PHYS 195 - Special Topics in Contemporary Physics
FDR: SL or SC determined for each offering
Appropriate for non-science majors. Topics in contemporary physics, including classical and modern physics principles that form the foundation for the contemporary work. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different, up to a total of 8 credits. (FDR designation of SL or SC determined for each offering) Offered when departmental resources permit.
Fall 2015, PHYS 195-01: Introduction to Contemporary Physics and Nanoscience (4). This introductory course aims to examine the history and development of the scientific thought process. Physics exemplifies the depth and the trajectory taken by human reasoning in its attempts to understand the universe and our place in it. Starting with ancient Greek mythology, astronomy, mathematics, and physics, we trace the development of physics all the way to the age of nanotechnology. The course covers ideas and technology that revolutionized our lives, using extensive readings selected from textbooks and scientific journal papers and includes hands-on experiments that examine some of the key concepts examined in lecture. Laboratory course. (SL) Khalifa. Fall 2015 Planned Offering: Offered when departmental resources permit.
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