PHYS 1001 Physics for Future Presidents (3 cr)

This course covers topics in physics with an emphasis on conceptual understanding, technology applications related to current events, and the ethical dimensions of technological choices. It will give students the solid foundation in physics they need to be critically thinking, scientifically literate citizens able to distinguish scientifically sound, evidence-based technological decisions from those that are not. Topics covered may vary and may include energy, nuclear physics, the Theory of Relativity, thermal physics, pressure, electromagnetism, and quantum physics. Applications may include energy production and conservation, radioactivity and nuclear weapons, transportation options, climate change, explosions, earthquakes, superconductors, lasers, and consumer electronics. The personal, political, and ethical dimensions of technological choices will be a significant emphasis in this course. This course includes a lab-like component. Lecture 3 hours; lab 0 hours.

MnTC Goals: 3 & 9