PHYS-134   Matter, Space, and Energy

This course is a study of major developments in theories about the fundamental character of matter, interactions, and space, including historical perspectives. Starting with observational astronomy, Greek science, and the five essences, followed by the Copernican revolution, the Newtonian synthesis, gravity and force at a distance, this course continues with modern physics topics of the atomic model of matter including the states of matter, introductory thermodynamics and the arrow of time, blackbody radiation, E=mc2, quarks, gluons, the Standard Model of particles, relativity and spacetime. Perspectives on the character of scientific inquiry, models, and humans' quest for understanding are included. Laboratory. Prerequisite: One semester of high school or college physics, and Mathematics 132, 170 or 171 or permission of the instructor.