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PHYS 1400 The Art of Physics (Summer: 3 )


Course Description

This four week summer course is a contemporary prologue to classical physics themes for students seeking to gain an appreciation of the scope, methods, and tools of physics, and to reflect on its place among liberal arts. The course will present major physics ideas in a broader cultural context, providing historical perspectives and taking advantage of science museums in Florence, Pisa, and other places, where early modern science has its roots. Simultaneously, it will aim to develop specific, highly practical physics skills, such as order-of-magnitude estimates, dimensional analysis, and some problem solving techniques based on physics laws.


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Last Updated: 25-Mar-15