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Physics and the Big Questions

$212 Limited inc GST / $191
Physics and the Big Questions

<p>Mention physics and we think of quarks and black holes, but its impacts are much closer to home. Many of the Big Questions of concern to humanity have either been answered by science, or

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Mention physics and we think of quarks and black holes, but its impacts are much closer to home. Many of the Big Questions of concern to humanity have either been answered by science, or reformulated in modern terms. Where did the universe come from, and what is its ultimate fate? What is rocket science, and how do we get around the solar system? What is the mind, and do we have freewill or is everything determined? This talk will show, in everyday terms and with demonstrations, the answers (and further mysteries) furnished by science.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Evolution of the universe – from quarks to atoms to stars and planets.
  • Rocket science – how we get about the solar system and see beyond.
  • Relativity revealed – Einstein’s discoveries, the origin and shape of the universe.
  • Gravitational Waves – their discovery and significance.
  • Quantum Mechanics – a challenging field made visible.
  • Reasoning – how we apply deduction and induction to find out about the world.
  • Life and mind – exploring sentience and free will.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand how the universe developed from the fundamental to the complex.
  2. Explain how we get into space and send a mission to Pluto
  3. Discuss special and general relativity, and how it relates to the where the universe came from and how it will end.
  4. Appreciate gravitational waves, where they come from, and how we might ride tem across the universe.
  5. Demonstrate the role of quantum mechanics in everyday light sources.
  6. Apply reasoning to become highly confident about the real world.
  7. Grasp how life developed, how minds are based on fundamental physics, and how we make choices.
  8. Describe some of the most recent advances in physics.