A physicist brings many tools and skills to the task of understanding the universe. Contemporary research in physics and related sciences almost always involves the use of computers. In this course, we will survey foundational methods and models to explore and deepen our understanding of various domains of physics, including the properties of matter, mechanics, acoustics, electromagnetism, and thermodynamics.
We'll examine everyday phenomena through the lens of our theoretical knowledge, discovering, for instance, why oil slicks are colorful, how heat flows, how sun glasses work, how to design a roller coaster and bumper cars, and how what you hear depends on where you are. We'll also investigate the physics embedded in various video games.
This course's emphasis is on the use of computational techniques and resources to solve problems, analyze experimental data, and models and test mathematical models. Students will acquire new computational skills, broaden strengthens their intuition of physical intuition, and have fun.