91944

PHYS 116

 Acoustics

Matthew Deady

 T  Th    8:30-9:50 am

HEG 102

LS

SCI

This laboratory course gives an introduction to the phenomena of acoustics, particularly aspects that are important in the production and perception of music. The physics of sound is covered in depth, and characteristics of acoustic and electronic instruments are discussed. Mathematical and laboratory techniques are introduced as needed. No specific science or mathematics background beyond algebra is assumed.  Class size: 36

PHYS 116 Lab Options (register separately)

 

91945

PHYS 116 LBA

 Acoustics Lab

Matthew Deady

    F        8:30-9:50 am

HEG 107

LS

SCI

Class size: 12

 

91946

PHYS 116 LBB

 Acoustics Lab

Matthew Deady

    F        10:10-11:30 am

HEG 107

LS

SCI

Class size: 12

 

91947

PHYS 116 LBC

 Acoustics Lab

Matthew Deady

    F        1:30-2:50 pm

HEG 107

LS

SCI

Class size: 12

 

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92307

PHYS 124

CLIMATE CHANGE

Gidon Eshel

  Lab A:

    Lab B:   

M  W      10:10 – 11:30 am

M           11:50 – 1:30 pm

  T          10:10– 11:50 am

OLIN 102

ALBEE 100

ALBEE 100

LS

SCI

Cross-listed:  Environmental & Urban Studies  This lab course explores the physical principles underlying climate and anthropogenic climate change. We will start with a survey of the most compelling lines of evidence for climate change, how they are obtained/derived and some of their limitations. We will then discuss in some depth idealized one-dimensional planetary radiative and thermal balance, first in the absence of an atmosphere, and then in the presence of a radiatively active one, with variable number of layers. In this context, it will become interesting to explore atmospheric opacity with respect to various radiative types, and what natural and anthropogenic effects affect this opacity. A related topic will be natural feedbacks, such as water vapor and could feedbacks. We will next place current (modern) observations of climate change in the broader context of past climates, emphasizing the last couple millennia, hundreds of millennia, and finally the ten million-year scale geological record. We will conclude the course with some discussion about the objective of a successful policy mitigation efforts, and their implementation obstacles. While not technical per se, participation in this course does require the ability to solve a couple of linear algebraic equations (like solving x + 4 = 2y and 2x - 3y = 6 for x and y) and to perform some very basic manipulation of data and plot the results (using, e.g., Microsoft's Excel). This foundational course is of interest to EUS concentrators but does not fulfill EUS program and focus area requirements.   Class size: 20

 

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91948

PHYS 141 I

 Introduction to Physics I

Paul Cadden-Zimansky

M  W  F  8:30-9:50 am

HEG 102

LS

SCI

A calculus-based survey of Physics.  This first semester covers topics in mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, and wave motion.  The course stresses ideas--the unifying principles and characteristic models of physics.  Labs develop the crucial ability to elicit understanding of the physical world. Corequisite: MATH 141.  This course has four Lab options, see below.  Class size: 24

 

91949

PHYS 141 II

 Introduction to Physics I

Antonios Kontos

M  W  F  10:10-11:30 am

HEG 102

LS

SCI

See above. Class size: 24

PHYS 141 Lab options (register separately)

 

91950

PHYS 141 LBA

 Introduction to Physics Lab

Paul Cadden-Zimansky

M           1:00-3:00 pm

HEG 107

LS

SCI

Class size: 12

 

91951

PHYS 141 LBB

 Introduction to Physics Lab

Harold Haggard

M           3:10-5:10 pm

HEG 107

LS

SCI

Class size: 12

 

91952

PHYS 141 LBC

 Introduction to Physics Lab

Matthew Deady

 T           1:00-3:00 pm

HEG 107

LS

SCI

Class size: 12

 

91953

PHYS 141 LBD

 Introduction to Physics Lab

Matthew Deady

 T           3:10-5:10 pm

HEG 107

LS

SCI

Class size: 12

 

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91954

PHYS 145

 Astronomy

Antonios Kontos

   Lab:

M  W      11:50-1:10 pm

      F      1:00-3:00 pm

HEG 106

ALBEE 100

LS

SCI

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what you are seeing?  Astronomy is one of the oldest of the natural sciences, dating back to prehistoric times. It studies planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe as a whole from its earliest time to the present day. This course is an introduction to astronomy including laboratory work where we will perform and interpret observations.  Topics include: the solar system, galaxies, cosmology, telescopes, gravitational waves and the history of astronomy.  Prerequisite: passing score on Part I of the Mathematics Diagnostic. Class size: 18

 

91955

PHYS 221

 Mathematical Methods I

Matthew Deady

M  W      8:30-9:50 am

     Th     1:30-2:50 pm

HEG 106

HEG 107

MC

MATC

Cross-listed: Mathematics  This course presents mathematical methods that are useful in the physical sciences. While some proofs and demonstrations are given, the emphasis is on the applications. Topics include: complex functions, vector spaces, matrices, coordinate transformations, power series, probability and statistics, and multi-variable differentiation and integration. Prerequisites: Mathematics 141-142, or equivalent, and strong preparation in physics comparable to Physics 141.  Class size: 12

 

91956

PHYS 241

 Modern Physics

Harold Haggard

  Lab:

M  W  F  1:30-2:50 pm

     W      3:00-4:00 pm

HEG 106

HEG 107

LS

SCI

An extension of introductory physics concentrating on developments in physics that stem from the theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, and

statistical mechanics.  A major focus will be understanding classical and quantum waves, but there will also be overviews of particle physics,

nuclear physics, optical and molecular physics, condensed matter physics, astronomy, and cosmology. Prerequisites: Physics 141-142 and

Mathematics 141-142.  Class size: 18

 

91957

PHYS 303

 Mechanics

Harold Haggard

M  W  F  10:10-11:30 am

HEG 106

MC

MATC

Particle kinematics and dynamics in one, two, and three dimensions. Conservation laws, coordinate transformations, and problem‑solving techniques in differential equations, vector calculus, and linear algebra. Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulation of dynamics.   Prerequisites: Physics 141‑142, Mathematics 141‑142.  Class size: 16