Spring 2014

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PHYS 110-01 Astronomy w/Lab
Instructor: Robert Boyle
Course Description:
Introduction to the modern concepts of the physical nature of the astronomical universe. Cosmology and the structure and evolution of the stars and galaxies. A terminal laboratory course for non-science students. Three hours classroom, one two-hour laboratory a week. This course will not count toward major requirements in physics.
1900:T   TOME 105
1030:TR   TOME 124
PHYS 110-02 Astronomy w/Lab
Instructor: David Mertens, Robert Boyle
Course Description:
Introduction to the modern concepts of the physical nature of the astronomical universe. Cosmology and the structure and evolution of the stars and galaxies. A terminal laboratory course for non-science students. Three hours classroom, one two-hour laboratory a week. This course will not count toward major requirements in physics.
1900:W   TOME 105
1030:TR   TOME 124
PHYS 110-03 Astronomy w/Lab
Instructor: Windsor Morgan
Course Description:
Introduction to the modern concepts of the physical nature of the astronomical universe. Cosmology and the structure and evolution of the stars and galaxies. A terminal laboratory course for non-science students. Three hours classroom, one two-hour laboratory a week. This course will not count toward major requirements in physics.
1330:M   TOME 105
1030:MWF   TOME 115
PHYS 132-01 Introductory Physics
Instructor: Trevor Smith
Course Description:
An introduction to basic physics topics using the workshop method. This method combines inquiry-based cooperative learning with the comprehensive use of computer tools for data acquisition, data analysis and mathematical modeling. Topics in thermodynamics, electricity, electronics and magnetism are covered. Additional topics in chaos or nuclear radiation are introduced. Basic calculus concepts are used throughout the course. Recommended for physical science, mathematics, and pre-engineering students and for biology majors preparing for graduate study. Three two-hour sessions per week. (Students enrolled in Physics 132 who have completed Mathematics 170 are encouraged to continue their mathematics preparation while taking physics by enrolling in Mathematics 171.) Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 132 and 142. Prerequisite: 131 and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in MATH 170. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
0930:MWF   TOME 101
PHYS 132-02 Introductory Physics
Instructor: Brett Pearson
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required
1330:MWF   TOME 101
PHYS 142-01 Physics for the Life Sciences
Instructor: David Mertens
Course Description:
Introductory, non-calculus physics, principally for life science and pre-med students. Topics include mechanics, thermodynamics, acoustics, optics, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. Three two-hour workshop sessions a week. Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 132 and 142. Prerequisite : 141. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
0830:F   TOME 103
0830:MW   TOME 115
PHYS 142-02 Physics for the Life Sciences
Instructor: David Mertens
Course Description:
Introductory, non-calculus physics, principally for life science and pre-med students. Topics include mechanics, thermodynamics, acoustics, optics, electricity, magnetism, and modern physics. Three two-hour workshop sessions a week. Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 132 and 142. Prerequisite : 141. This course fulfills either the DIV III lab science distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.
1330:F   TOME 103
0830:MW   TOME 115
PHYS 208-01 Introductory Astrophysics
Instructor: Catrina Hamilton-Drager
Course Description:
An introduction to the physical basis of astronomy, including discussion of the creation and evolution of the solar system, the stars, and galaxies. Astronomical measurement and units, and dynamical systems, such as binary star systems and star clusters, will be discussed. Similar to Physics 108 or Physics 110, but with additional emphasis on mathematical analysis of astrophysical phenomena. Prerequisite: 131 or 141 or permission of instructor. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement.
1030:TR   TOME 213
PHYS 212-01 Introduction to Relativistic and Quantum Physics
Instructor: Catrina Hamilton-Drager
Course Description:
Completion of both PHYS 211 and PHYS 212 fulfills the WR Requirement.
1330:TF   TOME 213
PHYS 282-01 Introduction to Theoretical Physics
Instructor: Robert Boyle
Course Description:
A project-centered approach to topics in theoretical physics. Projects will be selected to motivate a review of multivariable calculus and then stimulate the investigation of a number of mathematical tools including the nabla operator, Gauss' and Stokes' theorem, Legendre and Bessel functions, and Fourier analysis. The applications of some topics in linear algebra and the theory of functions of a complex variable may also be examined. Prerequisite: 211 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: MATH 171 or permission of the instructor.This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement.
1330:MR   TOME 103
PHYS 331-01 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
Instructor: Trevor Smith
Course Description:
The basic laws of thermodynamics are derived from principles of statistical mechanics. Thus, the laws governing our macroscopic world are seen as fundamentally statistical in nature. Familiar quantities, like temperature and pressure, will be re-discovered, and new ones, like entropy and free energy, will be developed and applied to real-world problems in engineering, condensed-matter physics, and chemistry. We will conclude with an examination of phase transitions and quantum statistics. Prerequisite: 211, 212. Offered every two years.
0900:TR   TOME 213
PHYS 361-01 Lasers and Optics
Instructor: Brett Pearson
Course Description:
Topics to be selected from areas such as atomic, nuclear, plasma, or solid state physics, or modern optics and acoustics, or advanced electronics. Prerequisite: 211 and 212. One-half or one course credit.
1030:MWF   TOME 213
PHYS 392-01 Junior Seminar
Instructor: Windsor Morgan
Course Description:
This course revolves around student reports and discussions on several topics in contemporary physics. Emphasis is on the development of bibliographic skill, seminar presentation and report writing techniques as well as increasing the breadth and depth of the student's knowledge of recent research. Preparation for senior research and life after Dickinson will also be topics of discussion. Prerequisite: Physics major junior status. One-half course credit.
1330:W   TOME 213
PHYS 412-01 Advanced Electrodynamics and Plasmas
Instructor: Hans Pfister
Course Description:
A continuation of the topics covered in Physics 312 with an emphasis on electromagnetic waves in air, in conductors, and in space plasmas. Possible projects include the reflection and transmission of electromagnetic waves at an interface, waveguides, plasma waves in space, electromagnetic radiation from antennas, and the equilibrium and stability of plasmas. Prerequisite: 312 or permission of instructor. Offered only occasionally.
1030:TR   TOME 227
PHYS 492-01 Senior Research Seminar
Instructor: Hans Pfister
Course Description:
Integration of theory and experiment in the conduct of research in contemporary physics or astrophysics, normally conducted in groups. The course emphasizes collaborative research, investigative techniques, and oral and written communication, and culminates in a colloquium presentation and a paper. The two semester sequence (491 & 492 or 491 + Independent Research for candidates for honors in the major) are required for the major. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement.
1500:W   TOME 213
PHYS 550-01 Automated Telescope Instrumentation
Instructor: David Mertens
Course Description: