Purdue University (2001) 39 Lectures.
Taught by Jerry M. Woodall
Selected Topics: energy and power, atoms and heat, gravity, force, and space, Chain reactions, electricity, nuclear reactors, waves, earthquakes, light, invisible light, climate change, quantum physics, relativity, the universe
Purdue University, 16 weeks.
Taught by Ron Reifenberger.
PHYS 342 is a three-credit course for students who are required by their academic major to take a course in Modern Physics. The course provides an introduction to the physical principles underlying topics in Modern Physics. The course is aimed at science/engineering students with a calculus background.
Selected Topics: Shrodinger's equation, operators, tunneling, wavepackets, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, multi-electron atoms and Pauli's exclusion principle, statistical laws of nature, quantum statistics and crystalline solids, electron states in periodic solids, special relativity, nuclear reactions.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
We will apply simple yet powerful ideas of physics to gain some understanding of biology. (What is the inertia of a bacteria and how does this affect its behavior?) We will begin with atoms, move to molecules, then macromolecules, then cells, and finally whole systems. For example, how do we see? The answer: photons cause the release of chemicals that create electricity. How do we move? The answer: tiny biomolecular motors break chemical bonds, using the energy to create force and motion with efficiencies that put man-made machines to shame. These motors, and indeed, much of biology at the molecular level, operate at the nanometer (one-billionth of a meter) and picoNewton (1 trillionth of a pound) scales. How can we measure such tiny things? Come find out! No prior biology knowledge or prerequisites, since the course includes a molecular biology primer.
Does an observer determine reality? Can I use quantum mechanics to create my own reality? Quantum mechanics takes us into the wild and wacky world of the really small where particles are waves, waves are particles, and the physical intuition we have from our everyday life doesn't seem to work. If we lived in Quantumland, we could sit in three chairs at once and even speed without getting a ticket. Using everyday objects like a slinky, some dice, and soda pop cans, we'll uncover how quantum mechanics really works.