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.
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