Physics of Self Expression

 

Theme Description: Courses aimed at empowering the creative mind by linking artistic expression with scientific principles and the relationships that underlie them.

Theme Coordinator: Dr. Brad Conrad

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Courses:

PHY 1101. How Things Work (4). F
An introductory survey of the ideas of mechanics, fluids, wave motion, sound, light, and special relativity. Objects from our daily environment will be considered as their operation, histories, and relationships to one another are explored. This course seeks to dispel the mysteries surrounding everyday phenomena. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Corequisite: MAT 1010 or MAT 1020 or MAT 1025. (NUMERICAL DATA; COMPUTER) (CORE: NATURAL SCIENCES) (ND Prerequisite: passing the math placement test or successful completion of MAT 0010.)

PHY 1810. Light and Color (4). S
An introductory course intended primarily for students of the fine and applied arts as well as others interested in optical phenomena. Topics include the perception of light and color, color mixing, polarized light, photography, lasers, and holography. The laboratory will involve hands-on investigation of the properties of light using various methods including but not limited to lasers, spectrometers, lenses and mirrors, and photographic equipment. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: MAT 1025 or permission of the instructor. (CROSS-DISCIPLINARY; NUMERICAL DATA) (ND Prerequisite: passing the math placement test or successful completion of MAT 0010.)

PHY 1812. Acoustics and Harmonics (4). F
An exploration of sound and the underlying physical principles that govern it: Newton’s laws of motion, energy, power, pressure, elasticity, oscillations, waves, resonances, and harmonics, as well as the quantitative application of these principles to topics such as: musical intervals, the equal-tempered scale, the decibel scale, harmony, dissonance, overtones, hearing, voices, and the construction and timbre of musical instruments. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: MAT 1025 or permission of the instructor. (CROSS DISCIPLINARY; NUMERICAL DATA) (ND Prerequisite: passing the math placement test or successful completion of MAT 0010.)

PHY 1814. Sound and Recording (4). S
An exploration of acoustics, electronic circuits and signal processing as it applies to the creation and recording of sound and music. Topics to be covered include: AC and DC circuits, filtering, amplification, mechanical and electromagnetic properties of speakers, microphones, analog and digital recording, acoustics of rooms, digital audio signal processing, electronic synthesizers, multi-track recording, and mastering. Lecture three hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: PHY 1812 or PHY 1103 or PHY 1150. (CROSS-DISCIPLINARY; NUMERICAL DATA) (ND Prerequisite: passing the math placement test or successful completion of MAT 0010.)

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How These Courses Integrate into Theme:

Students in each course learn about Kinematics, Energy/Force, and circular motion. The classes within this theme expand upon those topics to include Momentum, dynamics, resonance, measurement of sound, musical instrument theory, electroacoustics, and acoustics. Instructors meet periodically to coordinate course content to ensure that students understand a broad range of concepts related to the theme.