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Applied Physical Sciences

155 Caudill, CB# 3050
(919) 843-4040

First Session, 2021

APPL 112 Practical Electronics for Everyone (1)

Design and fabrication for practical electronics circuits, including interfacing with sensors and actuators. The course will cover basic DC and AC circuit theory, time domain and frequency domain concepts, amplification, filtering, comparators, sensors, actuators, analog and digital conversion, and construction techniques. Students should have been introduced to Ohm’s Law and have basic algebra skills to be successful in the course. This course is taught in an abbreviated session (June 7 – June 16, 2021) 10AM – Noon daily. Students will be required to bring a laptop to each class session. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. IN-PERSON ON-CAMPUS.

APPL 113 LabView for Data Acquisition (1)

Learn how your computer can interact with sensors or instruments using LabVIEW graphical programming. This software also makes it easy to develop a professional and sophisticated user interface. Programming experience is helpful but not necessary. This course is taught in an abbreviated session (May 25 – June 4, 2021), 1PM – 3PM daily. Students will be required to have a copy of LabView software on their laptops before the beginning of the course. This software is available free through a UNC software license. More information about this software will be provided to students before the course begins. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. IN-PERSON AND REMOTE LEARNERS.

APPL 114 Arduino Bootcamp: A deep introduction for beginners (0.5)

This course is for anyone – student, researcher, hobbyist, etc. — who has an interest in getting into the world of electronics and microcontrollers. No prior experience is required. We will be using the popular Arduino hardware/software ecosystem to learn basic hands-on electronics and microcontroller configuration and programming. By the end of this class, you will be able to create and program simple systems that allow coordination of real-world inputs (e.g. pushbuttons, light-level, noise, etc.) with real-world outputs (e.g. lights, sound, motion, etc.). You will also be able to demonstrate how these systems can be used to implement complex behavior in custom-designed systems. This course is taught in an abbreviated session (May 19 – May 24, 2021) 10AM – Noon daily. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. IN-PERSON ON-CAMPUS.

APPL 115 Raspberry Pi Bootcamp (1)

This course is for anyone with an interest in programming, microcontrollers, and basic electronics. Prior experience with simple analog electronics (circuit-building) and the Arduino platform is recommended. By the end of this class, you will be able to a) understand basic network topology and connectivity; b) configure the RPi as a lightweight remote or desktop computer platform from scratch; c) navigate the RPi operating and file system using basic Linux command structure; d) implement digital instrumentation I/O (input/output) functions; e) deploy simple programs in either Python or Processing to complement the instrumentation capability; f) use Mathematica to solve a reasonably sophisticated mathematical problem derived from digital input data. This course is taught in an abbreviated session (May 25 – June 4, 2021) 10AM – Noon daily. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. IN-PERSON AND REMOTE LEARNERS.

APPL 121 3D Printing Technology and Practice (1)

3D Printing, or additive manufacturing (AM), is used broadly from manufacturing to medical research. AM will play an increasingly large role in virtually all areas of research, industry, and commerce with new technologies and significant improvements occurring continually. The course will delve deeply into the major existing and developing technologies. We will explore the elements of design for AM, motion control and imaging technologies, materials performance and selection, and the physics of parts production. Activities will include visits to various labs where AM is an essential part of the daily workflow. This course will incorporate extensive hands-on exercises in AM optimization and printing both during class and for homework. This course is taught in an abbreviated session (June 10 – June 21) 10AM – Noon daily. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis. IN-PERSON ON-CAMPUS.

Second Session, 2021

No course offerings.