Physics vs Optics - What's the difference?

physics | optics |

As nouns the difference between physics and optics

is that physics is the branch of science concerned with the study of properties and interactions of space, time, matter and energy or physics can be (physic) while optics is (physics) the physics of light and vision.

As a verb physics

is (physic).


Alternative forms

* physicks (obsolete)


  • The branch of science concerned with the study of properties and interactions of space, time, matter and energy.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2012-03
  • , author=(Jeremy Bernstein) , title=A Palette of Particles , volume=100, issue=2, page=146 , magazine=(American Scientist) citation , passage=The physics of elementary particles in the 20th century was distinguished by the observation of particles whose existence had been predicted by theorists sometimes decades earlier.}}
    Newtonian physics''' was extended by Einstein to explain the effects of travelling near the speed of light; quantum '''physics extends it to account for the behaviour of atoms.
  • Of or pertaining to the physical aspects of a phenomenon or a system, especially those studied in physics.
  • The physics of car crashes would not let Tom Cruise walk away like that.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * aerophysics * astrophysics * attophysics * biophysics * cartoon physics * chemical physics * classical physics * econophysics * ecophysics * gastrophysics * geophysics * heliophysics * macrophysics * metametaphysics * metaphysics * microphysics * modern physics * neurophysics * nonphysics * nuclear physics * particle physics * pataphysics * petrophysics * photophysics * psychophysics * quantum biophysics * quantum physics * radiation physics * radiophysics * sociophysics * soil physics * tectonophysics * theoretical physics


  • Verb

  • (physic)
  • optics



  • (label) The physics of light and vision.
  • The light-related aspects of a device.
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=September-October, author=(Henry Petroski)
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= The Evolution of Eyeglasses , passage=Digging deeper, the invention of eyeglasses is an elaboration of the more fundamental development of optics technology. The ability of a segment of a glass sphere to magnify whatever is placed before it was known around the year 1000, when the spherical segment was called a reading stone,
  • (label) Perception, image, public relations.
  • * 2007 January 1, (Mark Steyn), " Blowing a 'hinge moment' of history", in (The Jerusalem Post) :
  • ; if you have to have victims' loved ones present, go for the widows and photogenic orphans rather than Moqtada's boys.
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