This course introduces students to physical principles and methods relevant to architectural studies in the subject areas of mechanics, electromagnetism, and elementary thermodynamics. Topics covered include: motion in one and more dimensions, various types of forces, static and dynamic behavior of physical systems, forms of energy, the nature of electricity, magnetism and circuits, and basic coverage of fluid behavior, heat and heat transfer. The course emphasizes theoretical scientific principles that provide a framework for architectural practices. Problem solving, the primary method of learning these principles, will be guided by regular discussion and homework exercises and tested by a set of examinations.
Student performance will be evaluated in a variety of ways. Lecture participation will evaluated using i>clickers to respond to questions posed in lecture. Discussion section will be evaluated by submission of written work. Typically, this written work will be problems done in groups in class. Initially, homework will consist of written problems, submitted once per week. In the future, this may move to an online homework system, like WileyPlus or Masteringphysics. A group project will be assigned. Student groups will have of three or four students, depending on the class size. The projects will be spaced throughout the term. Each project will involve a recent topic from class and a computer calculation. In addition, each group will present its results in class. The first project will emphasize programming syntax and technique. There will be three midterms and a final examination.
Undergraduate students in the Architecture and Urban Planning program and undergraduate LSA students intending to transfer to Architecture and Urban Planning
One hour of lecture twice per week and one hour of discussion twice per week.