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Fall 2014 Class Schedule - updated December 18, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
 
PHYS 111-01  Contemporary Concepts
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm OLRI 150 Sung Kyu Kim
 
PHYS 111-02  Contemporary Concepts
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm OLRI 150 Sung Kyu Kim
*First Year Course only* This course is specifically designed for the liberal arts student who desires an essentially non-mathematical, yet wholly faithful, acquaintance with the fundamental concepts of contemporary physics. Topics include special relativity, curved space-time and black holes, the Big Bang universe, light, quantum theory, and elementary particles. These are presented so as to demonstrate the power of “pure thought” and scientific creativity at its best. The underlying assumption of the course is that physics approached as a way of thinking can be vitally relevant and challenging to students of all intellectual persuasions.

PHYS 112-01  Cosmos: Perspectives and Reflections
M 07:00 pm-08:30 pm OLRI 150 Sung Kyu Kim
*2 credit course*

PHYS 113-01  Modern Astronomy
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm OLRI 150 John Cannon
The popular survey course "Modern Astronomy" will be offered as a two-semester sequence for the first time in the 2014-2015 academic year (PHYS 113 in the fall semester and PHYS 194 in the spring semester). These courses will cover various topics of interest in astronomy, including:

- Planets (both within the Solar System and the exploding field of extrasolar planets)

- The birth, life, and death of stars

- Exotic remnant objects (e.g., white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes)

- Galaxies (including our own Milky Way and external systems)

- Cosmology and the fate of the universe

- The "unseen 95%": dark matter and dark energy

- Astrobiology and the question of life in the universe

The dramatic change between stellar and galactic physical scales will mark the boundary between the material in the two courses.

These courses are ideal for students who are curious about the nature of the universe and their place within it. Enrollment in the second semester course (PHYS 194) requires either successful completion of PHYS 113 in the previous semester or approval of the instructor. Contact Professor John M. Cannon (jcannon@mac) with questions.

PHYS 120-01  Astronomical Techniques
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm OLRI 404 John Cannon
*2 credit course*

PHYS 130-01  Science of Renewable Energy
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm OLRI 350 James Doyle
*Cross-listed with ENVI 130-01*

PHYS 226-01  Principles of Physics I
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am OLRI 150 Sean Bartz
 
PHYS 226-02  Principles of Physics I
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am OLRI 150 Sean Bartz
 
PHYS 226-L1  Principles of Physics I Lab
M 02:20 pm-04:20 pm OLRI 152 Brian Adams
 
PHYS 226-L2  Principles of Physics I Lab
M 07:00 pm-09:00 pm OLRI 152 Brian Adams
 
PHYS 226-L3  Principles of Physics I Lab
T 09:10 am-11:10 am OLRI 152 Brian Adams
 
PHYS 226-L4  Principles of Physics I Lab
T 01:20 pm-03:20 pm OLRI 152 Brian Adams
 
PHYS 227-01  Principles of Physics II
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am OLRI 101 John Cannon
 
PHYS 227-L1  Principles of Physics II Lab
R 09:10 am-11:10 am OLRI 152 Brian Adams
 
PHYS 227-L2  Principles of Physics II Lab
R 01:20 pm-03:20 pm OLRI 152 Brian Adams
 
PHYS 331-01  Modern Physics
MWF 08:30 am-09:30 am OLRI 150 Sean Bartz
 
PHYS 331-L1  Modern Physics Lab
M 07:00 pm-10:00 pm OLRI 154 James Doyle
 
PHYS 331-L2  Modern Physics Lab
T 01:20 pm-04:30 pm OLRI 154 James Doyle
 
PHYS 394-01  Biophysics
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm OLRI 404 James Doyle
*Prerequisite: Physics 227 or permission of instructor.* In this course we will apply the basic ideas of transport theory and statistical mechanics to select biological processes, in order to understand the nature of non-equilibrium processes in living things. Topics include diffusion, entropy and free energy, entropic forces, low Reynolds number transport, cooperativity, and applications to membrane self-assembly, structural and mechanical properties of macromolecules, molecular machines, active transport, and the propagation of nerve impulses. Implications for biogenesis will also be discussed if time permits. A basic theme is how highly ordered living processed can occur in the face of spontaneous entropic tendencies to disorder. The emphasis will be on the construction of simplified quantitative models based on the fundamental principles that attempt to capture the essence of these phenomena.

PHYS 443-01  Electromagnetic Theory
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm OLRI 100 Tonnis ter Veldhuis
 
PHYS 481-01  Quantum Mechanics
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am OLRI 170 Tonnis ter Veldhuis
 

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Spring 2015 Class Schedule - updated December 18, 2014 at 10:56 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
 
PHYS 111-01  Contemporary Concepts
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm OLRI 150 Sung Kyu Kim
 
PHYS 111-02  Contemporary Concepts
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm OLRI 150 Sung Kyu Kim
 
PHYS 112-01  Cosmos: Perspectives and Reflections
M 07:00 pm-08:30 pm OLRI 150 Sung Kyu Kim
*2 credit course*

PHYS 194-01  Modern Astronomy II
MWF 12:00 pm-01:00 pm OLRI 150 John Cannon
The popular survey course "Modern Astronomy" will be offered as a two-semester sequence for the first time in the 2014-2015 academic year (PHYS 113 in the fall semester and PHYS 194 in the spring semester). These courses will cover various topics of interest in astronomy, including:

- Planets (both within the Solar System and the exploding field of extrasolar planets)

- The birth, life, and death of stars

- Exotic remnant objects (e.g., white dwarfs, neutron stars, black holes)

- Galaxies (including our own Milky Way and external systems)

- Cosmology and the fate of the universe

- The "unseen 95%": dark matter and dark energy

- Astrobiology and the question of life in the universe

The dramatic change between stellar and galactic physical scales will mark the boundary between the material in the two courses.

These courses are ideal for students who are curious about the nature of the universe and their place within it. Enrollment in the second semester course (PHYS 194) requires either successful completion of PHYS 113 in the previous semester or approval of the instructor. Contact Professor John M. Cannon (jcannon@mac) with questions.

PHYS 227-01  Principles of Physics II
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am OLRI 150 Sean Bartz
 
PHYS 227-L1  Principles of Physics II Lab
T 09:10 am-11:10 am OLRI 152 Brian Adams
 
PHYS 227-L2  Principles of Physics II Lab
T 01:20 pm-03:20 pm OLRI 152 Brian Adams
 
PHYS 227-L3  Principles of Physics II Lab
R 09:10 am-11:10 am OLRI 152 Brian Adams
 
PHYS 348-01  Laboratory Instrumentation
MWF 08:30 am-09:30 am OLRI 170 James Doyle
 
PHYS 348-L1  Laboratory Instrumentation Lab
T 08:00 am-11:10 am OLRI 154 James Doyle
 
PHYS 348-L2  Laboratory Instrumentation Lab
T 01:20 pm-04:30 pm OLRI 154 James Doyle
 
PHYS 444-01  Electromagnetic Radiation
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am OLRI 170 Tonnis ter Veldhuis
 
PHYS 460-01  Astrophysics
MWF 08:30 am-09:30 am OLRI 404 John Cannon
 
PHYS 461-01  Mechanics
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am OLRI 170 Tonnis ter Veldhuis
 
PHYS 468-01  Statistical Mechanics
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm OLRI 101 Sean Bartz
 
PHYS 489-01  Physics Seminar
R 03:00 pm-04:00 pm OLRI 150 John Cannon
*1 credit course*

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