Introduction to the Physical Sciences

Level:
Open to students entering grade 9 or 10 in the fall
Session:
I - June 25–July 13, 2018 (Course Filled)
II - July 17–August 3, 2018
Days & Time:
Monday–Friday, 11:10 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 3:10–5:00 p.m.
Teacher(s):
Philip Frankel, Cato Sandford
Prerequisites:

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

“I liked learning about how everyday things, such as rainbows, prisms, different types of lights, etc. work... I have gained a stronger interest in physics.” — From a program 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.

Teacher(s)

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.

Cato Sandford

Cato Sandford holds a Ph.D. in physics from New York University, where he did work on on how flows of energy through systems can make them behave in peculiar ways. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sci. in theoretical physics from Imperial College, London. He has had the opportunity to teach and mentor students at many levels, from graduate students to high schoolers. Recently, Cato has been working on matters of international development, including how to bring electricity to rural areas in low-income countries; but he is always eager to share his passion for science - and be inspired by the next generation of budding scientists. 

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