Physics for Future Presidents

Alex Ormandy

Course: PHYSICS 194, SEM 001
Class Number: 51314
Credits: 3 NS
Time: MW 11:00AM-12:15PM
Place: PHY 481

Course Description:

  • How do we know something is true? What is truth? Is it a matter of opinion?
  • Does Einstein’s Relativity mean everything is relative? Relative to what?
  • Is there something wrong with you if you understand Quantum Mechanics?
  • What is the role of physics in everyday life? Is the question an oxymoron?

This is a non-calculus introduction to physics for the intellectually curious.

  • Are you curious?

Grading Rubric

  • Course participation (25%)
  • Performance in class exercises (25%)
  • Final exam (50%)

About the Instructor:

Alex Ormandy, a graduate of Oxford University, is Distinguished Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at UWM. His current research interests include recovery of structure and dynamic from ultra-low signal, random sightings, with implications for physics, biology, signal processing, and machine learning. He has held academic appointments at Oxford, Göttingen, and Brandenburg, and has been Head of Microphysics at Bell Labs, Director of the IHP (a German national laboratory), and Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at UWM. He has also launched and led two high-tech startups. His awards include an Alexander-von-Humboldt Fellowship, and the Johnson-Matthey prize. He is the author/co-author of over 130 publications, holder of 10 patents, and Fellow of the American Physical Society. And he is fun.