PHYS 1904 -- Proposed Changes

Wed Feb 1 09:59:37 2017

Effective Term: New:  1183 - Spring 2018
Old:  1153 - Spring 2015
Course Title Short: New:  Fr. Seminar: Conquest of Cold
Old:  Fresh Sem GP
Course Title Long: New:  Freshman Seminar: Conquest of Cold
Old:  Freshman Seminar
Max-Min Credits
for Course:
New:  2.0 to 2.0 credit(s)
Old:  3.0 to 1.0 credit(s)
Catalog
Description:
New:  The mastery of cold has yielded innumerable advances, from the
development of refrigeration and air-conditioning to phenomenal leaps in examine
methods of scientific thought and experimentation that led us to understand
thermodynamics, the subject that developed hand-in-hand with the major technologies
that involve cold. The latter include refrigeration, frozen food preparation, air
conditioning, and the handling of liquefied gases (currently more than a $10 billion
industry). Modern scientific developments that will be discussed include superconductors
and new states of matter, such as the Quantum Hall liquids and Bose-Einstein
condensates, all of which have resulted in Nobel Prizes in physics for their discoverers.
Upon completion of this seminar you will have some understanding of the laws of
thermodynamics, you will know what entropy is, and you will appreciate the reality that
Minnesota winters are not all that cold on an absolute scale.

prereq: Freshman
Old:  Topics vary. See Class Schedule.
prereq: Freshman
Grading Basis: New:   A-F only
Old:   Stdnt Opt
Topics Course: New:  No
Old:  Yes
Instructor
Contact Hours:
New:  2.0 hours per week
Old:  3.0 hours per week
Course typically offered: New:  Periodic Spring
Old:  Periodic Fall & Spring
Academic
Progress Units:
New:  Not allowed to bypass limits.
2.0 credit(s)
Old:  Not allowed to bypass limits.
1.0 credit(s)
Financial Aid
Progress Units:
New:  Not allowed to bypass limits.
2.0 credit(s)
Old:  Not allowed to bypass limits.
1.0 credit(s)
Repetition of
Course:
New:   Repetition not allowed.
Old:   Allow up to 2 repetition(s) totalling up to 6.0 credit(s).
Editor Comments: New:  Prerequisite changed to Freshman to allow new freshmen to register for freshman seminar regardless of number of transfer credits - lc

Professor Allen Goldman
School of Physics and Astronomy
Days Offered: TBD
Times Offered: TBD
East Bank
Allen Goldman served as the Head of the School of Physics and Astronomy from 1996-2009. His research is in the area of experimental condensed matter physics. The specific work on superconductivity involves the application of quantum mechanics to macroscopic systems.
Old:  Prerequisite changed to Freshman to allow new freshmen to register for freshman seminar regardless of number of transfer credits - lc
Faculty
Sponsor Name:
New:  
Old:  Marvin Marshak
Faculty
Sponsor E-mail Address:
New:  
Old:  marshak@umn.edu
Student Learning Outcomes: * Student in the course:

- Can communicate effectively

New:

Please explain briefly how this outcome will be addressed in the course. Give brief examples of class work related to the outcome.

This class is largely based on group discussion and developing presentations to be given in class. The instructor guides and adds to the course discussion and assists students on the development of two 20 minute presentations.

How will you assess the students' learning related to this outcome? Give brief examples of how class work related to the outcome will be evaluated.

Active participation in class discussions and the quality of the delivery of two required oral presentations are the basis of the final course grade.

Old: unselected


Requirement
this course fulfills:
New:  
Old:   GP Global Perspectives
Provisional
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New:  Physics 1905.001 Spring 2016
Title: Conquest of Cold
2 hours lecture per week, 2cr.
Time: 3: 35 PM, Thursdays (TWO CLASS PERIODS)
Instructor: Professor Allen Goldman

Phone: (612) 624-6062
Email: goldman@physics.umn.edu
Office Hours: Generally available. Send an email to set an appointment. I will set aside
Wednesdays except for 9:30 ? 11: 00 AM and after 3:30 PM. My office will be moved to
the new physics building sometime in February. The new location will be specified at
that time.
Approach: The mastery of cold has yielded innumerable advances, from the
development of refrigeration and air-conditioning to phenomenal leaps in examine
methods of scientific thought and experimentation that led us to understand
thermodynamics, the subject that developed hand-in-hand with the major technologies
that involve cold. The latter include refrigeration, frozen food preparation, air
conditioning, and the handling of liquefied gases (currently more than a $10 billion
industry). Modern scientific developments that will be discussed include superconductors
and new states of matter, such as the Quantum Hall liquids and Bose-Einstein
condensates, all of which have resulted in Nobel Prizes in physics for their discoverers.
Upon completion of this seminar you will have some understanding of the laws of
thermodynamics, you will know what entropy is, and you will appreciate the reality that
Minnesota winters are not all that cold on an absolute scale.
Work Required: There will be no examinations. There will be assigned readings,
discussions, demonstrations, and presentations. The readings will be from the text,
reserved books, duplicated materials, and from web sites. Two presentations of
approximately twenty minutes each will be required of all students. Grades will be based
on class participation and the quality of the presentations.
Bibliography-
Texts: ?Absolute Zero and The Conquest of Cold,? by Tom Shachtman (required)
?The Second Law (Scientific American Library Paperback),? by P. W. Atkins (not
required)
Other Books (additional books will be added)
?Warmth Disperses and Time Passes: A History of Heat,? by Hans Christian Von Baeyer.
?Understanding Thermodynamics,? by H. C. Van Ness
?A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals about the Past and Future of Species,
Planet, and Universe, by Gino Segre.
?Near Zero New Frontiers of Physics,? edited by J. D. Fairbank, B. S. Deaver, Jr., C. W.
F. Everett, and . F. Michelson.
?Selling the Nation?s Helium Reserve,? National Academy of Sciences Report, 2010
Some Possible Talk Topics:
1. Endothermic
and
Exothermic
Chemical
Reactions
2. The
scientist
as
a
magician
3. evaporative
cooling
4. How
does
science
actually
work?
How
did
it
work
in
the
past?
5. Demonstration
of
phenomena
before
an
academy
vs.
peer
review.
6. Individual
contributors
to
science
and
technology,
e.g.,
Robert
Boyle,
Clausius,
Clapeyron,
Kamerlingh
Onnes,
etc.
7. The
ideal
gas
equation
and
its
extensions,
van
der
Waals
equation
8. Thermometry
and
Temperature
Scales,
Absolute
Temperature
and
Absolute
Zero
9. Thermal
insulation
10. dry
ice
11. liquefied
gases
12. uses
of
liquid
helium
13. The
laws
of
thermodynamics
14. The
second
law
of
thermodynamics
15. Perpetual
motion
machines
16. Modern
refrigeration
17. Cryogenics
in
Astrophysics
and
Astronomy
18. Entropy
19. The
discovery
of
superconductivity
20. The
liquefaction
of
helium
21. Modern
Particle
Accelerators
22. The
third
law
of
thermodynamics
and
the
quest
for
absolute
zero
23. Superfluidity
and
Superconductivity
24. Superfluidity
in
3He
25. The
Josephson
Effect
26. Cryogenics
in
Semiconductor
Manufacturing
27. Cooled
computers
(Not
cool
computers
although
they
may
be)
28. Sources
of
helium
gas
29. The
National
Helium
Reserve,
History
and
Politics
30. Heat
Engines
31. Adiabatic
Demagnetization
32. Thermoelectric
Effects
33. The
Bose
Einstein
Condensation
34. The
lambda
transition
as
a
Bose
Einstein
Condensation
35. Applications
of
superconductivity
36. High
temperature
superconductivity
37. The
theory
of
superconductivity
38. Critical
Phenomena
and
Phase
Transitions
39. Paradigms
in
Physics
originating
in
cryogenic
science
40. The
Joule
Thompson
Effect
and
Joule-?Thompson
inversion
41. Scientific
Fraud
and
Scientific
Ethics
Web Site: There will be a page for this course that can be found on the Physics Web Site,
www.physics.umn.edu. It can be found under ?courses,? Physics 1905.001.
University
Policies
? Student
conduct
code
http://www1.umn.edu/regents/policies/academic/Student_Conduct_Code.html
? Scholastic
Dishonesty
See
student
conduct
code
? Disability
Accommodations
http://ds.umn.edu/student-?services.html
? Use
of
Personal
Electronic
Devices
in
the
Classroom
http://policy.umn.edu/Policies/Education/Education/CLASSROOMPED.html
? Appropriate
Student
Use
of
Class
Notes
and
Course
Materials
http://policy.umn.edu/Policies/Education/Education/CLASSNOTESSTUDENTS.html
? Grading
and
Transcripts
http://policy.umn.edu/Policies/Education/Education/GRADINGTRANSCRIPTS.html
? Sexual
Harassment
http://www1.umn.edu/regents/policies/humanresources/SexHarassment.html
? Equity,
Diversity,
Equal
Opportunity,
and
Affirmative
Action
http://www1.umn.edu/regents/policies/administrative/Equity_Diversity_EO_AA.html
? Makeup
Work
for
Legitimate
Absences
http://policy.umn.edu/Policies/Education/Education/MAKEUPWORK.html
? Mental
Health
and
Stress
Management
http://www.mentalhealth.umn.edu
Departmental
Policies
ATHLETES
must
provide
their
official
University
of
Minnesota
athletic
letter
containing
the
approved
competition
schedule
to
their
instructor
and
the
staff
in
office
148.
Away
exams
will
be
arranged
with
the
athletic
adviser
traveling
with
the
team.
Accommodations
will
be
made
for
official
university
sports
only
(i.e.
no
accommodations
will
be
made
for
intramurals,
club
sports,
etc.)
DISABILITY
SERVICES:
If
you
have
accommodations
for
this
course,
please
provide
the
staff
in
office
148
with
a
copy
of
your
accommodation
letter
for
the
current
semester.
Exams
will
be
arranged
according
to
accommodations
and
sent
to
the
testing
center
for
administration.
Old:  Freshman seminar. Topics vary by semester.