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Electrical Engineering Introductory Courses

EE 10N. How Musical Instruments Work

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. Musical instruments as examples of science, engineering, and the interplay between the two. The principles of operation of wind, string, and percussion instruments. Concepts include waves, resonators, sound spectra and the harmonic structure of instruments, engineering design, and the historical co-development of instruments and the science and engineering that makes them possible. Prerequisites: high school math and physics. Recommended: some experience playing a musical instrument. GER:DB-EngrAppSci

3 units, Spr (Miller, D)

EE 14N. Things about Stuff

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. Most engineering curricula present truncated, linear histories of technology, but the stories behind disruptive inventions such as the telegraph, telephone, wireless, television, transistor, and chip are as important as the inventions themselves. How these stories elucidate broadly applicable scientific principles. Focus is on studying consumer devices; optional projects to build devices including semiconductors made from pocket change. Students may propose topics of interest to them. GER:DB-EngrAppSci

3 units, Aut (Lee, T)

EE 17N. Engineering the Micro and Nano Worlds: From Chips to Genes

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. Hands-on operation of microscopes and micro-fabrication tools in the Stanford Nanofabrication Facility, field trips to local companies engaged in the applications of micro/nanotechnologies, and guest speakers in microelectronics, MEMS, and bio- and nanotechnology. Prerequisites: high-school physics. GER:DB-EngrAppSci

3 units, Spr (Pease, R; Maluf, N)

EE 21N. What is Nanotechnology?

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. Possibilities and impossibilities of nanotechnology. Sources include Feynman's There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom, Drexler's Engines of Creation: The Coming Era of Nanotechnology, and Crichton's Prey. Assumptions and predictions of these classic works; what nano machinery may do; scenarios of a technology that may go astray. Prerequisites: high school math, physics and chemistry. GER:DB-EngrAppSci

3 units, Aut (Wong, P)

EE 23N. Imaging: From the Atom to the Universe

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. Forms of imaging including human and animal vision systems, atomic force microscope, microscope, digital camera, holography and three-dimensional imaging, telescope, synthetic aperture radar imaging, nuclear magnetic imaging, sonar and gravitational wave imaging, and the Hubble Space telescope. Physical principles and exposure to real imaging devices and systems. GER:DB-EngrAppSci

3 units, Spr (Hesselink, L)

EE 60N. Man versus Nature: Coping with Disasters Using Space Technology

(F,Sem) (Same as GEOPHYS 60N.) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshman. Natural hazards, earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, hurricanes, and fires, and how they affect people and society; great disasters such as asteroid impacts that periodically obliterate many species of life. Scientific issues, political and social consequences, costs of disaster mitigation, and how scientific knowledge affects policy. How spaceborne imaging technology makes it possible to respond quickly and mitigate consequences; how it is applied to natural disasters; and remote sensing data manipulation and analysis. GER:DB-EngrAppSci

4 units, Aut (Zebker, H)

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