Newton to Einstein: The Trail of Light|
Fall 2007 not offered
The course will follow the trail of light from Newton's corpuscles to Einstein's relativity. The major theoretical landmarks are the wave-particle duality and the special theory of relativity. The emphasis will be on principles, not problem solving (although there will be weekly problems). No previous course in physics is presupposed. Of mathematics, only high school algebra and a willingness to apply it are needed. If you have taken a high school physics course and did well in it, then you are overqualified for this course, risk being bored, and should not enroll.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Albert Einstein, IDEAS AND OPINIONS E.N. da C. Andrade, SIR ISAAC NEWTON T. Pinch and H. Collins, THE GOLEM R. Baierlein, NEWTON TO EINSTEIN
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly homework assignments, three short papers (three pages each), weekly reading quizzes, an hour exam, and a final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course is intended for humanities and social science students, specifically and enthusiastically.