Physics 111: How Things Work

 

For previous semester go to: http://www.sewanee.edu/physics/PHYSICS111/PHYSICS111Fall2003.html

 

AssociateProfessor Ben Szapiro,

The Department of Physics

 

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http://blackboard.sewanee.edu

using your student username (without @sewanee.edu) and (student ID) password

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

In our everyday life we are surrounded by objects and technologies that we barely understand. Would you like to explore how a CD player works? How would you design and build "the perfect bike"? What is the "magic" behind cell phones? How do we know what distant stars are made off? Are Segways really the next way of transportation? Are you going to pump gasoline or hydrogen in your 2010 car's fuel tank? We are proposing to tackle these and other areas of current interest with a hands-on approach based on teamwork, lots of discussions, critical thinking and cooperative learning. We will also visit companies and labs where new technologies are being developed, and have fun in the process! Completion of this new course fulfills one (non-lab) science requirement.

 

GRADING

SCHEDULE

Last Name

Preferred

Class Email Address

 FINAL PROJECT

Antrim Hugh Sophomore antriht0@sewanee.edu

 Roller Coasters

Beshore Heather Sophomore beshohj0@sewanee.edu

 Hair Dryers

Durham Arch Junior durhala0@sewanee.edu

 Solar Power

Farr Matt Sophomore farr_mr0@sewanee.edu

 The Manhattan Project

Fuller Matt Junior fullemo0@sewanee.edu

 Computers

Rast Mike Sophomore rast_mc0@sewanee.edu

 The Physics of Baseball

Stacpoole Sarah Sophomore stacpsl0@sewanee.edu

 Remote Controlled Car Toys

Tonissen Drew Senior tonisja0@sewanee.edu

 The Physics of Golf

Whaling John Sophomore whalija0@sewanee.edu

 Slot Machines

POSSIBLE PROJECT TOPICS



 

 


LINKS

LOUIS BLOOMFIELD'S TEXTBOOK WEB PAGE

"How Things Work" Publisher's Web Page

Buy it at Amazon.com?

 

FROM: http://www.howstuffworks.com/ :

HOW BYCICLES WORK

HOW CDs WORK

HOW THE HYDROGEN ECONOMY WOULD WORK

HOW SEGWAYS WORK

HOW GPS RECEIVERS WORK

HOW MRI WORKS

HOW NUCLEAR MEDICINE WORKS

SEE INTERESTING NUCLEAR MEDICINE CASES (WUSTL's MIR)

HOW CELL PHONES WORK

HOW BRIDGES WORK

 

"ASK DR. LOU" WEB PAGE