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Fall 2011-2012
* PHY 115B (STL)  

Future Physics

Peter D. Meyers
Paul J. Steinhardt

What do future leaders of our society need to know about physics and technology? The course is designed for non-scientists who will someday become our influential citizens and decision-makers. Whatever the field of endeavor, they will be faced with important decisions in which physics and technology play an important role. The purpose of this course is to present the key principles and the basic physical reasoning needed to interpret scientific and technical information and to make the best decisions. Topics include energy and power, atomic and subatomic matter, wave-like phenomena and light, and Einstein's theory of relativity.


Reading/Writing assignments:
The weekly assignments are: reading (1-2 hours); homework (1-2 hours) and labs including writeups (3 hours).

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 40%
Lab Reports - 20%
Problem set(s) - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Math skills at the level of high school algebra are assumed. No prior classes in physics or astronomy are necessary..

Equivalent Courses:
PHY 115B, PHY 115A are considered equivalent courses and cannot be taken multiple times for credit.

Other information:
PHY 115B is designed for those who want an introduction to the basic concepts combined with a laboratory that further explores the ideas. For those who want an introduction to the basic concepts combined with experience in quantitative reasoning, please see 115A. Reading: Text available on-line at physics.princeton.edu/~steinh/ph115

Website:  http://www.physics.princeton.edu/~steinh/ph115

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22524 L01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   McDonnell Hall   A01   Enrolled:24 Limit:63
22525 B01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm T   McDonnell Hall   102   Enrolled:10 Limit:21
22526 B02 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   McDonnell Hall   102   Enrolled:8 Limit:21
22527 B03 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm W   McDonnell Hall   102   Enrolled:6 Limit:21