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What is Physics?

Physics is the discipline of Science dealing with the properties of matter and energy. Includes; acoustics, atomic physics, cryogenics, electromagnetism, elementary particle physics, fluid dynamics, geophysics, mathematical physics, mechanics, molecular physics, nuclear physics, optics, plasma physics, quantum physics, solid state physics, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics. It is the branch of science concerned with the study of properties and interactions of space, time, matter and energy.

Physics majors at UNCW can choose General Physics, Applied Physics, Environmental Physics, or Physical Oceanography.

What is Physical Oceanography?

Physical oceanographers study the interaction between the ocean and its boundaries -- land, seafloor, and atmosphere -- and the relationship between the sea, weather, and climate. Questions about how the oceans work in a physical sense include investigations into water qualities such as temperature, salinity, density, and influential factors such as wind speed, air temperature, tides, and interaction with nearby land and underwater formations.

Physical oceanography focuses on describing and understanding the evolving patterns of ocean circulation and fluid motion, along with the distribution of its properties such as temperature, salinity and the concentration of dissolved chemical elements and gases. The ocean as a dynamic fluid is studied at a wide range of spatial scales, from the centimeter scales relevant to turbulent microstructure through the many thousand kilometer scales of the ocean gyres and global overturning circulation. Approaches include theory, direct observation, and computer simulation. Our research frequently takes place in the context of important multidisciplinary issues including the dynamics and predictability of global climate and the sustainability of human use in coastal and estuarine regions.

 

Related Career Titles

Acoustics Physicist Geodesist National Laboratory Research
Aerodynamist Geophysicist Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Aerospace Testing High-Tech Designer Nuclear Physicist
Astronomer Hydrologist Nuclear Power Plant Mgr
Astrophysicist Industrial Hygienist Medical Devices Designer
Atomic Physicist Laboratory Technician Physicist
Biophysicist Lawyer, Technology Specialty Physics Researcher
Cardiac Imaging Researcher Mathematician Physiognomist
Chemical Physicist Teacher Plasma Physicist
Computer Specialist Medical Physicist Process Engineer
Computer System Engineer Medical Products Designer Radiological Laboratory Director
Engineer Meteorologist Research & Development
Fluids Physicist Molecular Physicist Technical Salesperson
Research Assistant Seismologist Technical Writer
Satellite Data Analyst Solid Earth Physicist Test Engineer
Satellite Missions Analyst Solid State Physicist Technical Consultant
Science Teacher Stratigrapher Air Traffic Controller
Science Writer Agriculture Scientist Environmental Health Specialist
Automotive Engineer Environmental Analyst Industrial Hygienist
Forensic Scientist Health Physicist Optometrist
Occupational Safety Specialist Oceanographer Systems Analyst
Quality Control Manager Scientific Photographer Television Chief Engineer
Technical Illustrator Environmental Planner Particle Accelerator Operations Analyst
Crewing Research Vessels Data Collection Technical Writer / Editor
Research Assistant College Professor Chemist
Physical Oceanographer Biologist Marine Biologist
Marine Geochemist Fisheries Scientist Ocean Engineer
Marine Archaeologist Marine Policy Writer Aquatic Chemist
Ocean Driller Ocean Miner & Gas Explorer Coastal Geologist
Naval Researcher Conservation Specialist Climate Researcher
Public Policy Writer Geophysist Water Pollution Technician
Sea-going Instrument Technician Marine Technician Environmental Specialist
Hydrologist Marine Products Developer Acoustic Technician
Physical Science Specialist Meteorologist

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Investigation Communication Computational Technical
Define research problems Develop & write research proposals Measure distances/
relationships
Design equipment
Develop research models Review scientific literature Perform
calculations
Identify/classify materials
Establish hypotheses Summarize research findings Mathematical modeling Observe data
Gather/analyze data Inform, explain, instruct Maintain records Establish experimental designs
Evaluate ideas Prepare technical reports Utilize math
formulas
Use instruments
See relationships among factors Draw meaningful conclusions Observation Skills Overall Science Knowledge
Math Physics Computer Programming Technical Writing
Research Critical Thinking Analytical Statistics
Laboratory Skills Communication Endurance Foreign Language
Inquisitive Persistence Accuracy Patience
Quantitative Skills Multidisciplinary Knowledge Digital Mapping Problem Solving Skills
Self Initiative Teamwork Physical Fitness Flexibility

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