ECE 49500 - Physics for Future Presidents

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

Counts as:

Experimental Course Offered: Fall 2009

Catalog Description:
This course will survey a broad range of concepts in physics that are both interesting and important to everyday quality of life, and important to all professionals who wish to be able to use a basic conceptual qualitative and semi-quantitative understanding of a broad range of physics in their professional activities. In a sense this is an advanced mathematics. It is meant for all liberal arts, science and engineering undergraduate students interested in understanding physics at an intuitive and physical level.

Required Text(s):
  1. Physics for Future Presidents, Richard A. Muller, Princeton University Press, ISBN No. 0390948667.

Recommended Text(s): None.

Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. A conceptual understanding of a broad range of physics concepts. [d,f,g,h,I,j]

Lecture Outline:

Lectures Lecture Topics
2 Energy and power
2 Atoms and heat
1 Class discussion/homework solutions
2 Gravity and force
1 Class discussion/homework solutions
2 Nuclei and radioactivity
1 Class discussion/homework solutions
2 Chain reactions, nuclear reactors, and atomic bombs
1 Class discussion/homework solutions
2 Electricity and magnetism
1 Class discussion/homework solutions
2 Waves
1 Class discussion/homework solutions
3 Visible and Invisible light
1 Class discussion/homework solutions
2 Quantum physics
1 Class discussion/homework solutions
1 Relativity
1 The universe
1 Class discussion/homework solutions

Engineering Design Content:

Establishment of Objectives and Criteria
Synthesis
Analysis

Engineering Design Consideration(s):

Economic
Environmental
Ethical
Health/Safety
Manufacturability
Political
Social
Sustainability