This course is intended to acquaint students with some of the most important conceptual developments in physics in the 20th century, including relativity, quantum mechanics, the fundamental forces and particles, cosmology, Higgs bosons, and extra dimensions. To fully appreciate the significance of these developments some historical and conceptual perspective is needed, so a substantial portion of the course will trace the historical development of ideas in physics, and how physics results become established.
High School Math
Any curious person
There will be two exams, one in class (mid November) and one take-home due December 11. Practice exams will be handed out a few days before the exams. Better score is 25% of grade, worse one 15%, a project 30% of grade, and three homework sets each 10%.