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Faculty Profile

Robert Boyle

Professor of Physics and Astronomy (1981)

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on sabbatical Spring 2021

Tome Scientific Building Room 218


Major research interests involve infrared astronomy, studies of old stellar systems, and variable stars. His teaching activities include introductory physics, introductory astronomy, theoretical physics, and a variety of other topics in physics and astrophysics.


  • B.A., Princeton University, 1971
  • M.Phil., Yale University, 1976
  • Ph.D., 1981

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

PHYS 282 Intro to Theoretical Physics
A rigorous survey of mathematical topics and techniques that are commonly used in theoretical physics. Topics include vector analysis, differential equations, power series, linear algebra, tensors, and vector calculus (gradient, divergence, curl, line integrals, and so on). The primary focus of this course is on solving problems as a means to improve students’ confidence and understanding of mathematics within the context of physical systems. Prerequisite: 211 or permission of instructor. Corequisite: MATH 171 or permission of the instructor.

ASTR 306 Cosmology
Cross-listed with PHYS 306-01.

PHYS 306 Cosmology
Cross-listed with ASTR 306-01.