Physics 110 Winter 2010
Liberal Arts Physics
Hours: Office PAB B257 11:30-12:30pm MW
V. Exam Exam Overview Sheet
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18 Ans: (b)
VI. Final Paper
Length: 4 to 6 pages. No shorter than 4 pages,
number 12 font, 1.5 spacing will be accepted.
This paper should discuss a topic in Cosmology, Astronomy, or
Physics. You can either do a historical background, or look into
more modern topics, or both! Biographies are also good: you can
illuminate the individual's life and how their discoveries fit
in. The ultimate goal is for you to share what you have learned
in class via a paper on a subject covering physics. How you do
this is fairly open, but you will be graded on the content of the
You are required to use at least three, 3, references from some form of
scientific journal. There are many online journals available from
school computers. These include, but are not limited to:
Scientific American, Science, Nature, Astronomy Today, Discover, and
NOTE: In general, internet sites are not acceptable sources,
unless they are a journal or university library site. In this
instance, the reference is for a journal or a book, not the site itself.
WARNING: DO NOT cut and paste from the internet. This will result
in a failing grade, even if it is cited.
Here is a sample list, you can choose another but you must
let me know.
Possible Research Topics:
The Big Bang and Expanding Universe
Galaxies and Galaxy Formation
Neutron Stars and Pulsars
Worm Holes and Time Travel
Einstein's Relativity Theories--Gravity and Spacetime
Life in the Universe, extrasolar planets
Biographies of Astronomers, Cosmologists, Physicists
Historical Cosmologies compared to Scientific Cosmologies
Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory
Composition of the Universe
and much more. . .
Some helpful general references: This
starting point for many
topics. Note that most of these books overlap subjects.
Big bang cosmology, general
Harrison, Edward R., Cosmology: The Science of the Universe, 2nd ed.
(Cambridge U.P., Cambridge, 2000).
Hogan, Craig J., The Little Book of
the Big Bang: A Cosmic Primer, ( Springer, February 11, 1999 ).
Silk, Joseph, The Big Bang, 3
ed. (Times Books; December 6, 2000).
Singh, Simon, Big Bang: The Origin of the Universe (Fourth
Estate, HarperCollins, 2004).
Kaku, Michio, Parallel Worlds: A Journey through Creation, Higher
Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos (Doubleday, Random House,
Rees, Martin, Before the
Beginning: Our Universe and Others (Addison-Wesley Longman,
Reading, MA, 1997).
History of Cosmology and Astrophysics:
Kragh, Helge S., Conceptions of Cosmos: From Myths to the
Accelerating Unverse: A History of Cosmology (Oxford Univ. Press,
Oxford, UK, 2007).
Longair, Malcolm, The Cosmic Century: A History of Astrophysics and
Cosmology (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006).
Black holes, time travel, etc:
Hawking, Stephen, A Brief
History of Time, (Bantam; September 1, 1998)
Melia , Fulvio, The Black Hole at the Center of Our Galaxy,
(Princeton University Press; April 21, 2003)
Thorne, K.S., Black Holes
and Time Warps, (Norton, NY, 1994).
Krauss, Lawrence, Quintessence: The Mystery of Missing Mass in
the Universe (Basic Books, NY, 2000).
Rubin, Vera C., Bright Galaxies, Dark Matters (American
Institute of Physics, NY, 1997).
Greene, Brian, The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden
Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory (
W.W. Norton & Co., October 20, 2003)
Susskind, Leonard, The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and
the Illusion of Intelligent Design (Little, Brown, 2005).