Physics / Theories Explained : A 5 page research
paper that
identifies the different branches of classical physics; identifies
the two primary theories of modern physics and offers a brief
description of advances made in the science during the 20th
Century. Eightfold Way theory, or the theory of groupings, is
explained. Bibliography included. Physics.wps Chaos
Theory : An 8 page research paper on chaos theory,
fractals, etc;. The beginnings of chaos theory are discussed
briefly, citing scientists who initially made discoveries and
fostered the study of chaos, e.g., Lorenz, Mandelbrot. Based on
the research, a premise is put forth: if order can be found in the
most complex systems, then order or patterns can be found in
events thought to be without any order (animal stampedes are
used as one of several examples). Bibliography lists 6 sources.
Chaos.wps
Lenz's Law : This law of physics is discussed in a
5 page
general overview. A biography of its author, Heinrich F. E.
Lenz, precedes the description of the law itself. Some
information about Michael Faraday-- Lenz’s mentor, is
included as well. Applications of Lenz’s law are provided.
Bibliography lists 5 sources. Lenz.wps
Quantum Mechanics : A 6 page paper that provides an
overview of the progression from classical mechanics to
quantum mechanics. This paper begins with the developments
of Max Planck and considers a number of major theories,
including Einstein's theory of relativity, and their application
for quantum theory. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
Quantum.wps
Knot Theory and Quantitative Literacy : A 5 page
paper
discussing mathematical knot theory and how it can be used to
illustrate quantitative literacy. A mathematical researcher
noticed that the equations derived in the complex area of knot
investigation were closely aligned with many of the standard
equations of quantum physics. Further investigation reveals
applicability of knot theory to the action of replicating DNA
molecules, but the initial realization of knot theory’s equations’
similarities with other disciplines was possible only under
quantitative literacy, in which the individual is able to draw
conclusions in one area using information from another. It
normally is explained within the framework of being able to
apply arithmetic lessons to daily life, such as determining an
appropriate restaurant tip. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
KSknots.doc
Physics & Religion : A 5 page overview of the
science of
physics and its relation to religion. Addresses the question of
whether or not physics is “real” and its limitations.
Emphasizes the works of Pythagoras who weaves an
interesting blend of religion and the sciences. Bibliography
lists 12 sources. Physrel.wps
Newton - - The Theory of Light : A 5 page research
paper
exploring theory of light beginning with Sir Isaac Newton's
corpuscular theory of light. Essay reflects how this theory was
used as the basis for current technology tracing the light and
electromagnetic theorists and ending with a quote from
Einstein. Bibliography included. Lightthe.wps
Newton’s Theory of Light # 2 : A 5 page
overview. Though
Isaac Newton’s calculus and mechanical theory still holds firm
after nearly 400 years of attempts to disprove them, about all
that remains intact of Newton’s theory of light is that sunlight
is indeed a mixture of all the colors of the spectrum and can be
split, as Newton demonstrated, into its separate physical
components by means of a prism. Many still refer to him as
the greatest scientist who ever lived, and the failure of his full
theory of light to withstand the test of time and technological
advances in investigative procedures and methods still does not
detract from Newton’s genius. Bibliography lists four sources.
Light.wps
G.F. Leibniz's Theory of Monads : A 4 page critique
of
Gottfield Wilheml Leibniz's Monad theory which attempts to
describe a harmonious universe made up of an infinite
number of monads, or units, arranged in a hierarchy and
originating in the Supreme Monad, which is God. The writer
feels that Leibniz's theory is both vague and overstated--
leaving room open for much question. No Bibliography.
Leibniz.wps
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