Fall 2010 Courses

093. Introduction to Physical Reasoning
Madeleine Msall M  2:30 - 3:55
W  2:30 - 3:55
Climate science. Quantum Physics. Bioengineering. Rocket science. Who can understand it? Anyone with high school mathematics (geometry and algebra) can start. Getting started in physics requires an ability to mathematically describe real world objects and experiences. Prepares students for additional work in physical science and engineering by focused practice in quantitative description, interpretation, and calculation. Includes hands-on measurements, some introductory computer programming, and many questions about the physics all around us. To ensure proper placement, students are expected to have taken the physics placement examination prior to registering for Physics 93.
103. Introductory Physics I
Roberto Salgado M  10:30 - 11:25
W  10:30 - 11:25
F  10:30 - 11:25
An introduction to the conservation laws, forces, and interactions that govern the dynamics of particles and systems. Shows how a small set of fundamental principles and interactions allow us to model a wide variety of physical situations, using both classical and modern concepts. A prime goal of the course is to have the participants learn to actively connect the concepts with the modeling process. Three hours of laboratory work per week. To ensure proper placement, students are expected to have taken the physics placement examination prior to registering for Physics 103.
103. Introductory Physics I
Stephen Naculich M  11:30 - 12:25
W  11:30 - 12:25
F  11:30 - 12:25
An introduction to the conservation laws, forces, and interactions that govern the dynamics of particles and systems. Shows how a small set of fundamental principles and interactions allow us to model a wide variety of physical situations, using both classical and modern concepts. A prime goal of the course is to have the participants learn to actively connect the concepts with the modeling process. Three hours of laboratory work per week. To ensure proper placement, students are expected to have taken the physics placement examination prior to registering for Physics 103.
104. Introductory Physics II
Madeleine Msall M  9:30 - 10:25
W  9:30 - 10:25
F  9:30 - 10:25
An introduction to the interactions of matter and radiation. Topics include the classical and quantum physics of electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with matter, quantum properties of atoms, and atomic and nuclear spectra. Three hours of laboratory work per week will include an introduction to the use of electronic instrumentation.
223. Electric Fields and Circuits
Karen Topp M  10:30 - 11:25
W  10:30 - 11:25
F  10:30 - 11:25
The basic phenomena of the electromagnetic interaction are introduced. The basic relations are then specialized for a more detailed study of linear circuit theory. Laboratory work stresses the fundamentals of electronic instrumentation and measurement with basic circuit components such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, and transistors. Three hours of laboratory work per week.
262. Astrophysics
Thomas Baumgarte M  11:30 - 12:25
W  11:30 - 12:25
F  11:30 - 12:25
A quantitative discussion that introduces the principal topics of astrophysics, including stellar structure and evolution, planetary physics, and cosmology.
300. Methods of Theoretical Physics
Thomas Baumgarte M  9:30 - 10:25
W  9:30 - 10:25
F  9:30 - 10:25
Mathematics is the language of physics. Similar mathematical techniques occur in different areas of physics. A physical situation may first be expressed in mathematical terms, usually in the form of a differential or integral equation. After the formal mathematical solution is obtained, the physical conditions determine the physically viable result. Examples are drawn from heat flow, gravitational fields, and electrostatic fields.
310. Quantum Mechanics
Stephen Naculich M  2:30 - 3:55
W  2:30 - 3:55
A mathematically rigorous development of quantum mechanics, emphasizing the vector space structure of the theory through the use of Dirac bracket notation. Linear algebra will be developed as needed.