THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE

FACULTY SENATE

 

Senate Document Number 0904F

 

Date of Senate Approval 12/02/04

 

 

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Statement of Faculty Senate Action:

 

 

APC Document 5: Clarifying use of PHYS 101 and 102 for ILS;

Adding ILS labs, PHYS 121 and 122.

 

 

Effective Date: Fall 2005

 

1. Delete: On page 190 of the 2004-05 catalog, the course descriptions for PHYS 101 and 102.

 

Add: In place of deleted descriptions:

 

101 Light and Visual Phenomena (3)

A course for the general student covering basic optics with applications in the areas of photography, vision, color and art. Recommended corequisite: PHYS 121. Spring.

 

102 The Physics of Sound and Music (3)

A course for the general student covering the principles of sound, with

applications in the areas of music, perception, audiology and electronic sound production. Recommended corequisite: PHYS 122. Fall.

 

 

2. Add: On page 190 of the UNCA 2004-2005 Catalog, PHYS 121 and 122

 

121 Light and Visual Phenomena Lab (1)

A laboratory course developed for non-science majors covering the properties of light. Experiments include color mixing, prescribing eyeglasses, color blindness, and optical illusions. Pre- or corequisite: PHYS 101. Spring.

 

122 The Physics of Sound and Music Lab (1)

A laboratory course developed for non-science majors covering the properties of sound. Experiments include combining sound waves, Fourier analysis, hearing tests, and applications to music. Pre- or corequisite: PHYS 102. Fall.

 

Impact Statement: Resources

Staffing No additional staff needed. Since these labs are designed for general education (ILS) students, we expect that we will need fewer sections of astronomy labs as some students opt for the sound and light labs. For example, there are 8 astronomy lab sections for Fall 2004. Next Fall, a mix might be 6 astronomy labs and 2 sound labs.

 

Equipment/Supplies No additional funding required. The Department allocates a significant portion of its budget to general education (ILS). Thus, there is a rich base of optical supplies and equipment in astronomy. Also, such contributions, along with outside funding, have allowed for the development of real-time sound and light software. These software packages are not simulations, but rather allow for sound and color-mixing interactivity and experimentation.

 

Rationale

We would like to provide students with more options for their 4-hour ILS laboratory science. These labs need not be taken in the same semester as the course they are associated with, similar to the CHEM 111 lab and CHEM 132 class arrangement.