Faculty Profile

David Mertens

Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics (2013)

Contact Information

mertensd@dickinson.edu

Tome Scientific Building Room 209
717.245.1443

Education

  • B.S., University of Missouri, 2003
  • M.A., 2005
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2011

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

PHYS 131 Introductory Physics
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. Kinematics, Newton's Laws of motion, conservation laws, rotational motion, and oscillations are studied during the first semester. 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. Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 131 and 141. Prerequisite: Completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, MATH 151 or 170. This course fulfills either the Lab Sciences (Division III) distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.

PHYS 213 Analog & Digital Electronics
Circuit design and the analysis of electronic devises. Modern digital and analog circuit elements, including diodes, transistors, op amps, and various integrated circuits, are used in amplifiers, power supplies, and logic circuits. Class and laboratory work are integrated during class time totaling up to seven hours per week. Students design and build projects at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: 132 or 142 or permission of instructor. This course fulfills either the Lab Sciences (Division III) distribution requirement or QR graduation requirement.