First-Year Seminar in Physics
The goal of this seminar is to explore a specific topic in physics that is of current significance as well as challenging to first-year students. Generally, the topics will vary from year to year; and in the past, the seminar has explored topics such as material science, nanoscience, astrophysics, particle physics, biological physics, and gravitation. In addition to introducing the fundamental physics related to these topics, the course will expose students to recent developments, as the topics are often closely related to the research area of faculty teaching the seminar. The seminar meets one evening a week for lectures, discussions, laboratory experiments, and computer exercises. It is open only to first-year students who are concurrently enrolled in or have placed out of PHYS 140 (Classical Physics). It fulfills the concurrent laboratory requirement of PHYS 140 and serves as a solid preparation for PHYS 146 (Introduction to Experimental Physics II). Offered every fall semester.