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Richard Jeffrey Wilkes
PHYS 110
Seattle Campus

Liberal Arts Physics

Basic concepts of physics presented with emphasis on their origin and their impact on society and the Western intellectual tradition. Primarily for students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Offered: WSp.

Class description

A brief tour of physical science, aimed at non-science majors, and emphasizing concepts and development of ideas.

A "Science Appreciation" course, intended to help you understand the value of scientific research, and equip you, as citizens, to be more aware of the use and abuse of science in our society.

Course goals:

For further information, please see the course website:

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

lecture, readings, discussion.

Recommended preparation


Class assignments and grading

We will use a textbook as a reference and for readings to supplement lecture material, PHYSICS OF EVERYDAY PHENOMENA (7th ed., 2012), by GRIFFITH. There will NOT be graded homework, but students should try answering questions in the book as a way of testing themselves, and not all parts of the textbook will be covered in class.

3 midterm exams (best 2 scores out of 3 exams are counted; NO MAKEUPS), pop quizzes (best 7 scores out of about 12 offered; NO MAKEUPS), four 2-page term papers - or websites of equivalent content - on topics chosen by student, NO final exam.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
For more info, see CLASS WEBSITE
Last Update by Richard Jeffrey Wilkes
Date: 12/01/2013