91570

PHYS 116 Acoustics

Matthew Deady

Lab A:

Lab B:

Lab C:

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. . . . F

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8:30 -9:50 am

10:10 11:30 am

11:50 1:10 pm

1:30 2:50 pm

HEG 102

HEG 107

HEG 107

HEG 107

SCI

SCI

SCI

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

 

91917

PHYS 124 Climate Change

Gidon Eshel

Lab A:

Lab B:

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M . . . .

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10:10 -11:30 am

2:00 3:45 pm

4:00 5:45 pm

HDR 106

ALBEE 100

ALBEE 100

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). Class size: 20

 

91571

PHYS 141 A Introduction to Physics I

Matthew Deady

M . W . F

8:30 -9:50 am

HEG 102

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. Class size: 24

 

91572

PHYS 141 B Introduction to Physics I

Christian Bracher

M . W . F

10:10 - 11:30 am

HEG 102

SCI

See above. Class size: 24

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PHYS 141 Lab Options: (register separately)

 

91573

PHYS 141 LBA Intro to Physics I Lab A

Matthew Deady

M . . . .

1:00 -3:00 pm

HEG 107

SCI

Class size: 12

 

91574

PHYS 141 LBB Intro to Physics I Lab B

Matthew Deady

M . . . .

3:10 -5:10 pm

HEG 107

SCI

Class size: 12

 

91575

PHYS 141 LBC Intro to Physics I Lab C

Christian Bracher

. T . . .

1:00 -3:00 pm

HEG 107

SCI

Class size: 12

 

91576

PHYS 141 LBD Intro to Physics I Lab D

Christian Bracher

. T . . .

3:10 -5:10 pm

HEG 107

SCI

Class size: 12

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91578

PHYS 221 Mathematical Methods I

Paul Cadden-Zimansky

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. . . . F

3:40 4:40 pm

3:10 -4:10 pm

HEG 106

HEG 308

MATC

(2 credits) 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. Class size: 16

 

91579

PHYS 241 Modern Physics

Paul Cadden-Zimansky

Lab:

M . W . F

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1:30 -2:50 pm

3:00 4:00 pm

HEG 106

HEG 107

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: 16

 

91580

PHYS 312 Electricity and Magnetism

Christian Bracher

M . W . .

1:30 -3:30 pm

HEG 204

MATC

Electrostatics, conductors, and dielectrics. Laplace's Equation and characteristic fields. Magnetostatics, magnetodynamics, and the magnetic properties of matter. Flow of charge and circuit theory. Maxwell's Equations and the energy/momentum transfer of electromagnetic radiation. Prerequisites: Physics 141‑142, Mathematics 211. Class size: 16