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2014-2015 Catalog 
    
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
Lower Division Courses numbered 1–99 are designed primarily for freshmen and sophomores but are open to all students for lower division credit. (Graduate students requesting to enroll in lower-division undergraduate courses will not receive unit credit nor will the course fulfill degree requirements.) Upper Division Courses courses numbered 100–199 are open to all students who have met the necessary prerequisites as indicated in the catalog course description. Preparation should generally include completion of one lower division course in the given subject or completion of two years of college work.

GRADUATE COURSES
Courses numbered 200–299 are open to graduate students. (Undergraduate students must obtain the signature of the instructor, School Dean, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Graduate level units will count towards the required 120 units for graduation; however students are urged to meet with their academic advisor in order to determine if graduate course units may be used to fulfill a graduation requirement.)

CROSS-LISTED/CONJOINED COURSES
Cross-listed Courses are the same course offered under different course subjects at the same level (either undergraduate or graduate) that share the same meeting time, requirements, units, etc. Conjoined Courses are the same course but one is undergraduate and one is graduate.

COREQUISITE COURSE
A corequisite course is a course that must be taken at the same time as another course.

PREREQUISITES
Prerequisites for courses should be followed carefully; the responsibility for meeting these requirements rests on the student. If you can demonstrate that your preparation is equivalent to that specified by the prerequisites, the instructor may waive these requirements for you. The instructor also may request that a student who has not completed the prerequisites be dropped from the course. Note: For all courses a “C-” or better grade is required for a course to be used as a prerequisite for another course. If a course was taken for a “P/NP” grade then a “P” grade is required. If the prerequisite for a course is not satisfied, students must obtain the approval of the instructor (or school designee) of the course they wish to take.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES
No credit is allowed for completing a less advanced course after successful completion (C-or better) of a more advanced course in the foreign languages. This applies only to lower division foreign language courses, not upper division courses. 

More information about Course Substitutions , Grading Options , and Course Materials and Services Fees  can be found in alternate areas of the catalog.

 

Mechanical Engineering

  
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    ME 142: Mechatronics


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to electro-mechanical systems controlled by microcontroller technology. The course covers theory, design and construction of smart systems; closely coupled and fully integrated products and systems; the synergistic integration of sensors, interfaces, actuators, microcontrollers, control and information technology.

    Prerequisite: ENGR 057  and ENGR 065 . Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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    ME 144: Introduction to Multi-body Dynamics


    [4.0 units]

    Rigid body mechanics (Rotation parameterization, Newton-Euler equations, inertia tensor), Interconnected bodies (joints, actuators, controllers), Equations of motion (Lagrange’s equations, Lagrange multipliers, body jack, DAEs) and Analyses (kinematic, static, quasi-static, dynamic, kinetostatic, linear-dynamic). Background in vector mechanics, differential equations, numerical methods, linear algebra, MATLAB-Simulink, and Vibrations is strongly recommended.

    Prerequisite: ME 140  (may be taken concurrently) and ENGR 151  and MATH 131  Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    ME 170: Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design


    [3.0 units]

    Design project must be selected and approved; project feasibility study and outline of the design project is completed; design methodology, optimization, product reliability and liability, economics, use of ASME codes. A final presentation is given at the end of the semester.

    Prerequisite: Senior standing and ME 120  and ENGR 135  and ME 137 . Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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    ME 188: Machine Shop Technology


    [1.0 unit]

    Introduction to machine shop technology. Study of basic measuring tools, vernier calipers, steel rules, and micrometers, layout tools, hand tools. Emphasis in the theory and practice in the use of vertical milling machine, lathes and drilling machines.

    Pass/Fail only. Course may be repeated 2 times for credit. Laboratory included.


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    ME 190: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering


    [3.0 units]

    Lectures on special topics are announced at the beginning of the semester in which the course is offered. Topics may include special mechanisms, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, design methods for special applications, among other possibilities.

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Normal Letter Grade only. Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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    ME 210: Linear Controls


    [3.0 units]

    Dynamics of Linear Systems, Concepts of Stability, Feedback Control, Root Locus Design, Frequency-Domain Analysis and Compensator Design, State-Space Representation, Controllability and Observability, Linear Observers, Matrix Methods for Control Design, Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR) Optimal Control. Knowledge in linear algebra and differential equations and Vibration and Controls is strongly suggested.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ME 211: Nonlinear Controls


    [4.0 units]

    Phase plane and singularities. Methods for nonlinear analysis. Lyapunov stability theory. Passivity. Lyapunov control design. Topics of nonlinear controls including feedback linearization, sliding control and back stepping design. Adaption algorithms and system identification. Discussion of current research topics in nonlinear controls.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ME 215: Matrix Methods in Dynamics and Control


    [4.0 units]

    Review of mathematical theory and computations of matrix. LU decomposition. Singular value decomposition. QR decomposition. Schur decomposition. Eigen-decomposition. Cholesky decomposition. Expansion theorem. Pseudoinverse and solution of linear algebraic equations. Matrix representation of dynamical systems, the fundamental solution, and control formulation. Optimal sliding surface. Other engineering applications. Knowledge of the topics covered in ME 140 Vibration and Control are necessary for the successful completion of this course.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ME 220: Continuum Mechanics


    [4.0 units]

    Cartesian tensors in mechanics, coordinate transformations, analysis of stress and strain, principal values, invariants, equilibrium and compatibility equations, constitutive relations, field equations; problems in elasticity; computational methods.

    Prerequisite: ENGR 120 . Normal Letter Grade only. Offered fall only.


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    ME 229: Tribology


    [3.0 units]

    Tribology is the study of components moving in relative motion. As such, this course will cover the areas of friction, wear and lubrication. Specific topics include surface properties, wear of materials, frictional contact and energy dissipation, fluid lubricated bearings, lubrication of highly loaded contacts, and nanoscale tribological phenomena.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ME 231: Conduction Heat Transfer


    [3.0 units]

    Heat conduction fundamentals; one-and mutli-deminsional steady state; transient conduction; hyperbolic conduction. Solution methods (separation of variables, integral transforms, integral method, numerical methods). Graduate standing is required. Knowledge in the undergraduate physics sequence; undergraduate thermodynamics; undergraduate heat transfer desirable but not essential.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ME 232: Convective Heat and Mass Transfer


    [3.0 units]

    Fluid transport properties and relevant conservation equations. Momentum, heat and mass transfer in laminar and turbulent internal and external flows. Buoyancy driven flows (free convection). Heat transfer in high-speed flow. Convective mass transfer. Special topics in heat and mass transfer; e.g., ablation, combustion, forced convection boiling and condensation (2-phase flow). Knowledge of undergraduate thermodynamics, heat transfer and graduate fluid mechanics is strongly advised.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ME 236: Advanced Mass Transfer


    [4.0 units]

    Steady and unsteady mass diffusion; mass convection, simultaneous heat and mass transfer; Fick’s law in a moving medium; similarity and integral methods in mass transfer; high mass transfer theory; research project in mass transport.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Course may be repeated 1 time for credit.


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    ME 237: Radiative Heat Transfer


    [3.0 units]

    Thermal radiation fundamentals; radiative properties of opaque’s surfaces; radiative exchange between opaque surfaces; radiative transfer equation; radiative properties of gases and particles; radiative exchange in participating media.

    Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics sequence and thermodynamics; undergraduate heat transfer desirable but not essential. Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ME 244: Introduction to Multi-body Dynamics


    [4.0 units]

    Rigid body mechanics (Rotation parameterization, Newton-Euler equations, inertia tensor), Interconnected bodies (joints, actuators, controllers), Equations of motion (Lagrange’s equations, Lagrange multipliers, body jack, DAEs) and Analyses (kinematic, static, quasi-static, dynamic, kinetostatic, linear-dynamic).  Background in vector mechanics, differential equations, numerical methods, linear algebra, MATLAB-Simulink, and Vibrations is necessary.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion included.


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    ME 250: Compressible Flows


    [4.0 units]

    Addresses the effects of compressibility in viscous and inviscid flows; steady and unsteady inviscid subsonic and supersonic flows; method of characteristics; small disturbance theories (linearized and hypersonic); shock dynamics; and hypersonic flows. Students are expected to be conversant in materials that are covered in ENGR 120 or the equivalent course.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ME 251: Viscous Flows


    [4.0 units]

    Study of the Navier-Stokes equations; Stokes’ problems; creeping flows; internal and external flows; similarity and integral methods in boundary layer flows; stability and transition to turbulence. Knowledge of the topics in ENGR 135 or ES 235 Heat Transfer are necessary for the successful completion of this course.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Course may be repeated 1 time for credit. Offered fall only.


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    ME 254: Computational Fluid Dynamics


    [4.0 units]

    Provides fundamentals of computational theory and computational methods. The first part covers material fundamentals to the understanding and application of numerical methods. The second part illustrates the use of such methods in solving different types of complex problems encountered in fluid mechanics and convective heat transfer.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ME 260: Non-Imaging Optics


    [4.0 units]

    Provides the fundamentals and methodologies of non-imaging optics to design energy systems. The first part covers material fundamental to the understanding of imaging optics. This will lead into the non-imaging optical systems and the physics that made it possible to design solar energy concentrators. The second half of the course covers material dedicated to the designs of non-imaging optical systems applied to the solar energy field and optimization and analysis of these systems.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion included.


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    ME 261: Energy Storage


    [3.0 units]

    Intended to provide students an overview on energy storage schemes/devices with major focus on electrochemical storages including ionic batteries, fuel cells and super-capacitors. The course will cover operating principles, physics behind them, characterization methods and advantages/issues of each scheme. Exposure to thermodynamics is recommended but not mandatory.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Course may be repeated 1 time for credit.


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    ME 280: Fractional Order Mechanics


    [4.0 units]

    Prepares students with fractional calculus (differentiation or integration of non-integer order) and fractional dynamic modeling of complex mechanical systems such as porous medias, particulate systems, soft matters etc. that have inherent nature of memory, heredity, or long-range dependence (LRD), or long range interactions at or across various scales.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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Natural Sciences Education

  
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    NSED 023: Introduction to Teaching Science in Elementary School


    [1.0 unit]

    Introduction to teaching science in elementary school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.

    Corequisite: NSED 024 . Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    NSED 033: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School


    [1.0 unit]

    Introduction to teaching mathematics in elementary school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    NSED 043: Introduction to Teaching Science in Middle School


    [1.0 unit]

    Introduction to teaching science in middle school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.

    Corequisite: NSED 044 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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    NSED 053: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in Middle School


    [1.0 unit]

    Introduction to teaching mathematics in middle school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.

    Corequisite: NSED 054 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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    NSED 063: Introduction to Teaching Science in High School


    [1.0 unit]

    Introduction to teaching science in high school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.

    Corequisite: NSED 064 . Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    NSED 073: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in High School


    [1.0 unit]

    Introduction to teaching mathematics in High school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.

    Corequisite: NSED 074 . Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    NSED 074: Fieldwork - Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in High School


    [1.0 unit]

    Fieldwork component for the NSED 073  course. Classroom observations and teaching practicum at a high school under the guidance of a mentor teacher. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies.

    Corequisite: NSED 073 Normal Letter Grade only.


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    NSED 100: Project Based Instruction: Assessment and Management for Beginning Teachers


    [4.0 units]

    Prepares students for careers in K-12 education. Students gain knowledge of classroom management strategies and learn how to organize a classroom, to plan units and to develop lesson plans. A special focus will be the techniques necessary to effectively teach in multicultural and multilingual schools.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    NSED 120: Classroom Interactions in Science and Mathematics: A Focus on Equity in Urban and Rural Schools


    [4.0 units]

    Focusing on American education, we examine historical and current issues of diversity, noting controversial initiatives such as mainstreaming, bilingual education, multiculturalism, and gender-neutral or gender-segregated instruction. Students also consider cultural and linguistic challenges of teaching English language learners, including those who are generation 1.5 students.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion included.


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    NSED 174: Contemporary Issues in Teaching with Fieldwork


    [1.0 unit]

    Combines study and observation of a K-12 classroom setting and reflection the aspects of teaching which have current importance in the field of education. The course includes fieldwork component where students will be working in classrooms of the local K-12 schools.

    Prerequisite: Any lower division NSED course. Normal Letter Grade only. Course may be repeated 3 times for credit.


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Philosophy

  
  
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    PHIL 002: Introduction to Ethics


    [4.0 units]

    Consideration of basic questions and themes in moral philosophy through the study of historical and contemporary philosophical texts. Questions may include: Are moral rules relative? What is the best sort of human life? What sorts of acts are right? Should wealth be shared with those less fortunate?

    Discussion included.


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    PHIL 003: Applied Ethics


    [4.0 units]

    Consideration of topics in applied ethics, which may include euthanasia, abortion, economic justice, world hunger, the treatment of animals, and punishment. This course will also cover some more general approaches to ethical thinking, such as theories based on rights and entitlements.

    Discussion included.


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    PHIL 005: Introduction to Logic


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to the techniques of deductive reasoning. Topics include the translation between English and symbolic language, rules of inference, deductive vs. inductive reasoning, validity and soundness, truth tables, and proof techniques in statement and predicate logic.

    Discussion included.


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    PHIL 092: Internship in Philosophy


    [1.0-4.0 units]

    Provides oversight and structure for a student’s internship in a field related to philosophy in community organizations, professional research projects, etc. connected to the study of philosophy. Students are required to write an original research paper or relevant product that demonstrates how the internship advanced their knowledge of philosophy.

    Pass/Fail only. Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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    PHIL 101: Metaphysics


    [4.0 units]

    Inquiry into the fundamental nature of reality: the categories of being; the differences between abstract entities, concrete entities, substances, properties, and processes; what constitutes identity of objects through time; necessity and possibility; free will and determinism; space, time, and causation.

    Prerequisite: PHIL 005  or consent of instructor.


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    PHIL 102: Epistemology


    [4.0 units]

    Consideration of basic questions in the study of knowledge, which concern what we know and how we know things. Topics to be covered may include: certainty, justification, perception, skepticism, and introspection.

    Prerequisite: Any lower division PHIL course or consent of instructor.


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    PHIL 105: Philosophy of Language


    [4.0 units]

    Consideration of work by both philosophers and linguists on the nature of language and meaning. Topics include theories of truth and reference, speech acts, metaphor, pictorial representation, and the relation between the social and mental aspects of language.

    Prerequisite: Any lower-division PHIL course or consent of instructor.


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    PHIL 107: Philosophy of Religion


    [4.0 units]

    An examination of core issues in the philosophy of religion, using classical and contemporary sources. Topics may include: arguments for and against the existence of God, differing concepts of the divine, the rationality of religious belief, mysticism, divine foreknowledge and free-will, death and immortality.

    Prerequisite: PHIL 001  or consent of instructor.


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    PHIL 110: Philosophy of Cognitive Science


    [4.0 units]

    Consideration of philosophical and foundational issues in cognitive science, including the Turing Test, the Chinese Room argument, the nature of cognitive architecture, animal cognition, connectionism vs. symbolic artificial intelligence, and the possibility of thinking machines.

    Prerequisite: PHIL 001  or COGS 001  or consent of instructor.


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    PHIL 130: Ancient Philosophy


    [4.0 units]

    An examination of some of the core issues and central texts of ancient philosophy. Questions to be covered include: What is happiness? What is the best life? What are the ultimate constituents of reality? What can we know? Is there a soul, and does it survive death?

    Prerequisite: Any lower division PHIL course or consent of instructor.


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    PHIL 150: Topics in Phenomenology


    [4.0 units]

    Study of the foundations of phenomenology in Husserl and its background in Bolzano, Frege, Brentano, Meinong, Kant, and Descartes. Topics include phenomenological method, theory of intentionality, meaning, perception, evidence, ego, other minds, intersubjectivity, and the life-world, as well as application of phenomenological methods to themes in natural science, social science, art, and literature.

    Course may be repeated 1 time for credit.


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    PHIL 157: Philosophy of Love and Friendship


    [4.0 units]

    Philosophical exploration of the nature of love and friendship and their relation to morality and the good life. Topics may include the question of whether friends and lovers are essential to happiness, why we love others, and how love and friendship relate to morality.

    Prerequisite: Any lower division PHIL course or consent of instructor. 


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    PHIL 160: Mathematical Logic


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to the meta-theory of first-order logic. Topics include the consistency, compactness, completeness and soundness proofs for propositional and first-order logic; model theory; the axiomatization of number theory; Gödel’s incompleteness theorems and related results.

    Prerequisite: PHIL 005  or consent of instructor. Discussion included.


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    PHIL 170: Philosophy, Politics and Economics


    [4.0 units]

    We will explore issues in the intersection of philosophy, political theory and economic theory. We will consider how discoveries in political science and economics can advance some debates in traditional political and moral philosophy. Conversely, we will consider how the insights and methods of philosophy influence economics and political science.

    Prerequisite: PHIL 001  or consent of instructor.


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    PHIL 171: Free Will in Philosophy and Cognitive Science


    [4.0 units]

    An exploration of the concept of free will and the plausibility of its existence through both philosophy and cognitive science. By the end of the course students will be conversant on the topic of free will and the latest developments in the debate.

    Prerequisite: Any lower division PHIL course or COGS 001  or consent of instructor.


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    PHIL 192: Internship in Philosophy


    [1.0-4.0 units]

    Provides oversight and structure for a student’s internship in a field related to philosophy in community organizations, professional research projects, etc. connected to the study of philosophy. Students are required to write an original research paper or relevant product that demonstrates how the internship advanced their knowledge of philosophy.

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Pass/Fail only. Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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Physics

  
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    PHYS 005: Energy and the Environment


    [3.0 units]

    Introduction to energy and the environment. Examines different types of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources and the environmental effects of using these energy resources. We cover environmental, economic and sustainability considerations associated with fossil fuels and alternative energy sources.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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    PHYS 006: The Cosmos, Science and You


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to physics and astronomy for non science and engineering majors. Topics include: Scientific method as illustrated by astronomical discoveries about the Cosmos; and the concepts of matter and energy; and the formation of the Universe, galaxies, stars and the Solar System. Throughout the course our physical connection and dependence the Cosmos are illustrated using new discoveries in astrophysics, astrochemistry and astrobiology.

    Discussion included.


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    PHYS 008: Introductory Physics I for Physical Sciences


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to classical and contemporary physics. Intended for students with preparation in calculus and algebra. Topics include introduction to forces, kinetics, equilibria, fluids, waves, and heat. Experiments and computer exercises are integrated into the course content.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021 , which may be taken concurrently. Course may not be taken for credit after obtaining credit for: PHYS008H, PHYS018. Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    PHYS 008H: Honors Introductory Physics I for Physical Sciences


    [4.0 units]

    Physics 008H is a mathematically intense introduction to classical mechanics designed for majors and other highly motivated students. Utilizing differential and integral calculus, topics include forces, kinetics, energy, momentum, gravity, rotations, waves, and fluids. Advanced coursework in all areas (i.e. homework, etc.) prepares students for success in upper-division physics courses.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021  (may be taken concurrently). Course may not be taken for credit after obtaining credit for: PHYS008, PHYS018. Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    PHYS 009: Introductory Physics II for Physical Sciences


    [4.0 units]

    Continuation of introduction to classical and contemporary physics. Topics include introduction to electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and modern physics. Experiments and computer exercises are integrated into the course content.

    Prerequisite: MATH 022 , which may be taken concurrently and (PHYS 008  or PHYS 008H  or PHYS 018  and MATH 021 ) or (PHYS 018  and MATH 011  with a B grade or better). Course may not be taken for credit after obtaining credit for: PHYS009H, PHYS019. Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    PHYS 009H: Honors Introductory Physics II for Physical Sciences


    [4.0 units]

    Physics 009H is a mathematically intense introduction to classical electromagnetism for students who are motivated to learn physics at an advanced level. Utilizing calculus, topics include electrostatics, magnetism, AC and DC circuits, electromagnetism, and optics. Advanced coursework prepares students for advanced study in physical science and engineering courses.

    Prerequisite: (MATH 021  with a B grade or better and PHYS 008  with an A- grade or better) or (PHYS 008H  with a B grade or better and MATH 021  with a B grade or better) and (MATH 022 , which may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor. Course may not be taken for credit after obtaining credit for: PHYS009, PHYS019. Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    PHYS 012: Light, Color, and Vision


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to the physics, chemistry, and biology of light and vision for nonscientists. Covers basic optics, optical instruments, photography, light and color in nature, human and animal vision, visual perception and optical illusions, and aspects of modern technology including fiber optics and lasers. Includes classroom demonstrations and out-of-class observational exercises.

    Discussion included.


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    PHYS 018: Introductory Physics I for Biological Sciences


    [4.0 units]

    First introductory physics course for biological science majors. Topics include vectors, kinematics, Newton’s Laws, Work, Energy and Conservation, Torque and rotation, Fluids and Elasticity, Oscillations and Waves all with an emphasis on biological applications.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021  or MATH 011 , either of which may be taken concurrently. Course may not be taken for credit after obtaining credit for: PHYS008, PHYS008H. Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    PHYS 105: Analytic Mechanics Core


    [4.0 units]

    Rigorous, mathematical foundation in classical mechanics. Topics include Newtonian mechanics; motion of particles in one, two and three dimensions; central force motion; moving coordinate systems; mechanics of continuous media; oscillations; normal modes; Lagrange’s equations; and Hamiltonian methods.

    Prerequisite: (PHYS 008  or PHYS 008H  or PHYS 018 ) and MATH 022  and MATH 023 , which may be taken concurrently, and MATH 024 , which may be taken concurrently. Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion included.


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