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Origin of an Inhabited Planet
ORG PLANET
CLASS CODE: PH 480 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Describes the origin of the universe, the Solar System, and Earth as reconstructed by modern science as a review the physics curriculum.
TAUGHT: Fall
CONTENT AND TOPICS: This course is one of the two Applied Physics program's capstone courses. This course uses the human attempt to answer the question of origins to synthesize the Physics curriculum. The course reviews the observations and theories of physics students learned during their program and describes how they are used to address the origin of the Universe, the Solar System, and life.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.Review principles of Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Waves and Sound, Optics and light, Electricity and Magnetism, Atomic and nuclear physics, and Astronomy and Astrophysics.
2.Understand the history of modern science’s attempt to reconstruct human origin.
3.Solve mathematical problems related to the origin of the Universe and Solar System.
4.Test theories of origins using accepted observations.
5.Develop and grow confident in their ability learn new knowledge by applying what they have learned in the Physics curriculum to a new situation.
6.Write numerical models to simulate problems related to origins.
7.Use scientific theories from different areas of physics and other disciplines to attack the problem of origins.
8.Learn to effectively work in peer groups to achieve a common goal.
9.Learn to effectively communicate with their peers and in a classroom setting.
10.Improve critical reading and writing skills.

REQUIREMENTS: Homework assignments, exams, research paper, group project and presentation, short papers.
PREREQUISITES: PH 309, PH 332, PH 333, PH 336
OTHER:
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001