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Unformatted text preview: Big Bang, Black oles No Math Holes, No Math STR/PHYS 109 AS R/PHYS 09 Dr. David Toback Dr. Dav d oback ecture 1 Introduction Topic 1: Introduction Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math 1 Lecture 1 Overview 1.What this course really about and why I’m teaching it ow the course is organized 2.How the course is organized 3.Stuff you’ll need for the course and the next lecture Introduction Topic 1: Introduction Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math 2 Big Picture This course is really designed to teach the wonder and excitement of the universe around us • want it to be understandable I want it to be understandable • I want you to be able to communicate this excitement to others Introduction Topic 1: Introduction Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math 3 Question and Evidence • I think in terms of stories as well s questions and their answers as questions and their answers • We have a good degree of onfidence in the story and some confidence in the story and some of the answers to some of the BIG questions • Everyone should know about the questions and what we know about quest ons and what we now a out the answers • hey should also now something Introduction Topic 1: Introduction Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math 4 They should also know something about the evidence Questions • How did the Universe come to exist? • What happened right after the Big Bang? g • How did we get from a Big Bang 14 billion years ago to the Universe we have today? • What is the evidence for the Big Introduction Topic 1: Introduction Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math Bang? 5 Communicating the Excitement • I will admit I have a bone to pick… I think there is WAY too much ignorance about science and science phobia – I prefer a world where there is evidence- ased decision making based decision making • Some of the many problems: 1. Physics taught for people to USE rather than enjoy (physicists/engineers in training) eaching physics requires math and lots 2. Teaching physics requires math, and lots of it, which makes it un-fun for most people aught by people who have forgotten Introduction Topic 1: Introduction Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math 6 3. Taught by people who have forgotten what it was like to not understand Communicating the Excitement • A great deal of the excitement can e understood WITHOUT the math be understood WITHOUT the math – You can enjoy music without being musician or a composer a musician or a composer • As future leaders I want you to be ble to go out into the world and able to go out into the world and effectively teach your senators, kids, co-workers, etc. why this kids, co-workers, etc....
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This note was uploaded on 01/06/2012 for the course PHYS 109 taught by Professor Davidtoback during the Fall '11 term at Texas A&M.

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