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.

1.
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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See the Supplemental tab at TPT Online, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.5018686 , for the online appendix.
3.
Douglas C.
Giancoli
,
Physics: Principals with Applications
, 6th ed. (
Pearson-Prentice Hall
,
Upper Saddle River, NJ
,
2005
). Whenever material that is in Giancoli is covered, the relevant page numbers in the text are placed on the course website.
4.
The Mechanical Universe … and Beyond
(
California Institute of Technology and Intelecom
,
1985
).
5.
Raven Lite
, Version 1.0 for Mac OS X (The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bioacoustics Research Program, 2003-2010).

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