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Projected Course Offerings

Every Fall
Every Spring

PHEN 101
PHEN 110
PHEN 121
PHEN 122
PHEN 210
PHEN 300
PHEN 310
PHEN 400
 PHEN 405
PHEN 410
PHEN 490

PHEN 150
PHEN 121
PHEN 122
PHEN 203
PHEN 235
PHEN 320
PHEN 330
PHEN 340
 PHEN 415
PHEN 420
PHEN 430
PHEN 495

Physics & Engineering (PHEN)

101. Conceptual Physics (4) is a conceptual based introduction to classical physics.  Topics include mechanics, properties of matter, thermodynamics, waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and optics.  3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory.  Prerequisite:  high school algebra.

110. Introduction to Physics and Engineering (2) is an introduction to the physics and engineering professions, engineering design, problem solving, and experimentation.  1 hour of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory.

121, 122. Classical Physics I, II (4, 4) is for science and engineering majors:  a calculus-based presentation of kinematics, mechanics and thermodynamics in the first semester, followed by sound, light and electromagnetism in the second semester.  3 hours of lecture, 1 hour of recitation, and 2 hours of laboratory.  Recommended Co-requisites:  MATH 190 for PHEN 121 and MATH 200 for PHEN 122.

150. Introduction to Astronomy (4) is an introduction to the science of astronomy and the scientific method. Topics include: the history of astronomy, light and matter, astronomical instruments, the solar system, stellar characterization, stellar evolution, and the interstellar medium. The course concludes with a brief survey of galaxies and cosmology. A weekly laboratory may be complemented by outdoor observing.  3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory.

203. Modern Physics (4) is a survey of 20th century physics: quantum mechanics with applications to nuclear, atomic, molecular, and solid state physics. 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory. Prerequisite: PHEN 122 and MATH 200.

210. Statics & Dynamics (4) studies forces and moments that act on rigid bodies and the conditions that produce equilibrium and non-equilibrium.  3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory. Prerequisite:  PHEN 121. Co-requisite:  MATH 200.

235. Electronics (4) is an introduction to electrical measurements, electric circuit theory, semiconductor devices and circuits, and analog and digital circuits. 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory.  Prerequisite: PHEN 122 and MATH 200.

300. Material Science (4) examines the relationship between atomic structure, crystal structure, and microstructure of solids with their physical properties (mechanical, thermal, optical, electrical, and magnetic).  3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory.  Prerequisite: PHEN 203.

310. Optics (4) studies the ray, wave, and photon nature of light and selected optical instruments.  3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory.  Prerequisites:  PHEN 203.

320. Thermodynamics (4) is the study of energy and its transfer between systems.  Equations of state and the laws of thermodynamics will be examined and applied to macroscopic systems.  3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory.  Prerequisites:  PHEN 121 and MATH 310.

330. Principles of Design (3) introduces engineering science students to the design process:  formulation of a problem, creative approaches to solving the problem, analysis, materials selection, and economics.  3 hours of lecture.  Prerequisite:  declared major or minor in Engineering Science or instructor permission.

340. Theoretical Physics I (3) introduces the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics and the formalism of quantum mechanics.  3 hours of lecture.  Prerequisites:  PHEN 210 , PHEN 203, and MATH 230.

350. Special Topics in Physics and Engineering (1-3).  Prerequisite:  declared major or minor in Engineering Science or Physics or instructor permission.

400. Electromagnetics (3) studies electricity, magnetism, and their interrelationships.  Applications to the design and operation of electromagnetic components and systems will be emphasized. 3 hours of lecture.  Prerequisite:  PHEN 122 and MATH 320.

405. Signals & Systems (3) is an introduction to basic concepts of signals, system modeling, and system classification.  Convolution, response of linear time-invariant (LTI) systems, impulse response will be presented.  Emphasis will be given to frequency-domain analysis of continuous-time and discrete-time signals and systems:  Fourier series, Fourier, Laplace and z-transforms.  Prerequisite:  PHEN 235, MATH 320.

410. Measurements (4) is an introduction to basic transducers, which convert physical phenomena into an electrical signal, computer-controlled data acquisition, and data analysis.  3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory.  Prerequisite:  PHEN 235.

415. Control Systems (3) introduces the analysis and design of control systems.  Characteristics, performance, and stability of feedback control systems will be studied.  Mathematical and state-variable modeling and the root locus and frequency response methods will be emphasized.  Prerequisite:  PHEN 405.

420. Fluid Mechanics (4) is an introduction to the fundamental principles and applications of hydrostatics and fluid flow.  3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory.  Prerequisites:  PHEN 210 and MATH 320.

430. Theoretical Physics II (3) introduces statistical thermodynamics and elaborates on the formalism of electromagnetism.  3 hours of lecture.  Prerequisite:  PHEN 320 and PHEN 400.

490. Introduction to Senior Project (1) prepares students for their Senior Project by stepping them through the process of writing and presenting a proposal for a design or research project.  Students are required to (1) periodically present their progress on preparing their proposal, (2) submit their finished proposal, and (3) present it to students in the Introduction to Physics and Engineering course.  1 hour of lecture.  Prerequisite:  PHEN 330 for Engineering Science majors, PHEN 340 for Physics majors, or EDUC 394 for Physics Education majors. .

495. Senior Project (3) is the capstone course for the Engineering Science and Physics programs.  Working as individuals or in teams in consultation with departmental faculty, students will execute the design or research project they proposed in the Introduction to Senior Project course.  Students are required to (1) periodically present their progress on implementing their proposal, (2) present a poster that describes their project for the Homer A. Anderson Family Science Colloquium series, and (3) submit a final report for their project.  Prerequisite:  PHEN 490.