Synthesizing liberal arts physics

Kurt M. Degoede, Elizabethtown College


Several exercises for use in courses for non-science students fulfilling a general education science requirement are presented. The exercises and case studies require the students to apply material in both presented and new situations. The goal of the course is to address a few aspects of technical literacy and to understand and use mathematics and science, understand the working of technological devices and to apply mathematics and physical principles to solve novel problems. Consultations with individual students indicates that many students felt challenged by trying to apply these very foreign physics to situations not explicitly covered in class or in the text.