FARMINGDALE STATE COLLEGE
Physics 123 Course Outline
The Theory of Everything – The Unification of Physical Law
Dr. Lloyd Makarowitz
The four fundamental forces in nature, gravity, electromagnetism, and the strong and weak nuclear forces, appear to be very distinct phenomena. Early attempts to unify them into a single theory of the universe were met with failure, and even such great physicists as Albert Einstein were often derided for such futile efforts. With the advent of recent strides in string theory, supersymmetry, M-theory, and hyperspace, most physicists believe that man is within reach of such fundamental knowledge.
It is the
purpose of this course to place this same understanding of unification within
the student’s grasp. Without resorting
to any complex calculations, the course will survey
“Einstein’s Cosmos” by Michio Kaku (Atlas Books, W. W. Norton, 2004, )
“Beyond Einstein” by Michio Kaku (Anchor Books, 1998, 0-385-47781-9)
“Hyperspace” by Michio Kaku (Anchor Books, 1995, 0-385-47705-8)
“Visions” by Michio Kaku (Anchor Books, 1998, 0-385-48499-2)
There is no prerequisite or co requisite for this course. It is descriptive and non-mathematical.
Grades in PHY 123 will be based on three large examinations (each worth 20 percent of the course, with no exams dropped) and a comprehensive final examination (worth 40 percent of the course). All exams (including the final exam) are multiple-choice exams based on the four texts listed above. Students must work independently on examinations, without the use of sheets, texts, notes, or other aids.
Please note: All cell phones and pagers must be turned off completely prior to entering the classroom.
A tentative schedule of topics follows.
E-mail Dr. Makarowitz at Lloyd.firstname.lastname@example.org