Spring 2023

Space, Time, Matter

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as PHYS-113

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David Hanneke (Section 01)


We live in a moment of great advances in astronomy and fundamental physics that are changing our understanding of the physical world, from the microscopic realm of elementary particles to the large-scale structure of the universe. This course will explore the ideas of quantum theory and relativity that underpin our models of the universe. It will emphasize our present understanding of these models, the experimental and observational basis for them, and the many open questions under active investigation. Quantitative reasoning in the course will focus on proportional reasoning, interpreting graphical data, and reasonableness of answers rather than lengthy calculations. This course is designed for students who do not intend to major in physics or astronomy, as well as prospective majors who have not yet taken PHYS-116 or PHYS-123. Students do not need any background in physics, astronomy, or college-level mathematics.

Spring Semester. Professor Hanneke. 

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: quantitative work, oral presentations, in-class quizzes or exams, and working in groups


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023