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The bubble chamber is a good example of a "physics-rich" problem, a real-world problem that requires the integration of many ideas that students in the past usually learned in isolation. Ideas from mechanics, electricity and magnetism, elementary particle physics, and thermodynamics must be combined to obtain a good understanding of the bubble chamber. Physics students at Fredonia will encounter many such interesting and challenging problems throughout the curriculum, in both the classroom and the laboratory. Besides their instructional value, problems such as this often illustrate the beauty - the simplicity among complexity - that typifies the investigation of nature at the most fundamental scales that is the realm of physics.
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