Introduction to the Physical Sciences (CLOSED)
Level: Open to students entering grade 9 or 10 in fall 2013.
Session: I, June 24-July 12, 2013
Days & Time: Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM and 1:30-3:30 PM
Instructor(s): Burton Budick, Philip Frankel,
Prerequisites: A working knowledge of elementary algebra. No prior study of physics or chemistry is required.
Related Courses: Students interested in this course might also be interested in Thinking and Problem Solving: A New Look at Mathematics or Introduction to the Science of Psychology.
"The course was exciting, stimulating, and appropriately challenging."
- Peter Russell, 2012
A two-course introduction to theoretical and experimental science for students interested in recent scientific and technological advances. Each course meets daily, one in the morning, one in the afternoon.
Physics and Chemistry of the Atom
Students interested in science and mathematics meet each morning with members of the faculty for a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of physics and chemistry. Emphasis is on understanding the structure, properties, and dynamics of the atom.
Lectures, demonstrations, and readings focus on the contemporary view of matter and energy. Topics include the motion of particles and waves, the fundamental constituents of matter, forces, energy, relativistic concepts of space and time, quantum mechanics, the electronic and nuclear structure of atoms, the periodic properties of the elements, chemical bonding and the formation of molecules, and chemical and nuclear reactions.
Experiments in Modern Physics
Students measure the spectra and Doppler shifts of starlight and investigate the structure of space-time using experiments that simulate the theory of special relativity. Expanding weather balloons are used to mimic the expansion of the universe, and to prove Hubble’s Law.
Burton Budick earned a B.A. from Harvard College and was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. A specialist in experimental atomic and nuclear physics, Dr. Budick first came to Columbia University in 1962 as a research physicist and lecturer. He has taught at Columbia as a lecturer for the past decade and he is a full professor of physics at New York University.
Philip Frankel earned a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in mathematics from Binghamton University and was awarded an M.S. in physics from New York University, where he conducted soft condensed matter research. He is currently an adjunct instructor at N.Y.U. and teaches physics at Hunter College High School in Manhattan.
Specific course information, such as hours and instructors, are subject to change at the discretion of the University.