Richard Jeffrey Wilkes
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.
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.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
lecture, readings, discussion.
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.