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Windsor Morgan

Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy (1994)

Contact Information

morgan@dickinson.edu

Tome Scientific Building Room 220
717.245.1386

Bio

His major area of research is the spectral evolution of X-ray-emitting active galactic nuclei. He also studies new statistical methods of studying astronomical surveys, the formation of hydrocarbons in the early solar system, and the nature of x-ray binary star systems. He is also interested in astronomy education research.

Education

  • A.B., Harvard College, 1986
  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1995

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2019

ASTR 109 Mysteries of the Solar System
This course explores questions that are as old as humanity; you will step into the shoes of ancient astronomers to ponder the workings of the night sky and Solar System. Why do the stars move the way they do? Why do some bright objects wander the night sky? Can we know what these objects are and where they came from? We will develop practical and critical thinking skills that are crucial to the art of discovery, focusing on the historical use of naked eye and telescopic observations, as well as the use of present day space probes and the electromagnetic spectrum. Our journey will take us to the planets and some fascinating moons. Three hours classroom, one two-hour laboratory a week. This course counts toward the astronomy minor.

PHYS 213 Analog & Digital Electronics
Circuit design and the analysis of electronic devices. 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, and completion of, or concurrent enrollment in, MATH 171 or permission of instructor.