Honors Physics and the Universe

If you’ve read newspaper headlines about the latest physics research, or if you’ve ever watched an interview with celebrity physicists like Neil deGrasse Tyson, you’re probably like the student in this Fox Trot cartoon. Bad news: you aren’t going to learn about time travel, parallel universes, or quantum mechanics in this class either.


Still, what you will learn is just as interesting: you’re about to explore the models of the physical world that have enabled human beings to predict and control the forces that govern our universe. Over the past 400 years, physicists’ mathematical models of motion and energy have helped human beings design thrilling roller coasters, safer cars, Wi-Fi-enabled mobile phones, and telescopes that reveal the origins of the cosmos. Inquiry-based investigations will help you develop the scientific and engineering practices needed for further study in the physical, earth, and space sciences.

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