UT Dallas 2012 Undergraduate Catalog

Interdisciplinary Studies - Natural Sciences and Mathematics

ISNS 3331 History of Modern Physics (3 semester hours) History of the major fundamentals of modern physics: classical physics and Newton's Theory of Gravitation; the Maxwell Theory of Electrodynamics; Special Theory of Relativity and General Theory of Relativity; Einstein's Theory of Gravitation. quantum mechanics, quantum electrodynamics, the Quantum Theory of Weak Interactions and quantum chromodynamics. The unification of the Quantum Theory of Electromagnetic and Weak Interactions. The Standard Model of Fundamental Elementary Particles and their interactions. Recent development of String and M-Theory. (3-0) Y

ISNS 3332 Future Energy Resources (3 semester hours) Major energy consuming sectors: residential, industrial, transportation and electric energy generating sectors. Present major energy resources: oil, gas, coal, hydroelectric, and nuclear. Energy mix used in consuming sectors. Imported energy. Domestic and world resources in conventional energies. Future energy resources: nuclear fission (conventional and breeder reactors), fusion reactors, technology and safety aspects, nuclear proliferation and terrorism, nuclear waste disposal, solar energy, solar heating and cooling. Non-conventional energy resources. Major problems of energy transportation. An energy mix for the future. Possible scenarios for a U.S. energy plan. Major fields of research and development. (3-0) Y

ISNS 3333 Nuclear Safety and Terrorism (3 semester hours) Practically all scientists, politicians, statesmen and other leaders of our society agree that the ultimate most tragic danger confronting our whole civilization is nuclear terrorism: the invisible terrorist with a shielded (invisible) nuclear weapon. The physical principles of nuclear weapons, access to them, possibility to smuggle them into the U.S., nuclear proliferation, the possibility of escalating a nuclear attack into full scale nuclear war, and the technical possibilities to reduce this terrible danger are discussed. (3-0) Y

ISNS 3359 Earthquakes and Volcanoes (3 semester hours) Earthquakes and volcanoes appear capricious and devastating in human terms, but they are also a regular part of geological history. This course will integrate current geological thinking with elements of statistics, physics, chemistry, human history, sociology, psychology, and religion to develop an understanding and to provide pragmatic strategies for living with these events. (3-0) Y

ISNS 3367 The Oceans (3 semester hours) Physical, chemical, biological, and geological aspects of oceanography. Description and origin of features on sea floor; evolution of ocean basins; chemistry of sea water; influence of oceans on weather and climate; formation of waves, tides, currents; factors affecting biological productivity; economic resources and environmental problems. Can only receive credit for ISNS 3367 or GEOS 3401. (3-0) S

ISNS 3368 Weather and Climate (3 semester hours) An overview of the fields of meteorology and climatology. The approach is scientific yet nonmathematical, and students will be exposed to a wide spectrum of ideas from folklore, history, law, economics, and environmental issues. (3-0) S

ISNS 3371 The Phenomena of Nature: Forces, Gases, Motion, Heat, Light and Electricity (3 semester hours) The purpose of the course is to cultivate in students an intuitive perception of the nature of observable physical reality through the presentation and analysis of striking experimental demonstrations. No substantial prior training in science is assumed, but students with a background in science may profit from this course. There will be considerable reference to the historical growth of scientific knowledge and to the aesthetic quality of the explanations offered by science. (3-0) Y

ISNS 3373 Our Nearest Neighbors in the Sky (3 semester hours) A description of the tools and principles the astronomer and space scientist use in exploration of the solar system; the earth, moon, the sun, planets, asteroids, meteors, and comets; the origin of the solar system; classroom demonstrations, multimedia presentations, and telescope observations. (3-0) Y

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