Schawlow Stream Courses

Schawlow students will be enrolled in the below year-courses:


VIC172Y1 Physical Sciences Today
Prof. Emanuel Istrate
Science and society benefit from each other, but how does that happen? What does science do for our society, and what does society do for science? Who are today's scientists? Why, where and how are they doing their work? In this course we discuss the way science works, taking a multi-disciplinary look at the physical sciences, the factors that enable scientific progress and the environment in which we advance science today. We will look at the value of scientific results and how scientists and others make use of these results to improve our lives. At the same time, we discuss our social and ethical responsibilities as scientists. The course complements the content of the science courses taught at the university, and provides the skills needed by modern scientists. 

[2014-15] VIC172Y1Y Syllabus [PDF]

Corequisite: VIC173Y1 and 1.0 FCE selected from first-year course offerings in the sciences (0.5 FCE must be a PHY or CHM course)


VIC173Y1 Philosophy of Science for Physical Scientists 
Prof. James Brown
The aim of this year-long course is to introduce students planning to take physics, chemistry, and mathematics to some of the issues in the philosophy of science. The topics will include: What is scientific method?, Does science aim to give us a true account of reality or is it content with observational and technological success? The nature of space and time, eg, Is space a thing in its own right?, Is time travel possible? What are the interpretive problems of quantum mechanics; do we discover reality or do we somehow create it with measurements?

[2014-15] VIC173Y1Y Syllabus [PDF]

Corequisite: VIC172Y1 and 1.0 FCE selected from first-year course offerings in the sciences (0.5 FCE must be a PHY or CHM course)


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