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PHY 102, Week 1 Notes

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PHY 102, Week 1 Notes PHY 102

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These are all the notes from the lectures and power point slides from the first week of class.
Atoms to Galaxies
Dr. Justin Bergfield
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This 5 page Class Notes was uploaded by Sarah Misurac on Monday January 18, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PHY 102 at Illinois State University taught by Dr. Justin Bergfield in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 68 views. For similar materials see Atoms to Galaxies in Physics 2 at Illinois State University.

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