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PHYS 109 Science for Information Technology • 6 Cr.




Develops research and problem-solving skills in the science of modern technology, including computers and data transmission. Topics include magnetism, electricity, and microchip circuitry. Designed for information technology students, class format includes hands-on group work. Prerequisite: MATH 098 or equivalent assessment.

Description starting Summer 2017

Historically, the field of psychology has placed a lot of attention on what's wrong with people and what we can do to treat mental disorders. More recently, however, the field has broadened its scope to give more attention to the positive side of human nature and the most effective ways to pursue a good, meaningful life. This course will focus on the scientific research centered on the nature of happiness, well-being and leading a flourishing life. Throughout the course we will also engage in experiential learning and practical exercises to increase well-being, which will inform our theoretical and empirical understanding of positive psychology.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Formulate a hypothesis and design and carry out an investigation of that hypothesis following the accepted practices of the scientific method.
  • Write reports on scientific investigations, including organizing and displaying numerical results.
  • Make oral reports about scientific investigations, including organizing and displaying numerical results.
  • Calculate current, voltage, and resistance at any location in a one-loop circuit.
  • Calculate equivalent resistances for any combination of resistors in series and parallel.
  • Use a multimeter to measure resistance, current, and voltage.
  • Efficiently troubleshoot a complex circuit of resistors.
  • Explain the relationship between semiconductors, transistors, logic gates, and microprocessors.
  • Follow wiring diagrams to wire temporary circuits using integrated circuit chips and breadboards
  • Perform a statistical analysis of a sample of data, including making a proper histogram and calculation of confidence level.
  • Convert between decimal and binary.
  • Explain magnetic data storage on computer disks including the physical principles behind read/write heads.
  • Build circuits to transmit binary data using wire, or light or radio.
  • Compare and contrast the following methods of data transmission by the



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