Course Description:
Science Literacy is essential to making decisions in the world today. Science, technology, and innovations play a significant role in all aspects of society. Decisions on health, wealth, and ethical values need some knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts to create the kind of world that we want to live in. This course will serve as an introduction to the scientific approach to knowing, from subatomic particles to galaxies and all the scales in between. We will not use complex mathematics but we will address all the important challenges of the day from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Cosmology, Climate, and Computation. We will discuss implications and policies with respect to the involvement of the federal government. The research enterprise of the US, with respect to the rest of the world.

Class Syllabus

Physics 10062

Science Literacy

Professor Ani Aprahamian
Department of Physics

Spring 2013

T, Th 9:30-10:45 am
NSH 123

              Class Syllabus || Guidelines for SL Response Papers



  January 15


  January 17

  Science: A Way of Knowing

  January 22

  Order in the Universe?

  January 24

  Laws of Motion

  January 29


  January 31

  Forms of Energy   |   Renewable Energy Resources

  February 5

  Heat and the Second Law of Thermodynamics

  February 7

  Electricity and magnetism

  February 12

  The Electromagnetic Spectrum

  February 14

  Exam #1 (Chapters 1-6)

  February 19


  February 21

  Quantum Mechanics

  February 26


  February 28

  Quantum Entanglement and Teleportation

  March 5


  March 7

  The Atomic Nucleus

Spring Break

  March 19

  Monitoring Radiation

  March 21

  Exam #2 (Chapters 7-12)

  March 26

  What is Matter Really Made of?

  March 28

  Of What is the Universe Made?

  April 2

  Is Earth the only Planet with Life?

  April 4

  Nuclear Science Laboratory @ Notre Dame

  April 9

  Climate Change Conference

  April 11

  Earth's Many Cycles

  April 16


  April 18

  Strategies of Life

  April 23

  Tour of the DVT

  April 25

  Exam #3

  April 30

  Molecules of Life

January 2013
Department of Physics | University of Notre Dame