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Physics Research Guide

A research guide for students studying physics.



Physics at Columbia State


Students of physics are often motivated by an intense curiosity concerning the physical processes of the world (and universe) around them. Students pursuing careers in physics instruction, basic research, industry, space and earth sciences, or seeking a graduate degree in physics should consider this degree.

Finding Physics Resources in the Library

Library of Congress Classification &

Relevant Subject Headings

  • Subclass QC
    • QC1-999 Physics
    • QC1-75 General
    • QC81-114 Weights and measures
    • QC120-168.85 Descriptive and experimental mechanics
    • QC170-197 Atomic physics. Constitution and properties of matter Including molecular physics, relativity, quantum theory, and solid state physics
    • QC221-246 Acoustics. Sound
    • QC251-338.5 Heat
    • QC310.15-319 Thermodynamics
    • QC350-467 Optics. Light
    • QC450-467 Spectroscopy
    • QC474-496.9 Radiation physics (General)
    • QC501-766 Electricity and magnetism
    • QC501-(721) Electricity
    • QC669-675.8 Electromagnetic theory
    • QC676-678.6 Radio waves (Theory)
    • QC701-715.4 Electric discharge
    • QC717.6-718.8 Plasma physics. Ionized gases
    • QC750-766 Magnetism
    • QC770-798 Nuclear and particle physics. Atomic energy. Radioactivity
    • QC793-793.5 Elementary particle physics
    • QC794.95-798 Radioactivity and radioactive substances
    • QC801-809 Geophysics. Cosmic physics
    • QC811-849 Geomagnetism
    • QC851-999 Meteorology. Climatology Including the earth's atmosphere
    • QC974.5-976 Meteorological optics
    • QC980-999 Climatology and weather
    • QC994.95-999 Weather forecasting

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