The Physics of Engineering

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The Physics of Engineering
Science Course
Course CodeSCEN
Year Opened1998
Sites OfferedALE, BRI, CGV, GIL, HKY, LAJ, LOS, NUE, SAN, SPE, SRF, WLA
Previously OfferedCHS, EST, MSA, NRS, PAL, STP, WDS, WIN
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Course Description

From the CTY Course Catalog (2000):

Students in this course use the scientific method and fundamentals of math to explore various approaches to problem solving in the mathematical and physical sciences. Through hands-on activities demonstrating basic physics, students examine Newton's laws and delve into other elements of engineering and mechanics.

With this theoretical background, students learn to correlate data and theories in order to interpret physical phenomena and also to ask scientific questions and project the answers. How can we determine the orbit of a satellite? If you drop this catalog, what effect will gravity have, and how is it measured? How do the interaction of pressure, temperature, and volume enable hot air balloon travel? How do simple machines work, and what machines might the future bring us? In hands-on and group work, students learn to examine critically the theory and limits of experimentation.