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Sound, Light, and Electrons: The Rudiments of Telecommunication
PHYS 106
Spring 2010 not offered

Communication is the process by which information is exchanged. It involves the creation, transmission, and reception of content. This course explores the physical and technical aspects of long-distance communication, usually referred to as telecommunication. The course emphasizes both scientific fundamentals and recent technological advances. Part of the course will develop the basic physical principles and ideas behind electrons, light, and sound and their uses as participants in carrying information. The other part of the course will interlink with the technology of telecommunication, with a focus on the connections between theory and application. An apparent simple question captures much of the aim of the course: How does information such as data, sound, and image (a person speaking) travel significant distances from its location (a TV station) to a faraway place (a living room)? This course consists of classroom lectures, discussion, outside experts, ITS media specialists, demonstrations, and field trips. Field trips are aimed at engaging technology in our society by visiting communication broadcasting centers and companies involved in communication equipment design and development. Fieldwork to produce TV programs will serve to provide laboratory experience with the course content as well as hands-on exposure to technology.

Essential Capabilities: Designing, Creating, and Realizing, Quantitative Reasoning
This course presents quantitative mathematical and physical models of our world.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM PHYS
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on SEP-23-2023
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