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Physics and Our Universe
How It All Works
Lectures by Professor Richard Wolfson

Physics and Our Universe (2011) - 60 lectures, 30 hours
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Physics is THE fundamental science. It explains how the universe behaves at every scale, from the subatomic to the extragalactic. It describes the most basic objects and forces and how they interact. Its laws tell us how the planets move, where light comes from, what keeps birds aloft, why a magnet attracts and also repels, and when a falling object will hit the ground, and it gives answers to countless other questions about how the world works.

Physics also gives us extraordinary power over the world, paving the way for devices from radios to GPS satellites, from steam engines to nanomaterials. It's no exaggeration to say that every invention ever conceived makes use of the principles of physics. Moreover, physics not only underlies all of the natural sciences and engineering, but also its discoveries touch on the deepest philosophical questions about the nature of reality.

Which makes physics sound like the most complicated subject there is. But it isn't. The beauty of physics is that it is simple, so simple that anyone can learn it. In 60 enthralling half-hour lectures, Physics and Our Universe: How It All Works proves that case, giving you a robust, introductory college-level course in physics. This course doesn't stint on details and always presents its subject in all of its elegance - yet it doesn't rely heavily on equations and mathematics, using nothing more advanced than high school algebra and trigonometry.

Your teacher is Professor Richard Wolfson, a noted physicist and educator at Middlebury College. Professor Wolfson is author or coauthor of a wide range of physics textbooks, including a widely used algebra-based introduction to the subject for college students. He has specially designed Physics and Our Universe to be entirely self-contained, requiring no additional resources. And for those who wish to dig deeper, he includes an extensive list of suggested readings that will enhance your understanding of basic physics.

Professor Richard Wolfson is the Benjamin F. Wissler Professor of Physics at Middlebury College. He is an expert at interpreting concepts in physics, climatologic, and engineering for the nonspecialist. He is also the author of several books, including Essential University Physics and Simply Einstein: Relativity Demystified.

60 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: The Fundamental Science 31: Electric Energy
2: Languages of Physics 32: Electric Current
3: Describing Motion 33: Electric Circuits
4: Falling Freely 34: Magnetism
5: It's a 3-D World! 35: The Origin of Magnetism
6: Going in Circles 36: Electromagnetic Induction
7: Causes of Motion 37: Applications of Electromagnetic Induction
8: Using Newton's Laws - 1-D motion 38: Magnetic Energy
9: Action and Reaction 39: AC/DC
10: Newton's Laws in 2 and 3 Dimensions 40: Electromagnetic Waves
11: Work and Energy 41: Reflection and Refraction
12: Using Energy Conservation 42: Imaging
13: Gravity 43: Wave Optics
14: Systems of Particles 44: Cracks in the Classical Picture
15: Rotational Motion 45: Earth, Ether, Light
16: Keeping Still 46: Special Relativity
17: Back and Forth - Oscillatory Motion 47: Time and Space
18: Making Waves 48: Space-Time and Mass-Energy
19: Fluid Statics - The Tip of the Iceberg 49: General Relativity
20: Fluid Dynamics 50: Introducing the Quantum
21: Heat and Temperature 51: Atomic Quandaries
22: Heat Transfer 52: Wave or Particle?
23: Matter and Heat 53: Quantum Mechanics
24: The Ideal Gas 54: Atoms
25: Heat and Work 55: Molecules and Solids
26: Entropy - The Second Law of Thermodynamics 56: The Atomic Nucleus
27: Consequences of the Second Law 57: Energy from the Nucleus
28: A Charged World 58: The Particle Zoo
29: The Electric Field 59: An Evolving Universe
30: Electric Potential 60: Humble Physics


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Physics and Our Universe
How It All Works
Lectures by Professor Richard Wolfson

Sioux Falls Scientists endorse Physics and Our Universe for a complete
description of all of physics and how its ideas, discoveries, and
laws all work together to define our universe and world.