Physics for World Leaders

Course Code: NATS 1945 A 6.0

Instructor's Name: Robin Metcalfe

Course Description:

This course presents the most interesting and important topics in the far-reaching realm of physics, stressing conceptual understanding rather than emphasizing the math, and with applications to current events and technologies. Upon completion of the course, students will be fluent in the critical topics of physics and the leading-edge technologies that are currently discussed in the media, and which effect our daily lives as well as the future of our planet. Topics include: Energy and power, atoms and heat, gravity and space, nuclear reactions, electricity and magnetism, sound waves, earthquakes and tsunamis, visible and invisible light, information transmission and digital technology, climate change, quantum physics, relativity, cosmology and space exploration. No prior knowledge of physics is required.

Course Format:

Three lecture hours per week

Course Credit Exclusions:


Mathematical Content:

In-class activities may involve simple arithmetic and making measurements from graphs. Assistance will be provided in class for students who require help. There will be no calculations on the tests.

Course Outlines:

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