physics and maths – you can expect to take a lot of maths and applied mathematics courses.
Astrophysics. This is a branch of astronomy that deals with the physical nature of stars and other celestial bodies. You will learn how to apply the laws and theories of physics to the interpretation of astronomical observations. Importantly, astrophysicists try to figure out the nature of these celestial bodies, rather than just their position or motion in space.
This is best for those who have an interest in the cosmos.
Biological Physics. This is a field where methods of physics are applied to biological systems. It attempts to use physics to understand how biological things work. Scientists believe they will be able to create tiny machines (nanobots) that can be swallowed and heal illness.
Only recently, it was announced that physicists have developed a small camera that can be swallowed, and which will detect anything untoward in the gut.
Advanced Physics. Ideally for those interested in a career in teaching or academia, you may want to consider concentrating in advanced physics. You will learn all about the study of matter and motion, from the very foundation to the advanced concepts. You will also learn about the different interconnected fields within physics, such as chemistry, biology, mathematics and more.
This is great if you are interested in doing physics research and will always provide a solid groundwork of information.
Medical Physics. You will learn how to take the theories and methods of physics and apply them to a healthcare setting. Medical physics departments are typically part of most hospitals, with medical physicists working in nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, audiology and more.
Common jobs for physics and engineering physics bachelor’s degree recipients include:
Physics lessons can start from around £19, and some tutors or teachers offer a first trial lesson free. Search TutorExtra for providers and view their experience, prices and more.
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