Physics and Astronomy Summer Classes

Planetary Astronomy

solar system

ASTR 131
3 credits
Sesison 1
Face to Face

MTWR 1:00-3:00pm

Instructor: Diane Friend

The discovery of thousands of planets beyond our solar system has shown us the incredible richness and diversity of planetary systems and is giving birth to many new ideas concerning the evolution of planetary systems in general, and our own system in particular. By the time you finish this course, you will have had a chance to see planets, stars, and nebulas through a telescope, use astronomical software to model celestial events, and ponder the possibilities of life elsewhere in the universe. After taking this course, I hope that every time you view a dark night sky, you will be inspired to think about the richness and diversity of worlds that are out there, how much humankind has been able to learn, and how very much is still waiting to be discovered!

Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science (N)

Planetary Astronomy Lab

distant galaxies

ASTR 134
1 credit
Session 1
Face to Face

MW 3:30-5:30pm

Instructor: Diane Friend

This course will give you an introduction to some of the METHODS astronomers use to study planetary systems. You will have a chance to see planets and deep-sky objects through a telescope, use modern computer software to explore the sky and model planetary motions, and gain a working knowledge of some of the many techniques astronomers use to study planetary systems- both our own, and the hundreds of other systems that have been discovered around distant stars.

Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science (N)

Survey of Aeronautics

gif of air moving over a wing shape

PHSX 191
3 credits
Session 1 & 2 (10 weeks)
Face to Face

T&R 6:00-8:00pm

Instructor: Megan Siler

This course will introduce students to the fundamental concepts of becoming a remote or private pilot. Students will learn about basic aerodynamic principles, Federal Aviation Regulations, aeromedical factors, and aviation human factors. Students will learn how to interpret and understand weather products, as well as understand basic weather concepts. Air Traffic Control and airspace operations will be discussed to ensure a thorough understanding. Students will also discuss aviation safety and how human factors influence the safety of aviation.

College Physics I

physics collage of images

PHSX 205
4 credits
Session 1 & 2 (10 weeks)
Face to Face

MTWR 9:00-10:15am

Instructor: Brad Halfpap

This is the first half of the algebra based introductory physics sequence. Kinematics, Dynamics, Energy and Momentum concepts are covered. Additional topics include Thermodymanics and Waves. The most important prerequisite for the course is a facility with elementary algebra.

College Physics I - Lab

incline plane equation

PHSX 206
1credit
Session 1 & 2 (10 weeks)
Face to Face

F 9:00-11:00am

Instructor: Brad Halfpap

This is the laboratory which accompanies the first half of the algebra based introductory physics sequence.

College Physics II

particle path rendering

PHSX 207N
4 credits
Early
Face to Face

MTWR 10:00am-12:00pm

Instructor: Alex Bulmahn

Electricity, magnetism, light, and modern physics. For non-physical science majors.

Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science (N)

College Physics II - Lab

iron shavings in magnetic field

PHSX 208N
1 credit
Early
Face to Face

MW 1:00-3:00pm

Instructor: Alex Bulmahn

This is the laboratory which accompanies the second half of the algebra based introductory physics sequence.

Gen Ed Attributes: Natural Science (N)