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Physics (PHYS)
120 Willamette, 541-346-4751
College of Arts & Sciences
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  PHYS 301   Physicists View Nature >3 4.00 cr.
Illustrates physics concepts through the work of prominent physicists. The classical view--mechanics, electrical science, thermal physics.
Grading Options: Optional for all students
See CRN for CommentsPrereqs/Comments: cancelled 09/21/15 MF
  Prereq: WR 122 or equivalent.
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  16515 cancelled 1300-1450 tr   tba !
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September 27:   Process a complete drop (100% refund, no W recorded)
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October 5:   Drop this course (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
October 5:   Process a complete drop (75% refund, no W recorded; after this date, W's are recorded)
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October 7:   Last day to change to or from audit
October 11:   Withdraw from this course (75% refund, W recorded)
October 18:   Withdraw from this course (50% refund, W recorded)
October 25:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
November 15:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
November 15:   Change grading option for this course
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Expanded Course Description
Quantum Mechanics for Everyone - This course is intended for non-science majors—students with little or no physics background, but a good aptitude for high-school-level science and math. Quantum mechanics (QM) is the theory of nature at its most fundamental level. Although the fruits of our understanding of QM, such as lasers and computers, are familiar technologies, the inner working of atoms and the behavior of electrons and photons are anything but familiar. This course treats the most important ideas of QM, using only basic algebra and geometry. Students will learn about the experiments that led to the creation of QM, explore the theoretical ideas of QM, and learn about modern applications such as quantum cryptography and quantum computing. The course employs active, inquiry-based teaching methods to improve creative and critical reasoning. Students will learn through hands-on in-class activities, including experimenting with lasers.

The course will be taught by Professor of Physics Michael Raymer in affiliation with the UO Science Literacy Program. See http://scilit.uoregon.edu/

The realization that the quantum realm behaves so differently than the realm of ordinary human-scale objects is one of humanity’s greatest intellectual achievements. One of the most remarkable aspects of nature that QM teaches is that atomic-scale objects cannot be described by physics theory in the same way that larger human-scale objects can. What is describable, and what is not? For example, we don’t doubt that a baseball is always located somewhere, even if no one knows its actual position. But for an electron this is not the case—the concept of location does not apply for such elementary physical objects. Students will learn, mostly without mathematical formulas, about the main elements of quantum theory, and how it is used to describe nature.
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