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I. General Information

1. Course Title:
Flight to Edge of Space: Electronic, Mechanical, and Navigational Systems

2. Course Prefix & Number:
PHYS 1480

3. Course Credits and Contact Hours:

Credits: 2

Lecture Hours: 1

Lab Hours: 2

4. Course Description:

In this course students will work as a team to plan and successfully conduct a stratospheric balloon flight that carries their scientific research projects to the near-space. Activities include hypothesis writing, experimental design, construction, execution, data collection, analysis, scientific report writing, and presentation. Content topics in this course include dynamics, atmospheric physics, geophysics, electric and electronic circuits, navigational and electronic control systems. Designing scientific instruments involves breadboarding electronic components, programming microcontroller, testing electronics and experiment module. A companion Earth science course is required which will involve topics in Earth atmospheric structure and dynamic processes, contemporary topics in atmospheric pollution, and societal issues involving the atmosphere. Successful execution of a stratospheric balloon flight requires extensive teamwork and collaboration. The balloon flight will involve at least one all-day field excursion, and is required for this course. This is one of two courses in a learning community. The other is ESCI 1480 Flight to Edge of Space: Learning and Experimentation. Both courses must be taken concurrently. Expect extensive collaboration, communication, and transfer across the two courses.

5. Placement Tests Required:

Accuplacer (specify test): Reading College Level CLC or Reading College Level Score:

6. Prerequisite Courses:

PHYS 1480 - Flight to Edge of Space: Electronic, Mechanical, and Navigational Systems

There are no prerequisites for this course.

9. Co-requisite Courses:

PHYS 1480 - Flight to Edge of Space: Electronic, Mechanical, and Navigational Systems


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Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
ESCI 1480Flight to Edge of Space: Learning and Experimentation