Spring 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
PHYS 109-01 Astronomy w/Lab
Instructor: Catrina Hamilton-Drager
Course Description:
Introduction to the modern concepts of the physical nature of the astronomical universe. Historical development of astronomical ideas and origin and evolution of the solar system. 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:W   TOME 105
0900:TR   TOME 115
PHYS 110-01 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: David Reed
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.
1030:MWF   TOME 101
PHYS 132-02 Introductory Physics
Instructor: Lars English
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.
1230: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 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 105
PHYS 282-01 Introduction to Theoretical Physics
Instructor: David Jackson
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.
0930:MWF   TOME 213
PHYS 315-01 Principles of Medical Imaging
Instructor: Lars English
Course Description:
This course will examine the physical principles that allow physicians to look inside the human body and will investigate how these principles are implemented in practice. This course will involve some hands-on projects, with possible topics including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), medical ultrasound, and Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Prerequisite: 212 and MATH 270 or permission of instructor. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement. Normally offered every other year.
0900:TR   TOME 213
PHYS 361-01 Physical Climate Modeling
Instructor: David Reed
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ERSC 311-02.
1330:MR   TOME 121
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 227
PHYS 431-01 Quantum Mechanics
Instructor: Brett Pearson
Course Description:
Basic postulates are used to develop the theoretical framework for quantum mechanics. The course deals with measurements on quantum systems, the uncertainty principle, the Schrdinger wave equation and the probability interpretation, Heisenberg's matrix mechanics eigenfunctions and eigenvalues, finite and infinite dimensional vector spaces, operator methods, and enables students to use the Dirac formalism for quantum mechanical manipulations for a variety of situations and systems. Prerequisites: 282 and at least one 300 level physics course, or permission of instructor. This course fulfills the QR graduation requirement. Normally offered every other year
1030:MWF   TOME 213
PHYS 492-01 Senior Research Seminar
Instructor: Brett Pearson
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.
1330:W   TOME 213
PHYS 500-01 Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
Instructor: David Mertens
Course Description:
 
PHYS 500-02 Intermediate Astrophyic: Stars
Instructor: Windsor Morgan
Course Description: