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PHYS 109 Lasers, Rockets, and Spaceships

3 s.h.

Introduction of some physics principles through the realms of fascinating topics such as Laser: a special kind of light with extraordinary characteristics, the flight process of usual and unusual air crafts, rockets and satellites, spaceships for space travel, the space station. The principles studied would involve characteristics of ordinary and special light, the earth’s atmosphere and motion through air, motion in the vacuum of space and the effect of radiation and micro-particles in space, Newton’s and Kepler’s laws of motion, gravity and micro-gravity, principles of space travel, solar and nuclear energy concepts. There will be hands-on and video demonstrations and computer simulations, but no laboratory work will be included. (LA, N2)

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