To address the need for physics courses that stimulate non-STEM majors’ interest in, and appreciation of, science, the Department of Applied Physics has developed a popular course for Yale College undergraduates, The Technological World, that explains the physics behind technologies that students use every day. The course provides an in-depth development of electromagnetic waves, applying them to technologies as diverse as LCD displays, GPS, fiber optics, CAT scans, LEDs, and stealth aircraft. It utilizes a conventional lecture format, with many in-class demonstrations.

Although the course was not designed to attract students to STEM majors, about 5% of freshmen who have taken the course over the years eventually majored in STEM disciplines.
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