PHYS 5 Physics for Future Leaders
This class is an introduction to modern physics, the resulting technologies and social ramifications. Physics topics include radiation, energy, atomic and nuclear structures, relativity, waves and quantum mechanics. These in turn have led to modern technologies such as microwaves, radar, GPS, lasers, nuclear power and weapons. We may also examine MRIs, X-rays, digital cameras, quantum cryptography, semiconductors including computer chips and photovoltaics. This course aims to take some of the mystery out of these technologies so that a student can be an informed citizen as society debates the uses of these machines and devices. Finally, we look at potential future developments such as quantum computing and new energy technologies. No prior physics is required.
Distributive and/or World Culture