- Demonstrate the ability to use basic mathematical tools (algebra, basic differential and/or integral calculus, trigonometry, geometry) to describe physical situations, whether experimental or theoretical (all sub-1100 courses focus on this).
- Explore the relationship between physical theory and experiment through mathematical descriptions and instrument-based verification.
- Improve understanding of physical law through the ability to solve increasingly complex problems in physics with more complex mathematical tools (multivariate calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and more complex math tools).
- Use sophisticated instrumentation and computation to explore physical phenomena.
- Improve understanding of uncertainty and its key role in defining how we know what we know.
- Expand theoretical, computational, and experimental toolkit through 3000-level methods curriculum.
This is an excerpt from the official Bowdoin College Catalogue and Academic Handbook. View the Catalogue