Courses: Particle&Nuclear Phys & People (PHYSB134001)
Class Number: 1771
In this half-semester course we discuss the four fundamental interactions in nature and put them in a historical perspective. These are gravity, electricity & magnetism, strong nuclear, and weak nuclear or radioactivity. This course concentrates on the nuclear interactions. The distance scales we deal with are so small that they are not of our realm. We investigate radiocarbon dating, smoke detectors, radon in the home, how the sun shines, nuclear fission (current power plants), nuclear fusion (future power plants?), positron emission tomography (PET) in medicine, and other phenomenon. Lecture three hours, discussion session one hour, laboratory two hours. This course does not satisfy the Quantitative Skills requirement. Also see PHYS 164 which is PHYS 134 without the laboratory.
Div: IIL; Approach: Scientific Investigation (SI); Haverford: Natural Science (NA)
Enrollment limit: 40 students total from combined courses PHYS 134
and PHYS 164;
Fulfills: Class Nbr: 1771 Div: IIL; SI ; NA
Bryn Mawr, PK243