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PHY 120 - Physics and Society, Experimental

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: MAT 090  

This course will explore the scientific method, the distinction between science and pseudoscience, energy, climate and sustainability and the interplay between scientific and social developments in basic physics.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Demonstrate how the scientific method is applied.
  2. Note the difference between science and pseudoscience.
  3. Discuss the challenge of energy demand and sustainability.
  4. Explain the advantages and risks of nuclear energy and radiation.
  5. Review how historically and today science and society affect each other.
Listed Topics
  1. The scientific method
  2. Science and pseudoscience
  3. Energy
  4. Entropy
  5. Electricity magnetism and light
  6. Climate
  7. Water management
  8. Nuclear energy: its advantages and dangers
  9. Radiation
  10. Resource management
  11. Space travel
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