Current Courses

Physics 105: Basic Acoustics of Music -- Spring 2012

This course is an introduction to the acoustics of music using algebra and trigonometry. Basic physical concepts associated with motion, force, and energy are applied to ideal vibrating systems, resonant systems, string waves, and sound waves. Then real world uses of these concepts are explored in different instrument classes, signal processing, room acoustics, etc.


Physics 109: General Physics I -- Fall 2011

A survey of mechanics, sound, and heat that provides a background for advanced work in these fields. The material is developed using a calculus-based approach, and no prior physics knowledge is assumed or required. Recommended for students in pre-engineering and majors in physics. General Physics I is taught using a traditional lecture-lab structure. The lecture periods include in-class activities designed to reinforce the material being presented by the instructor.


Physics 110: General Physics II -- Spring 2012

A survey of electricity, magnetism, and light that provides a background for advanced work in these fields. The material is developed using a calculus-based approach, and prior completion of General Physics I or its equivalent is assumed. Recommended for students in pre-engineering and majors in physics. General Physics II is also taught using a traditional lecture-lab structure. The in-class discussion techniques introduced in General Physics I are also used in this course.


Physics 311: Digital Instrumentation -- Spring 2011

Fundamentals and applications of combinational and sequential digital circuits, memory and storage, microprocessors, digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversion, emphasizing use in measurement and instrumentation. Laboratory and in-class exercises include wiring and testing circuits and using simulation software for complex circuit design.


Physics 408: Statistical Physics & Thermodynamics -- Fall 2012

Temperature, entropy, and other thermal quantities introduced from microscopic considerations and related to macroscopic thermodynamic variables. Calculation of macroscopic properties of matter from microscopic models.


Physics 417: Electricity and Magnetism -- Spring 2013

An advanced treatment of topics in electricity and magnetism. The material is developed with the aid of advanced vector calculus techniques, and prior completion of Physics 320: Classical Physics is required.




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Last updated on 15 May 2012