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Fall 2012
Feb 12, 2016
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REAL WORLD PHYSICS: FROM AMUSEMENT PARKS TO EXPLOSIONS~ We will have three main areas of concentration in this course: physics, science literacy and communication. First there is the physics. We will explore things such as energy and explosions, gravity and space, radioactivity and electricity. There are NO math requirements for this course. This course doesn’t require previous physics skills, but will introduce you to some physics concepts using real world examples. You do not need to have taken a physics course - just be curious about the world around you and be willing to learn. That brings us to the second area of focus. You are a person curious about how the world works and take your responsibility to make decisions seriously. But how do you make sense of the competing yet often inadequate information you get when it comes to scientific claims and discoveries when you don’t know the underlying science? As we learn some physics, we will also talk about how science is done and what that means for how to understand it. This is our second area of concentration; I call it scientific literacy. We will learn some strategies for coping with confusing and conflicting information and for making the decisions that confront a responsible citizen. Finally the third focus of our attention will be on college level communication skills, both oral and written. As in all colloquia, there will be three major papers and a formal oral presentation. There will also be weekly reading assignments, smaller writing assignments and other work on oral communication such as in-class discussions. NOTE: There is a fee for this course of $70. You must also be available for a field trip to Cedar Point on Labor Day.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Freshman Colloquium Department

Course Attributes:
Field Trip w/ Additional Cost, First-Year Appropriate

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