Physics and Engineering

Engineering Science Course Descriptions

PHEN 100 Physics for Video Games
Credit Hours:
3

An introduction to the laws of physics needed to produce video games with compelling realism. Topics include kinematics, Newton’s laws of motion, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy, rotational dynamics, video analysis, measurement, curve fitting, graphical interpretation, programming and simulation development. No programming experience is required. Three hours of lecture. Prerequisite: High school algebra.

PHEN 101 Conceptual Physics
Credit Hours:
4

A conceptual-based introduction to classical physics. Topics include mechanics, properties of matter, thermodynamics, waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and optics. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. Prerequisite: High school algebra.

PHEN 110 Introduction to Physics and Engineering
Credit Hours:
2

An introduction to the physics and engineering profession. Basics of ethics, engineering design, engineering graphics, and presentation skills are studied. Students work in teams on a hands-on design project. One hour of lecture and two hours of laboratory.

PHEN 121 Classical Physics I
Credit Hours:
4

For science and engineering majors: a calculus-based presentation of kinematics, mechanics, and thermodynamics in the first semester, followed by sound, light, and electromagnetism in the second semester. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. Recommended Co-requisite: MATH 190

PHEN 122 Classical Physics II
Credit Hours:
4

For science and engineering majors: a calculus-based presentation of kinematics, mechanics, and thermodynamics in the first semester, followed by sound, light, and electromagnetism in the second semester. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory.  Recommended Co-requisite: MATH 200. Prerequisite: PHEN 121.

PHEN 150 Introduction to Astronomy
Credit Hours:
4

An introduction to the science of astronomy and the scientific method. Topics include the history of astronomy, light and matter, astronomical instruments, the solar system, stellar characterization, stellar evolution, and the interstellar medium. The course concludes with a brief survey of galaxies and cosmology. A weekly laboratory may be complemented by outdoor observing. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory.

PHEN 200 The Ideas of Modern Physics
Credit Hours:
3

A conceptual introduction to the ideas of physics from the last 100 years. The course begins with an overview of classical physics and the scientific method and then explores the past century’s most important discoveries and their applications. Topics include special and general relativity, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, particle physics, cosmology, and string theory. Three hours of lecture. Prerequisite: High school algebra.

PHEN 203 Modern Physics
Credit Hours:
4

A survey of 20th century physics: quantum mechanics with applications to nuclear, atomic, molecular, and solid state physics. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. Prerequisites: PHEN 122 and MATH 200.

PHEN 210 Statics and Dynamics
Credit Hours:
4

Studies forces and moments that act on rigid bodies and the conditions that produce equilibrium and non-equilibrium. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. Prerequisite: PHEN 121. Co-requisite: MATH 200.

PHEN 235 Electronics
Credit Hours:
4

An introduction to electrical measurements, electric circuit theory, semiconductor devices and circuits, and analog and digital circuits. 3 hours of lecture and 2 hours of laboratory. Prerequisites: PHEN 122, MATH 200.

PHEN 300 Material Science
Credit Hours:
4

Examines the relationship between atomic structure, crystal structure, and microstructure of solids with their physical properties (mechanical, thermal, optical, electrical, and magnetic). Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. Prerequisite: PHEN 203.

PHEN 310 Optics
Credit Hours:
4

Studies the ray, wave, and photon nature of light and selected optical instruments. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. Prerequisite: PHEN 203.

PHEN 320 Thermodynamics
Credit Hours:
4

Examines the properties of a pure substance, work and heat, the first law of thermodynamics, control volume analysis, entropy, the second law of thermodynamics, power and refrigeration systems and heat transfer. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. Prerequisites: PHEN 121, MATH 310.

PHEN 330 Principles of Design
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces engineering science students to the design process: formulation of a problem, creative approaches to solving the problem, analysis, materials selection, and economics. Prerequisite: Declared major or minor in Engineering Science or instructor permission.

PHEN 340 Theoretical Physics I
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics and the formalism of quantum mechanics. Three hours of lecture. Prerequisites: PHEN 203, 210, MATH 230.

PHEN 350 Special Topics in Physics and Engineering
Credit Hours:
1-3

Prerequisite: Declared major or minor in Engineering Science or Physics or instructor permission.

PHEN 360 Strength of Materials
Credit Hours:
3

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and mechanics of deformable solids. Topics include stresses and strains in solids, material behavior, shear forces and bending moments, deflection of beams, torsion of circular shafts, Mohr’s circle for plane stress, pressure vessels, column buckling, statically indeterminate structures, centroids and moments of inertia. Three hours of lecture. Prerequisite: PHEN 210.

PHEN 370 Electromagnetics
Credit Hours:
3

Studies electricity, magnetism, and their interrelationships. Applications to the design and operation of electromagnetic components and systems are emphasized. Prerequisites: PHEN 122, MATH 310.

PHEN 405 Signals and Systems
Credit Hours:
3

An introduction to basic concepts of signals, system modeling, and system classification. Convolution, response of linear time-invariant (LTI) systems, impulse response are presented. Emphasis is given to frequency-domain analysis of continuous-time and discrete-time signals and systems: Fourier series, Fourier, Laplace and z-transforms. Prerequisites: PHEN 235, MATH 320.

PHEN 410 Measurements
Credit Hours:
4

An introduction to sensors, interface electronics, data acquisition, calibration and response, probability, statistics, uncertainty analysis and regression. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. Prerequisite: PHEN 235.

PHEN 415 Control Systems
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces the analysis and design of control systems. Characteristics, performance, and stability of feedback control systems are studied. Mathematical and state-variable modeling and the root locus and frequency response methods are emphasized. Prerequisite: PHEN 405.

PHEN 420 Fluid Mechanics
Credit Hours:
4

An introduction to the fundamental principles and applications of hydrostatics and fluid flow. Three hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory. Prerequisites: PHEN 210, MATH 320.

PHEN 425 Introduction to Electrical Power Systems
Credit Hours:
3

An introduction to the analysis of magnetic circuits and polyphase balanced power systems. Topics include transformers and power transmission lines. Three hours of lecture. Prerequisite: PHEN 370.

PHEN 430 Theoretical Physics II
Credit Hours:
3

Introduces statistical thermodynamics and elaborates on the formalism of electromagnetism. Three hours of lecture. Prerequisites: PHEN 320, 400.

PHEN 490 Introduction to Senior Project
Credit Hours:
1

Prepares students for their senior project by stepping them through the process of writing and presenting a proposal for a design or research project. Students are required to (1) periodically present their progress on preparing their proposal, (2) submit their finished proposal, and (3) present it to students in the Introduction to Physics and Engineering course.  1 hour of lecture.  Prerequisite: PHEN 330 for Engineering Science majors, PHEN 340 for Physics majors, or EDUC 394 for Physics Education majors.

PHEN 495 Senior Project
Credit Hours:
3

The capstone course for the Physics and Engineering Science programs. Working as individuals or in teams in consultation with departmental faculty, students execute the design or research project they proposed in the Introduction to Senior Project course. Students are required to (1) periodically present their progress on implementing their proposal, (2) present a poster that describes their project for the Homer A. Anderson Family Science Colloquium series, and (3) submit a final report for their project. Prerequisite: PHEN 490.

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