Mecomtronics (MCTR)



90 Science for Technical Applications - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite:Mathematics 96 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Level M50.
This science course presents basic vocabulary, concepts and scientific techniques that are used to analyze and understand technical applications. Topics of study include the measurement of velocity and acceleration, the laboratory study of conductivity, Ohm’s law, resistors in series and in parallel, the investigation of gas laws, capacitance bridge, Kirchoff’s laws, AC voltage measurements, and the study of mass density and viscosity. The laboratory focuses on the specific current physical science needs of the Engineering Technology/ MECOMTRONICS program. Analytical reading and problem solving are required for success in this course. The lectures address theory, concepts and problems required for a solid comprehension of basic physical science and for rapidly bringing the student’s knowledge to a level where modern ideas can be understood. AA/AS.

102A DC Circuits - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Corequisite: Mathematics 181.
Advisory: Mathematics 96 with a grade of "C" or better or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Level M50.
This course, the first semester of a two-semester sequence in electric circuits, introduces DC electronics principles and practices through integration of theory, application, and structured discovery activities. Emphasis is placed on activitybased learning through a variety of hands-on projects. Topics include but are not limited to fundamental aspects of DC circuits and passive devices, Kirchhoff’s voltage and current laws; mesh and nodal analysis; DC network theorems; applications using PSpice, Electronics Workbench, or equivalent software; DC measurements and instrumentation; magnetism. This course is intended solely for the students enrolled in the Engineering Technology/Mecomtronics program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

120A Basic Physics for Technical Applications I - 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 4 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Mecomtronics 90 and Mathematics 181, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Mathematics 182.
This course is an introduction of physics presenting tools that are used in technical applications. Topics of study include measurement standards, scalar and vector quantities, kinetics in one, two and three dimensions, Newton’s laws of motion, the gravitational force, the harmonic oscillator, work and energy, and momentum. The course centers on “hands-on” approaches to analysis of physical phenomena, without neglecting conceptual and calculation rigor. This course is intended for students in the Engineering Technology/MECOMTRONICS program. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

120B Basic Physics for Technical Applications II - 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 4 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Mecomtronics 120A and Mathematics 182, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Corequisite: Mathematics 183.
This course is the second in a sequence of three introductory technical physics courses intended for the Engineering Technology/MECOMTRONICS program. This sequence of courses presents the tools that are used in technical applications. The topics of study include angular momentum and torque, solids and fluids, waves, temperature, heat transfer, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, and kinetic theory. Emphasis is placed on the conceptual and calculational nature of physical principles and on experimental studies that demonstrate the use of the equations discussed in the theory. Analytical reading and problem solving are required for success in this course. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

This discipline may offer specialized instruction in one or more of the following areas: Supervised Tutoring (044), Experimental Topics (265), Independent Study (290), Individualized Instruction (296), Service Learning (277), or Work Experience (270). Detailed course descriptions are listed on page 124. Please refer to the class schedule and/or see the dean or department chair for availability.