PHYS-010 The Way Things Work
This is a conceptual physics course, meaning there will be very few equations in it. The vast majority of natural phenomena, as well as technology, can be understood, as opposed to quantified, by a description in words rather than equations. Given qualitative rather than quantitative discourse as the "language" of the course, the central focus of the course is to see science in everyday life. Most science courses first present the science, and then find applications for it. This course comes at it the other way around, first asking questions about familiar phenomena and devices. Examples are "Why is the sky blue at noon and red at sunset?" and "How does a xerox machine work?". Then the course works from there to the underlying science. This course serves as a core course for completion of the math/science requirement in the College.
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