Physics 110 Winter 2010 Homepage

Liberal Arts Physics

Matt DePies

Office:  Physics/Astronomy Building, B257
Office Hours:  Office PAB B257     11:30-12:30pm MW                              

Link to Class Discussion Board

I.  Syllabus(HTML):  Physics 110                              

II.  Class Schedule and Reading Assignments(pdf)

III.  Extra Problems

IV. H-ITT Clicker Registration.

V.  Exam Exam Overview Sheet
Exam 1 Key Exam 2 Key
1Ans (d)
2Ans (a)
3Ans c
4Ans: (a)
5Ans: (e)
6Ans: (a)
7Ans: (d)
8 d
9Ans: (a)
10Ans: (e)
11Ans: (b)
12Ans: (c
13Ans: (d)
14Ans: (c
15Ans: (d)
16Ans: (b)
17 a
18 Ans: (b)
19Ans: (e)
20Ans: (b)
21 b
22.Ans: (a)
23.Ans: (d)
1Ans: (d)
3Ans: (d)
4.Ans: (b)
5Ans: (a)
6Ans: (b)
9Ans: (b)
10Ans: (d)
12Ans: (a)
14Ans: (d)
18Ans: (a)
19Ans: (e)
20Ans: (a)
21Ans: (d)
23Ans: (e)

VI.  Final Paper

  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 science.

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 many more.

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
Black Holes
Galaxies and Galaxy Formation
Active Galaxies
Neutron Stars and Pulsars
Dark Matter
Dark Energy
Worm Holes and Time Travel
Einstein's Relativity Theories--Gravity and Spacetime
Gravitational Radiation
Life in the Universe, extrasolar planets
Anthropic Principles
Biographies of Astronomers, Cosmologists, Physicists
Historical Cosmologies compared to Scientific Cosmologies
Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Field Theory
String Theory
Composition of the Universe

and much more. . .

Some helpful general references:
This list is far from complete, but gives a starting point for many topics.  Note that most of these books overlap subjects.

Big bang cosmology, general relativity, etc:

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, 2005).

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).

Dark Matter:

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).

String Theory:

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).