2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Models of Motion

Revised Last Updated: 02/06/2009

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Krishna Chowdary physics, Richard Weiss (F) computer science

Faculty Signature Required: Spring quarter.

Major areas of study include physics, calculus and computer science.

Class Standing: This all-level program accepts up to 33% freshmen as well as supporting and encouraging those ready for advanced work.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will admit new students. Students interested in entering Spring Quarter should meet the faculty at the Academic Fair or contact him by email (chowdark@evergreen.edu) to discuss options and preparation. Students may register for just calculus (Calculus III, 6 credits), just physics (Introductory Quantum Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 6 credits), both calculus and physics (12 credits), or the entire program (calculus, physics, and an independent student-designed project, 16 credits). Students interested in calculus should have passed differential and integral calculus. Students interested in physics should have passed the equivalent of two quarters of physics.

Prerequisites: pre-calculus.

In an attempt to understand and explain the world around us and how it works, scientists make careful observations, conduct experiments and build models. Crucial among such models are those that explain the interactions between objects and the changes in motion those interactions bring about. With the development of new models come new mathematical methods needed for describing them. Calculus, for example, was born out of the efforts to make predictions from Newton's models of motion. Even with the power of calculus, a model may yield answers only in approximate circumstances. The advent of computers has allowed more realistic scenarios to be examined. We can test the laws of physics by simulating them on a computer using a particular numerical method or algorithm. Learning how to do that efficiently will be one of the goals of this program.

In fall quarter we will cover introductory topics in physics, calculus and computer programming through small group workshops, interactive lectures, seminars, hands-on laboratory investigations and computer programming labs. Through our study of physics we will learn about models of motion and change and the process for constructing them. We will also learn how to use calculus and computer programming to make predictions with those models. In winter and spring quarters our focus will primarily be on physics and calculus and some of the historical and philosophical implications of the development of these disciplines. During spring quarter, students will have the opportunity to design and carry out laboratory or computer investigations.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 48 Fall, 24 Winter and 24 Spring

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in physics, calculus, computer science and education.

Planning Units: Programs for Freshmen, Scientific Inquiry

Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 26th, 2008 This program has changed to an all level offering. Freshmen who meet the prerequisites may join this program.
May 2nd, 2008 Richard Weiss has joined the faculty team for this program for fall quarter.
February 6th, 2009 Spring Enrollment and Signature fields utilized.