For nonmajors. Present knowledge of the sun, the, planets, and other objects in the solar system; of, stars, star systems, galaxies, and the universe as, a whole. Focus on conceptual understanding rather, than on a catalog of objects. Basic laws of, physics, including Newton's laws of motion and, gravitation, laws governing energy and its, transformations, theories of matter and radiation., How the distance, size, mass, brightness, and, composition of remote objects are determined., General theory of stellar evolution including, nuclear synthesis, origins of life on earth, and, origin and fate of the solar system. Occasional, evening observations at the Karle Observatory atop, the Olin Center for Physics and Chemistry.
- Teacher: Stephen Tufte
Oscillating phenomena in nature and the building, blocks of matter. Masses on springs, pendula,, waves on strings, sound waves, light waves. Optics, including the action of lenses, examples of, diffraction, interference. Wave-particle duality, of light and the electron. Quantum mechanics,, behavior of electrons in atoms, atoms in, molecules, protons and neutrons in nuclei, quarks, in protons and neutrons. Students may not earn, credit for both PHYS 142 and PHYS 152. Lecture,, Lab.
- Teacher: Andrew Funk