Modern Physics - Course Description

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

This class challenges students to consider the importance of science and technology as factors of change in the modern world. The class explores optics as a means of demonstrating the evolution of physical theories, taking up experimental work in the field of optics and physical colors, in which through modern mathematical models, we compare the understanding of color phenomena with the analysis of experimental results. The class also takes up questions that relate historically to the development of physics in the 20th century and their present impact, discussing current issues such as the energy crisis, alternative energy sources, and related technology. There is a field trip to Fermilab, one of the world’s prominent particle physics labs.