Physics for the 21st Century

Physics for the 21st Century is a course in modern physics for high school physics teachers, undergraduate students, and science enthusiasts. Explore the frontiers of physics research with the scientists on the front lines in this 11-unit course in modern physics for high school physics teachers, undergraduate students, and science enthusiasts.

Dark matter, string theory, particle accelerators, and other big topics in modern physics come together in this 11-part multimedia course for high school physics teachers, undergraduate students, and all adults who are fascinated by physics and cosmology. The course covers a broad scale, from sub-atomic particle physics, through atomic and molecular physics, to cosmology. The 11 video programs feature 22 case studies of researchers from leading research labs and universities who are breaking new ground in their fields. An extensive companion Web site provides background information and concepts found in a printable online textbook, interactive simulations, a course facilitator’s guide, and multiple other resources.

Produced by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Science Media Group in association with the Harvard University Department of Physics. 2010. The topics explored include:

The Basic Building Blocks of Matter
The Fundamental Interactions
Gravity
String Theory and Extra Dimensions
The Quantum World
Macroscopic Quantum Mechanics
Manipulating Light
Emergent Behavior in Quantum Matter
Biophysics
Dark Matter
Dark Energy