Concepts of Physics

Physics 10: Concepts of Physics

Spring quarter 2014

Professor A. Zee

Teaching assistant: Christina Knapp

This is a "Physics for Poets" type of course,  intended for non-physics majors. I will describe the drive in modern physics to understand the universe we live in. We will not use any math except for an occasional reference to high school algebra. The required textbooks are my two books, "Fearful Symmetry" and "Einstein's Universe", both easily available from for example. Maximum enrollment: 30.

Perhaps the best way to find out the content and tone of the course is to browse a few pages of the two books on say 

Prerequisites: Curiosity about physics at the fundamental level, and interest in concepts such as quarks and the Big Bang, plus a willingness to read and learn.

Time and place: Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 to 1:45, HSSB 1232.

Incidentally, as far as I know, this course has not been offered for over 10 years. I do not know where the grade distribution given on the following web site comes from, but in any case the information on it is totally outdated.

I will go over all of the above during the first class.