PH 316 - Computer Applications
Spring, 2001

Catalog Description:  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: PH 203 and some experience in programming

The programming language is TrueBASIC Bronze for Windows.  Students purchase the software and install it on their own computer.  The book that is used to learn how to write Web pages is "HTML 4 for the World Wide Web, Visual QuickStart Guide", Fourth Edition, by Elizabeth Castro.

Instructor:  Dr. David Renneke,

Reflection - Fixed End Reflection - Free End

Stereoscopic Animated Hypercube
Dynamic Photorealistic Graphing

Science Building - Perspective 1

Science Building - Perspective 2

"Earth Science from Orbit", Dr. Alan Nelson, Public Outreach Coordinator for NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission.  Dr. Nelson will discuss applications of remote sensing technology for understanding climate and weather patterns.  He will be bringing a HDTV (high definition television) projector and a HD server to show the images on the big screen.  He may also be showing some HD images of Mars.  This public lecture will be presented in Science 102 on Thurs., May 10, 2001 at 7:30 pm (Sigma Xi Lecture).

Dr. Nelson will give a similar lecture in Science 102 on Friday, May 11, 2001 at 4:00 pm for members of the Udden, Physics and Biology Clubs.

Class assignment:  Attend one of these two lectures.  Write a brief one-page report about it and hand it in by Thursday, May 17.

Dr. Nelson graduated from Augustana in 1973 with majors in mathematics and biology.  He has a Ph.D. in agronomy from Kansas State University.   His visit is sponsored by Sigma Xi and by the Geology Department.  His dad, Dr. Harry Nelson, is a professor emeritus at Augustana.  He taught mathematics and astronomy and was the first Director of the John Deere Planetarium.  He plans to attend the Thursday evening lecture. 

One of the requirements of this course is for each student to create their own home page. You can check out their current page by clicking on their name.

Exploring Sound

Each student used a computer with a sound card and a microphone to record several ".wav" sound files. They then wrote a "sound" Web page to show you their work. Here are the links to their sound pages:

Click here to hear a test ".wav" sound file.  List of other sounds: chimes | coin table | kerchunk | utopia multichunk | utopia2 | alarm | camera shutter | dog bark | door bell | glass breaking | sink drain | slide whistle | space | train whistle | PH 316

Last update: May 17, 2001