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Waves, Optics & Heat

This is a three-course calculus-based sequence  in the fundamentals of physics and represents a full-year's work.  Content  is not repeated from course to course.  Topics include classical mechanics, electricity & magnetism, wave motion, optics, and an introduction to heat and thermodynamics.  All labs must be completed to receive credit for the course; this course may not be added after the first lab meeting. Final exams are held on the last Wednesday of each course.  PHYS 13100 and 13200 count toward the general education requirement in the natural and mathematical sciences.

Course Code

PHYS 13300




UChicago Undergraduates
Visiting Undergraduates



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Primary Instructor

Stuart Gazes

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Tues Fri

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Session IV

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  • Eligibility: current high school sophomores and juniors, 14 years and older (unless clearly stated otherwise); current College undergraduate students; and visiting undergraduate students.
  • The Priority application deadline is February 2. Students who apply by the Priority application deadline will have their $50 application fee waived. Any applications received after the Priority deadline will be admitted using rolling admission and will require a $50 application fee. 
  • International students who will require a visa to attend, applications will be considered no later than April 2 in order to allow enough time to complete the visa application process.
  • Rolling admissions: courses fill quickly, so submit your complete application as soon as possible.

Additional Details

  • Prerequisite: MATH 13300 or 15300 or 16300 or equivalent.
  • Enrollment is limited to 30.
  • This course is not open to high school students.

Cost & Aid

Tuition is $4,085 per course. (Full-time registration is two courses taken during the same session.)
Additional fees apply; housing and dining costs not included.

Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for high school students can be found here.
Complete Cost & Aid Information (including housing and other fees) for undergraduates can be found here.