Lower Division Courses
Winter. A beginning level survey of computer drafting and engineering graphics. No previous CAD experience is required but students should have some basic understanding of science and mathematics as well as some experience as a computer user. Pass/fail only. This course does not count toward the Liberal Arts Core requirement in natural science.
Winter. Alt. years. A course for non-science majors that examines the celestial sphere and constellations, measurements of time, astronomical instruments, earth as a planet, the moon, eclipses, planets and their satellites, comets, meteors, and theories of the origin of the solar system. May be taken with or without PHY-118. (NON-LAB NATURAL SCIENCE)
Winter. Alt. years. A course for non-science majors that examines the sun as a star, physical properties of stars, principles of spectroscopy as applied to astronomy, double stars, variable stars, star clusters, gaseous nebulae, stellar motions and distribution, Milky Way system, external galaxies, expanding universe, and cosmic time scale. May be taken with or without PHY-117. (NON-LAB NATURAL SCIENCE)
Winter. An application of mathematical modeling and computer techniques to solving problems in engineering. This course does not count toward the Liberal Arts Core requirement in natural science.
Spring. Prereq.: PHY-271. Structural analysis of beams and trusses subjected to both concentrated and distributed loads. This course is normally taken by pre-engineering students. This course does not count toward the Liberal Arts Core requirement in natural science.
An introduction to digital logic gates, digital integrated circuits, and the design of combinational and sequential digital systems. No previous electronics experience is required. This course does not count toward the Liberal Arts Core in natural science. PHY-230L, Digital Electronics Laboratory, is optional for students enrolled in PHY-230.
Design, construction, and testing of small digital logic circuits using TTL and CMOS gates, flip-flops, registers, counters and LEDs. This laboratory does not count toward the Liberal Arts Core requirement in natural science. Meets weekly.
PHY-231 is a prerequisite for PHY-232. A non-calculus survey of physics. Facility with algebra and trigonometry will be assumed. Students with secondary school experience in physics and/or mathematics through calculus are strongly urged to take the PHY 271-272 sequence. Three lectures weekly. In special circumstances, this course may be taken for 3 credits without lab. Consult instructor. (NATURAL SCIENCE LAB when taken with PHY-231L or PHY-232L)
An integral part of PHY-231 with which the lab should normally be taken concurrently. One laboratory weekly. (NATURAL SCIENCE LAB)
An introduction to DC and AC circuits. Ohm's and Kirchoff's laws, superposition and Thevenin's theorem the resistive circuit, transient analysis, sinusoidal analysis, and frequency response. PHY-240L should be taken concurrently. This course does not count toward the Liberal Arts Core requirement in natural sciences.
An introduction to measurement techniques in electronics. PHY-240L may be taken independently of 240. One laboratory weekly. This course does not count toward the Liberal Arts Core requirement in natural sciences.
Prereq.: Completion of one full year of calculus. PHY-271 is a prerequisite for PHY-272. A general survey of physics for physics majors and pre-engineering students and strongly recommended for any student who plans to do graduate work in any of the sciences or mathematics. Calculus is used extensively and some familiarity with computers is assumed. Four lectures weekly. (NATURAL SCIENCE LAB when taken with PHY-271L or PHY-272L)
Laboratory to accompany PHY 271-272, with which it should be taken concurrently. One laboratory period weekly. (NATURAL SCIENCE LAB)
Prereq.: Freshman or sophomore standing and permission. May be repeated up to a maximum of 4 credits and is subject to arrangement with the Mathematical and Physical Science Department. This course does not fulfill the Liberal Arts Core requirement for independent work. See independent study guidelines.