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I. Purpose:
To support both research and teaching (through the Ph.D. level) in the major areas of theoretical and experimental physics. While interest in these areas is concentrated in the Department of Physics, certain topics are also relevant to astronomy, chemistry, engineering, geology and mathematics.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Languages: English is the primary language of the collection. Publications in languages other than German, French and Italian are ordinarily acquired only in the English translation. Textbooks and popular works are acquired in English only.

B. Chronological Guidelines: Emphasis is primarily on the twentieth century and current scholarship.

C. Geographical Guidelines: Not applicable.

D. Treatment of Subject: Popular works and lower division textbooks are acquired selectively; upper division and graduate level textbooks are purchased broadly. Publications of primary societies (e.g., American Institute of Physics and its member societies, American Physical Society, Institute of Physics, Physical Society of Japan) are actively selected.

E. Types of Material: The collection includes selected publications of conferences, symposia, workshops and congresses. Technical reports, government documents, theses and dissertations are generally excluded. Emphasis is on current journal literature.

F. Date of Publication:Primarily the last ten years, although some earlier works may be acquired.

G. Other General Considerations: Applied physics (e.g., geophysics) will be the responsibility of the bibliographer in the area of application. Specifically, astrophysics is treated in the Astronomy Statement; biophysics, in the Biological Sciences Statement; and physical chemistry, in the Chemistry Statement. Geophysics, geomagnetism and earth sciences are covered in the Geological Sciences Statement; materials science, metallurgy, meteorology and climatology, in the Engineering Statement.
The History of Science collection in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center also contains materials relating to the history of physics.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class:

Subject LC Class Location CDP [NCIP] Collecting Level Bibliographer
Physics (general): Footnote 1 QC 1-75 PMA C [3] Physics
Weights & Measures QC 81-114 PMA B [2] Physics
Descriptive and Experimental Mechanics Footnote 2 QC 120-168 PMA C [3] Physics
Atomic Physics, Constitution and Properties of Matter Footnote 3 QC 170-197 PMA C [3] Physics
Acoustics/Sound QC 221-246 PMA C [3] Physics
Heat Footnote 4QC 251-338
PMA C [3] Physics
Optics/Light Footnote 5 QC 350-467
PMA C [3] Physics
Radiation Physics Footnote 6 QC 474-496 PMA C [3] Physics
Electricity Footnote 7 QC 501-718
PMA C [3] Physics
Magnetism QC 750-766
PMA C [3] Physics
Nuclear Physics Footnote 8 QC 770-798
PMA C [3] Physics
Geophysics and Geomagnetism QC 801-849
Geology C [3] See Geology
Meteorology and Climatology (Atmospheric Sciences) QC 851-999
Engineering B [2] See Engineering
Exception: Paleoclimatology QC 884 Geology C [3] See Geology

Footnote 1:
Includes mathematical physics, history and biography.

Footnote 2:
includes dynamics, fluids, fluid mechanics and gases

Footnote 3:
includes relativity, quantum theory, statistical physics, surfaces/thin films/solid state physics, and gravitation

Footnote 4:
includes low temperature physics, thermodynamics and heat transfer

Footnote 5:
includes holography, theoretical spectroscopy, atomic and molecular spectra

Footnote 6:
includes luminescence, quantum optics and cosmic ray physics

Footnote 7:
includes semiconductors, superconductivity and plasma physics

Footnote 8:
includes elementary particle physics, atomic energy and radioactivity

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