The study of scientific concepts which have had a revolutionary impact on Western civilization from early Greek ideas on planetary motion to the Newtonian Syntheses. By the selection of key topics from mechanics and astronomy, the student will gain an acquaintance with the historical development, methodology and philosophy of our understanding of the physical universe of classical physics. Treatment will be mostly non-mathematical. A two-hour laboratory per week is required. This is a general elective course suitable for students who have a laboratory science requirement, except for students in curricula which specify a different physics course.
Additional course fee: $105.