GENERAL PHYSICS I
Vectors, elementary mechanics of point particles and rigid bodies, gravitation. Prerequisite: MTH 120. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
GENERAL PHYSICS II
Simple harmonic motion and waves. Elementary optics, electromagnetism, and DC circuits. Prerequisite: PHY 105. Three hours lecture, three hours laboratory.
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY
A study of some interactions between science, technology, and society. Topics include: the scientific community; history of technology; weapons; science, technology, and the arts; and technology and change.
WOMEN, MEN; SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY
An exploration of gender components in science and technology. Extra-scientific influences on scientific theories; why there are not more female engineers and scientists; how science views male/female differences; use of science to reinforce social attitudes; the political content of technology and how technology impacts differently on men and women.
SOME REVOLUTIONS IN PHYSICS
A non-mathematical introduction to physics with emphasis on studying the processes of scientific change. Ancient astronomy and mechanics. The Copernican/Newtonian Revolution, Special Relativity. Current ideas in elementary particle physics.
COMPUTER ELECTRONICS I
Binary representation of numbers including various types (integer, unsigned and floats) with an emphasis on the finiteness of that representation (range, overflow, etc.) Basic logic gates and their use in the realization of any truth tables (combinatorial logic). Simplification procedures, such as Karnaugh maps. Flip-flops, registers and memory (sequential logic). Specific components such as adders, comparators, multiplexors, counters, buses, etc. Introduction to design and architecture.
COMPUTER ELECTRONICS II
Simple circuit components: resisitors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, transformers, transistors, and logic gates. Emphasis on their roles in computer electronics.
MODERN PHYSICS I
The breakdown of classical physics around the turn of the century and its replacement by relativity theory and quantum mechanics. Attention to the experiments leading to this breakdown. Course culminates with the Schrodinger equation and its application to simple potentials. Prerequisites: PHY 105, 106; MTH 221 concurrently; or permission of instructor.
MODERN PHYSICS II
Applies basic quantum theory developed in PHY 207 (the Schrodinger equation) to a series of problems in which it has had marked success. They include: atomic spectra; the physics of molecules including the chemical bond; condensed matter; and the nucleus and fundamental particles. Three hours lecture, two hours laboratory. Prerequisite: PHY 207.