Physics & Engineering Concepts

Prerequisites: MA133; MA134; or equivalents

1 credit hour

An introduction to the fields of physics and engineering, including methods of analysis and computer applications packages: word processing, spreadsheets, MathCad. Eight-week course. Fall only.

Circuit Analysis

Prerequisites: PH231; MA240

4 credit hours

Direct-current circuits; circuit elements; Kirchoff's Laws; loop and nodal analysis; network theorems; natural forced, and complete circuit response, steady-state AC circuits, AC power, polyphase circuits, frequency response.

Engineering Mechanics--Statics

Prerequisite: PH230/030

Corequisite: MA240

3 credit hours

Description

Bodies in equilibrium. Vectors and vector algebra; forces, moments and couples; equivalent force systems; frictional forces; structural analysis; distributed forces and properties of surfaces. Fall only.

Engineering Mechanics--Dynamics

Prerequisite: EP261

3 credit hours

Bodies in accelerated motion. Kinematics and dynamics of particles; work and energy; impulse and momentum; kinetics and dynamics of rigid bodies; mechanical vibrations. Spring only.

Mechanics of Materials

Prerequisite: EP261 - Engineering Mechanics - Statics

4 credit hours

Introduction to engineering materials; concepts of strain, stress, equilibrium; material responses to applied loading/deflection; analysis of engineering components, e.g., beams, thin-walled structures, axisymmetric elements; introduction to structural stability. Three hour lecture, one 2-hour lab.

Digital and Analog System Design

Prerequisite: PH121/021 or PH231/031 or equivalent

3 credit hours

Logic circuit analysis and design; analog circuits including OP-AMP applications, analog to digital converters, and data acquisition systems. Students are expected to design and construct several projects. One lecture and two 2 hour labs. Spring only.

Microcomputer Interfacing

Prerequisite: EP305

3 credit hours

Introduction to microprocessors and microcomputers; computer hardware and software; interfacing microcomputers for data acquisition in scientific experiments; use of microcomputers in digital control systems. One lecture and two 2 hour labs. Fall only.

Electronic Circuits

Prerequisites: PH121 or PH231

4 credit hours

Physics of diodes; diode applications; physics, biasing, and small-signal models of bipolar junction transistors (BJT's) and field-effect transistors (FET's); frequency response of amplifiers; feedback; oscillators; operational amplifiers; and active filters. Three hours lecture and two hours lab each week.

Thermal Analysis

Prerequisites: PH231/031; MA245

3 credit hours

Thermodynamic laws and processes; heat transmission; kinetic theory. Applications to heat engines, turbines, refrigeration, and heat exchangers. Fall even years.

Thermal-Fluid Engineering

Prerequisites: EP-263 Mechanics of Materials and MA-350 Differential Equations I

3 credit hours

Introduction to the laws of thermodynamics, concept of control volumes, thermodynamic properties of materials, behavior of ideal gases, introduction to basic heat transfer modes, introduction to fluid mechanics and Bernoulli's equation.

Signals and Systems

Prerequisites: EP240; MA350

3 credit hours

Analysis and design methods for continuous-time and discrete-time systems including signal models, Fourier series and transforms, Laplace transforms, discrete Fourier transform, z-transform, digital filtering, and the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) algorithm. Fall odd years.

Control Systems

Prerequisites: EP372

3 credit hours

Control theory of electrical, mechanical, and electromechanical systems; system elements; system equations and models; system excitation and response; frequency, time, and state space analysis of linear systems. Spring even years.

Industrial Internship in Physics

1-3 credit hours

Description

A supervised learning and work experience in applied physics which enhances the student's understanding of the applications of physical principles to problems in academic and industrial environments. On demand.

Measurements and Instrumentation.

Prerequisites: PH231/031; MA245

3 credit hours

Techniques of measurement; energy conversion, sensors and transducers; principles and operation of instruments for measurement; data acquisition and processing; automatic control and control elements. On demand.

Computer Applications

Prerequisites: PH231/031; MA245; MA334

3 credit hours

Use of computers for the solution of physics and engineering problems in mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetics, modern physics, and applied optics, and selected problems in quantum mechanics. Programming involves Fortran, Turbo Basic, Matlab, and MathCad. Spring even years.

Materials Science

Prerequisites: PH121/021 or PH231/031

3 credit hours

The solid state; structure of solids; mechanical, chemical, thermal, electrical, magnetic and optical properties of materials; behavior of materials in engineering applications. Spring odd years.

Capstone Design I

Prerequisite:

Corequisite: PH345

1 credit hours

Each student designs, builds, and tests a simple engineering project. Lectures are given on ethics, professionalism, safety, and economic considerations. Fall only.

Capstone Design II

Prerequisite: EP480

3 credit hours

Student teams complete an engineering design project. Emphasizes design prototyping, testing, evaluation, and documentation. Time management, group dynamics, teamwork, ethics, and economics. Spring only.