PHYS 109 Science for Information Technology • 6 Cr.


Develops research and problem-solving skills in the science of modern technology, including computers and data transmission. Topics include magnetism, electricity, and microchip circuitry. Designed for information technology students, class format includes hands-on group work. Prerequisite: MATH 098 or equivalent assessment.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Formulate a hypothesis and design and carry out an investigation of that hypothesis following the accepted practices of the scientific method.
  • Write reports on scientific investigations, including organizing and displaying numerical results.
  • Make oral reports about scientific investigations, including organizing and displaying numerical results.
  • Calculate current, voltage, and resistance at any location in a one-loop circuit.
  • Calculate equivalent resistances for any combination of resistors in series and parallel.
  • Use a multimeter to measure resistance, current, and voltage.
  • Efficiently troubleshoot a complex circuit of resistors.
  • Explain the relationship between semiconductors, transistors, logic gates, and microprocessors.
  • Follow wiring diagrams to wire temporary circuits using integrated circuit chips and breadboards
  • Perform a statistical analysis of a sample of data, including making a proper histogram and calculation of confidence level.
  • Convert between decimal and binary.
  • Explain magnetic data storage on computer disks including the physical principles behind read/write heads.
  • Build circuits to transmit binary data using wire, or light or radio.
  • Compare and contrast the following methods of data transmission by the