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Print books in the libraries at UMass (and at many academic libraries in the United States and in several other countries) are organized by the standards set up by the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. This system helps libraries classify and organize the books on their shelves. It's not always intuitive, but there are guides to help you learn how to decipher the system.

Most of the materials in Physics are in the QC call number area. See below for specific topics. 

QC 1-999 Physics

QC 1-75 General
QC 81-114 Weights & Measures
QC 170-197 Atomic Physics
QC 221-146 Acoustics, Sound
QC 251-338.5 Heat
QC 350-467 Optics, Light
QC 501-766 Electricity & Magnetism
QC 770-798 Nuclear & Particle Physics
QC 801-809 Geophysics
QC 811-849 Geomagnetism
QC 851-999 Meteorology, Climatology