# IB Physics

In Part IB (second year), there are two physics subjects. Physics A covers “modern” physics, while Physics B focuses on the classical topics. The typical physical natural sciences student will do both physics subjects along with IB Mathematics.

Each subject consists of a few different lecture courses, which span most of the academic year. I have provided a breakdown of the subtopics within each course.

## Physics A

- Experimental methods
- Amplifiers
- Errors
- Sampling
- Inference

- Oscillations and waves
- Waves
- Fourier series
- Diffraction
- Optics
- Interference

- Quantum mechanics
- Wavefunctions and the Schrodinger equation
- Bound particles
- Operator algebra
- Time-dependent QM
- QM in 3D
- Spin
- Matrix mechanics
- Multiparticle systems

- Condensed matter (omitted)

## Physics B

- Electromagnetism
- Electrostatics
- Dielectrics
- Magnetostatics
- Magnetic fields in matters
- EM introduction
- EM waves
- Guided waves

- Classical dynamics
- Newtonian mechanics
- Orbits
- Rigid-body dynamics
- Lagrangian dynamics
- Normal modes
- Fluid dynamics

- Thermodynamics (omitted)