PHYS 1400: Physical Science for General Education

The theme of the semester? Energy.

Why? The answer should be obvious. Energy is the dominant concern of our lives. From "What shall we eat for dinner?" to "How much did I just pay to fill my gastank?", energy is both the question and the answer.

As an American, you are a member of a culture that represents only 5% of the global population, yet consumes 25% of the world's energy. As the world's population increases, so does the demand for energy. Where is it all going to come from?

We both know that the only reason you are taking this class is because the university won't give you your degree without it. You may even think it's a ridiculous expectation on the part of the university, to make you take a physical science class. I know you don't want to be a scientist, and that's ok. But you live in a technological society. You cannot get through the day without using technology, the end product of science.

You owe it to yourself to know at least a little about how the world around you and the things within it operate. And you owe it everyone you care about (and everyone you have to share the planet with), to know enough about science and technology to make informed choices and decisions. Whether you are deciding who to vote for in the next election, whether to use bamboo or brazilian ipe for your new floor, or which medical treatment to choose, your decisions affect those around you.

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