The course will use interactive devices “clickers” in the lectures. These are available at the bookstore. You must register your clicker. To do so, go to http://clickers.umd.edu/students/index_students.html#devices. Note that we will NOT be using Web-enabled devices such as I-phones in this class as the use of laptops and smart phones during lectures will be discouraged. Thus, students should obtain a “clicker keyboard” device. We will begin using clickers beginning the week of February 6 so make sure that you have registered yours by then.
Midterm: March 12
Final Exam: Wednesday, May 16 4:00-6:00
Paper 1: Due April 2.
Assignment: Discuss how the play “Copenhagen” deals with an important scientific, historical or ethical issue raised in the course. This paper is intended as a thought piece and does not require any outside research. The paper should be 3-4 pages in length (using 11 point font, space and a half and standard margins).
Paper 2: Due May 7.
Assignment: The people involved in the development of the atomic bomb were a varied and very interesting group. This paper will focus on one of the central people involved should analyze his or her role in some key event or some particular aspect of the Manhattan project or how the person’s personality and past history affected events.. Alternatively, the paper may focus on the relationship of 2 or 3 of the central people involved and how this relationship affected events. Example topics: Oppenheimer’s Style of Scientific Leadership; Feynman and Scientific Computing at Los Alamos; Klaus Fuchs and Nuclear Espionage; Bohr as a Scientific Celebrity and His Access to People of Political Influence; Fermi and the First Nuclear Reactor; Bethe versus Teller in the Theory Division; The Odd Couple: Leslie Groves and J. Robert Oppenheimer. The paper will require research outside of the course materials. You are expected to use several external references and to cite these properly. The paper should be 5-8 pages in length (using 11 point font, space and a half and standard margins).
Monday, February 6: Chaps. 1& 2 in Rhodes
Monday, February 13: Chaps. 3&4 in Rhodes
Monday, February 19: Chaps. 5&6 in Rhodes
Monday, February 26: Chaps. 7&8 in Rhodes
Monday, March 5: Chaps. 9 & 10 in Rhodes
Wednesday, March 14: Chap 11 in Rhodes
Monday, March 26: Read or Watch “Copenhagen”
Monday, April 2: Chaps. 12 &13 in Rhodes
Monday, April 9: Chaps. 14 &15 in Rhodes
Monday, April 16: Chaps. 16 &17 in Rhodes
Monday, April 23: Chaps. 18 &19 in Rhodes
Monday, May 7: Epilog in Rhodes
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