Microcontroller Projects in Physics

This course will introduce students to the Arduino prototyping platform, diverse sensors and output devices that may be interfaced to the Arduino,and the programming languages ('Arduino' and 'Processing') required for stand-alone operation or interaction with an attached PC. A typical project will involve developing hardware and associated software that requires the study of, and ultimately illustrates, basic physics principles - for example, the construction of a self-focusing telescope. Ideally, student projects will be integrated into the physics lecture courses as demonstration apparatus. The basics of circuit theory that are required for this course will be taught to those who have not yet completed Ph 213. (Students need not be skilled programmers or have any prior knowledge of circuits for this course.)

3 credits. Prerequisites: CS102, Ph112, and permission of instructor

Course Code: Ph 215

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