Stars, Nebulae and Galaxies
A non-calculus course introducing the properties of stars, nebulae and galaxies, and the methods and tools astronomers use to study these objects. Observing sessions in the observatory and in the John Deere Planetarium will be required.
|PHYS-103||Principles of Physics III
Optics, relativity, atomic physics and nuclear physics. Lectures and two-hour lab weekly.
|Jim van Howe (01) and
Cecilia Vogel (02)
Types of engineering, teamwork and leadership, proposals and prototypes and engineering ethics. In-class discussion, team projects, written essays and presentations.
|PHYS-203||Basic Physics III
Fundamentals of electricity and magnetism. Lectures, one-hour discussion, two-hour lab weekly. Prerequisite: 202.
|PHYS-220||Introduction to Scientific
Research and Engineering
Basic research, applied research and engineering. Literature searching, project planning, record-keeping, creative thinking and obtaining patents. Methods of reporting research results.
|PHYS-305||History of Physics and
Engineering in Europe
Traces 20th century European scientific and technological discoveries, institutions, achievements and events of the past, both in relation to one another and in relation to the present. Emphasis on interrelationship between science and society.
Special methods of programming computers to obtain numerical solutions to a wide range of problems. Includes simulation, graphing techniques, visualization and Web page creation. (Offered in alternate years.) Prerequisites: 203 and some experience in programming.
|PHYS-352||Advanced Lab III
Selected experiments in modern physics including beta absorption, gamma ray spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy and x-ray diffraction. Prerequisite: 350.
Studies of physical optics and modern optical phenomena. (Offered in alternate years.) Prerequisite: 203.
|James van Howe|