Introduction to the Physical Sciences

Open to students entering grade 9 or 10 in the fall
I - June 25–July 15, 2017
II - July 17–August 5, 2017
Days & Time:
Monday–Friday, 11:10 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 3:10–5:00 p.m.
Philip Frankel

A working knowledge of elementary algebra. No prior study of physics or chemistry is required.

““[I gained] an appreciation for the many applications of physics and a better understanding of how to manipulate math and apply it to life..” — From a 2016 Course Evaluation

Course Description

This curricular option familiarizes students with the foundations of physics and chemistry from a modern perspective.

Lectures, discussions, and experiments focus on topics such as electromagnetic radiation, spectroscopy, the interactions between elementary particles, the quantum mechanics of atoms, chemical bonding, special relativity, gravitation, and cosmology. The course also familiarizes participants with classical mechanics and waves in order to help them develop physical intuitions about activity on macroscopic-length scales.

Experiments concentrate primarily on the analysis of stellar spectra, interference of electromagnetic waves, and Hubble’s Law. Students are instructed on how to conduct proper analyses of experimental uncertainties during the course of their investigations.


Philip Frankel

Philip Frankel earned a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in mathematics from Binghamton University and was awarded an M.S. in physics from New York University, where he conducted soft condensed matter research. He is an adjunct instructor at NYU and teaches physics at Hunter College High School in Manhattan. He is a recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award from NYU for his contributions to undergraduate physics education.

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Specific course information, such as hours and instructors, are subject to change at the discretion of the University.