PHIL 351.001 – Philosophy of Physics
Instructor: John T. Roberts. This course meets MWF 10:10 – 11:00 a.m. in PE 2066.
This course will be an introductory survey of the philosophy of physics. There will be no specific physics or math pre-requisites, but I will assume that students are comfortable with basic algebra of vectors and with the basics of Newtonian physics.
We will wrestle with such questions as: What is velocity? What is mass? What is a force? What is a physical field? What are space and time? What does it mean for something to be a ‘law’ of physics? We will also have a brief look at some of the philosophical puzzles posed by quantum mechanics.
Prerequisite: 1 PHIL course.