#### Fall 2012

##### Course details:

- Tuesday Thursday 9:30-10:50 a.m.
- Taylor 111
- See Woodle for the syllabus, homework, reading quizzes, etc.
- The student-run blog is located at revolutions.voices.wooster.edu

##### Course Description:

In Physics 110, we will cover some of the big ideas from physics that have revolutionized our understanding of the natural universe and how they apply to our lives today. Additionally, we will develop quantitative reasoning skills that are applicable far beyond the study of physics; these include making estimates and doing 'back of the envelope' calculations, making and interpreting graphs, and performing some calculations using probability and algebra.

#### The major goals for the course are for students to:

- Understand how the scientific process works, gradually improving understanding
- See the connections between scientific revolutions and paradigm shifts in society
- Understand fundamental concepts of physics
- what physicists mean by energy and energy conservation
- when quantum mechanics applies to a system and its implications
- when relativity applies to a system and its implications
- Use quantitative reasoning to analyze and evaluate problems
- Be able to decide whether the data support a particular conclusion or argument
- Be able to estimate and make 'back of the envelope' calculations
- Make and interpret graphs
- Use probability and algebra to understand physical phenomena

##### Texts:

- Physics: Concepts and Connections by Art Hobson
- The New World of Mr. Tompkins by George Gamow and Russell Stannard