Lectures and discussions: Students receive an online guided tour of physics, starting with kinematics and building through electricity and nuclear physics to modern physics and quantum mechanics. Additional class time is devoted to the philosophy of science; experimental design; choosing education paths; and the ethics of science.
Broader Penn research: Each week there are several research talks given by Penn faculty members about their fields of specialization and active research, which include question-and-answer sessions with our students.
Prerequisites: Previous physics experience is encouraged, though not required.
Penn Summer online system requirements
We recommend that all operating systems, browsers, Flash, and other software be up to date before the start of each online class. Most courses use Canvas for assignments, discussion, and watching video, and synchronous sessions can happen in a variety of platforms. Students will receive all important information before the beginning of class.
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Program Director: Peter Harnish
Peter Harnish is the Undergraduate Lab Manager for the Department of Physics and Astronomy, where he designs and runs the first- and second-year physics labs. While his physics experience includes theoretical graphene research and experimental quantum optics, his vocation has always been toward teaching, both collegiately and through museum education and Scouting programs.