Physics is the science that deals with the basic elements of the universe such as matter, space, energy, motion and force. The following are common types of physics.
MechanicsThe physics of moving physical elements and objects.
AerodynamicsThe study of the motion of air.
Fluid MechanicsThe study of the motion of fluids.
Thermodynamics The branch of physics that deals with heat and work.
AstronomyThe study of the universe beyond Earth. A broad field that includes many branches.
AstrophysicsThe branch of astronomy concerned with the physics and chemistry of astronomical objects such as galaxies, stars, planetary systems, planets, moons and asteroids.
Planetary Science The study of planetary systems, planets and moons. This includes Earth and the Solar System.
Stellar AstronomyThe study of stars and stellar evolution.
AstrobiologyThe scientific study of life in the universe including its origins, early evolution and future. This also concerns the question of whether extraterrestrial life exists and what characteristics it may demonstrate.
Quantum PhysicsQuantum physics, also known as quantum mechanics, is a cornerstone of theoretical physics that describes the physical properties of the universe at atomic and subatomic scale.
Particle PhysicsA brand of physics that mostly deals with the smallest detectable particles and their behavior and interactions.
Atomic PhysicsThe study of atoms including electrons and atomic nuclei.
Nuclear PhysicsThe study of the atomic nuclei. Primarily concerned with nuclear power and nuclear bombs.
Molecular PhysicsThe science regarding the physical characteristics and movement of molecules.
OpticsThe branch of physics that deals with light.
BiophysicsThe use of physics to study biology. An interdisciplinary science.
NeurophysicsThe branch of biophysics concerned with the nervous system.
Chemical PhysicsThe study of chemistry from the point of view of physics.
GeophysicsThe study of geology from the perspective of physics including elements such as the Earth's shape, gravity, magnetic fields, internal structure, volcanism and plate tectonics.
Atmospheric PhysicsThe application of physics to the atmosphere of Earth. Closely related to meteorology and climatology.
Computational PhysicsThe computational science that solves problems in physics with computing techniques such as algorithms.
Mathematical PhysicsThe application of mathematics to problems in physics.
Materials PhysicsThe physics component of the interdisciplinary field of materials science that looks at the properties of materials.
Applied PhysicsThe application of theoretical physics to solve problems and develop know-how.
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