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III. Policies: Physics

  • Subject name: Physics
  • Subject abbreviations: PHYS
  • Bibliographer: Jack Maness
  • Other subject responsibilities: Astronomy & Astrophysics, Engineering
  • Address: 184 UCB, Engineering Library
  • Phone: 303-492-4545
  • Email: Jack.Maness@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:
This fund supports the curriculum and research needs for the Department of Physics, and, to some extent, for its associated institutes and laboratories.

A. Curricular emphasis:
The Physics Department provides curricula and degrees in the study of undergraduate and graduate Physics. It also provides necessary services courses for the campus community.


B. Research emphasis:
The Department of Physics has focused its activities in certain broad areas of study. They are: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics; Geophysics; High Energy Physics; Condensed Matter; Gravitation; Nuclear Physics; Plasma Physics; and Physics Education.


C. Level of Degrees granted:
The Department of Physics offers the BA, MS, and PhD degrees.


D. Special Studies Programs:
National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU); Optical Science and Engineering Program;


E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
Geology, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Engineering, Astronomy.


F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:
JILA, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy (CASA), Center for Imaging the Earth’s Interior (CIEI), Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal Materials Research Center (FLCMRC).


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
The scientific and engineering communities as well as educators.


H. Other Considerations

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Approval plan from Blackwell-North American is the primary source for books. Special orders for faculty and student requests as well as other materials. Gifts-in-kind are accepted based on the needs of the collection.


B. Languages:
Primarily English. Original language for important source material.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
Only applies to subject history. Any period of physics history is considered significant.


D. Geographical Guidelines:
Primarily American, Western European, or Russian publishers.


E. Treatment of Subject:
Textbooks not usually purchased except to maintain a current review and supplementary collection. Popular works purchased only if considered of quality. Concentration on upper division, research, society publications. Biographies, reference materials, and subject history also important.


F. Types of Materials:
Books, conference proceedings, directories, reference materials. Dissertations only selectively. Audio-visual formats only by faculty request for instruction. Periodicals (print and/or electronic) and electronic indexes considered basic for the discipline.


G. Date of Publication:
Primarily current materials. Some retrospective if needed for source materials.


H. Other General Considerations:
Physics collections are housed primarily in the Lester Library for Mathematics and Physics. Additional materials may be found in the Science Library, in the Engineering Library, and within the Earth Sciences Library there are considerable materials on Geophysics. Lesser used materials, and periodicals available in electronic format may be housed in off-site storage.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class

QC1 Periodicals
QC3 Collected works
QC5 Reference
QC6.9 History
QC20 Mathematical Physics
QC30 Study and Teaching
QC120 Mechanics
QC170 Atomic Physics
QC220 Sound
QC251 Heat
QC350 Optics
QC474 Radiation Physics
QC501 Electricity and Magnetism
QC770 Nuclear and Particle Physics
QC801 Geophysics
QC851 Meteorology