6 sessions, 12 hours
Explore the world of the very small. Once thought to be the smallest of all particles, we find levels of details in protons and neutrons that we never dreamed could exist. Dark matter, black holes and other crazy stuff will challenge our very notions of reality. We will concentrate on the concepts rather than PhD level math. If you are willing to abandon preconceived notions of reality, these ideas start to make sense. Why is warped space- time a better explanation of the phenomenon we call gravity than that of Newton? Come and discuss.
Instructor: Bob Rubock graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer and an MSEE from the University of Connecticut. He began his career in electronic warfare at United Aircraft but eventually turned to design of spacecraft for humanitarian purposes at NASA. Bob likes to say; “Engineering made the dough, Cosmology makes me go.” His courses require no math or formal scientific training, but a good sense of humor is mandatory. Bob believes that starting a class with good jokes improves the learning process. Bob’s other passion is rock climbing, having traveled around the U.S. and Europe in its pursuit.
ILR581 Quantum Mechanics
5-Digit Number: 16344
Mon, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., 10/29 – 12/10
No Class: 11/26
Location: Braddock Hall/B-223
Tuition: $40.00 Fee: $99.00 Total: $139.00
MD residents age 60+ pay fee only