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The Magic of Physics

Official description

This course provides a survey of Physics, including both Classical and Modern Physics.  It is designed for non-scientists, and assumes no background in either science or mathematics.  The approach to the course is broad rather than deep.  We will concentrate on the concepts underlying such fascinating topics as planetary motion, chaos, the nature of light, time travel, black holes, matter waves, Schrodinger's cat, quarks, and climate change.  We will uncover the wonders of the classical and the quantum worlds courtesy of Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, Heisenberg and many others.

PHY131H1/132H1/151H1/152H1 taken previously or concurrently
Recommended preparation
Breadth requirement
Distribution requirement

Additional information

The course is designed especially for non-scientists who want to learn how physicists are slowly unravelling the secrets of the universe. No prior knowledge of physics or mathematics is required.Any necessary elementary classical physics will be reviewed. There are two 2-hour lectures and one 2-hour tutorial per week. During the tutorials, the small group atmosphere will give students the opportunity to supplement the course material and pursue topics of special interest.

PHY 100H1 is primarily intended as a Science Distribution Requirement course for students in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

course title
summer, fall
year of study
1st year
time and location
24L: TR 1:00 - 3:00 PM, on-line 12T: T3-5, Room: on-line R3-5, Room: on-line

Delivery Methods

In Person

A course is considered In Person if it requires attendance at a specific location and time for some or all course activities.*.

* Subject to adjustments imposed by public health requirements for physical distancing.

Online - Synchronous
A course is considered Online Synchronous if online attendance is expected at a specific time for some or all course activities, and attendance at a specific location is not expected for any activities or exams.
A course is considered Asynchronous if it has no requirement for attendance at a specific time or location for any activities or exams.