May 11, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 306 - Gateway to Space

Students will get a hands-on introduction to the Earth’s atmosphere and space instrumentation by building a high-altitude balloon experiment.  One-day field trip to launch and recover balloon payload is required. Open to all majors, no previous electronic experience required. Course will not have an established scheduling pattern.

Prerequisites: PHYS 111 or PHYS 121 or PHYS 181 or permission of the instructor.

Credits: (4)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the layers of the atmosphere and the relevant physical processes therein.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of essential aspects of atmospheric and space mission planning and design.
  • Apply the scientific method by developing an experimental question and hypothesis.
  • Employ basic engineering principles and technical skills (design, soldering, electronics assembly).
  • Analyze results of an experiment.
  • Document the results of an experiment in verbal and written formats.
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