PHYS 150 :: Physics Illinois :: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Physics for Future Leaders

Welcome to Physics 150: Physics of Societal Issues

In this course you will get a glimpse of the fascinating and diverse ways in which physics plays a role in the world we live in: the workings of the universe, the technology we use, and the science shaping some of the decisions facing future leaders. The physics that every world leader should know.


Please see the course description for an explanation of how this course works. It may seem complicated at first, but all the pieces do work together to enhance understanding. The course description also gives important details on our policies for missed exams, labs & quizzes. Also, please consult the schedule to help you keep track of what is due when.


We will be using i>clickers in every lecture. You can use either the older v1 or the newer v2 i>clickers. If you have not already done so, please register your clicker by visiting Having another student answer questions using your clicker is considered cheating.

Excused Absences

In order to be excused from a graded course component (quiz, exam, etc.) you must e-mail Professor Filippini (we cannot use the Excused Absences application this term). Excused absences require written documentation, and must be submitted no later than 10 days after your absence. An excused absence (grade of "EX") means that the absence will not count against your grade, but an unexcused absence ("ABS") becomes a zero for that assignment. If you are too sick to get out of bed you should call Dial-a-Nurse. You must bring any absence excuses in person to the Physics Undergraduate Office in 231/233 Loomis along with a filled "Course absence form" as soon as you return to class. An EX means that the absence will not count against your grade, but an ABS becomes a zero. Please make sure you know your section(s) and TA name(s) of the classes you missed. The only course components eligible to be issued a grade of EX are discussions, labs and exams (except for the final). Please submit your excused absence no later than 10 business days from your absence via the Excused Absences application.