Quantum Facts and Mysteries

Winter
Winter 2020
Olympia
Olympia
Daytime
Day
Freshman-Senior
Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25
25% Reserved for Freshmen
16
Credits per quarter

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What is the fundamental nature of reality? What role, if any, do the laws of quantum physics dictate that human consciousness might play in shaping reality? What impact has quantum theory had on technology, culture, and everyday life? For about a century, physicists, philosophers, and others have wrestled with the mysteries of quantum physics. Physicists agree on how to make experimental predictions using quantum theories, but do not all agree on what the theories mean beyond their clear usefulness. Meanwhile, the paradoxes and quirks of quantum theories echo in the popular imagination, sometimes in ways that are faithful to physics, and at other times outstripping what physics implies.

 

Students in this program will explore these questions through readings, seminars, hands-on laboratory experiments and project work. Project work will reflect the particular interests and skills of students. Possibilities for projects include: writing a paper on a philosophical, scientific or cultural question related to quantum mechanics; lab-based exploration beyond regular program experiments; or more advanced work in physics or mathematics related to quantum theory.

 Readings may include texts by Tom Stoppard, Bruce Rosenblum & Fred Kuttner, Louisa Gilder, Karen Barad, Richard Feynman, and Art Hobson.

 

Well-qualified students may earn up to six upper-division science credits for project work with instructor approval.

16

Credits per quarter

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.

Upper division science credit:

Students seeking to earn upper division credit must contact the faculty to discuss options prior to the start of the quarter. Students may earn a maximum of 6 upper-division credits.

Freshman-Senior
Class Standing: Freshman–Senior
Class Size: 25
25% Reserved for Freshmen
Daytime

Scheduled for: Day

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 9:30 am
SEM 2 E2105 - Workshop

Located in: Olympia