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PHYSICS 81N: Science on the Back of the Envelope

Understanding the complex world around us quantitatively, using order of magnitude estimates and dimensional analysis. Starting from a handful of fundamental constants of Nature, one can estimate complex quantities such as cosmological length and time scales, size of the atom, height of Mount Everest, speed of tsunami, energy density of fuels and climate effects. Through these examples students learn the art of deductive thinking, fundamental principles of science and the beautiful unity of nature.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Zhang, S. (PI)
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