Courses in
Physics and
Astronomy

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Fall 2018*

ASTR-311 | The Solar System
A non-calculus course examining the history, motions and properties of the sun, planets, moons and other members of our own and other planetary systems. Results of recent space discoveries will be emphasized. The methods and tools used by astronomers will be examined. Observing sessions in the observatory and the John Deere Planetarium will be required. |
Lee Carkner |

PHYS-101 | Principles of Physics IMechanics, waves, sound and fluids. Lectures and two-hour lab weekly. |
James Wetzel |

PHYS-201 | Basic Physics I
Fundamentals of mechanics for scientists and engineers. Lectures, one-hour discussion, two-hour lab weekly. Corequisite or prerequisite: Mathematics 219. |
Cecilia Vogel |

PHYS-301 | Introduction to Modern
Physics Relativity, quantum phenomena, spectra and atomic structure, radioactivity, nuclear structure and reactions, elementary particles. Prerequisite: 203. |
Cecilia Vogel |

PHYS-308 | Electronic Circuits
Semiconductor electronic circuits employing linear devices in amplifiers and nonlinear devices in digital logic circuits. Lectures and three-hour lab weekly. (Offered in alternate years.) Prerequisites: 203, Mathematics 220. |
Bill Peterson |

PHYS-350 | Advanced Lab I
Statistical evaluation and plotting of experimental data using spreadsheets and graphics software. Selected experiments in interfacing instruments and computers. Prerequisite: 203. |
Nathan Frank |

PHYS-370 | Engineering Design
The fundamentals of engineering design, including teamwork, model and prototype building and drafting. In-class, hands-on work with computer-aided design (CAD) and machining. |
Joshua Dyer |