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INPHYS131 Engineering Fundamentals

Introduces students to a variety of engineering disciplines and covers aspects of engineering including the design process, data presentations, systems of units and conversions, Newton's laws of motion, thermodynamics, statics, strength of materials, electricity, and case studies based on contemporary engineering problems.

INPHYS141 College Physics I

Algebra-based introduction to Newtonian mechanics. Emphasis on conceptual understanding and problem-solving: motion, forces, Newton's laws applied to both linear and rotational situations, momentum, energy, and conservation laws. Knowledge of algebra and trigonometry are expected. A math competency assessment is administered. Includes two-hour laboratory. Fall, Spring.

INSTEM142 Discovering STEM

Introduction to the history and concepts of STEM education using a transdisciplinary, hands-on, problem-based learning approach. As a community of learners students will explore how, in educational settings, disciplinary knowledge and practices from each of the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) can be applied to complex real-world problems.

PHYS142 College Physics II

Continuation of INPHYS 141 with the extension of basic concepts to include fluids, vibrations and waves, thermal physics, thermodynamics, electrostatics, electrical circuits and magnetism, and geometrical and physical optics. Includes two-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: INPHYS 141. Spring.

INPHYS201 Phenomenal Science

A hands-on, minds-on inquiry-based exploration of the basic physical principles that underlie our observations and experiences in the everyday world. Topics include motion, forces, energy, fluids, sound, heat, light, electricity, magnetism, and the atom. Ideal for preservice teachers. Prerequisite: One course that meets the QL requirement or by permission of the instructor. Fall, Spring.

INPHYS241 University Physics I

The first semester of a three-semester calculus-based sequence for science and technology majors. Emphasized are kinematics, forces, both static and dynamic, energy and momentum, gravitation, thermal physics, and thermodynamics. Includes a two-hour laboratory. Spring.

PHYS242 University Physics II

A continuation of INPHYS 241 that treats rotational dynamics and angular momentum, oscillations, fluids and waves in general and sound, electrostatics, capacitors, d-c circuits, and magnetic fields and forces. Includes a two-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: Grade C or higher in INPHYS 241 required. INPHYS 241, MATH 152 concurrently, or permission of instructor. Fall.

PHYS260 Electronics

Instrumentation, DC and AC circuitry, signals and noise, filters, amplifiers, transducers, and solid-state components. Digital concepts and applications, including coding, gating and counting, and logic circuitry. Includes three-hour lab. Prerequisite: PHYS 142 or PHYS 242. Alternate years.

PHYS275 University Physics III

This course concludes our introductory calculus-based sequence. Topics covered are nature of light, geometric optics and applications, interference and diffraction, quantum theory of light, particles and matter waves, special relativity, nuclear physics, introduction to quantum mechanics. Includes a two-hour laboratory. Prerequisite: Grade of C or in PHYS 242 or permission of instructor. Spring

PHYS298 Independent Study

1-4 credits

An opportunity for a qualified student to explore work in an area of individual interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Consent is required from the instructor who will supervise the independent study. May be repeated for a total of 4 credits.

IIPHYS305 The Physics of Music

An interdisciplinary exploration of how analyses of the physics of sound aid our understanding of music. Students will learn how sound is created, sustained, amplified; how limits in human physiology shape approaches to music; and how physical properties of instruments relate to tone quality and give insight into different genres of music. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Fall.

PHYS330 Thermodynamics

Temperature and the zeroth law, heat, work and energy, the three laws of thermodynamics, and applications. Emphasis is on entropy and its applications: the thermodynamic potentials, aspects of kinetic theory, and Maxwell-Boltzmann statistics. Prerequisites: Grade C or higher in PHYS 275 or permission of instructor. Fall, even years

PHYS339 Classical Mechanics

Analytical treatment of Newton's laws in kinematics and dynamics, oscillations, non-inertial reference systems, gravitation and central forces, mechanics, and motion of rigid bodies. Lagrangian mechanics. Prerequisite: Grade C or higher in PHYS 275 or permission of instructor. Fall, odd years.

IIPHYS342 Data Analysis for Scientists

Multi-disciplinary introduction to data analysis across the Sciences emphasized through problems in current research conducted at Keene State College, including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Engineering, Astronomy, etc. Data visualization and communication is a primary focus. Topics include: basic programming techniques, file input/output, visualization, data mining, times series, image and movie analysis. Prerequisites: 24 credits of ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Fall

STEM342 STEM Explorations I

Investigation and elaboration of the complex relationships between the STEM fields, as well as the fundamental principles of STEM education. Students will develop, analyze, and evaluate age-appropriate transdisciplinary STEM lessons for use in educational settings that develop knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Prerequisite: INSTEM 142 and MATH 120 or pass math competency exam. Spring.

STEM400 Informal STEM Internship

Explores STEM related career interests by applying knowledge to practical experiences. Internship sponsor sites may include museums of science, farm-based education sites, nature conservancy operations, and organizations that provide community-based science and technology education. Regular attendance at field site and at on-campus seminars is required. Prerequisites: permission of instructor. Enrollment capped at 4 students. Fall, spring.

PHYS410 Quantum Mechanics

An introduction to the formulations of quantum physics including its historical development, its mathematical and logical foundation shown through two-state systems, the Schrodinger equation for one dimensional systems, scattering and tunneling phenomenon, wave-particle duality, the Compton effect, matter waves, the harmonic oscillator, angular momentum and the hydrogen atom. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in MATH 231 & PHYS 275 or permission of instructor. Spring, even years.

PHYS420 Optics

An advanced course in geometric and wave optics. Topics covered include one- and three-dimensional wave equation, electromagnetic waves and the electromagnetic spectrum, particle theory of light, reflection and refraction of waves at media boundaries, dispersion, geometric optics, fiber optics, interference effects, interferometry, diffraction and quantum electrodynamics, lasers. Prerequisite: Grade C or higher in PHYS 275 or permission of the instructor. Occasionally.

PHYS440 Electricity and Magnetism

Vector analysis, Coulomb's law, the electric field, Gauss's law, the Poisson and Laplace equations, properties of dielectrics, electric current, Ampere's law, electromagnetic induction, and Maxwell's equations. Prerequisites: Grade C or higher in PHYS 275, MATH 251 or permission of instructor. Spring, odd years.

STEM442 STEM Explorations II

Students build upon knowledge of the principles of STEM education established in STEM 342. Working in collaborative grade-level teams, students will develop age-appropriate STEM curriculum materials that build knowledge and skills in each of the STEM fields while engaging students in transdisciplinary problem-solving. Prerequisite: STEM 342. Fall.

PHYS490 Advanced Special Topics

1-4 credits

Study of selected topics not covered adequately in other Physics courses. Includes the study of experimental techniques and results, as well as various theoretical models. Prerequisites: Grade C or higher in PHYS 242 and permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.

PHYS498 Independent Study

1-4 credits

Individualized, directed study in an area of Physics or to a depth not normally available within the curriculum. The student initiates a research project or takes part in ongoing research under supervision of a faculty investigator. May be repeated for a total of 4 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Fall, Spring.