The 16 Branches of Physics

Physics is a very general term that doesn’t provide any insight into how and where physics is applicable to other fields and practical in daily life. Consequently it can be helpful for both lay and professional folk to have it broken down into sub-fields. The National Society of Black Physicists site is nicely organized into 16 sections:

  1. Acoustics (ACOU)
  2. Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTRO)
  3. Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (AMO)
  4. Chemical and Biological Physics (CBP)
  5. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (CMMP)
  6. Cosmology, Gravitation, and Relativity (CGR)
  7. Earth and Planetary Systems Sciences (EPSS)
  8. Fluid and Plasma Physics (FPP)
  9. Health Physics (HEA)
  10. History, Policy and Education (HPE)
  11. Mathematical and Computational Physics (MCP)
  12. Medical Physics (MED)
  13. Nuclear and Particle Physics (NPP)
  14. Photonics and Optics (POP)
  15. Physics Education Research (PER)
  16. Technology Transfer, Business Development and Entrepreneurism (TBE)
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